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Old 05-09-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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Hello,

Long story:
I have been lurking, decided it's time to post. My fiance (wife in <3 weeks) and I will be at Emory beginning mid June and with my personal grad school graduation, her full time job, grad school, and planning a wedding, we have kind of let our housing plans wait til the last minute. We initially had aspirations of renting a nice 2 BR condo in the Emory area (Druid Hills, Lenox, Decatur, VaHi), but this wasn't as affordable OR as nice as we had hoped. We spent our efforts this past weekend looking at a number of apt complexes in a 5 mile radius of Emoy (2924 Clairmont; Gables Rock Springs; Post Briarcliff; La Vista Walk; Archstone Cheshire Bridge; Highland Square) as well as a couple of condos in area as well (both decent, but very old).

We want to stay around $1100/mo in rent, no more than $1200-ish with everything (cable/internet/power/water/etc). We lowered our wants to fit this budget to accepting a decent sized (~800sq ft) 1BR apts, but we still hope to have a newer place (granite, hardwood, stainless steel). We've found a number of places that meet this -- Archstone, LaVista Walk, and 2924 Clairmont. But each has a big negative.

Archstone is at a crappy intersection that I know I don't have the patience for. It is also overlooking a busy road, so I imagine it gets loud.

La Vista Walk was awesome, until I went online and read the negative reviews from a significant number of people.

2924 Clairmont was by far the nicest (brand spankin' new) and the best value. Big downsides though are that it is very close to Clairmont and Buford Hwy (grossss) and there is a huge construction project right in front of it, that is more than a year from completion...so very loud for a long time.

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Bottom Line:
Any suggestions for hidden gems, particularly in the VaHi or Decatur areas? Again, $1100/mo is about our target, 1BR/BA is fine in the >760sqft range. Newer (but not a firm must).

Thanks!
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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ah yes--30329==you can rent a house in Briarcliff Heights and vicinity for that budget.

i can tell you this--across from the now closed Briarcliff Library--there are condos--safe--enclosed parking --Cliff Valley Way--you can turn R to Briarcliff w/o too much problem. this could be the Enclave--if so, a person with esoteric taste lived there---must be good. I walk by from time to time--professional commercial bldg--across the street and Unitarian church at the access rd to 85--you can go to Clairmont and get to Emory that way if Briarcliff is snarled. Road work is going on.

you can try Sheridan, Executive Park--some good choices there--i have no idea of names.
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:56 PM
 
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Try the Gables on Rock Spring Rd. Right where Rock Springs and N. Decatur come together at Briarcliff. Have a friend who lives there. Fairly new and nice.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think Calibre Woods (near Toco Hills) suits your budget needs (but not all your amenities):

Calibre Woods

You might also look into the condos at Tuxworth Circle. These properties are more likely to meet your amenities requirement.

tuxworth circle decatur - Google Maps

I hope this helps.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:38 AM
 
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Thanks for the good replies.

Gables Rock Springs -- I personally hated it, especially for the price. My fiance liked it a bit more than I did.

I will have to check out the Tuxworth Circle

Thanks again
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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Is Downtown Decatur a safe area to live in? We have found a great affordable condo right in the heart of downtown. My concern is for my (beautiful) fiance. Can I feel comfortable with her going out grocery shopping?
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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IMO, the City of Decatur is very safe.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:20 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Is Downtown Decatur a safe area to live in? We have found a great affordable condo right in the heart of downtown. My concern is for my (beautiful) fiance. Can I feel comfortable with her going out grocery shopping?
She'll be just fine. I was perfectly OK with my 18 yo daughter walking the streets of Decatur.

A friend of mine lived in the Briarhill Apartments on Sheridan Rd. He did a lot of looking around and found them to be a very good value for the area.

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Old 05-14-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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Is Downtown Decatur a safe area to live in? We have found a great affordable condo right in the heart of downtown. My concern is for my (beautiful) fiance. Can I feel comfortable with her going out grocery shopping?

Yes, Downtown Decatur is safe. I live close in to the area and have no qualms about walking about alone (yes, I am a woman). Now, things can happen, so you don't walk along oblivious, but generally safe.

Of the apartments you mentioned, I was recently looking at Post Briarcliff (my lease is up - I'm moving within the city of Decatur instead). From a previous experience: Post apartments have excellent service. They will generally be clean complexes and the 48 hour guarantee means that problems will get fixed. They will, however, be pricey for the space you get.
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Old 03-17-2015, 04:01 PM
 
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We are moving to the area in the summer as my girlfriend will attend Emory for her PhD. We are both in our late 20s and would love to be close to bars and restaurants but not sure if it's possible on a limited budget. Any suggestions on areas/apartment complexes near Emory would be appreciated!

Also, does anyone have experience with 3131 Apartments? Apartments in Georgia | Decatur Apartments | 3131 Apartments. They seem to be a more affordable (recently updated) option to be close to the school.
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