BARB ROW­LAND AND SUZANNE FEESE

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

“The Old Fourth Ward con­tin­ues to be a scorch­ing hot area to live in, es­pe­cially among mil­len­ni­als. O4W res­i­dents en­joy their cen­tral lo­ca­tion, ease of ac­cess to the At­lanta Belt­Line, a skate park, walk­a­bil­ity, pet-friendly, shop­ping, restau­rants and ac­cess to mass tran­sit. It’s min­utes from Pied­mont Park and Mid­town and an easy 10 min­utes to down­town De­catur and a hub of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and clubs rang­ing from home brew­ers to house mu­si­cians.”

3. Smyrna

“Another part of town that was lag­ging

“West Mid­town has been steadily re­vamp­ing and mod­ern­iz­ing old in­dus­trial spa­ces to bring new life into a part of town that was once for­got­ten. How­ell Mill Road is now bustling with out­stand­ing din­ing and re­tail op­tions, while the neigh­bor­hood has added the likes of Top Golf and the Goat Farm. Ar­chi­tects are hav­ing fun as they in­tro­duce stel­lar de­signs such as the up­com­ing Star Met­als build­ing. Buy­ers and in­vestors still have an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to find deals that are sure to pay off in the long run!”

3. Orme­wood Park

“Nes­tled just a lit­tle east of Grant Park, this quaint neigh­bor­hood is lined with old bun­ga­lows and rock­ing chair front porches. The fu­ture of this neigh­bor­hood looks bright with the ad­di­tion of the Belt­Line and close prox­im­ity to the rapidly chang­ing Me­mo­rial Drive cor­ri­dor, plus easy ac­cess to Grant Park and Zoo At­lanta are nice. If you aren’t fa­mil­iar to the changes

April 14, 2017

on Me­mo­rial Drive, look into the 30-plus an­nounced com­mer­cial, res­i­den­tial and multi-use projects. Best part of Orme­wood Park, it’s still af­ford­able! Get in now be­fore that changes.”

1. De­catur

“Our No. 1 choice for qual­ity of life. Why? Top-ranked school sys­tem. Vi­brant neigh­bor­hoods such as Oakhurst, Win­nona Park and Glen­wood Es­tates. Down­town with great walk­a­bil­ity to more than 50 shops and restau­rants in a six-block ra­dius, fre­quent fes­ti­vals and free con­certs and a MARTA train sta­tion in the heart of down­town. De­catur home prices went up $175,000 in the past year. The De­catur condo mar­ket re­mains ex­tremely hot too, with very lit­tle in­ven­tory and high de­mand. Av­er­age sale price for a one-bed­room, one-bath­room is $175,000, and a two-bed­room, two-bath­room is $267,000.”

2. Chamblee

“Chamblee’s pop­u­lar­ity stems from its lo­ca­tion in­side the perime­ter and on the main MARTA train line, and is en­hanced by the CDC ex­pan­sion, the GM Vil­lage and an ap­peal­ing com­mer­cial/res­i­den­tial mix. Pop­u­lar neigh­bor­hoods in­clude Ash­ford Park, Em­bry Hills, Sex­ton Woods and Hunt­ley Hills. There are 26 ac­tive home list­ings on the mar­ket, 31 pend­ing clos­ings and 164 sales in the past year rang­ing in price from $120,000 to $895,500. Town­homes, con­dos and lofts are also strong in Chamblee, with the av­er­age for a two-bed­room, two-bath­room unit at $179,000 at places such as Eco Lofts, Peachtree Mal­one Lofts and Lofts at 5300.”

3. Sandy Springs

“Sandy Springs is boom­ing, thanks in part to the new Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, the com­mer­cial dis­trict ex­pan­sion and the City Green park. The new City Springs will fea­ture a care­fully-cu­rated se­lec­tion of bou­tique shops and restau­rants de­signed to cater to the area’s res­i­dents and the many who com­mute to the city for their jobs. With a $327,000 av­er­age price point for a three-bed­room, 2.5-bath­room town­house/condo, and home prices rang­ing from $200,000 to over $2 mil­lion, many folks will be priced out of this mar­ket. How­ever, cur­rently 11 homes are avail­able in the $285,000 to $400,000 range and 28 condo/town­homes in the $100,000 to $350,000 price range.”

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