Homes near Emory University come in many varieties and the Emory Area encompasses a number of diverse neighborhoods. Most are contained within a short driving distance to the University and Emory Hospital. The area is popular with young families who are interested in excellent schools, like Fernbank Elementary. Residents and Graduate students find this a convenient community. Teachers, Professors and employees who live here can walk, bike, or catch a free bus to the University where they work.
Examining current Atlanta homes on the market near Emory, there appears to be three general age and style categories that prevail:
To break it down, of 43 homes on the market near Emory today, approximately 20 are Historic homes built between 1900 - 1936; eight are newer homes built between 1996 - 2017; and 15 are Ranches or Bungalows built between 1940 - 1960.
Of the 68 Atlanta homes sold in the past six months near Emory, approximately 14 were historic homes (1900 - 1936), six were newer homes (1996 - 2017), and 48 homes were Ranches or Bungalows (1940-1960)
If you value convenience to shopping, great schools, diversity of homes to choose from, and being close to Emory University, Hospitals, etc., consider buying your next home in the Emory Area.
Clairmont Heights and the surrounding Decatur neighborhoods have an interesting history. Clairmont Heights Civic Association put together an intriguing history of Decatur real estate in this area. Clairmont Heights was developed after a lottery of Creek Indian lands in 1821 by the State of Georgia, when 202+ acres were transferred to individuals. According to local historians ,by 1860, most of the land was owned by Ezekel Mason, an esteemed citizen of Decatur who died in 1879. His widow then ran a profitable mill in the area called Mason's Mill. Remnants of the Mill and the old Decatur Waterworks are still visible along the recently constructed pathways in the area and can also be accessed through several Decatur parks.
Original plats date from 1946 for the development of Clairmont Heights and records show that the first areas developed were North Superior to Superior Place, Park Lane to Superior Place, Webster Drive to Clairmont Circle, and Clairmont Circle to Emory Woods.
A neighbor on Park Lane told me she was renting a home on North Decatur at the time they were developing the neighborhood and watched them build her home on Park Lane. She used to walk by the property every evening and imagine living there. She was so impressed with the quality of the homes that she talked her husband into purchasing one of the first homes built in the neighborhood!
Wikipedia indicates that the North Decatur area was originally developed as a suburban community to Atlanta.
While Clairmont Heights is no longer quite as suburban today with considerable ongoing commercial development in the area, the proximity to Emory University, Atlanta midtown, Virginia Highlands, downtown Decatur events, shopping centers and a great school system, make the area a favorite for homeowners who want the convenience of in-town living and the hospitality of a friendly neighborhood.
If you've lived in your house for any length of time, chances are good that it could stand an overhaul. And, if you are contemplating the sale of your Decatur home in the near future, a few tips might be useful.
Many young families have rooms in their home that serve multiple purposes - dining rooms turned into toy rooms, closets that are overflowing, and hallways jammed with strollers, shoes, and play equipment. Older homeowners often have homes that are are filled with years of accumulation - their collections and those of their adult children. Most of us could use some de-cluttering advice:
Whatever your circumstances, here are some handy tips compiled by the National Association of Professional Organizers for beginning the job:
And, if you are thinking of selling your home, clean closets, a streamlined kitchen, and a well-organized garage/basement will help a buyer visualize how they can use the space. You may also want to consider renting a storage space to contain your overflow.
Good luck in accomplishing this difficult job - remember, the harder you work, the luckier you get.
Winter climate in the Atlanta area is generally mild - at least milder than in many other parts of the country. Temperatures do dip lower, trees lose their leaves, and shorts are no longer popular apparel.
There may not be snow in the backyard, but cold days and nights are interspersed with incredible sunny days when you could enjoy a picnic on the deck, and many days when curling near the fire or the heat register is an appealing option.
This is a time when most homeowners in Decatur focus on a cozy interior, rather than the bleak exterior landscape. With a little creativity, however, it is possible to enhance the exterior of your home and enjoy outside activities on those beautiful days:
Once the leaves are raked, consider decorating outside your home for the cooler months.
You may be lucky enough to enjoy a sparkling 70 degree day in January or February. Welcome to Decatur winter weather!
Most homeowners considering the sale of their home in Atlanta or Decatur plan to to sell in the spring, rather than in the winter months. The weather is generally milder, trees and flowers are in bloom, and there are more prospective buyers are looking for homes in the spring.
There are several compelling reasons, however, why selling your home during the holidays might make sense. First of all, fewer homes are on the market, which means the buyers looking during this time are serious buyers.
If your home is show-ready now, why wait until spring to sell? Selling your Decatur home during the holiday season may work to your advantage. Most homes show better, are cleaner, and smell better during the holidays. What festive images will a buyer envision when they view your holiday-staged home?
They may be picturing themselves living in your home during the next holiday season!
Decatur, Georgia, located just a few miles east of downtown Atlanta off tree-lined Ponce De Leon Avenue, has many lovely neighborhoods. One of the most desirable is a small community of older bungalows appropriately named Great Lakes after the famous Great Lakes of the Northeast.
The original Great Lakes were discovered by French explorers in the 1600's. Decatur's Great Lakes neighborhood was developed between 1913 - 1930's.
According to Wiki: How to Remember the Five Great Lakes, an easy way to recall the names of the five lakes is to use a handy word association.
To remember Great Lakes in Decatur, Georgia, you only have to drive through this delightful area along Superior, Michigan, Erie, and Huron - and think HOMES.
Decatur Homes are well-tended and situated on landscaped lots with sidewalks along the roadway. The main architecture in Great Lakes consist of bungalows, tudors and some newer design homes that seem to fit in seamlessly. Earlier exterior styles have been retained, but many Great Lakes Homes have been renovated to update older kitchens, or to add additional baths or space.
A close inspection of Great Lakes shows how much pride owners take in their community and their homes. It is truly a beautiful place to live!
There are many other factors that attact Buyers to Great Lakes as well. Decatur is considered one of the most "walkable" small cities in the Nation. It is close to downtown Atlanta, a few miles to Emory University, CDC, and Emory Medical Center, has easy access to an international airport, and enjoys numerous cultural and civic events throughout the year. Clairemont Elementary is located within the neighborhood on Erie Avenue and is part of the respected Decatur School District.
Homes in Druid Hills and near Emory University have seen a decrease in real estate sales in the past several years, although not necessarily a decrease in sales price. The Atlanta housing inventory is down approximately 12% from last year.
According to First Multiple Listing Service statistics and to the National Association of Realtors, lack of inventory in some areas of Georgia has led to a decrease in the number of Buyers who are able to find homes in certain areas, like Druid Hills, Virginia Highlands, City of Decatur and other close-in Atlanta neighborhoods.
In talking with colleagues who work in these areas. it appears there are more Buyers who would purchase homes - if they could find one. A number of Buyers have made multiple offers on homes in their desired area, only to be outbid when multiple offers are presented on the same property.
On properties that are likely to produce multiple offers, some Realtors are requiring strict prerequisites for offers that are presented, such as:
High-end properties are not as affected as the middle and lower range, but homes in the $250,000 - $550,000 price range go quickly in Druid Hills, Decatur and other close-in Atlanta areas.
Sellers may be reluctant to put their current home on the market for fear they will be unable to find another home in a crowded Buyers market. Their home may sell quickly, but where will they go?
Buyers who are looking for a home in Decatur and near Emory University may continue to experience competition when making an offer. Here are some suggestions that may help:
Our church recently decided to sponsor a refugee family in partnership with another local church. They asked for donations of furniture, lamps, school supplies, bedding, alarm clocks and a number of other household items.
In thinking about what extra things are cluttering my Atlanta home, I realized that my excess would probably furnish several family homes.
Aside from a semi-annual clearing of clothes dropped at the Salvation Army and an occasional bag of books donated to my local Decatur library, that's usually the extent of my annual household donations. A major clear out is in my future!
Who could utilize all those extra lampshades and lamps we never use, the paintings and pictures we thought we might hang again, or the duplicate glasses, mugs, and stainless silverware taking up space. What about those outgrown toys, car seats, an extra table and bookcase, old towels folded away, yarn and fabric never used, baskets gathering dust?
When you are clearing out, here are a few Decatur organizations that could use your donations:
If you had a dream hometown, it might be a place like Decatur, Georgia! Decatur has so much to offer as a small city just a eight miles from Atlanta - convenience, frequent social activities, great shopping and incredible restaurants.
Homes in Decatur are in demand and sell very quickly. Even rental properties here are at a premium. Everyone who can possibly afford to wants to live in this lively small town for a variety of reasons.
Near the top of the list of reasons to live here would be the top-notch Decatur School System, Fire Department and Police Department. Being able to walk to breakfast, or dinner without getting in your car, or shopping at the local Farmer's Market, or the upscale shops along Main Street all come to mind.
Decatur has been named one of the best small cities in the country, and one of the most "walkable" cities in the Nation by several publications. Special events are scheduled throughout the year, including special shopping hours during the holidays, Christmas House Tours, a popular Book Convention, Concerts on the Square during weekday lunch hours, the annual Decatur Arts Festival, a Beach Party with real sand, and too many other occasions to mention.
Decatur is only 2.5 miles to Emory University, Emory Hospital, Eggleston Children's Hospital and the Center for Disease Control.
Who wouldn't want to live in this dynamic small city? Consider making Decatur your new hometown!