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Atlanta Homes for Sale near Emory University

Red Brick Great Lakes Home with Steep Pitch

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:

  • 1)  Historic homes  that were build between 1900 - 1936
  • 2)  Newer homes built between 1996 - 2017
  • 3)  Ranches and Bungalows built between 1940-1960
Red Brick Great Lakes Home with Steep Pitch
Red brick ranch located a top of drive in Leafmore Estates
Recent construction of red brick home with double garage in Leafmore Estates

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.

Neighborhoods Near Emory University

Black and white dairy cows grazing in Leafmore area

Leafmore Hills/Vista Grove/Oak Grove - Part 1

 History of Decatur Real Estate Near Leafmore/Oak Grove

  • The current Leafmore/Oak Grove area of Dekalb County has changed a great deal since 1822, when real estate sold here for 10 cents an acre.  The following year, Decatur was named the County Seat and the area began developing. Leafmore Hills and the surrounding Oak Grove area was a rural farming community with few homes and no 4-lane highways.  Dairy farms dotted the landscape and Clairmont Road, now a major artery, was part of an Indian Trail. There were no shopping centers, grocery stores or restaurants - just small crop farms and cows!
  • An expanding population pushed Atlanta eastward towards Decatur, which was becoming a prestigious suburb by the early 1950's.  According to history compiled by the Leafmore Civic Association, there was a country store with a single gas pump, pot-bellied stove and rocking chair, located at North Druid Hills Road and LaVista Road.  Development of Leafmore Hills began in 1952 and filled the neighborhood with young families, all new to the area.  Leafmore became a close-knit community with an active Garden Club, Clubhouse and Pool.

Location of Leafmore/Oak Grove Area

  • Located just 7 miles from downtown Atlanta and less than 2 miles from the Clifton Corridor where Emory Hospital, Eggleston Children's Hospital, Center for Disease Control (CDC and Emory University are situated.  Leafmore is one of the most convenient subdivisions in DeKalb County.

Local Leafmore/Oak Grove Architecture

  • Most of the homes in the area are well-kept mid-century ranches with large manicured yards, as well as some newer construction properties with garages and more modern features.  Many of the original ranches, however, have been tastefully renovated and updated with new kitchens and baths.​

    Leafmore/Oak Grove Amenities

    • Less than a half mile from Leafmore, two churches anchor corners of North Druid Hills Road and Clairmont Road - Clairmont Baptist and Druid Hills Presbyterian. Just beyond the churches, Toco Hills Shopping Center contains a variety of shops and restaurants, including two major grocery chains.  Four Banks and four bagel places are located along this section of North Druid Hills Road as well. 

    Fixing up the House – De-clutter First!

    Young Decatur Couple with daughter laughing

    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:

    • Thomas Jefferson said "I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have".  This seems especially true when faced with a major project like decluttering.
    • Kitchen - Consolidate things that work together, such as baking pans, electrical appliances, and pots and pans.  Get rid of all mis-matched plastic containers or duplicate items you never use.  Remove outdated food staples and spices.
    • Kid's Room - place bins and boxes on lower shelves so a child can put away toys, provide low hooks to hang up sweaters, jackets, book bags, etc., donate old or unused toys on a regular basis, make or buy a hall storage unit to store outdoor equipment, coats and shoes
    • Closets - Pull out everything you haven't worn in the past year, hang like items together - shirts, pants, dresses, etc., display items you want at your fingertips and store the rest in bins or drawers. Make sure your closets are well-lighted.
    • Garage/Basements - Toss things that don't work!, Sort, purge and properly store items you want to keep, decide how to use the space - workshop or storage center?

    ​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.

    Young Decatur Couple with daughter laughing
    Older couple on couch in their Decatur home

    Winter Curb Appeal for Decatur Homes

    Decatur home with stone planters at front door

    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.

    • ​Make your front door a focal point with a colorful wreath, incorporate large planters filled with evergreens and berries.
    •  Add exterior fairy lights on trees or try spotlights on architectural features
    • Keep your furniture on the deck for sunny day picnics
    •  Maintain your lawn and remove twigs and fallen debris regularly

    You may be lucky enough to enjoy a sparkling 70 degree day in January or February.  Welcome to Decatur winter weather!

    Selling Your Decatur Home During the Holidays

    Decatur Home with front porch decorated for the holidays

    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.

    • ​Buyers often have more time during the holidays to look for a new home, as work demands ease.
    • During the holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Years, most homes show at their best with all the holiday glitter and decorations in place. A lighted tree, candles in the window and a table set with family china for a feast can be an inviting scene.  No other time of year can complete with the glorious output we present in our homes at this time of year.
    • As there are fewer homes on the market at this time and less competition, a higher selling price may be achieved.
    • There may also be some tax advantages for buyers who purchase before the end of the year, so serious buyers may be anxious to close during this time.

    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!

    For Sale in Atlanta – Less Than Usual

    Pink hue Atlanta evening skyline

    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:

    • ​All Cash offers, which go to the top of the list
    • Quick Closings
    • Shortened Inspection Periods or no Inspection Periods
    • And more rare, no property showing until offer is accepted

    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:

    • ​Be Diligent if you lose one
    • Know there will be other houses coming on the market
    • Be willing to make compromises with the next house
    • Use a Realtor that knows your neighborhod!


    Give Back to Your Decatur Community

    Decatur couple donating excess

    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:

    • The American Kidney Foundation - If you live in Decatur, their trucks will come to your house for pickup.  Call them at 770-609-2200.  They accept furniture, clothing, etc.
    • Decatur Cooperative Ministry - In kind or cash donations - check their website for detailed information about needed items - no clothese but do accept packaged food items.
    • Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta - 404-356-8630 - can make arrangements for pickup of used furniture
    • Your Local Decatur Veterinarian - Old towels are always a welcome donation.
      • If you are in the process of moving or contemplating a move in the Decatur area, now is an excellent to weed out all those items that could be useful to someone else. It seems we all have too much "stuff"!

    Hot Atlanta! How to Survive an Atlanta Summer

    Wooden fence and arbor

    According to Weather.Com and Current Results,  a website that publishes weather and science facts,  Atlanta has an average summer temperature of 89.4 F!  It often feels much higher, but the temperature doesn’t often reach into the 100’s here, although highs in the 90’s can occur from May to September.

    Atlanta has an average of 217 sunny or partly sunny days during the year, but the summer months are often unbearably hot and uncomfortable.  Before air-conditioning,  Atlanta homeowners kept their homes darkened, with heavy drapes covering the windows to keep the hot air from the house during the day, and they opened windows in the evening for a possible breeze.  Atlantans are much cooler these days as our Atlanta homes, cars and work places are all comfortably air-conditioned.

    Here are a few ways to survive those really hot days:

    • Try to avoid being outside as much as possible, unless you are at the pool.
    • Mow your lawn and water your plants early in the day before the worst heat.
    • If you do have to be out, try to avoid the peak hours between 11am-2 pm
    • Apply  sunscreen 30 minutes prior to exposure, preferably 15 SPF
    • Wear a hat and encourage your children to wear one too
    • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water throughout the day

    Some Pool Safety Tips:

    • Avoid swimming if you are tired or just eaten
    • Don’t swim by yourself
    • Don’t leave children unsupervised – even with a lifeguard present
    • Stay out of the pool during lightening

    Enjoy your Atlanta Summer and stay safe!