Atlanta Real Estate Blog

By Sam Brannan of Trulia

The Atlanta metropolitan area is a thriving business hub, and is experiencing an urban renewal as its workforce grows Atlanta has the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country –home to companies like Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, and Turner Broadcasting. With a healthy unemployment rate of 5.3, the ATL is seeing gentrification and an influx of new residents in Intown neighborhoods like Old Fourth Ward, Edgewood and Reynoldstown. 

Old Fourth Ward (O4W)

The historic town of Old Fourth Ward, home to the MLK National Historic Site, has become one of the most desirable places to live in Atlanta. Over the last two decades, real estate prices have shot up, growing 105 percent year over year with a the

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The Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta is a historic community of more than 3,000 households on the east side of Atlanta, a “small town in the big city.”

The original Kirkwood neighborhood, designed by architect Will Saunders in the 1870s, became a streetcar suburb of Atlanta by 1910. It was originally a neighborhood known for its “beautiful suburban villas,” thanks to the beautiful architecture of its homes.

Kirkwood is now entirely in DeKalb County and is bordered by Oakhurst, Edgewood, East Lake, and Lake Claire.

While a few statelier Victorian style Queen Anne and Greek Revival homes occupy the neighborhood, Kirkwood is comprised mostly of the iconic two-story craftsmen-style American Foursquare homes and Craftsman bungalows. There are also

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Edgewood, located near Little Five Points (L5P), Cabbagetown, Kirkwood and East Atlanta, is one of Intown Atlanta's most booming and vibrant neighborhoods. It's also an affordable place to live for many first-time homebuyers.

Home values in Edgewood have escalated in the past three years, and the neighborhood appears to be continuing its pattern of strong growth. Businesses are thriving; the population is increasing; neighborhood parks, trails and associations remain strong.

Homes in Edgewood are available at a wide variety of price points, and entry-level or "starter" homes are still affordable – at least for now. Edgewood offers homes ranging from less than $200,000 up to more than $500,000.

Let's take a closer look at life in Edgewood.

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Sherwood Forest

First developed in the 1940s, Sherwood Forest is a quiet, residential neighborhood which runs adjacent to Ansley Golf Course. Going with the Robin Hood theme, the main thoroughfare is Robin Hood Road, with Friar Tuck Road and Little John Trail overlooking the greens.  On Lady Marian Lane and Nottingham Way you’ll find well-kept mid-century ranch style homes.

Since the Sherwood Forest neighborhood is within walking distance of the Beltline’s loop, residents look forward to a future Beltline connection.

Virginia Highlands

What started as an early 20th-century streetcar suburb, Virginia-Highland is a neighborhood named after the intersection of Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue, the heart of a busy commercial district

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There’s no question that the Atlanta Beltline’s miles of trails, acres of green space and improved access to transit is transforming the city of Atlanta.

The Beltline creates economic boosts to Atlanta's Intown neighborhoods, new access to employment opportunities, and creates the opportunity for foot traffic (and bike traffic) to reach new retail and office space. 

Guess what? It's not alone.

The Beltline isn’t the only redevelopment project that can breathe new life into the City of Atlanta.

In the coming decades, the following five projects — Turner Field, Fort McPherson, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Underground Atlanta, and Bellwood Quarry — will have the potential to transform the city and, perhaps more importantly, the surrounding

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Atlanta BeltlineWe know that Atlanta is unique – and not just because of Coca-Cola, CNN and the CDC.

Atlanta stands out among major U.S. cities because of what it doesn't possess: a navigable waterway.

Why does that matter? Read on.

Many major U.S. cities are built on navigable waterways. Minneapolis, St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans are located on the historic Mississippi River. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are located along the Ohio River. New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle are coastal cities.

Atlanta is one of the few major U.S. cities that isn’t built on a major river or near a large body of water. (The Chattahoochee isn't navigable for major shipping or transport.)

Many major cities in the United States grew along rivers banks

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Atlanta’s history is rich with stories of triumph, failure … and new beginnings.

Ponce City Market, a building that’s playing a vital role in transforming Old Fourth Ward and the surrounding neighborhoods of Midtown and Virginia Highlands, is a perfect example.

This once-abandoned building is a key player in the redevelopment of one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods.

In this article, we’ll discuss the history of both Ponce City Market and Old Fourth Ward, sharing ideas on how the redevelopment of the former Sears distribution center is fundamentally changing Intown Atlanta.

Sears, Roebuck & Co.’s Iconic Building

In 1926, Sears, Roebuck & Co. was one of the nation's leading consumer goods companies. At the time, a substantial proportion of

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The neighborhoods in central and surrounding Atlanta offer a unique compilation of small-town charm with city-center access. Atlanta is a vibrant city with fun activities, art exhibits, and great local businesses.

If you love living in a close-knit neighborhood, and enjoy the ability to walk or bike to anything in the city, check out these top nine pedestrian and bike friendly Atlanta neighborhoods.

1) Midtown

Midtown, Atlanta is an epicenter of family fun, shopping, dining, and local events. It is known mostly for being the “heart of the arts” for the Southeast. With 25 different arts and cultural venues and 22 entertainment facilities, you’ll never run out of fun and diverting performances to attend.

Midtown is also great for accessibility,

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Buyers find lots of reasons to lose sleep when purchasing a home, but coming up with a 20 percent down payment shouldn’t be a source of anxiety.

In the days before government groups guaranteed mortgage loans, lenders usually required 20 percent down payments so buyers would have some skin in the game – equity –and incentive to keep paying down their mortgage debt.

Today, however, lenders can accept less than 20 percent down payment because a myriad of government agencies will guarantee the loans under specific conditions. And even if your lender requires 20 percent down, there are ways of raising that money without tapping out your savings.

Here are some ways you can handle a down payment so you can buy the house you love.

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10 overlooked way to prepare your Atlanta home for saleYou want your home to stand out when you list it for sale, but you’re not a design expert. You may watch HGTV on occasion to get some ideas, but every time you do, you feel overwhelmed. The average busy person just doesn’t have the skill or the time to tackle most of the projects they show.

Fear not, intrepid homeowner — there are 10 easy things you can do to make sure your house impresses potential buyers, and you don’t need a ton of time or an extensive tool collection to do them.

1. Make It Sparkle

It’s easy to overlook the little things when you’re getting your house ready for sale. You may clean the windows, polish the hardwood floors and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls, but sometimes the smaller details can make just as big of a

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