There’s Atlanta to the west: the sprawling metropolis. If something happens in the South, it’s a safe bet that it’s going to happen there first.
But to the east, it’s a slower pace of life. Decatur, Atlanta’s “city-within-a-city” calls 30030 home, and for as long as people have been flocking to Atlanta, they’ve been flocking here. The last couple of decades, in particular, have seen a spike of interest: the heart of Decatur has seen dozens of restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and music venues open their doors, making this neighborhood one of the prime spots where people from outside the area travel specifically for the lifestyle (a year-round calendar, peppered with iconic social events, doesn’t hurt either).
The need for living space has given birth to a number of subdued condo-style accommodations. Decatur has become a place of opportunity, after all, and has drawn young professionals in droves.
Same goes for families: street after street are lined with charming Victorian- and craftsman-style houses that have long-been restored to their original grandeur. The safe streets and ample yard spaces have been valued by the people who live there, but not any more than the quality of education. Truth be told, property taxes in Decatur aren’t low, but the tradeoff is one of the best school systems in the state. For many, this has been reason enough to make the move.
While small-city living is ideal for some, it’s very possible for a new family to appreciate amenities and proximity, but prefer something utterly peaceful for the day-to-day. Oakhurst and Winnona Park, just to the south, are two of those people-live-here-forever type of neighborhoods, but if the allure of Decatur meshes with a passion for small-town charm, this neighborhood is worth an inspection. The good deals have long-since been snatched up, but there’s always a chance the perfect property is waiting.
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