Two other "good" public elementary school districts are nearby and feed into the Inman Middle School and Grady High School - those are Mary Lin Elementary and Springdale Park elementary, and they cover neighborhoods like Inman Park, Candler Park, parts of Druid Hills, parts of Virginia Highland and other nearby neighborhoods.
Outside of Atlanta's city limits, the neighborhoods north of Decatur, and just East of the Atlanta limits, offer some of the "good" schools like Fernbank, Sagamore Hills and Oak Grove, just to name a few.
Living in Buckhead offers other "good" school options.
All of these options are predicated by your price range, so if you want to explore the submarkets, please email me and I'll arrange access for you on Listingbook, perhaps the best, most up to the minute real estate website for consumers looking in Intown Atlanta.
Finally, remember that the city of Decatur is loaded with value, "good" schools and great, walkable neighborhoods. It's 15 minutes from Midtown. Even cities like Avondale Estates, or neighborhoods south of downtown like Grant Park, offer "good" charter school options and great value per square foot.
If you would like a tour of the neighborhoods, I am happy to accomodate - seeing certain neighborhoods, street for street and during different times of the day, is helpful to determine your own personal opinion of safety.
I just wrote an article last week entitled "Intown Atlanta's #1 crime" about my recent auto break in Inman Park - it happened in the parking lot at my daughter's pre-school last Thursday night while I was attending a board meeting.
The article is in the web reference.
I don't feel unsafe because I was the victim of that crime - you'll see that I even looked the criminal in the eyes - I've lived in the Intown neighborhoods since 1998 and I feel more unsafe outside the perimeter in towns like Roswell and Johns Creek...
Your neighborhood has a big impact on your lifestyle. Follow these steps to find the perfect community to call home.
Is it close to your favorite spots? Make a list of the activities — movies, health club, church, etc. — you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering to engage in your most common activities.
Check out the school district. This is especially important if you have children, but it also can affect resale value. The Department of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores, class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. If you have school-age children, visit schools in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Also, check out http://www.schoolmatters.com.
Find out if the neighborhood is safe. Ask the police department for neighborhood crime statistics. Consider not only the number of crimes but also the type — such as burglaries or armed robberies — and the trend of increasing or decreasing crime. Also, is crime centered in only one part of the neighborhood, such as near a retail area? You can also check out http://www.onboardnavigator.com
Determine if the neighborhood is economically stable. Check with your local city economic development office to see if income and property values in the neighborhood are stable or rising. What is the percentage of homes to apartments? Apartments don’t necessarily diminish value, but do mean a more transient population. Do you see vacant businesses or homes that have been for sale for months?
See if you’ll make money. Ask a local real estate agent to get information about price appreciation in the neighborhood. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, this information may give you a sense of how good of an investment your home will be. A government planning agency also may be able to tell you about planned developments or other changes in the neighborhood — like a new school or highway — that might affect value.
Make personal observations. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three neighborhoods, go there and walk around. Are homes tidy and well maintained? Are streets quiet? How does it feel? Pick a warm day if you can and chat with people working or playing outside.
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You will do well to narrow your search based on the best elementary schools since Atlanta is a city with hundrreds of neighborhoods, often quite small. The best elementary schools usually feed into the best middle and high schools.
For convenience to midtown, look at Morningside Elementary serving the neighborhoods of Morningside, part of Ansley Park, and Lenox Park. Just to the south, are Springdale Park Elementary School serving Midtown and Virginia Highlands. A little further away are Mary Lin Elementary serving Inman Park, Candler Park and Lake Claire. Generally speaking, the price per square foot drops from north to south.
For the best value in terms of price/sqft, lot size, and neighborhood amenities, look at the Neighborhood Charter School and Atlanta Charter Middle School serving Grant Park and Ormewood Park.
For "gold plated" name recognition and all that goes with it, look at Sara Smith Elementary School in Buckhead.
Going a littler further afield, but in easy reach of Midtown are Fernbank Elementary and Oak Grove Elementary schools. You should also look at the City of Decatur for great overall schools, walkable downtown, and attractive neighborhoods.
Email or call me at 404-425-4945 if I can be of further assistance.
As for more specific neighborhoods to consider I live and work in the area and suggest searches focused on Morningside Elementary, Springdale Park Elementary, Morris Brandon Elementary and Sarah Rawson Smith Elementary. If you would like to message me I can get you specific information on what is available.