One of the northwest suburbs of Atlanta that is often overlooked as a prospective place to live is the neighborhood of Ridgewood Heights. Many potential residents moving to Atlanta might think that real estate far north of the city center does not have many advantages. However, Ridgewood Heights is a family-friendly, high ranking community that features tons of green space, high value homes and has an excellent school system.
It is common to own a single family home in Ridgewood Heights, especially for those just entering the neighborhood. Despite the fact that it is more common to own a home in Ridgewood Heights, as approximately 73 percent of residents own their home and only 27 percent rent, the price for homes in the area is quite high. The median home value in the neighborhood is $273,200, which is almost $100,000 more than the national average. However, there are a variety of prices available depending on the home you wish to purchase. Some of these options include:
- 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom residences are priced at around $500,000.
- 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom luxury houses are priced just under $1,000,000.
- Smaller houses on the perimeter of the neighborhood are priced between $300,000 and $400,000.
Owning a house in Ridgewood Heights can be costly, and renting, unfortunately, is not much cheaper.
Since the community is more affluent and upscale, potential residents will not find cheap studio apartments or inexpensive apartment buildings dotting the main street. There are very few opportunities to rent in this neighborhood, and most of the available options are houses not apartments. Although the median rent in the area is $1,130 a month, renting an unfurnished 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house can range from $2,000 to $2,500 a month.
While Ridgewood Heights might not have many restaurants directly within the center of the neighborhood, there are still plenty of options to dine throughout the surrounding suburbs. Prospective residents can rest assured that there is a wide variety of international cuisines available, including restaurants like:
- Marcos Pizza
- Patrick’s Sub Shop
- New Dragon Chinese
- Pero’s Italian
- You You Japanese
- Krispy Krunchy Chicken
- Desi Spice Indian Cuisine
It is important to note that resident cannot walk to the aforementioned restaurants or many of the attractions that surround the neighborhood, as the walk score for Ridgewood Heights is only a 21 out of 100. This indicates that the community is very car-dependent and that few, if any, errands can be completed on foot or by bike. However, even with a low walk score, there are many public transportation opportunities to and from the area. For instance, residents can hop on a bus to get to the closest Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) station, which will take them throughout the busiest parts of Atlanta, including the downtown area which is just eight miles away.
Many families choose to live in Ridgewood Heights homes because of the schools that serve the neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. The A and B schools that cater to this community include:
- Brandon Elementary School
- Sutton Middle School
- Harper-Archer Middle School
- North Atlanta High School
In addition to elementary, middle and high school educations, there are plenty of colleges and universities nearby, as well. For instance, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse College both serve the Downtown Atlanta area and are only mere miles away from Ridgewood Heights.
As an A-ranked neighborhood in Atlanta, Ridgewood Heights is known for its beautiful houses and high safety rating. Those who rent or own homes in the area will be happy to hear that both violent and property crimes in this neighborhood are well below the state average, which makes this neighborhood very desirable for families. In fact, there were only 60 burglaries per 100,000 residents, which is extremely low compared to the national average of 500 per 100,000 residents.
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