Potential residents to Georgia’s capital city should be considering properties within one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods. South Downtown, Atlanta has been the subject of major plans within the past few years to reimagine and revitalize a neighborhood into something special. The real estate surrounding South Downtown has had a focus on arts and culture in the past, with artisanal shops and boutique stores aplenty. As one of the premier places along the Beltline for art, music and more, prospective residents wonder what’s next.
A major revamping of South Downtown Atlanta properties are in the works with an emphasis on restoring historic apartment buildings and renovating retail shops. Real estate group Newport has plans to reimagine this neighborhood with less car lanes and more bike paths. An overhaul is underway for South Downtown, which means that rental properties will be flush with opportunity, with plenty more dining and shopping, too.
One of the primary reasons South Downtown is a flourishing neighborhood is because of the culinary scene. Foodies can unite in eating at one of the many preserved properties this area has to offer. A few of the most popular restaurants to consider include:
- Kel’s Kitchen – A low-key spot to grab casual Southern food, Kel’s Kitchen always delights. For those looking to indulge in a bit of Southern comfort food, this is the place to do it.
- Buddy’s Snack Bar – Buddy’s Snack Bar is one of those simple, straightforward food joints in the area with light snacks and quick bites. Grab a hamburger and chips or a fresh tuna sandwich for a satisfying meal.
- 2 Boy’s BBQ – It would not be Atlanta without a barbecue joint in the mix. 2 Boy’s BBQ has zero gimmicks, but instead focuses on the true flavor of the south.
Beyond popular food options in South Downtown, there are also plenty of things to do and see while living in the neighborhood. This is not surprising with South Downtown being along the perimeter of the bustling Downtown Atlanta area. Entertainment and art options within South Downtown include favorites such as:
- The Masquerade
- Mammal Gallery
- Escif Mural
- Mitchel Street
- Sam3 Mural
- ROA Mural
With new conversion plans for South Downtown, Atlanta, rental homes have far more apartment buildings available than single family houses. For instance, The Kiser Building, which was once a shoe factory built in 1914 will be converted in an apartment building for over 40 new units. There are fewer opportunities to buy a house in South Downtown, with plenty more rentals in low rise and high-rise buildings.
The price for rental apartments in South Downtown varies, depending on the size of the unit. Cheap 1-bedroom units can be found in the City Plaza building with monthly rent averaging around $1,025. 2-bedroom lofts can also be found in the area with over 1,100 square-feet coming in at $1,999 monthly. The newer the building, the more rent will be. With many new developments popping up in the map, the cost of living is expected to increase in the neighborhood as well.
Many residents in the area are drawn there because of the strong artistic community. However, there are also unique shopping opportunities too, which make the neighborhood well-rounded. There are not many commercial spaces or big businesses in South Downtown, but instead local businesses and small shops. Taj Perfumes, for example, offers floor-to-ceiling perfumes and oils. Friedman’s Shoes offers an old school approach to various footwear. Or Miller’s Rexall Drugs, which has been a local’s favorite shop for homeopathic needs.
Public transportation is ranked high in this area, with a transit score of 80 out of 100. MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) stations even received a makeover in South Downtown, making the area easier and safer to get around. South Downtown has made walkability a primary focus during renovations, which is helpful for residents who prefer not to own an automobile. South Downtown has been ranked as the fifth most walkable neighborhood in Atlanta with a walk score of 89 out of 100. Additionally, with close proximity to Georgia State, South Downtown neighborhood has a significant amount of students traveling to and from campus which is why walkability and bikes lanes became a goal.
Crime tends to be an ongoing issue within the Downtown Atlanta scene. South Downtown falls in the area on the map as one of the neighborhoods with a higher crime rate. However, despite the higher levels of crime when compared to the rest of the city, there is still an ongoing focus as part of the revitalization project of safety. Long term property rebuilding and real estate development will help lead to South Downtown becoming safer over time.
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