Families looking for real estate in Atlanta may find everything they need – and more – in the small vicinity of Heritage Valley. With around 1,434 current residents, an affordable cost of living and low rates of crime, the neighborhood is popular amongst families with children and young professionals who regularly commute into the center of the city. Additionally, the suburbs of Heritage Valley are within close proximity to Downtown Atlanta, and popular beltline attractions, such as the Southwest Connector Trail. For instance, the Southwest Connector Trail is just 15 minutes away, while Downtown Atlanta is about a 23-minute drive, depending on traffic conditions.
Located just outside of the perimeter (also known as Interstate 285 or I-285), Heritage Valley is also a short drive to many top-rated colleges and universities. For instance, Georgia State University is about a 21-minute drive outside of the neighborhood, and the Georgia Institute of Technology is around 28 minutes away. Emory University, however, is typically a 33-minute drive outside of the neighborhood.
As for public transportation, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides residents with access to its convenient busing services. For instance, MARTA Bus Route 165 for Fairburn Road regularly stops along Fairburn Road at Garrison Drive, Melvin Drive, Heritage Valley Road, Ingledale Drive and Glenview Circle. Intersecting rail stations include the Hamilton-E-Holmes station, the last stop on the Blue Line. If residents need to drive to the station, they may park their vehicles in one of the 1,436 available parking spaces. However, Heritage Valley is not as bikeable or walkable as many other Atlanta suburbs, as its biking score is just 11 out of 100, and its walking score is four.
In the suburb of Heritage Valley, several options for dining are available to residents, including Fellini’s Pizza, Mulan Asian Cuisine, Beautiful Restaurant, Starbucks Coffee and Piece of Cake Bakery. Other local restaurants include The Optimist, Restaurant 356, Pizza Hut and Chili’s Grill & Bar. As for shopping in the perimeter of Heritage Valley, residents may shop at retailers such as Kroger, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and The Home Depot. Other retailers can be found in the Westgate Shopping Center, Greenbriar Mall, Fallas Discount Stores and Cascade Crossing.
While possible weekend activities may include a trip to the AMC Camp Creek 14, Sprouts Farmer’s Market or the Atlanta State Farmer’s Market, residents may also head Downtown to popular family-friendly attractions, such as Zoo Atlanta or the Georgia Aquarium. Zoo Atlanta is about 24 minutes away, while the Georgia Aquarium is about a 27-minute drive.
Furthermore, those who occupy real estate in Heritage Valley may enroll their school-aged children in a variety of top-rated schools. For instance, potential schools in the suburb of Heritage Valley include the following:
- The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, Elementary Campus – A public school serving grades K through 5.
- The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, Middle Campus – A public middle school serving grades 6 through 8.
- The Charles R. Drew Charter School – A public school with programs in first through fifth grade, preschool and kindergarten.
- The Kindezi School – A public high school for students in grades 9 through 12.
- Wesley International Academy – A public school serving grades K through 8.
Moreover, most homes in Heritage Valley are occupied by children, older adults and millennials. Of those who occupy real estate in the neighborhood, about 31 percent are children younger than 17 years of age, 19 percent are 65 years of age or older, and around 15 percent are millennials between the ages of 25 and 34. Additionally, 56 percent of residents are female, while 44 percent are male. As for racial diversity, about 99 percent of residents are African American.
Since the Georgia State vicinity of Heritage Valley is the 39th-safest neighborhood in Atlanta, the area is ideal for families with children. Additionally, the neighborhood provides its residents with the 16th-lowest cost of living in Atlanta, as the median home value is an affordable $85,700. Most homes for sale in the area are valued between $50k and $99k (41 percent), while 33 percent are worth between $100k and $199k. Popular styles of houses in Heritage Valley include traditional ranch homes or those with split-level floor plans. Contemporary properties or newly renovated homes are also available.
As for rentals, the median cost of rent in Heritage Valley is $920 per month, comparable to the national average of $949. For instance, 49 percent of rental units cost between 500 a month and $999, while 32 percent may cost as much as $1,499 per month. However, owner financed houses account for 58 percent of all properties in the vicinity, while just 42 percent are rented. While apartments are uncommon in the vicinity, nearby neighborhoods, such as Ben Hill Terrace and Ben Hill Acres, are home to several different housing units.
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