Mays is located on the far west end of the city, bordered by the Beltline to its right. Cascade Heights Commercial District – the city’s latest community engagement initiative – was recently built a few miles away and makes Mays an attractive location for residents. The neighborhood is filled with townhouses and tall trees that permeate the front yards of the homes that line every street. If you’re looking to get away from the hectic pace of the city, Mays might be just right for you.
You will most likely not find multifamily homes like apartments in this neighborhood. The majority of residences are contemporary-style townhomes, with only a few houses throughout the gated community. As such, Mays is ideal if you value the privacy and intimacy that comes with buying or renting single family properties.
Townhouses with one bedroom are hard to find in Mays, as 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom homes are much more common. Townhomes for sale in this community have about 1,600 to 1,800 square footage and range from $74,000 to $149,000. This is considerably less than the national average of $184,000, which makes this neighborhood very affordable. In addition to the affordable home sale prices, the interior and exterior features of homes in this area often include the following:
- Hardwood floors
- Walk-in closet
- Garage spaces
It’s important to note that because these homes are more affordable than other neighborhoods in the county, they are generally unfurnished. Furthermore, annual Homeowners Association (HOA) fees are required for some properties, but this will depend on the home you choose to purchase.
If you are interested in renting a townhouse in Mays, the monthly cost is usually between $1,200 and $1,400, which is above the national average for rent. Rental units include similar amenities to townhouses for sale, but they often do not come with paid utilities. Because of this, 64 percent of residents in Mays choose to own their homes rather than rent, as owning is usually more cost effective in this neighborhood.
As you shop for homes, you may be curious about your potential neighbors. To get a better sense of the community, here’s a quick overview of the residents in Mays:
- The population in this neighborhood is just under 800.
- Most residents are African-American, married and middle-aged, which makes it a calm and generally quiet community.
- About a third of residents are college educated and most work in blue-collar positions.
When it comes to transportation, the neighborhood has been given a walking score of 18, as most trips require a vehicle. The majority of those who own or rent homes in Mays, 85 percent to be exact, commute into the city by car. However, some residents do use the city’s public transportation system, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), to commute to and from Atlanta. The neighborhood is surrounded by bus stops, and the No. 165 and 68 buses run all day.
Another important concern for most potential buyers is safety. While there are some reports of violent and property crimes, the crime rate here is low compared to the rest of the county. Mays is also a gated community, which adds another level of security and makes crime much less prevalent.
If you’re considering purchasing or renting properties in this neighborhood and also have children, finding good local schools important. Schools in the district have a ranking of B or lower, but there are also A-ranked charter schools not too far away from Mays if you want to explore additional options. The top schools in the area are as follows:
- West Manor Elementary
- Adamsville Elementary
- Benjamin E. Mays High
- The Kindezi School West
- The Main Street Lower Academy
- OMNI International School
One of the most recommended schools on the list above is West Manor. Located to the east of the neighborhood, West Manor is less than two miles away and is one of the best schools in the area. It consistently performs better than the state average, and its overall performance is around 76 percent higher than other schools in the state.
Being outside of the perimeter doesn’t mean Mays is void of fun entertainment options. From the family-friendly Cascade Family Skating arena to nearby parks like Utoy Park and West Manor Park, there are options for all types of interests. Some entertainment options for residents to enjoy include the following:
- For great dining options, there is a local wings spot called Atlanta’s Best Wings just outside the neighborhood. As the name suggests, this top-rated restaurant serves flavorful wings with several sauce options and tasty comfort food.
- Art enthusiasts can visit the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center and the Arnika Dawkins Photographic Fine Art Gallery on the lower west end of the neighborhood.
- If you enjoy swimming, you can also visit the Adamsville Recreation Center just north of Mays.
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