Florida Heights properties include townhomes, apartments and single family homes. This small neighborhood is located southwest of downtown Atlanta and borders Interstate 20 and Peyton Road. Westview Cemetery hugs the community to the south. Home prices are affordable in the area but the real estate market is competitive. Investors have taken notice of Florida Heights because it offers an easy commute to downtown and includes many homes that are in need of renovation. Potential residents are attracted to this neighborhood for its inexpensive home and rental prices, the quiet neighborhood and convenient transportation options.
Florida Heights is home to 2,198 residents who earn an average household income of about $30,000. The median age for residents in the neighborhood is 36 and only about one quarter of all households in the area consist of families with children. About half the residents own their homes while the other half are renters.
The community is currently in the middle of a transition phase. Tiny bungalows in need of repair are being purchased by local investors who complete renovations and resell the properties for higher price points. The vacancy rates in the area are high due to the numerous empty homes that are currently being worked on. The median home sales price is $86,500 in Florida Heights. However, the average listing price for homes is increasing drastically as investors place their finished projects on the market.
These renovated properties can be listed at prices well over 250k. Most are located in the southwestern portion of the community near Lionel Hampton Park. Many investors only update home interiors so the traditional and bungalow-style charm of these historic homes remain.
In addition to rental homes, Florida Heights is also home to many apartment complexes. Most of these complexes are located in the northern part of the community near Interstate 20. The most popular apartment complexes include:
- Peaks of MLK
- Sterling Gardens
- Kings Glen Apartments
- Dogwood Apartments
The median monthly rent in Florida Heights is $936. Studio apartments rent for an average of $883 per month while 3 bedroom rentals are usually priced around $1,295.
Since the cemetery and park take up the southern area of Florida Heights, most restaurant and shopping options are located in the northern part of the neighborhood. Irie Café is a quick spot to grab chicken wings or French fries and Unity Restaurant serves Southern-style breakfast and lunch, such as chicken and waffles. Fred’s Grocery Store on MLK Jr. Drive offers discounted groceries and home goods for locals. Additional options within the perimeter of Florida Heights include:
- CVS Pharmacy
- Dollar General
- Bargain Wholesale
Residents looking for more extensive dining or shopping options can travel to nearby Harland Terrace for MLK Food Mart or Wayfield Foods. The suburbs of Florida Heights are not far from downtown Atlanta and residents in search of boutique shopping or fine dining can travel into the city for expansive options.
Since there are not many establishments close to the homes and apartments in Florida Heights, residents do not find this area walkable. Several busy roads in the community are equipped with bike lanes, so residents have the option of biking to local establishments and throughout the neighborhood. However, most use their own vehicles to get around and commute to work.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is the bus and train public transportation option that connects neighboring areas to downtown Atlanta. Florida Heights is home to several MARTA bus stations that allow residents to gain quick and easy access to areas in and around the city. Residents who catch a MARTA bus at one of the northern stations on MLK Jr Drive have access to bus routes 3 and 867. MARTA bus route 3 takes passengers east and west while 867 moves in a circular and more extensive route. Bus riders who wait at southern stations in Florida Heights off Larchwood Road will only have access to bus route 867.
The Atlanta BeltLine is an ongoing project that includes an expansive web of jogging and biking trails connected throughout Atlanta neighborhoods. The Southwest BeltLine Connector, also called the Lionel Hampton Trail, is easily accessible in Lionel Hampton Park, located in the southwest portion of Florida Heights. The trails are equipped with benches and water fountains at consistent intervals. Residents can also enjoy the park’s greenspace and children’s playground.
Children living in properties in Florida Heights enroll at Peyton Forest Elementary School, Young Middle School and Mays High School. Additional nearby schools that Florida Heights homes may be zoned for include Beecher Hills Elementary School or Douglass High School. Atlanta Public Schools have low ratings, so parents may opt to send children to local private schools, such as Worthy’s Christian Academy Private School or Berean Christian Jr Academy Private School.
Property crime and personal crime ratings in Florida Heights are higher than in many Atlanta neighborhoods. Most crimes were concentrated in the northeastern portion of the community.
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