Tucked away in South Atlanta, Lakewood Heights properties are attractive to downtown commuters who want to stay outside the city limits. Potential residents can purchase affordable real estate in a place that still offers a sense of community. The neighborhood’s close proximity to Interstate 85, also called the Downtown Connector, makes it easy for residents to head north and visit Atlanta establishments. The inexpensive home prices are refreshing for potential home buyers and new construction housing is also available in the up-and-coming area.
There are more than 8,200 residents in Lakewood Heights, and most are African-American with high school diplomas or the completion of some college courses. The median resident age is 31, and most homes include married couples or families with children. The median salary for Lakewood Heights residents is $24,537 per year, which is about half the national average of $55,352.
About 70 percent of residents live in rentals throughout Lakewood Heights. While apartments are common rentals, condos or other types of properties are also occupied by residents who are renting. The median monthly rental price in Lakewood Heights is $827. With the popularity of rentals, the leasing market can be tough for new residents to navigate. There may be apartments available at older complexes, such as The Station at Richmond Hill Apartments or Betmar Village. However, most newcomers must search for rental houses in the area to lease.
The median home price in Lakewood Heights is $77,289. Residents interested in buying property in the area can usually find tiny fixer upper real estate listings for a little over 50k. Most properties are older ranch homes with wood frames and siding that need updating or renovations, although some houses in the area have already undergone extensive renovations or have been reconstructed as new homes. On the west side of Lakewood Heights, a new construction neighborhood called River’s Station was recently built. Homes in this neighborhood range from $180,000 to $300,000.
Lakewood Heights is home to the Lakewood Amphitheater, also known as the Cellairis Amphitheater at Lakewood, one of the most unique outdoor music venues in Atlanta. The 75-acre property is next to the Lakewood Fairgrounds, and includes 4,000 reserved seats and lawn space for 12,000 or more concert-goers. The amphitheater has drawn world-famous performers, including Phish, Jimmy Buffet and Dave Matthews Band.
The venue is only about a mile from the center of the Lakewood Heights community, so it is within walking or biking distance for most residents. For those who prefer to utilize public transportation, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) includes bus and train routes that encompass all of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding neighborhoods. The Lakewood/Ft. McPherson MARTA station offers the red and gold lines for residents to travel into downtown or to other nearby areas.
South Bend Park is in southern Lakewood Heights, and offers picnic pavilions, water fountains, a children’s playground and a swimming pool. In addition, those living in dog friendly apartments or houses can take their pups to the South Bend dog park. The park also includes an Arts and Culture Center and an extensive trail for hikers or joggers, which can be picked up at Lakewood Avenue.
Within the perimeter of Lakewood Heights lies a few restaurants frequented by locals, including:
- Ideal Sportsbar: A local hotspot for late-night dancing and drinks located near the recently renovated Lakewood Stadium.
- Something Special Restaurant: Located off Highway 54, this spot offers small plates and comfort food.
- Kendall’s Corner Café: This quaint locale offers quick-service coffee, breakfast and lunch items on the east side.
- Twisted Sea: A west side seafood market, visit for for take-home or dine-in meals, alike.
Lakewood Heights has several culinary choices, but some residents may choose to take the MARTA or drive their cars closer to Atlanta for a plethora of dining options.
Residents usually travel to nearby neighborhoods or into the city for shopping trips. Lakewood Heights does not house many grocery stores or boutique shops. However, neighboring Amal Heights and Sylvan Hills offer more shopping options for residents. Since downtown Atlanta is less than 4 miles away, residents frequently visit well-known shopping areas in the city, when needed.
Properties in Lakewood Heights are zoned for the Atlanta Public Schools district. Children in Lakewood Heights attend the following schools:
- Slater Elementary School
- Thomasville Heights Elementary School
- Dobbs Elementary School
- Long Middle School
- Price Middle School
- Sylvan Middle School
- Carver High School
- Douglas High School
- South Atlanta High School
Most schools have average ratings when compared to other Georgia state public schools. Additionally, families living in rental houses or apartments or new homes purchased may choose to enroll students in local private schools, including Atlanta Youth Academy or The Ron Clark Academy.
Within the perimeter of Lakewood Heights, crime rates are slightly higher than the national average. Violent crimes, burglary and motor vehicle theft rates are elevated when compared to the national average. However, the theft rate in Lakewood Heights is slightly lower than the national average.
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