Just south of the Atlanta Beltline is the small neighborhood of Leila Valley, an area with affordable homes and a low cost of living. In these Atlanta suburbs, the median home value is just $53,270, compared to the national average of $184,700. As for rentals in Leila Valley, the median cost of rent is $745 per month, about $200 less than the national average. Moreover, this neighborhood provides its residents with the seventh-lowest cost of living in all of Atlanta.
While most residences in the neighborhood are affordable, only about 39 percent of residents own the place in which they live. In comparison, 61 percent of properties in Leila Valley are rented. For Instance, rental units are available at local housing complexes such as Constitution Hill Apartments and at Constitution Avenue, and mobile homes are available for rent at the nearby Colony South Mobile Home Park. Since the median household income in Leila Valley is just $21,180, most homes in the neighborhood are affordably priced to meet the financial needs of the lower-income families that live there.
Most properties for sale in Leila Valley are ranch homes with three or four bedrooms and as many as two bathrooms. While most homes for sale in the neighborhood were built between the years 1945 and 1960, many have since been renovated to attract more buyers to the area.
Another benefit of living in this neighborhood is its close proximity to Downtown Atlanta. Properties in Leila Valley are only about 23 minutes (around six miles) from the downtown area and around 20 minutes from Georgia State University.
Additionally, those who own or rent real estate in Leila Valley are pleased with the neighborhood’s charming feel, quiet environment and convenient access to workplaces and local businesses. For example, some local businesses nearby include:
- Fox Auto Salvage
- Woodford Logistics
- Morgan Southern Equipment Repair
- Atlantic Intermodal Services
While the perimeter of Leila Valley is not home to any restaurants, shopping centers or retailers, local eateries include:
- Church’s Chicken
- Something Special Restaurant
- Zappollis Pizzeria
The closest retailers can be found at the Citi Center Shopping Center, Stewart Lakewood Shopping Center, Crossroads Shopping Center, Big Brother Food Mart, Carver Neighborhood Market and Tanner’s Corner Grocery.
Other places of interest include:
- The nearby Rebel Valley Park and Tullwater Park, located just outside of Leila Valley in the Lakewood area.
- Zoo Atlanta, which is a 16-minute drive from the neighborhood.
- Boulevard Crossing Park, which is just 10 minutes away by car.
- H. Stanton Park, which is about 13 minutes north of the neighborhood.
In the suburb of Leila Valley, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is somewhat accessible to residents. For instance, residents have access to the following public transportation options that either pass through or intersect the neighborhood:
- Route 55 for Jonesboro Road
- Route 4 for Moreland Avenue
- Five-Points rail station
- Inman-Park rail station
However, the neighborhood still has a transit score of just 44 out of 100, which means most errands in Leila Valley require the use of a personal vehicle. Additionally, the neighborhood is not very walkable or bikeable, as its overall walking score is just 12 and its biking score is 19.
Those who wish to own or rent homes in the area will be happy to note that Leila Valley has a theft rate that is lower than the national average. However, as it is located close to Downtown Atlanta, the overall crime rate of the neighborhood is higher than the national average and on par with the other neighborhoods in the area.
Additionally, the neighborhood is not as diverse as other neighborhoods in Atlanta, as 88 percent of residents are African American, six percent are Hispanic, five percent are white and just one percent are Asian.
Of those who occupy single family homes or rental units in Leila Valley, most are adults between 55 and 64 years of age, or children younger than 10. As almost a quarter of the population is made of children, the neighborhood has many schooling options available to its residents and their children. Top-rated schools in the area for families who own homes in Leila Valley include:
- The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, Elementary Campus – An approximately 422-student facility serving grades kindergarten through fifth.
- The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, Middle Campus – A 237-student school serving grades six through eight.
- Charles R. Drew Charter School – A 1,023-student school with programs for preschool, kindergarten and grades one through five.
- The Kindezi School – A 662-student facility serving grades kindergarten through eight.
- KIPP Atlanta Collegiate – A 638-student high school serving grades nine through 12.
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