Swallow Circle-Baywood real estate is both affordable and conveniently located southeast from downtown Atlanta in Fulton County. The area is becoming increasingly popular with potential residents, because it hugs two different greenspaces, making for a quiet oasis just outside of bustling Atlanta. Commuting is easy for business professionals since the neighborhood is just a few miles from the Interstate 75 and 85 interchanges. Quaint bungalows and traditional ranch homes line the streets of this small community.
Swallow Circle-Baywood is located between the communities of Polar Rock and Lakewood. The beautiful South River meanders throughout the neighborhood, and the community includes all of beautiful Swann Preserve in the south, while South Bend Park lies to the north. Only about 1,300 residents live in this small community, and the median age is 31. Most residents are African-American and hold high school diplomas, or have completed some college coursework. The median salary earned by residents in the area is $19,655. About 60 percent of residents own their properties, instead of choosing rental options.
The average home sales price in Swallow Circle-Baywood is $79,400. Most homes were built in the 1950s and 60s, and have had interior renovations. Houses without renovations generally have lower price points. New construction in the community is rare, but there are several open lots for sale that may soon be home to brand-new houses or establishments, depending on the zoning.
Small brick bungalows, as well as two story homes with large yards on tree-lined streets, are common in this area. Most properties are located on Swallow Circle in the north or Baywood Drive in the south, which is how the area earned its nickname.
There are no rental apartments or condo buildings in Swallow Circle-Baywood. However, there are monthly rental apartment complexes located in nearby Lakewood Heights and Betmar Lavilla. Most of the 40 percent of residents who occupy rental homes generally choose housing that is for rent by owner, or through property managers. The average monthly rent for homes in the area is $1,039. Since the community is small, the home rental market is competitive, and vacancy rates are low. Generally, there are only a few homes for rent on the market at any given time.
Swallow Circle-Baywood does not have its own urban area, and consists solely of suburbs and greenspace. There are no dining or shopping options within the perimeter of the neighborhood, so residents must travel to nearby areas for errands or entertainment. A simple drive to downtown Atlanta makes it easy for residents to enjoy all the city has to offer, including the Atlanta Zoo in Grant Park or the many shops and restaurants in downtown Five Points, such as the Porter Beer Bar or The Vortex.
The community does not offer many sidewalks or bike lanes, and has a low walkability rating. Residents generally drive their own cars to commute to work or to explore other communities and local establishments. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is a bus and train line that connects downtown Atlanta to surrounding communities. There are several MARTA bus stations located in Swallow Circle-Baywood for residents who opt for public transportation, including:
- Macon Drive at 2324.
- Swallow Circle at Jay Place.
- Swallow Circle at Harper Road.
- Harper Road at 209.
- Macon Drive at Polar Rock Road.
At the Swallow Circle and Harper Road MARTA bus stations, passengers can catch route 155, which operates north and south. At the Macon Drive MARTA stations, passengers can travel route 178, which also runs north and south and ends at Hamilton Boulevard.
The Southtowne PATH trail is a jogging, hiking and biking trail that offers miles of enjoyable greenspace. This lengthy trail winds directly through Swallow Circle-Baywood and connects Swann Preserve and South Bend Park with a three-mile loop. Most residents can enter the trail directly from their homes or subdivisions to enjoy the mature greenery of the area. South Bend Park also offers picnic tables, a pavilion and a playground.
Properties in Swallow Circle-Baywood are located in the Atlanta Public Schools district. Children attend:
- Dobbs Elementary School
- Long Middle School
- South Atlanta High School
The public schools in the area have generally low ratings, which are reflective of the district’s low education rating. Parents in the area can also opt to enroll their children in nearby private schools, but they may need to pass admissions tests and pay tuition fees in order to complete school enrollment requirements. Some of the most popular private schools near Swallow Circle-Baywood include Atlanta Youth Academy in Leila Valley and Romar Academy in Colonial Hills.
The suburbs of Swallow Circle-Baywood have average property crime ratings and slightly above-average personal crime ratings when compared to other Atlanta neighborhoods. Crimes were mostly concentrated in the northwest area of the community.
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