Just outside of the Beltline is the family-oriented neighborhood of Bolton, the fourth-best vicinity in Atlanta to buy a home. Real estate in Bolton is affordable, close to top-rated public schools and free from high rates of violent and property crimes. Within the past year, for instance, only one assault, three robberies, 23 burglaries and 165 thefts were reported in the vicinity. Additionally, properties in Bolton are within close proximity to the beltline’s Northside Trail, a one-mile walking, biking and running path connecting multiple North Atlanta neighborhoods.
Within the suburbs of Bolton, families can enjoy a variety of local attractions, including the Scofflaw Brewing Company, Nuevo Laredo Cantina, Marco’s Pizza, Star Café, the Atlanta Parkour and Spink Collins Park. Other Bolton businesses include Carolina Lumbar & Supply, D-BAT Buckhead, the Buckhead Gymnastics Center, NAPA Auto Parts, Tuxedo Glass & Mirror and Peachtree Publishers. Local retailers include Publix Supermarket, Bates Hardware and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Along the beltline, local attractions include Crest Lawn Memorial Park and Red Brick Brewing Company. Other notable businesses in the area include the Pepsi Beverages Company, located just outside of Bolton in Hills Park.
As for public transport, MARTA (the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) serves Bolton residents, as Route 60 for Hightower Road has multiple bus stops along Bolton Road. Other bus routes serving the area include the following:
- Route 1 for Marietta Boulevard/Joseph East Lowery Boulevard
- Route 14 for 14th Street/Blandtown
- Route 37 for Defoors Ferry Road
While MARTA is an effective mode of transportation in Bolton, the vicinity has a walking score of just 24 out of 100 and a biking score of 22, as most errands require the use of a vehicle.
Moreover, many apartments and housing complexes are available to those who wish to reside in Bolton. Nearby rentals are available at Bolton Park, Bridge Side, the Enclave at Riverside Village, Marietta Road High Rise, Westside Crossing, Moore’s Mill Village and SYNC at West Midtown. Manufactured houses are available at Central Mobile Home Village in the nearby Hills Park. Local condo complexes include One Riverside, Clayburne Place and Westover Plantation. Furthermore, the median rent in Bolton is $1,344, higher than the national average of $949. Most homes for sale in Bolton are valued at around $240,085, higher than the national average of $184,700. While rentals account for about 39 percent of all properties in Bolton, 61 percent of structures are owned.
Most Bolton homes are occupied by college educated adults who earn between $75k and $149k per year. For instance, 31 percent of households earn between $75k and $149k per year, 22 percent earn between $45k and $74k, and an additional 22 percent receive an annual salary of more than $150k. Within the perimeter of Bolton, the median household income is $84,920, and 39 percent of residents hold a bachelor’s degree, while 29 percent have a master’s or higher degree. About 14 percent of residents have an associate’s degree or some college education, while 12 percent hold a high school diploma. Only six percent of residents did not graduate from high school.
In Georgia state, Bolton is the eighth-most diverse neighborhood in Atlanta. Around 55 percent of residents are white, 23 percent are African American, 15 percent are Hispanic, four percent are two or more races and three percent are Asian. Additionally, Bolton’s residents consist of 50 percent men and 50 percent women. In the perimeter of Bolton, 26 percent of residents are between 25 and 34 years of age, while 23 percent are between 35 and 44 years of age. Around 18 percent of residents are younger than 10 years of age. For single family households with children, top-rated public schools serving the Bolton area include the following:
- The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter Schools – The school’s elementary campus teaches kindergarten through fifth grade, while the middle campus teaches grades six through eight.
- Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy – With a student to teacher ratio of 17 to one, the school teaches grades kindergarten through five.
- Nickajack Elementary School – With a student teacher ratio of 15 to one, the school teaches preschool, kindergarten and grades one through five.
- Imagine International Academy, Smyrna – With a student teacher ratio of 18 to one, the school serves grades kindergarten through eight.
- North Atlanta High School – With a student to teacher ratio of 17 to one, the high school serves grades nine through 12.
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