Monroe Heights properties are attractive to professionals in the area who work in downtown Atlanta or in the Atlanta Industrial Park. The neighborhood is about 25 minutes northwest from the city by car. The community borders Interstate 285, also referred to as The Perimeter, so it is easy to visit many neighboring areas. The neighborhood is also bordered by several creeks that feed into the Chattanooga River, and includes a park with plenty of greenspace, making it an ideal home for outdoorsy residents.
Real estate in Monroe Heights is usually inexpensive, and the area includes mostly single family bungalows and plenty of one story fixer upper homes for sale. Houses that have already been renovated by previous homeowners or investors are generally priced higher. The median home price in Monroe Heights is $98,500. This average listing price is gradually increasing with the expanding number of renovated home sales.
Monroe Heights encompasses a small area with limited real estate, just a few over 700 residents. The median resident age is 28, and the average household income is $36,477. Most residents are African-American, and have earned high school diplomas or attended some college courses. About 60 percent of residents opt for rental properties in the area.
The median monthly rent in Monroe Heights is $938. Since the majority of residents rent apartments and other types of properties, the rental market in the area is often competitive. Peaks at West Atlanta is one of the few apartment complexes in the area. The gated community features a business center, a clubhouse, a playground, a community pool and a fitness center. There are several floorplans available, including 1 bedroom apartments and 3 bedroom units. Before visiting the complex, potential residents are encouraged to contact the office to inquire about availability for monthly rentals.
Since Monroe Heights is in the suburbs, the neighborhood does not have a lot to offer in terms of dining or shopping options. Residents can travel to nearby English Park for fast-food options, including Burger King, Krispy Krunch Chicken and Iron Skillet restaurant. The closest grocery stores to the neighborhood are in Carey Park and include Ok Supermarket, La Nene Grocery and Mh Supermarket. Surrounding communities are easy to travel to by car using The Perimeter or Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.
There are two Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) bus stations in Monroe Heights and several surrounding the neighborhood. MARTA is an expansive line of bus and train routes that allows residents to travel to surrounding communities or into downtown Atlanta. All three MARTA bus stations in Monroe Heights are located on Northwest Drive at the intersections of:
- Mango Circle
MARTA passengers can hop on Bus Route 153 at any one of these stations. The route travels north and south, eventually intersecting with additional routes and trains to gain access to the city.
Monroe Heights is not considered a walkable community, due to the lack of local establishments in close proximity. Northwest Drive offers a bike lane, making it safe for residents to bike to neighboring communities, if desired. However, most residents use their own cars or MARTA as main sources of transportation.
Real estate in Monroe Heights is attractive for young professionals who work at the Atlanta Industrial Park, since the park borders the westside of the neighborhood. Numerous businesses call the industrial park home, including:
- Pratt Industries
- Outfront Media
- Wamar Technologies
- AFC International
Employees who are looking for a short commute and inexpensive properties are usually impressed with the homes available in Monroe Heights.
Near the Atlanta Industrial Park is a sports complex called One-Touch Soccer that offers indoor soccer leagues. There is also a recreation complex called English Park Recreation Center that features a children’s playground and greenspace. On the other side of The Perimeter and on the southern end of Monroe Heights is A.D. Willliams Park, which lies on the Williams Elementary School campus. The 11-acre park features a baseball diamond, basketball courts, lighted soccer fields and covered pavilions with picnic tables.
Properties within Monroe Heights are zoned for Atlanta Public Schools. Children in the area attend W. J. Scott Elementary School, Harper-Archer Middle School and Douglass High School. The public schools and the Atlanta Public Schools district have low ratings. However, there are also private school options in nearby communities, including Imhotep Academy in Fairburn Heights and The SAE School in Cobblestone.
Monroe Heights is also home to Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA). The Atlanta public school is open to girls in the area who qualify for and successfully enroll in the program. It focuses on rigorous college preparation coursework and strives to empower girls and increase confidence in their learning abilities.
Crime ratings within the perimeter of Monroe Heights were about-average, when compared to other Atlanta neighborhoods. Personal crimes were ranked slightly higher, while property crimes were ranked slightly lower than what is experienced in other Atlanta communities.
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