Those looking for homes for sale or rent may want to explore the tiny neighborhood of Rockdale located in northwest Atlanta. Situated just west of the Georgia Institute of Technology, it is relatively close to downtown and not much further from bustling districts like Buckhead. Rockdale also has a decidedly suburban atmosphere despite its proximity to Downtown Atlanta.
Rockdale has a population of only 1,562 residents. Here is a small glimpse into the community’s demographics to help potential buyers and renters understand the make-up of this neighborhood:
- 86 percent of residents are African-American and only 13 percent are white.
- 62 percent of residents are female.
- 36 percent of those living in homes in Rockdale have an Associate’s degree or some college education.
- Residents with a Master’s or a Bachelor’s degree comprise 21 percent and 22 percent of the neighborhood, respectively.
- Over 60 percent of residents are older than 35 years of age.
The median household income of those living in Rockdale is $27,981 per year, which is about half of the national median of $55,322 a year. You can see this reflected in the fact that 40 percent of Rockdale residents make less than $25,000 per year and 35 percent earn between $25,000 and $34,000 a year.
Although it is a relatively low-income neighborhood, the median home value in Rockdale is $206,000, which is slightly above the national median of $184,700. It is also no surprise that 77 percent of residents rent homes here rather than own, as the median price of rental properties in Rockdale is $787 per month versus the national median of $949 per month. The price distributions for both sales and rentals in Rockdale are as follows:
- Homes for sale:
- 53 percent are valued between $200,000 and $399,000
- 31 percent are worth between $100,000 and $199,000
- Only seven percent are valued between $50,000 and $99,000
- Eight percent are valued under $50,000
- 62 percent cost between $500 and $999 a month
- 23 percent cost between $1,000 and $1,499 a month
- 13 percent cost less than $500 a month
- Only three percent cost between $1,500 and $1,999 a month
There are not many options available for those interested in renting an apartment in the area, as most of the housing options consist of single family houses.
In addition to affordable homes, Rockdale’s crime and safety rating is above average, which makes it one of the safer neighborhoods in Atlanta. Both violent and property crime rates are far lower in this neighborhood when compared to the national average and the crime rate in other Atlanta neighborhoods. Rockdale’s high safety rating makes it a desirable place to live and increases the value of homes in the area.
Those who choose to live in Rockdale homes will need to keep in mind that this neighborhood is not one of Atlanta’s most walkable. Residents will have to depend more on cars for transportation as there are only a couple of transit options and minimal bike infrastructure.
As mentioned, those living in Rockdale may notice that the neighborhood is not close to many restaurants or shopping options. However, there are some places residents can go to eat without travelling too far from home. Some of the best options include:
- Taquereia del Sol – This eatery opened in 2000 and has a Mexican fusion flair. There are also vegetarian options available here to accommodate different dietary restrictions.
- Bone Lick BBQ –Bone Lick BBQ is famous for its delicious southern style barbeque. Those who own homes in the area can find pulled pork, smoked meats and some of the best BBQ sauce in Atlanta right here.
- 5 Seasons Brewing – This local ale house serves up great local beer along with an eclectic mix of dishes that includes pizzas, bar food, and Cuban food.
- A Town Wings – This local wing joint serves great food and has a friendly atmosphere that residents in the area enjoy.
For those who rent and own houses in Rockdale, there are many schooling options available in the neighborhood. Although the public school rating in the area is a D, A and B-ranked charter schools are available to residents who want to send their children to better schools. The best charter school options available include:
- Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
- Sutton Middle School
- North Atlanta High School
- Charles R. Drew Charter School
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