Audobon Forest real estate includes both sprawling estates and quaint tiny bungalows. The neighborhood is located in southwest Atlanta and offers a simple commute to the city. Audobon Forest and its surrounding communities, including Beecher Hills and Cascade Heights, is often referred to as “The Cascades.” Cascade Road intersects these neighborhoods and is a popular and scenic route into downtown Atlanta, giving the area its nickname. The Cascades are an up-and-coming area that are catching the eye of younger business professionals who want to get away from the bustle of the city and find homes with reasonable price tags.
There are 4,295 residents in Audobon Forest and the median age is 36. The median household income in the neighborhood is $55,276 and most residents are African American. However, since the area is gaining popularity with young downtown business professionals, more diversity is apparent. About 70 percent of residents own their homes instead of renting.
The median listing price for homes in Audobon Forest is $133,436. The suburbs in the neighborhood are small and there are not always a lot of homes for sale listed at once. Most living in the area are long-term residents who have no intention of moving. Therefore, the median listing price for homes gradually increases as the desire for real estate in the area intensifies. Young business professionals and other potential residents who see the beauty and peacefulness of the neighborhood are also impressed with the brick ranch homes and tree-lined streets. Spring Park is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in southern Audobon Forest.
Since houses for sale in the area have usually only had one owner for many years, most need updates and renovations. New residents can find great deals on properties in the neighborhood that need work. Foreclosures are also common so the area has piqued the interest of investors who are willing to have older homes renovated.
If single family homes for sale in the area are not available, there may be properties to rent. However, the rental market in Audobon Forest is also competitive since there are only a few apartment complexes nearby and rarely any rental properties available for newcomers. Allen Hills Apartments, located in the southern region of Audobon Forest, offers 1 bedroom to 4 bedroom floor plans. The community includes assigned parking and high-speed internet access.
The average monthly rent for all properties in Audobon Forest is $720. 1 bedroom rentals average monthly rent of $614 while 3 bedroom properties rent for an average of $838 monthly.
Audobon Forest is not a walkable neighborhood due to its lack of shopping and dining establishments. Within The Cascades, residents can travel to nearby JR Crickets Halftime or Big Daddy’s Café in Beecher a modern Caribbean restaurant. Grocery stores, including Publix and Walmart, are available west of The Perimeter (Interstate 285) in nearby Cascade Green.
Although Audobon Forest is car-dependent and most residents drive their own vehicles, public transportation is also an option for commuters and travelers. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) includes bus stations in the area that allow passengers access to routes into downtown or neighboring communities.
There are four MARTA bus stations within Audobon Forest on Benjamin E Mays Drive. Passengers can pick up Bus Route 68 at these stations, which runs east and west and makes a stop at the West End for extensive shopping and dining options. On the south side of Audobon Park, passengers can stop at one of the two MARTA stations on Cascade Road to hop on Bus Route 71, which also runs east and west.
Lionel Hampton-Beecher Hills State Park lies to the north of Audobon Forest, which offers beautiful greenspace, a playground and four miles of trails. To the south of Audobon Park is Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, which includes scenic views of springs and extensive hiking trails through the 120 acres of woods.
Properties in Audobon Forest are also increasing in value due to the high safety ratings of the community. Audobon Forest offers low property and violent crime rates. The neighborhood’s crime rates were recorded as less than average when compared to other Atlanta neighborhoods.
The suburbs of Audobon Forest are zoned for the Atlanta Public School district. Children in the neighborhood attend:
- Peyton Forest Elementary School.
- Beecher Hills Elementary School.
- Young Middle School.
- Mays High School.
These schools have low ratings that are similar to other public schools in the Atlanta Public School district. It is common for parents within the perimeter of Audobon Hills to send their children to private schools in the area, including Renaissance Montessori School and Black Star Educational Institute. Both schools are south of Audobon Forest on Cascade Road.
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