Finding real estate properties in solid, middle class neighborhoods in Atlanta can prove challenging. The Cascade Heights neighborhood is just such an area that was once home to Hank Aaron, a baseball legend and former home run king who once played for the Atlanta Braves. Bordered by I-285 on the west, it is also home to the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve and sits only a few miles to the southwest of the heart of downtown Atlanta.
You can find plenty of single family homes for sale. Even if you are not a buyer and your needs are better met by rentals such as apartments, Cascade Heights provides an economically diverse setting although it tends to be less ethnically diverse with 92 percent of the inhabitants being African-American. Hispanic residents make up only four percent and whites only two percent. Fifty-six percent of Cascade Height’s 9,500 residents are females. Thirty-two percent are high school graduates, 28 percent have some college or an associate’s degree while those with a master’s or bachelor’s degree account for 13 percent and 14 percent, respectively. The age distribution is fairly evenly spread across all age brackets, although there is a slightly larger number of residents over the age of 65 while the smallest segment is 18 to 24 years old.
The median income of people living in homes and apartments located in this neighborhood is $44,700 which is below the national median of $55,322:
- 27 percent make less than $25,000
- 25 percent earn $45,000 – $74,000
- 23 percent take home $25,000 – $44,000
- 20 percent make $75,000 – $149,000
- Five percent earn over $150,000
Cascade Heights possesses an urban atmosphere where real estate property is owned by 63 percent of its residents. Rentals comprise only 37 percent of the homes in which people live. The median home value is $104,996, significantly lower than the nation’s median value of $184,700. Thirty-three percent of homes in Cascade Heights are priced between $100,000 and $199,000 while another 32 percent are in the $50,000 to $99,000 bracket. Seventeen percent fall below $50,000 and 16 percent have prices between $200,000 and $399,000 while only two percent are valued above $400,000.
The median rental price is $1,031, just slightly above the national median of $949 per month. Forty-two percent cost between $500 and $999 and 37 percent fall into the price bracket of $1,000 to $1,499 per month. Fourteen percent are between $1,500 and $1,999 and only seven percent are less than $500.
Those who live in houses or apartments in Cascade Heights can find some restaurant options that cater to the Southern culinary traditions in Atlanta. Some of the establishments you may find include:
- Big Daddy’s Café – This Southern cuisine establishment blends a touch of Caribbean flavor into their recipes. In addition to daily lunch specials and traditional dishes, they also provide catering services for those looking to host a party with some professional cooking.
- R. Crickets – This is a regional chain that specializes in chicken wings. However, they are also well known for ribs, wraps, burgers, seafood and a variety of sandwiches from which to choose.
- The Beautiful Restaurant – This establishment opened in 1979 and has been serving traditional-style southern food ever since. It is a family friendly restaurant that prides itself on its religious principles where customer service and food are concerned in particular.
The Atlanta Public School (APS) system serves Cascade Heights. Those who own or rent property in this neighborhood can send their kids to Cascade Elementary, Young Middle and Mays High School. There are also excellent charter schools and private options for those who prefer not to use the APS options.
For those seeking real estate in this neighborhood, crime and safety in Cascade Heights receive well above average marks. Only 61 assaults per 100,000 people were reported (283 per 100,000 is the national average). There were only 20 robberies per 100,000 reported (136 national average). People living in homes in Cascade Heights experienced only 71 burglaries per 100,000 (500), 345 thefts (2,043) and 30 motor vehicle thefts (284).
Cascade Heights is not a very walkable neighborhood in Atlanta. Those living in houses and apartments in this area will more often need to rely on using a car to get around reliably. There are only two bus lines transiting the neighborhood and few bike lanes.
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