Just west of the beltline is the neighborhood of Collier Heights, a vicinity that is home to around 6,952 residents. Real estate in Collier Heights is affordable and provides residents with some of the lowest cost of living in Atlanta. Additionally, Georgia State University is a 15-minute car ride away and Emory University is about 27 minutes outside of the vicinity. The Georgia Institute of Technology is 16 minutes away, making the vicinity an excellent location for college students and young professionals to live in.
Within the perimeter of Collier Heights, attractions include the Dr. Mary Shy Scott Memorial Park, Dale Creek Park and Jennie Drake Park. Local restaurants such as Hans Chinese Food and Chicken Wings, Yeah Burger, Zama Mexican Cuisine and The Spice House are also available. Nearby retailers include the Adventist Book Center, Checkers, Buy Low Supermarket, Falcon Auto Parts, the Petro Stopping Center and Power Package Store. Weekend attractions may include a night of dancing at Club Crucial, seeing a movie at the AMC Parkway Pointe 15 or shopping for fresh produce at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. The Beltline’s Westside Trail is just 16 minutes away, while Boulevard Crossing Park is a 17-minute car ride outside of the neighborhood.
While public transportation in the suburbs of Collier Heights is provided by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), most residents need a vehicle to get around. For instance, the vicinity has a total transit score of just 43 out of 100, a walking score of 24 and a biking score of 15. However, the following MARTA bus routes regularly pass through the area:
- Route 853 for Collier Heights
- Route 850 for Carroll Heights/Fairburn Heights
- Route 856 for Boulder Park Drive
Those who occupy properties in Collier Heights are also within close proximity to two intersecting rail stations, such as the West-Lake and Hamilton-E-Holmes train stations. Both stations are located on the Blue Line.
Moreover, rentals account for 48 percent of all properties in the vicinity, with the median cost of rent at around $909 per month. For instance, units are available at local housing complexes such as Avalon Park and the Preserve at Collier Ridge. At Avalon Park Apartments, available floor plans include:
- 1 bedroom and one-bathroom units of 700 square feet ($839 per month).
- 2 bedroom and two-bathroom units of 1,044 square feet ($999 per month).
- 3 bedroom and two-bathroom units are 1,218 square feet ($1,179).
A rental unit at Avalon Park comes with pool access, community laundry facilities, a children’s playground and outdoor picnic space.
In addition to apartment complexes in the area, single family houses are also available to residents of Collier Heights. Owner financed homes in Collier Heights account for about 52 percent of all properties in the vicinity, as home values are very affordable at around $72,183. Additionally, crime rates are relatively low in the neighborhood, as just four robberies, 15 assaults, 19 burglaries and 59 thefts have been reported in the past year.
Of those who occupy homes or other types of multifamily structures in Collier Heights, around 53 percent of residents are female and 47 percent are male. Around 91 percent of residents are African American, while the remaining nine percent are either white, Hispanic or two or more races. Most residents of Collier Heights are older than 65 years of age (23 percent), followed by older millennials between the ages of 25 and 34 (16 percent). Around 12 percent of residents are either younger than 10 years of age or between 18 and 24. Another 12 percent of residents are between 55 and 64 years of age. For single family households with school-aged children, popular learning centers that serve the Collier Heights area include the following:
- The elementary and middle campuses of the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, serving grades kindergarten through eight.
- The Charles R. Drew Charter School, offering programs in preschool, kindergarten and grades one through five.
- The Kindezi School, offering education programs for grades kindergarten through eight.
- KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, serving grades nine through 12.
- Westside Atlanta Charter School, teaching grades kindergarten through six.
- The Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, offering educational programs for grades six through 12.
In the perimeter of Collier Heights, the median household income is $29,463, with 41 percent of families earning less than $25k per year. About 31 percent of households receive an annual salary of between $25k and $44k. As for education levels, most residents have a high school diploma (33 percent) and 25 percent have an associate’s degree or some college education. About 19 percent of residents hold a bachelor’s degree, while 12 percent have a master’s degree. Only 11 percent of residents did not finish high school.
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