English Avenue sits just north of Vine City and immediately to the west of the Georgia Tech campus making it conveniently located to downtown and an option for students in search of lower priced properties off campus. Real estate in English Avenue is in transition as it recovers from decades battling economic and crime issues but is receiving considerable investment from both public and private sources looking to jump start its revitalization. It is often paired with Vine City in terms of characteristics and efforts to improve upon it.
English Avenue suburbs population is a modest 3,410 of whom 75 percent are African-American, 14 percent are white, and Hispanics and Asians each make up five percent. Fifty-two percent of all residents call this neighborhood home. Twenty-nine percent have a high school education and 26 percent have some college or an associate’s degree. Those with masters’ or bachelors’ degrees make up only 10 and 18 percent, respectively. Thirty-five percent of the people living in this neighborhood are between 18 and 24 years of age. Eighteen percent are 25 to 34 years old and 13 percent are 45 to 54 years of age. All other age brackets have percentages in single digits. The median household income in English Avenue is $15,151 putting it well below the national median income of $55,000. Fifty-eight percent of residents earn less than $25,000 per year and 23 percent make $25,000 to $44,000 in salary. Eleven percent take home between $45,000 and $74,000 and only eight percent make between $75,000 and 149,000.
The English Avenue neighborhood projects a suburban feel to it. Properties here do not seem to fall in line with the incomes of residents. The median prices of homes for sale top $270,000, nearly $90,000 above the national median home prices. Forty-one percent of houses cost between $200,000 and $399,000, while 39 percent fall in the range of $50,000 and $99,000. Only 11 percent of homes are in the $100,000 to $199,000 price range. The median price of rentals is $827 per month, almost $150 per month less than the national median rent. Fifty-nine percent of rentals fall in the $500 to $999 price range with 27 percent costing $1,000 to $1,499 per month. There are currently programs that offer as much as $15,000 to first time home buyers who wish to purchase houses for sale in this neighborhood as well as adjoining Vine City. Many private organizations such as the Arthur Blank Foundation, spearheaded by the owner of Home Depot and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, donate millions to shore up the neighborhood and help lift it out of poverty.
Crime and safety are a bit more of a concern in this neighborhood though manageable. Violent crimes reported in English Avenue are distributed like this:
- Assault – 976 (283 national average)
- Murder – 0 (6 national average)
- Robbery – 759 (136)
- Burglary – 1,247 (500)
- Theft – 3,090 (2,043)
- Motor vehicle theft – 867 (284)
While English Avenue is currently in need of more new construction, there are some dining options that succeed in giving residents reliable quality food and some worth traveling for. Among some of the places to check out when in the neighborhood are:
- K&K Soul Food – This establishment has been serving the community for over 40 years. It is a family-owned operation that uses recipes passed down through generations that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves traditional soul food favorites.
- Thumb’s Up Diner – This traditional diner provides English Avenue with a local experience for top rate diner food.
- Wingnuts – This wing joint provides more than just wings. You can order sandwiches, wraps, burgers, sandwiches and salads.
- Historic Westside Village Festival – A tradition started in 2012, this festival includes concerts, kid zones and educational seminars with proceeds benefitting charity.
English Avenue is home to more than 25 different churches tending to the many residents. This forms the pillars of the community which still seeks to reinvigorate itself with help from the city and state. The neighborhood is served by the Vine City MARTA station as well as several bus lines.
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