Named for the Harris and Chiles public housing complexes that used to form the cornerstone of this tiny western neighborhood, this area of west Atlanta real estate offers affordable homes. Interstate 20 forms its southern margin, and Lee Street and West End Avenue form a border between Harris Chiles and the Morehouse College campus. Spelman, Morehouse and Clark Atlanta students may find rentals in Harris Chiles a convenient distance from campus, but most properties in this neighborhood remain occupied for long periods of time. Potential tenants in the area’s apartments should ask to be placed on a waiting list and request immediate move in to avoid losing the apartment to the next person in line.
Homes in this urban community have a median value of $106,100. Monthly rent payments in Harris Chiles average $485, or about half the national average paid for rent. College students and others in need of cheap housing below 500 a month may strongly consider areas like Harris Chiles, but must be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each neighborhood. This neighborhood has significantly higher property crime rates than many areas of Atlanta. The rates of robbery and motor vehicle theft in Harris Chiles are approximately three times the national average. Residents should be careful about locking vehicles, keeping valuables out of sight and traveling in groups, particularly at night.
Harris Chiles homes are exclusively multifamily apartments or condos, in mid-rise, single-story or townhouse buildings. The Veranda at College Town and The Atrium at College Town are senior communities for residents age 62 and over. These are not to be confused with The Gardens at Collegetown, a complex with studio and 1 bedroom rentals for residents of any age.
Harris Chiles real estate demographics reflect a large African American population with a fairly even age distribution from children to senior citizens. Approximately half of Harris Chiles residents have attended some college or have earned a degree. Kids living in Harris Chiles homes are zoned for Atlanta Public Schools, namely M. Agnes Jones Elementary, Brown Middle School and Booker T. Washington High. Nearby privately owned schools include KIPP Strive Academy, KIPP Ways Academy, Atlanta School of Excellence and Imhotop Academy.
Public transportation via the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is available at several bus stops located along Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and West End Avenue. The neighborhood ranks as the 18th most walkable neighborhood in Atlanta and has an above-average bike score thanks to its flat terrain. Harris Chiles is easily reachable by car via I-20 and other areas of the city.
Most dining and shopping options are just beyond Harris Chiles’ real estate boundaries. Coffee shops in close proximity to the neighborhood include Starbucks and Vegan Dream Doughnuts. Dining options include Chick-fil-A, Which Wich Sandwiches and Burger King. The closest grocery shopping locations are the Ivory Market, the West End Food Store and Tran Food Mart, Inc.
A list of Harris Chiles properties includes Dean Rusk Park. This six-acre greenspace is owned by the City of Atlanta and includes a walking trail around a large pond. There are also wide open areas for children to play. As with dining and shopping, residents must travel a few miles to access the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Park and other key Atlanta attractions.
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