The historic homes in Oakland City add to the character, charm and strong sense of community in the neighborhood. The real estate market in Oakland is booming due to the area’s location and affordability. Oakland City is southwest of Atlanta and close to the West End, so residents have quick access to many shopping and dining opportunities. Several public transportation options also offer a quick and easy commute that makes this area attractive to potential residents who work in Downtown Atlanta.
There are 26,146 residents in Oakland City and the major demographics for prospective homeowners to not about this population are as follows:
- The median age is 39, which is slightly older than Atlanta’s median age of 33
- Most individual who rent or own homes here are African American
- Most residents have completed some college or have at least graduated high school
- The median household income earned in Oakland City is $24,344
- Only about one quarter of households are families with children.
Oakland City was founded in 1894 and annexed to Atlanta in 1910. The historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places due to the beautiful homes that have transcended time. The houses in Oakland City are mostly brick bungalows or traditional styles. It is also common to see wood bungalows and craftsman homes. However, most new residents renovate and update existing properties, adding to the community’s appeal and increasing home resale values.
Only about 40 percent of residents own their homes, with the median home listing price in Oakland City being $167,000. However, homes that have already undergone renovations may be listed for over $200k. There are also more single family homes in the neighborhood than condos or apartments, so individuals looking for single units may find it difficult to do so in this area.
The rental market is competitive in Oakland City, as about 60 percent of residents rent properties instead of buying them. The median monthly rent for a property in Oakland City is $866, slightly less than the national average of $949. Oakland City West End Apartments is one of the only complexes within city limits, and it houses 111 families and offers an affordable living program to qualifying residents. Most renters lease homes in the area and monthly rental prices range from $700 to $1,350.
Oakland City has seen many changes and improvements over the last decade. For example, a new fire station and elementary school were recently built, and the community now has a garden that many neighbors participate in growing together. Oakland City’s Gold Antiques property has also recently received a makeover and is the home to a popular flea market on the weekends.
The Reverend James Orange Park on the east side of the community is another draw for potential residents. It includes a splash pad and recreation center with an outdoor basketball court. Another great activities center within the suburbs of Oakland City is the Bush Mountain Outdoor Activity Center. It offers ropes courses, trails and a playground for local families and individuals to enjoy.
Restaurants are not as plentiful here as in the West End, so many residents opt to travel to neighboring communities for a wider variety of dining options. However, there are still a few gems within the community that are worth visiting. Viva la Vegan can be found off Murphy Avenue in Oakland City’s east side and offers vegan wraps and other delights. Atlanta Fish House & Grill is another dining option in the community and has highly rated fish and shrimp plates.
Within Oakland City lies B & K Grocery Store and Big Brother Grocery, which are quick grocery store options for those who rent or own homes in the area. This is also a Kroger and Whole Foods Market in neighboring West End and Cascade Heights if residents wish to visit larger markets.
Oakland City is not known for its walkability and there are few bike lanes provided. Most residents drive their cars, hail taxi cabs or take public transportation. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is a bus and train service that connects Downtown Atlanta and several surrounding neighborhoods. Residents in Oakland City who want to travel to neighboring communities or into the city can use the MARTA bus line for their convenience. The nearest Oakland City MARTA station is on Lee Street at Arden Avenue, and both the gold and red lines can be boarded there.
Atlanta’s Beltline is a trail and streetcar system that is currently under construction in most parts of the city, but it is completed on the west side close to where Oakland is located. Walkers, joggers and bikers can enter the Beltline in the West End, which Oakland City residents can easily commute to.
Children living in homes within Oakland City attend schools in the Atlanta Public School district, including:
- Connally Elementary School
- Gideons Elementary School
- Finch Elementary School
- Sylvan Hills Middle School
- Brown Middle School
- Carver High School
Most public schools in the area have low ratings, but parents can enroll children in private schools instead. Some of the closest options for private schools include Black Star Educational Institute or Heavenly Institute of Learning.
Current property and violent crime rates are above average in Oakland City. However, the Oakland City Community Organization, which is a group of volunteer property owners, are working to make the suburbs better and safer for all resident. The organization hosts events and meetings to bring residents together to improve livability, safety and the aesthetics of the neighborhood.
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