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1010 Scott Boulevard, A-5 Delightful First Floor Decatur Condo!
March 11th, 2011 10:29 AM

Priced at  $117,900, 1010 Scott Boulevard, Scott Court at The Woodlands, is located in a prime Decatur neighborhood, less than 2 miles from Emory University, shopping, and  restaurants.  This complex is also ideally located adjacent to The Woodlands Nature Preserve.

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The Woodlands Nature Preserve is  a sheltered gem in the heart of Decatur that was  saved from development by the Morse family, who settled on the wooded property in 1946 when the land was bordered by Clairemont Avenue and a dirt track called Scott Boulevard.  The Morse family accumulated some 7.1 acres and called it “Woodlands”, leaving much of it natural, and cultivating lovely gardens near their home.  As Decatur grew and developed, the family had many offers to sell the prime corner acreage, but fortunately for the community, they had a different vision. 

The family donated Woodlands to the Decatur Preservation Alliance in 2002 to maintain the land as a permanently protected green space.  Areas that were once terraced for farming are being returned to a more natural state and more than 30 species of trees shade this protected glen, including 100-year old oaks and poplars.  The Woodlands is open to the public on a limited schedule –  the last Sunday of the month from 2-4  p.m., and every other Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. 

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The Woodlands is an ideal neighbor for 1010 Scott Boulevard!  Unit A-5 is well situated in the complex close to the front with great parking and easy access to Scott Boulevard.  Upgrades include a kitchen renovation with stainless steel appliances, fresh paint throughout, hardwood floors and new thermal pane windows.  Both Bedrooms are spacious and the bathrooms have been updated as well.  Washer-Dryer facilities are located on the grounds, but there is  a  Washer-Dryer in the Unit.   The complex is well-run, has a swimming pool, and is very popular with Emory Personnel and Emory Students because of the close proximity to the University.  Contact Atlanta Decatur Homes to view this charming unit.

Another practical benefit enjoyed by the residents of Scott Court at The Woodlands involves the Free Emory Cliff Shuttle.  A convenient bus stop is located just a few blocks away.   Emory University operates a free Cliff Bus service, fueled by electricity or natural gas, which provides bus transportation for Emory Campus routes, Commuter routes, and Emory Hospital routes throughout the area.    The route system extends to North and South DeKalb Malls, Executive Park, Georgia Tech, Yerkes and Lenox Square Mall, as well as a number of other handy commuter locations.   

1010 Scott Boulevard, A-5, is located within walking distance to downtown Decatur, and the local YMCA.  It will be difficult to find a more reasonably-priced home in Decatur, Georgia, or one as conveniently situated.


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Medlock Park Neighborhood

The Medlock Park neighborhood in Decatur is located North of North Druid Hills Road and East of Scott Boulevard.  The area is less than 3 miles from Emory University/CDC, and shopping, with easy access to I-78, I-285 and Decatur – just a short 20-minutes drive to downtown Atlanta  and the Airport.  Home prices range from $150,000 – $360,000.  Medlock Park is a popular location for first-time homeowners and for employees and students of nearby Emory University.  Small bungalows and brick ranches dominate, but yards are generous.

Currently Available – 847 Scott Circle

Typical of the area, 847 Scott Circle has been recently renovated with fine attention to detail: 

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  • Priced at $185,000
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Updated Tile Bath
  • New Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Separate Dining Room
  • Living Room
  • Den – Could be converted to Third Bedroom
  • HVAC/Hardwood Floors
  • Spacious Yard with Deck

In addition to its convenient location in Decatur, the Medlock Park Neighborhood contains  two major park areas, Medlock Park located along Scott Circle, just down the hill from 847 Scott Circle, and the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve at 2580 Pine Bluff Drive.

Medlock Park – Decatur

 Located along Scott Circle, just off Willivee Drive, Medlock Park encompasses 39 acres and includes multiple ball fields, playgrounds, picnic areas and a swimming pool.  Baseball practice and games are played at Medlock Park, operated by the Druid Hills Youth Sports Baseball organization. 

 The Park is situated in a residential neighborhood between University Heights and North Decatur Heights. Medlock Park is a popular destination for neighbors who walk their dogs or bring their children to play on the two playgrounds, one for older kids with higher slides and one for the younger set with baby slides and swings. The Park is often a hive of activity with lively baseball games in progress and the sounds of children ringing across the fields.

In addition, there are bike and walking trails, part of the DeKalb PATH system recently completed, leading from the Park through the woods, across a railroad track and up to the old Decatur Water Works ruins by Mason Mill Park. The trails weave through thick forest and floodplain and cross South Peachtree Creek.  The DeKalb PATH project which links Medlock Park and Mason Mill Park has 10-foot wide trails and boardwalks in some areas to lesson runoff.  The trails offer a tree-lined haven for cyclists, walkers and runners to exercise.

Atlanta Decatur Homes, a local Atlanta real estate company, selling homes in Atlanta, Druid Hills, Decatur, Medlock Park, Kirkwood, Morningside, Virginia Highlands and Tucker neighborhoods for over 25 years.


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History – Decatur Real Estate

CowsDecatur real estate in this part of  DeKalb County sold in 1822 for 10 cents an acre.  The following year, Decatur was named the County Seat and the area began developing. Leafmore Hills and the surrounding area was once a rural farming community with few homes and no  4-lane highways.  Dairy farms dotted the landscape and Clairmont Road, now a major artery, was part of an Indian trail.  There were no shopping centers, grocery stores, or restaurants, just small crop farms and cows!

An expanding population pushed Atlanta eastward towards Decatur, which was becoming a prestigious suburb by the early 1950’s.  According to  history compiled by the Leafmore Civic Association, there was a country store  with a single gas pump, pot-bellied stove and rocking chair located at North Druid Hills Road and LaVista Road.  Development of Leafmore Hills began in 1952 and filled the neighborhood with young families, all new to the area.  Leafmore Hills became a close-knit community with an active Garden Club, Clubhouse, and Pool.

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Location

  • Located just 7 miles from downtown Atlanta, and less than 3 miles from the Clifton Corridor  that includes Emory University, Emory Hospital, Eggleston Children’s Hospital, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Red Cross, Leafmore is one of the most convenient subdivisions in DeKalb County.

Local Leafmore Architecture

  • Most of the homes in the area are well-kept mid-century ranches with large manicured yards, as well as a few newer traditional Decatur homes with  garages and modern features.  Many of the ranches have been recently renovated or updated with new kitchens and baths.

Decatur Area Amenities

  • Less than a half mile from Leafmore  Hills, two churches anchor corners of North Druid Hills Road and Clairmont Road, Clairmont Baptist and Druid Hills Presbyterian. Just beyond the churches, Toco Hills Shopping Center hosts a variety of shops and restaurants, including two major grocery chains.  Four banks and 4 bagel places are located along this section of North Druid Hills as well.

 Atlanta Decatur Homes is a local Atlanta real estate company selling homes in the Druid Hills, Atlanta, Decatur and Tucker neighborhoods for over 25 years.


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Decatur real estate

The City of Decatur has many beautiful neighborhoods and one of the most charming is Glendale Estates.  Decatur real estate has always been in demand, now more than ever.

The History of Glendale Estates/Glennwood Estates , as compiled by residents of the community, gives an interesting  history of the area. Five Hundred acres that extended from Sycamore up towards the North DeKalb Mall and the present Hospital area  sold around 1847 for $10 an acre, the highest recorded value paid for an acre of Decatur real estate at that time.  The original Glendale Estates/Glennwood Estates was begun in 1927 and encompassed  a portion south of the creek, comprised of Glendale Avenue, Pinecrest, and Glendale Circle.  By 1939, the early development was nearly complete, and the area north of the creek was then developed, which included Forkner Drive and Mount Vernon. Interestingly, the development contained a covenant,preserving the north site of the creek as forest, which retained the stately virgin forest bordering the creek, and the area later developed as Glenlake Park.

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Located just Northeast of the bustling City of Decatur, Glendale Estates/Glennwood Estates is a vibrant neighborhood of spacious yards  and elegant homes, within walking distance to downtown Decatur Events, and bordered by Glenlake Park. One of the largest markets in the Southeast, the DeKalb Farmer’s Market, lies a few blocks to the East and is a popular destination for the community.

Glenlake Park

GlenlakePark-3 (2)Glenlake Park is of the largest parks in the area, and was named for two adjacent Decatur neighborhoods – Glenwood Estates and Great Lakes. The City of Decatur has just completed an extensive $3 million-plus renovation project at Glenlake Park, updating playgrounds, pavilions and picnic areas; adding new paved walkways and bike paths; and upgrading the pool and bathhouse.  This 17- acre park is the largest green space around, and provides playgrounds, basketball courts, ball fields, 5 tennis courts and a Pool.  Adjacent to Glendale Park lies the Historic Decatur Cemetery.

   The Decatur Cemetery

Established around 1823, Decatur Cemetery is one of the oldest  publicly owned burial grounds in the metro Atlanta area, expanded now to 54-acres with over 20,000 grave sites.  It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is located in downtown Decatur.  The Cemetery is a popular section of Decatur real estate for walkers and photographers, and is maintained partially by volunteers from the Decatur community.

Not many Decatur neighborhoods enjoy such close proximity to Parks, walking trails, shopping, and downtown Decatur events as ideally located Glendale Estates!


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A recent article in the Atlanta Journal indicated that Atlanta was one of the seven metro areas that have experienced a year-over-year price increase.   Although the increase is small, things are beginning to turn in favor of Sellers, who are sticking to their prices.  It’s apparent that Atlanta home prices have stabilized and are beginning to go up again. 

Statistics compiled by Smart Numbers, who prepare Atlanta real estate charts for the FMLS realtor site,  indicate the following:

  • Closed units are up to start 2011
  • Average prices are down
  • An increase of 2.2% over January 2010 for all closed single-family homes
  • Fewer high-end homes closed in January, which reduced the average selling price
  • Inventory levels for all single family homes dropped by the end of January 2011 to 40,770, the lowest figure since the end of December, 2005!

Here are the comparison figures for homes sold in the Emory neighborhood in 2009 and 2010.

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$185,000 – $225,000           2010 Sold – 4             2009 Sold – 0                                 

$225,000 – $350,000            2010 Sold - 18          2009 Sold – 19

$250,000 – $500,000            2010 Sold – 27          2009 Sold – 22

$500,000 – $600,000            2010 Sold – 8            2009 Sold – 7

$600,000 – $890,000            2010 Sold – 11          2009 Sold – 9

  

Medlock School District

 $150,000 – $200,000              2010 Sold – 9         2009 Sold – 9

$200,000 – $300,000               2010 Sold – 27       2009 Sold – 44

$300,000 – $375,000               2010 Sold – 6          2009 Sold – 4

$375,000 – $425,000               2010 Sold – 3          2009 Sold – 1

  

2011 Active Listings 

 $150,000 – $225,000                        Fernbank – 2                       Medlock – 12

$225,000 – $350,000                         Fernbank – 9                       Medlock – 24

$350,000 – $500,000                         Fernbank – 13                      Medlock – 2

$500,000 – $600,000                         Fernbank – 5

$600,000 – $890,000                         Fernbank – 12

Emory Real Estate

With Atlanta home prices stabilizing and interest rates posed to increase slightly, this is an excellent time to purchase a home!  Rising home prices indicate a more favorable selling market for Atlanta  homeowners as well.  If you are contemplating the sale or purchase of a home in today’s changing market, you  need good advice!  Contact an experienced Realtor who sells in your neighborhood for more detailed information about your market. 

 


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Is real estate in Atlanta improving? Homes for Sale in Atlanta

Real estate in Atlanta appears to be improving, according to a recent Atlanta Journal article that states: Atlanta is one of seven metro areas that is experiencing a year-over-year price increase! 
 

 

 
Nationally, we may never experience the “go-go” markets  of the past -  real estate in some parts of the country will flourish and others will flounder as the economy of the country moves along.  Recovery in diverse neighborhoods in large metropolitan cities, like Atlanta,  will recover at different times as well. Homes for sale in Atlanta’s outlying areas will take longer to sell in the future, as buyers flock to neighborhoods that are closer to work. With rising oil prices and a stagnant economy, shorter commutes become more critical.     Stephan Swanepoel, a respected real estate spokesperson, believes that our next decade will see major changes, as homeowners look for ways to cut commuting and monthly housing costs.  More seniors will be living with their children, as families pool their resources .  Homes for sale in Atlanta will continue to endure a slow recovery for the next few years. 
Lawrence Yun, NAR”S Chief Economist, states that existing homes sales fell in 2010 by 4.8%, but are predicted to rise 7.9% in 2011, and another  4.5% in 2012.  If closed contracts stay on the present course, he predicts an 8% increase in total existing home sales this year, while mortgage rates should rise only modestly in the months ahead.

What an opportunity to buy!  Low interest rates and an improving economy!

Atlanta real estate is increasing marginally as the sales price of single-family existing homes rose nearly 2% in January, 2011, compared with the same month a year before., marking the first time since August there has been a year-over-year increase in prices.  Yun says “the uptrend in home sales is consistent with improvements in the economy and job market, which is helping to boost consumer confidence”.

Smart Numbersprepares charts reflecting changes in homes for sale in Atlanta for the First Multiple Listing Service, and indicates the following: 

  • Closed units in Atlanta are up to start 2011
  • Average Prices are down for the beginning of 2011
  • An increase of 2.2% over January 2010 for all single family homes closed
  • Average Prices were down because fewer high-end homes closed, reducing the Average Price
  • The inventory level for all single family homes dropped to 40,770 at the end of January, 2011, the lowest inventory since the end of December, 2005.

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Is real estate in Atlanta improving?  There are encouraging signs that it is!  As we move into the spring real estate market, homeowners and buyers should take advantage of this improving trend to sell or buy a home in the Atlanta area. Buying or selling a home in this changing market can be challenging.  Contact a qualified Realtor who works in your neighborhood for assistance.


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