The Dog Park
Decatur, Georgia is one of the loveliest small cities in the Atlanta area, well-known for its walkability factor, for charming Decatur homes, friendly neighborhoods and fine restaurants and shopping. It’s also a dog-friendly city with some great local Decatur Dog Parks.
In a comprehensive article by Wikipedia, the Dog Park is described as “ a facility set aside for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owner.
Dog Parks are popular everywhere, offering safe exercise areas for dogs and an opportunity for owners to gather and socialize while their dogs play. Several excellent Dog Parks are located in neighborhoods around the Emory University area in Decatur, Ga:
Mason Mill Dog Park – N. Jamestown Road Decatur, Ga. – Recently renovated – Flat open space with double fences, adjacent parking, water fountains, baggies and trash deposit plus a covered picnic area. Could use more benches.
Glenlake Dog Park – 1121 Church Street, Decatur, Ga. – Recently renovated – smaller Dog Park within the larger Glenlake Park with water fountains/baggies and trash deposit and a covered picnic area. Suggest entering off Church Street by the Pool and Tennis Courts, as the other entrance is a bumpy ride over stones. Good Parking
Adair Dog Park – Trinity Place next to Mary Gay House, Decatur, Ga. – This large park is one of the more appealing with benches and abundant shade – double fences/water fountains/benches/baggies and trash deposit. Limited parking but handy.
What Makes a Good Dog Park?
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers lists several points that constitute a Good Dog Park on their website. Good Dog Parks generally have the following:
Is Your Dog Ready for a Dog Park?
Dogs come in all shapes and varieties. Some are quiet and shy, some are friendly and outgoing. Aggressive dogs are not generally welcomed in dog parks and basic obedience skills are desirable. Your dog should be able to respond to basic commands, particularly the recall command. It also helps if your best friend is friendly with all types of people and has a history of amiable play with other dogs. Dog parks may be intimidating for pets that are less than 5 months old.
Visit one of these convenient Decatur Dog Parks when you have an opportunity – your dog will thank you!
Atlanta Decatur Homes, a local Atlanta real estate company, selling homes in Atlanta, Druid Hills, Decatur, Medlock Park, and Emory University neighborhoods for over 25 years. Professional Rental Management services are also offered.
The Medlock Park area is nestled between Scott Boulevard, North Superior Avenue and North Decatur Road in Decatur, Georgia. Small well-kept bungalows and brick ranches predominate, with newer construction interspersed. Families and individuals are drawn to the neighborhood by affordable housing and the convenience to Emory University, located less than 3 miles away.
Medlock Park Sales Update
Thirty-seven homes sold in the Medlock Park area during 2011, with prices ranging from $90,000 – $350,000, selling for slightly less than in 2010, The average list price was $192,424 and the average sale price was $180,497, averaging 100 days on the market.
Medlock Park Shopping/Hospital Facilities
Popular restaurants, grocery stores, shops, doctors and hospitals are all located close by
Medlock Park Area Parks
DeKalb County has numerous parks and walking paths convenient to the Medlock Park area, including recently completed bike and walking trails that lead through the woods, connecting two county parks, Medlock Park and Mason Mill Park. Both parks have been extensively renovated and offer tennis courts, playgrounds, ball fields, picnic areas and Medlock Park has a community pool. The Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, located in the Medlock Park area, is a 28-acre nature preserve with walking trails, bogs, and bird-watching sites.
Medlock Park offers prospective homeowners a convenient location, reasonable home prices and recreation facilities within the neighborhood.
Although the national housing market is showing some signs of recovery, much of the Atlanta real estate market is still playing “catch up”.
There are bright spots in certain areas of the City. For Example, in-town neighborhoods like the Druid Hills/Emory University area are beginning to increase slightly in value and volume of sales. Other parts of the metro area are reeling from numerous foreclosures and mortgage fraud, which tend to affect recovery figures for the the overall Atlanta Metro real estate market. Foreclosed homes owned by banks made up 53% of metro Atlanta sales in January, while foreclosures and short sales made up 35% of sales nationally.
Comparison figures for the number of homes sold in neighborhoods near Emory University indicate that fewer homes were sold in 2011 in the $350,000 – $$900,000 price range than in 2010, but slightly more homes were sold in 2011 in the same area in the $150,000 – $300,000 price range. This is an indication that first-time homebuyers and investors are taking advantage of very low interest rates, and lower-priced homes. The Emory area is also experiencing an increase in the number of homes that are being leased.
The Atlanta Journal indicated in a recent article that “…the region may be seeing the first glimmers of a sustainable housing market recovery with realtors and builders reporting increased interest from potential buyers in recent months.” The Real Housing Market Report reports that housing units in the South for January were up 8.1%, but average prices were down 2% from January, 2011. Economist for the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun, says “record-low interest rates, bargain home prices, rising rents and sustained job creation are helping to spur sales.”
A report published by Brookings, using recent Census Data indicated some interesting statistics. In general, Americans move around more than their counterparts in other countries, but a lot less than they used to. Homeowners are stuck in places with too few jobs and not able or willing to move to areas with healthier labor markets. The Nation is growing and moving more slowly and struggling economically between two recessions.
72% of renters in a recent poll indicated their desire to own a home one day. When the job market and the economy improves, there is a healthy backlog of prospective buyers waiting to buy homes!
Atlanta Decatur Homes is a local real estate company selling homes in the Atlanta, Decatur, Druid Hills, and Emory University neighborhoods for over 25 years, offering Professional Management Services as well.
The National Association of Realtors thinks that property values will rise 1.1% this year, but this modest rise in value may not help your home to sell. Popular realtor site, Active Rain, indicates mixed expectations from various sources.
Our economy is still fragile and home sales are up only slightly. Until the job market and the building industry improve considerably and foreclosures and short sales ebb, home prices will not go up.
If Your Home Doesn’t Sell, Is Renting the Best Move?
Maybe. If you are offered a new position across the country, the opportunity may be too good to pass up. The decision will be whether to sell your home at any cost, even at a loss, or to consider leasing the property.
If you decide to rent your home, it will now become an investment property, and you will still be responsible for paying the principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. You must continue to maintain the property and pay any homeowner fees that are required as well. An investment property could have significant tax advantages, but you should talk to your accountant or tax professional before you make this decision.
Hiring a Property Manager
Once you have made a decision to lease, consider hiring a professional Property Manager to take care of your home. Absentee Landlords are at a severe disadvantage, and a “hands on” manager will act as a surrogate landlord to protect your interests in the property. A good Manager will:
In addition, professional Property Managers are versed in local ordinances and Fair Housing Laws and are subject to strict regulations regarding Escrow Accounts and handling of other peoples money.
Atlanta Decatur Homes is a local real estate company selling homes in the Atlanta, Decatur and Emory University neighborhoods for over 25 years, providing professional Property Management Services as well.