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January 24, 2013 | Melissa Stocks | Comments 0

Neighborhood Feature: Decatur

Exterior of Brownstones at DecaturA friendly city of homes, schools, churches and businesses, Decatur is just east of Atlanta in DeKalb County. According to the U.S. Census, the city has 26,468 residents. Constantly growing, Decatur still maintains a small town atmosphere that is perfect for growing families, professionals and retirees.

Buyers will find that, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Homefinder, the median sales price of homes is $285,000. With 637 homes for sale on Trulia, there are tons of opportunities to call Decatur home.

If you’re not interested in buying a home, Trulia has almost 400 rentals listed. From apartments to townhomes to single-family homes, prices range from $400 to $3,500 monthly.

The U.S. Census Bureau states that most residents are between the ages of 35 and 55 with 18 percent having children. Education is important, with 28.6 percent having their bachelor’s degrees and 25 percent obtaining graduate degrees. Children attend highly ranked schools, including Clairemont Elementary, Glennwood Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary, Winnona Park Elementary, 4/5 Academy of Fifth Avenue, Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School. Decatur is one of the top community school districts in the nation.

Whether a home owner or renter, young or old, Decatur has something for everyone.

Popular attractions include:

Shopping and Dining

•    The Decatur Square. This historic downtown square is located at the intersection of Clairemont and Ponce de Leon Avenues. It includes critically acclaimed restaurants and storefront boutiques, such as Squash Blossom, Boogaloos and Rockit. At night, Eddie’s Attic is open with live music of all genres.
•    Wahoo Grill. A casual European-influenced neighborhood bistro, Wahoo Grill offers a creative menu. Items include BBQ shrimp, Ahi tuna, southern fried chicken, organic beet salad, avocado wrap, cheddar grits and polenta cake.
•    Homegrown Decatur. A cooperative-style artist’s market, Homegrown provides local artists, artisans and craftspeople a place to show and sell their word. Visit for accessories, jewelry, hair products, home décor and more.
•    Iberian Pig. Founded by friends in 2009, Iberian Pig is a modern Spanish restaurant. Menu items include Spanish tortoloni, tacos, eggplant rellenas and the delicious Iberian burger with American Wagyu beef, a toasted brioche bun, bacon-onion relish, Mahon cheese, butter lettuce and eggplant fries.
•    Big Peach Running Co. Locally owned and operated, this store serves the needs of Decatur’s growing community of runners and walkers. It carries an array of footwear, apparel and accessories.
•    Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market. As the very first private farmers market in Georgia, this one offers high quality fresh and organic food at the lowest cost. Specialty products include healthy pastas, soups, cakes, pizzas and sauces. Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Entertainment and Recreation

•    Push, Push Theater. Located in a 5,000 sq. ft. facility within a six-acre “live-work-play” revitalization, Push, Push performs risk-taking shows. The theater also holds workshops, festivals and numerous youth programs for ages four to 18. Be sure to visit the website for a calendar of performances.
•    Oakhurst Park. Located at 307 Feld Ave., this eight-acre neighborhood facility includes two multipurpose fields, a picnic pavilion, concession building, two lighted tennis courts, a basketball court and playground area. Just one of many Decatur parks, enjoy a picnic or a day of family fun.
•    AJC Decatur Book Festival. Taking place once a year, this is the largest independent book festival in the country. During the rest of the year, the organization behind the festival promotes literacy and an interest in books in and around the Atlanta area.
•    Leapin’ Lizards Play and Party Center. As Decatur’s premier indoor inflatable play center, Leapin’ Lizards is perfect for a day of fun. Besides inflatables, there is free Wi-Fi, healthy organic snacks, tons of natural light and free hockey table play.

Historical Attractions

•    Old DeKalb County Courthouse. Built in 1898, the courthouse is the fifth structure on this site, the original public square. Now, the courthouse is home to the DeKalb History Center and serves as a welcome center. Stop here to learn about the best places to eat, shop and visit in Decatur.
•    High House. Located on the corner of North Candler Street and Sycamore Street, the house is the first two-story home in Decatur to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Legend has it that General Sherman stopped here during the Civil War.
•    Agnes Scott College. In 1907, the school was the first in Georgia to be fully accredited. Covering eight blocks and including many residential properties and the Bradley Observatory, the campus is truly beautiful and full of history.
•    Decatur Ghost Tour. A year-round walking tour, it begins in the heart of downtown Decatur’s historic town square. Then, the tour stops at one of the oldest homes, the old train depot and the old Decatur cemetery. Be sure to bring your camera!

Besides these great local attractions, Decatur is close to all of the top destinations around Atlanta. Many spots are accessible by MARTA or the free Cliff shuttle between Decatur and Emory University.

Make Decatur your new home! For more details about Decatur’s DeKalb County homes, visit this page.

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