Neighborhood Spotlight: West End Atlanta
As Atlanta real estate soars in value, there are many neighborhoods being revisited and updated. The West End has been undergoing a rapid transformation for the last several years. New attention is adorning the once historically African-American area that is home to well-known to universities such as Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and Spelman College. Diversity is no issue as a mix of new residents are flocking to the area to take advantage of the neighborhoods in proximity to Atlanta downtown and Atlanta Midtown districts.
It’s no secret that millennials want more quality of life and that usually means less commute time. They also want local restaurant options and tend to patronize local businesses as opposed to national chains. In the West End, the residential side of the community is growing, and the commercial options are starting to follow. While currently, the West End isn’t known for housing hip bars, restaurants, modern coffee shops, or yoga studios, there are just enough vacant commercial space and strip malls in the area for developers to come in and build out commercial developments that can match the lifestyle of the new residents to patronize. This vacant space literally screams potential to entrepreneurs interested in developing new businesses.
Many compare West End to the Old Fourth Ward, an area that 10 to 15 years ago was an unlikely option for purchasing a home or condo and now lists homes as high as $1 million. Old Fourth Ward has seen its own rapid ascension onto the list of neighborhoods where everybody who knows Atlanta wants to live. The opening of the Atlanta Beltline caused many to notice Old Fourth Ward and real estate prices have increased rapidly since. Supporting commercial businesses have also opened to support the change in demographics and income levels.
The West End has many possibilities and developments that run along the Westside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline through West End is currently under construction (expected to open within the next year with part of the trail already open). The neighborhood has many more residential and commercial real estate opportunities than the Old Fourth Ward as well. It also offers easy access and multiple outlets into Downtown, Midtown, and the airport via Marta, I-20, Lee Street, and Ralph David Abernathy. If you are shopping for up and coming real estate in Atlanta the West End and it’s surrounding neighborhoods should be on your list.
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