Considering a move to Decatur, Georgia (especially City of Decatur)? There are plenty of reasons to love the approximately four-square-mile area and its just shy of 20,000 residents*. Decatur is one of those cities that feels neighborhoody and community-driven while still being very close to the city center of Atlanta. It’s home to a great school system, several James Beard award nominated and winning chefs (and their restaurants), many unique arts and cultural festivals… and much much more.
We compiled a list of the top 10 resources for this area — from schools to restaurants… and everything in between.
City of Decatur Wikipedia Entry. Start by getting the facts on popular crowd-sourcing web tool Wikipedia. You’ll find some interesting nuggets here, such as how the city’s namesake is naval hero Stephen Decatur, an overview of how the city’s commission-manager form of government works and population information.
City of Decatur Official Website: some government municipalities have tough-to-navigate, outdated and decrepit websites. Not City of Decatur! The site is very well organized and maintained. Explore information about Historic Decatur, the city’s master (future) planning efforts and what to do as a visitors.
Decatur Metro: probably the most heavily trafficked website in Decatur, this blog covers news and events that run the gamut (restaurant openings, festivals, zoning and ordinance changes and more). “Free-for-all Friday” posts bring lots of comments and discussion. Nick posts an average of three stories per day, so check back often!
Decatur-ish: Similar to the Decatur Metro blog, Jeff keeps a keen eye on Decatur-area news but here you’ll find even more content and a reach further outside City of Decatur (such as news coverage from surrounding areas like Avondale Estates and Kirkwood).
Great Schools: This school research resource compiles feedback from parents as well as test score data to rank schools and provide anecdotal feedback about children’s experiences. To give you a flavor, Decatur’s Oakhurst Elementary has a 9 out of 10 according to GreatSchools.com.
WalkScore.com. According to its website, “For each address, Walk Score analyzes hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities. Points are awarded based on the distance to amenities in each category.” The higher an address’ walk score, the better the walkability to nearby amenities. Because of its central downtown area, most neighborhoods in City of Decatur garner good walk scores! (Read more about how WalkScore.com calculates its scores here.)
Facebook Groups: with the proliferation of Facebook, it’s not surprising that many niche groups and communities exist on the social media site. Do a little searching and see if you can find good insider information in a City of Decatur group. For example, the “D.A.M.E.S.” (Decatur Mamas Enjoying Sanity) group is very active for getting and giving advice for everything from pediatrician recommendations to where to get a good haircut.
Restaurant (and Bar) Review Websites. Urbanspoon and Yelp are great resources for local dining. You’ll be amazed by the number of high rated dining spots, running the gamut of family-friendly, casual and affordable to eclectic and high-end (but know there are few places in the 30030 zip code where you can’t wear jeans — it’s a pretty laid-back area!). Some of our favorite places are Leon’s Full Service, Farm Burger, Iberian Pig and MacMcGee’s Irish Pub.
Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market Website. This place is so big and so awesome it deserves its own headline! Young and old will marvel at the variety of produce, meat, spices, desserts, wine, beer, pre-made dinners and more (and their low prices!). Reserve at least an hour to wander the 140,000 square feet of edible goodness — and if you don’t like crowds — we recommend you go first thing in the morning or on a weekday.
City-Data.com for Crime Stats and More. Last but not least, it’s important to get a feel for an area’s crime rates (number of and type of crime). City of Decatur’s crime rate is well lower than the national average, and widely petty crimes (e.g., theft). City-Data.com features this info as well as many other helpful charts and graphs about property values, weather, resident demographics and more.
If you’re relocating to Decatur or just have a question about the area, Carter & Associates Realtors would love to work with you and/or answer your questions. Contact us for more information.
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