6.4 out of 10

East Lake

33.7459910300645 -84.2979804529058
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parking
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Community for Golf Lovers"

This little neighborhood has a rich southern history. It is situated in the eastern most part of Atlanta and used to be part of a plantation then was bought by East Lake Land Company in the 1890s. The area was developed for the affluent as well as the average worker as a place to live and raise a family.

East Lake is still a great place to raise a family and interact with neighbors each day. The homes are affordable and the local charter school ranks high academically. There is an active neighborhood association and there is even a security patrol that works closely with Atlanta police.

You have your basic stores and restaurants that is common for most thriving neighborhoods. There are two golf courses including the East Lake Golf Club home of the PGA Tour Championship.

Access to the highway is between two and four miles. The daily commute traffic is typical for Atlanta so you have to plan your departure and arrival times perfectly to avoid getting caught in what seems like the worlds biggest parking lot on weekdays. On weekends you can stroll up and down the sidewalks and talk to your friendly neighbors. Or you can stop by My Coffee Shop @ East Lack for a while and soak in the atmosphere and drink their delicious coffee.
Pros
  • Affordable, up-and-coming housing
  • Location
Cons
  • Distance from interstate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Cinderella Story"

The riches to rags and back story of East Lake is inspiring to be sure. Once a successful turn of the century vacation and recreation haunt for Atlanta's elite - centered around the East Lake Golf Club, of Bobby Jones fame - the Club and surrounding areas were plagued with social and political erosion just over 50 years later. Eventually, putting greens officially became the Projects.

Today, thanks to the concerted efforts of the East Lake Foundation, the neighborhood is getting back some of its luster. A come-one-come all housing development, the Villages at East Lake, puts a decidedly Disney spin on things, offering a variety of living options at escalating price points and espousing an ideal of welcome, neighborliness and community building. Very village-like indeed.

East Lake has its very own charter school as well, enrolling local Atlanta Public School students for what one hopes is an above-average education. Agnes Scott, an all-girls lib arts college with a wonderfully stroll-able campus, is right next door.

For those looking to add their chapter to a hard-earned success story, live thisclose to intown and Decatur for less, and who don't mind a little crime and grime here and there, this looks like a pretty good place to claim your castle.

Here's wishing you a happily ever after. Cheers!
Pros
  • Location
  • Affordable, up-and-coming housing
Cons
  • Some crime and grime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

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