Decatur

"An Up and Coming City"
Northeast of Atlanta lies Decatur, a city unto itself, which is a favorite for many professionals, young families, and couples. Established in 1822, Decatur was named after Stephen Decatur, a naval hero from the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Today, Decatur is an up and coming city, experiencing a resurgence due to its downtown development efforts. There’s a great sense of community as demonstrated by the numerous activities the residents enjoy, including outdoor concerts, annual beach parties, a Blues & Bluegrass festival, and a July 4 celebration with all of the trimmings including a parade, a concert and a fireworks show.

Decatur is filled with signature places to eat, drink, and simply enjoy yourself. Downtown shopping includes over thirty stores, or for a mall shopping experience, there’s the Gallery at South DeKalb Mall and the North DeKalb Mall, Bars popular in the area include Taco Mac, Brick Store Pub, Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards, and Universal Joint. Restaurants include Raging Burrito, Sushi Avenue, Sidechick, and Grindhouse Killer Burgers, as well as many chef-owned eateries. Decatur is a busy city with a small town sense of community - perfect for people looking for a friendly neighborhood, full of fun things to do.
What Decatur Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.2
value
7.6
amenities
6.4
social
6.0
management
7.1
safety
4.3
Median rents in Decatur
Studio
$
1 Bedroom
$
1,380
2 Bedroom
$
1,460

Living in
Decatur

Safe Neighborhood
Nearby Groceries and Shopping Centers
Close to Emory
Vibrant Restaurants and Bars
Decatur — 8.3/10 Rating (based on 40 neighborhood reviews)
Downtown Decatur has a lot of nice restaurants without the chaos associated with the metropolitan Atlanta scene. I would describe it as a suburb that makes you feel good to come home to. It's not to far from areas of interest such as Ponce City and Midtown.
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8
/10
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Reserve Decatur
Great area: lots of shopping/food options, easy access. Overall safety is average.
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8
/10
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Paces Park Apartments
Only downside is that you have to cross major roads to get to walking paths.
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9
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Alexan 1133
I would recommend living near downtown Decatur to everyone. It can be expensive, but the Decatur community in unmatched. It has a unique neighborhood feel, even though it's in close proximity to Atlanta. The restaurants and shops are fantastic, and there are always community events going on -- like a beach or a bonfire in the middle of Ponce de Leon.
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9
/10
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Alexan 1133
Great for student living. Safe and has everything you need in a reasonable radius.
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8
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President Park
This is where the wealthy in ATL live, and a lot of great restaurants, bars, and little locales are near or in North Druid Hills. Main thing is that a car is absolutely necessary to get around. Public transportation is too sporadic and unreliable to get anywhere consistently.

Uber and Lyft are options, but if you're coming from a large metro area with small wait times for ride-sharing, be prepared to wait upwards of 15-20 minutes for your ride on select days because of road congestion/traffic/driver unavailability.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Highland Lake
While the area isn't as exciting as downtown Decatur, you're close to two major shopping plazas and have all the amenities at your fingertips. Being close to campus, too, is a huge bonus.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Woodland Hills
There's many restaurants nearby and it's very close to downtown Decatur.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Highland Lake
Great area. Down the road there is a shopping center with grocery stores, restaurants, and banks. Also close to trail system that you can walk your dog on.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
3131 Apartments
Walk to Kroger, groceries are nearby -- Sprouts, Dekalb Farmers Market, others. Corner bar/restaurant is Ethiopian. 1st year students can take the shuttle. I always wanted a parking pass first year, next years were much easier. Still ITP. If you have a class that requires you to drive in rush hours it takes time -- there are easy workarounds for this though. I don't know why people fight each other for much less of a place to live in order to be closer to school.
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8
/10
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Gateway at Cedar Brook
I don't have any issues with the neighborhood. Seems really safe!
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Montclair
Close to Emory, grocery stores and other things that we NEED but relatively far from "cool" places in Atlanta.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Highland Lake
The neighborhood is close to the shuttle but it's not convenient if you don't have a car.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Highland Lake
Safe neighborhood. Easy to walk around if you want to, but things are a little spread out, so it's not a very walkable neighborhood like a more downtown neighborhood would be.
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9
/10
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Gables Montclair
Decatur is a cool area. There isn't all that much social though. The class hardly ever hangs out in Decatur but it's less than a 15 minute drive to campus.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Viridian
Toco Hills is great, and lots of food at North Decatur/Clairmont. Down Decatur is great, and is a short drive/Lyft/bus away.
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6
/10
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Clairmont Reserve
Close to school, close to MARTA, has good restaurants and is close to every social gathering places.
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10
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Point On Scott
It is near Toco Hills, the area is not the most lively but is close to entertainment and nightlife in Decatur. It's very close to the VA and Emory but Grady is definitely further away.
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10
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Neighborhood Rating
Viridian
Decatur is Greater
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8
/10
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Point On Scott
Quiet but can't walk to bars/restaurants
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8
/10
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3131 Apartments
The apartment complex is located really close to a lot of restaurants and supermarkets. It's very convenient to get places. Great location.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Reserve Decatur
Decatur is a very quaint city located just to the side of Atlanta. It is full of little shops, bars, and a large amount of great restaurants. There's a large number of events going on around Decatur regularly.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Reserve Decatur
Very close to the school and plenty of food options.
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9
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President Park
The area is great, lots of food options , transit, nightlife, and reasonable commute to Emory.
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7
/10
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The Orleans of Decatur
Beautiful and close to Emory. Lots of access to food, transportation, etc.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Montclair
The neighborhood is right across the street from the Emory Clairemont Campus. It makes commuting on the Emory shuttles incredibly convenient.
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9
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Clairmont Reserve
Great if you like being walking distance from various stores/supermarkets
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8
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Point On Scott
Lot's of international students here, which makes it more comfortable
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8
/10
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Highland Lake
Wonderful schools, everyone and their mother is moving to Decatur driving up home prices like no other.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Point On Scott
The neighborhood was our biggest draw to ARLO. Decatur is a prime neighborhood with so much to offer. There are dozens of bars and eclectic restaurants within walking distance, and it's only about a ten minute drive to Walmart and Kroger. MARTA transit is super easy to midtown Manhattan to go see concerts or sporting events. I guess a downside is that there's only a dozen or so Goizueta students living in Decatur, so you need to Uber or drive to social events held in the Highlands or Midtown.
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ARLO
This isn't the most fun area to live in, but I've got a Target nearby so I can't complain. I do find it takes way too long to get to Trader Joe's for my taste, but there's a Kroger really close that partially makes up for that.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Clairmont Reserve
There are a lot of families who live in this complex. Numerous pet owners too, and a wonderfull green area for everyone to play and have fun in. We are right across the street from the Clairmont Campus.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Clairmont Reserve
Not as exciting as living in Midtown or Buckhead, but there are plenty of restaurants and grocery stores in the area. This is close to campus which minimizes the weekday commute to Emory.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Highland Lake
I love living in Decatur -- it's a great neighborhood with a ton of amenities and diverse culture. It's really one of the best places in the Atlanta area to live!
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
3131 Apartments
North Druid Hills is anchored by Emory, and has a wide range of shops, restaurants, hospitals and other services. You'll likely want a car.
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8
/10
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Highland Lake
Close to school and to food, many food options. Not necessarily where you want to live if you like going out.
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6
/10
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Gables Montclair
Lots of restaurants and grocery stores.
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9
/10
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Point On Scott
Traffic is extremely high all day long
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9
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Viridian
Just mostly calm (not socially vibrant)
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9
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The Place on Ponce
Amazing neighborhood
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Point On Scott


Getting to Know
Decatur

Neighborhood Boundaries

Best Apartments
in Decatur


Studio $1,270
1 Bed $1,190
2 Beds $1,650

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1 Bed $1,225
2 Beds $1,700

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Studio $1,325
1 Bed $1,395
2 Beds $2,175

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Studio $1,999
1 Bed $2,899
2 Beds $3,149

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1 Bed $1,179
2 Beds $1,678
3 Beds $1,842

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