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The close-knit neighborhood of Rosedale Heights, located within the city's southeast quadrant, is a unique community with a surprising amount of open space and a diverse range of affordable rental properties — many at rates far below the city average.

One of the biggest defining characteristics of Rosedale Heights is its proximity and access to all that metro Atlanta has to offer. Buses stop frequently along the main thoroughfare of Cleveland Avenue and directly connect to the city’s rail service. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, is only 6 miles away. Falcons fans could even make it to the Georgia Dome in under 16 minutes — assuming the normal traffic disappears.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Atlanta, GA is $887 for one bedroom, $708 for two bedrooms, and $923 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Atlanta has increased by 6.2% in the past year.

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766
$887
2 BR
976
$708
3 BR
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$923
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19 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
44 Transit Score® Some Transit
43 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

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Restaurants

Rosedale’s overwhelmingly residential character means most residents travel outside the immediate neighborhood to meet up over barbecue or to share drinks with friends. The good news is they generally don’t have to go far.

For a true insider experience, it's best to skip the many national chains at the main intersection of Interstate 75 and Cleveland Avenue and head straight to a modest but well-trafficked selection of locally owned restaurants that dot the perimeter of the neighborhood, many among Atlanta's best ethnic eats.

Long-time locals and former residents put Walter’s Express Soul Food at the top of their must-try list for truly authentic neighborhood dining. Around for 24 years, Walters has perfected soul food classics like sweet potato pie.

If the mood strikes for seafood, try another insiders’ favorite: Ikhlas Superb Seafood, an unassuming place known for its impeccably fresh fried fish and peach cobbler.

For anyone craving Asian flavors, drive to nearby Forest Park to Pho Lanxang, a popular Thai and Laotian restaurant. Be warned, though, a number of self-professed spicy food lovers say this restaurant’s version of “hot” is “pyrotechnic.” It’s also closed on Mondays so plan ahead.

Ready to splurge for some headliner entertainment? Watch for upcoming shows at Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood (formerly known as Lakewood Amphitheatre), due northwest of Rosedale Heights. The 19,000-capacity venue attracts nationally known musical acts.

For nightlife, most Rosedale Heights residents head outside the neighborhood. Nearby historic Cabbagetown is a sure bet. There, choose from hopping nightclubs to pubs worthy of the most devoted beer and game crowd. At the Milltown Arms Tavern, unique pub-grub starters such as the decadent bacon and cheese tots are balanced with surprisingly healthy fare such as chipotle hummus on warm pita bread.

History

A major figure in the history of the neighborhood is Rosel Fann, a woman who dedicated her life to the education and welfare of everyone living in southeast Atlanta.

Today, the community center bearing her name is a true hub for Rosedale Heights, offering one of the largest after-school programs in the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation network, swimming and more.

For those seeking artistic refuge from everyday life, the Cleveland Avenue Branch of the city's public library offers a variety of classes, including a “Stitchers of Soul” quilting class every other Saturday.

For a stomach-filling, family friendly fall outing do not miss the famous Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival in nearby historic Cabbagetown.

There are no museums in the neighborhood proper, but Rosedale Heights is a short drive from one of the most famous in Atlanta, the King Museum.

Transportation

Whether the destination is shopping in downtown Atlanta or making a flight at nearby Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, residents have a wealth of transportation options in Rosedale Heights, from frequent city bus service along Cleveland Avenue or driving just a few minutes to hop on Interstate 75 (an albeit congested choice.)

Bus service connects right to Atlanta’s metro train service as well as outside to other popular destinations such as Buckhead.

The MARTA No. 78 bus — MARTA stands for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority — stops multiple times up and down Cleveland Avenue from as early as 4:47 a.m. and runs regularly through midnight.

There is plenty of free parking but it is mostly residential. There are some sidewalks along the neighborhood's main arteries for walkers, but bikers should be cautioned that most streets do not have dedicated bike lanes. Cab companies and on-demand services such as Uber serve the area, but locals mostly call ahead versus trying to flag on the street.

Cost

Cost of living is a major draw for people living in Rosedale Heights where it is lower than the city average, particularly when it comes to real estate, where bargains abound for the cost-conscious. Here, the average rental rate is only $687, well below the Atlanta-wide average of $1,289.

Unfortunately, that trend does not extend to gas prices. Drivers in Rosedale Heights will pay 3 percent more for a gallon of gas than the national average. A quick bus trip to the heart of Atlanta might make more sense than driving — a ticket costs around $2.50 before senior and student discounts. Stopping off for a pint of beer will set you back $4.

Shopping

Rosedale Heights enjoys quick access to several major highways — Interstates 75, 85 and the Perimeter, I-285 — so residents have many shopping options, from big box to mom and pop and everything in between.

A popular everyday stop for groceries is the closest Kroger supermarket, due west of the neighborhood boundaries down Cleveland Avenue, just beyond neighboring Glenrose Heights.

For discount shopping, many residents head to a nearby Walmart. If it’s time for a bigger stocking up, there is a Sam’s Club about 7 miles outside of the neighborhood's center.

Looking for a more unique retail experience? The Nature's Own Herb Shop carries a well-stocked range of vitamins, health supplements and also offers nutritional counseling.

Parks

The city of Atlanta has over 350 parks dotted throughout its borders, but in Rosedale Heights, the major outdoor feature is the public Brown’s Mill golf course on its northern edge, with 6,539 yards of open space and a wide-open policy for anyone to get tee time. Seniors can golf Monday through Thursday for just $22.90.

For kids, trade the golf course for the playground. Neighborhood children can be found at the boundless playground at the Rosel Fann center, a play area inclusive for all school-aged children. Other recreational options include the Atlanta Southside Sports Complex, run by the city of Atlanta with lit outdoor tennis courts and slow-pitch softball leagues.

Dog owners are generally resigned to walking along sidewalks and other pathways, but for a short drive South Bend Park offers legal "off-leash" time for Fido to meet up with friends and burn off some excess energy.

Most parks in town are of the passive, or sitting variety, but many locals travel just a few minutes to celebrate the city's many annual festivals staged at or near parks, such as the Sweet Auburn Springfest, one of the largest free outdoor festivals in Southeast Atlanta.

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Vineyards of Brown's Mill
2738 Vineyards Dr, Atlanta, GA 30354
$669 - 1,090 1-3 Bed Available 08/21/17
877-457-4210

Apartments for Rent in Rosedale Heights, Atlanta, GA

The close-knit neighborhood of Rosedale Heights, located within the city's southeast quadrant, is a unique community with a surprising amount of open space and a diverse range of affordable rental properties — many at rates far below the city average.

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