What are the differences between Fulton County and DeKalb County

4 Replies | Atlanta, Georgia

Hello Everyone,

I am new to BP and just starting my real estate journey. I am moving to Atlanta and would like to start investing in the Atlanta metro area. In my research I found that the city of Atlanta is made up of two counties: Fulton and DeKalb. When looking for a primary residence and investment properties what are the main differences that I should consider? For example, are their differences in policies guiding property taxes? Is the development/redevelopment landscape different? Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

Hi @Raushanah Morgan !  Welcome to Atlanta!  Your question is quite interesting and I’m not sure I can give you what you need in terms of answering the question of which is best, but I can give you some insight.  Both counties have their advantages and disadvantages. There is development on both sides and depending on the specific area, some will be further along than others.  There are desirable areas in both counties.  You mentioned finding property to both live and invest.  Since you’re looking for a place to lay your head, I’d say treat your search like any other; consider your lifestyle and activities first.  Once you’ve identified a broad area, you can easily whittle it down.  As for taxes, each has its own milage rate, which I don’t believe is significantly different.   Best of luck!

@Raushanah Morgan

Greetings from someone who also moved from Memphis!

Atlanta traffic is worse than Memphis; but there's so much more to do that makes up for it.  I'd focus on these things, and not necessarily counties:

-Proximity to where you'll be working -- at least for a primary residence. (I personally don't want to be stuck in a car for 2 hours a day)  If you're self-employed or can work from home, all the better.

-Where the numbers make sense.  Especially considering a possible exit strategy may be to convert into a rental later.

-Close to a MARTA station if possible.

-Some 'value' or 'catalyst'.  Up-and-coming, hidden gem, etc.

Food for thought.

Originally posted by @Raushanah Morgan :

Thank you @kelly rambo and eamonn McElroy! These are very helpful insights. In terms of up and coming areas - what are your thoughts on the Cascade Heights area and the Gresham Park areas?

Cascade Heights is probably one of the most underrated/undervalued areas in the entire CoA.