Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Brookhaven, Georgia- Bright Shiny New City!

Brookhaven is Georgia's shiny, new city!  On July 31, 2012, 55% of voters voted to incorporate Brookhaven as Dekalb County's largest city with over 50,000 residents (Dunwoody is the second largest city in Dekalb).
Where is the new city?? 
The borders of Brookhaven are Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Chamblee and I-85.  Click here for a map.  Historic Brookhaven (Capital City Country Club) is mostly in Fulton County/ City of Atlanta and is primarily not in the City of Brookhaven.
What is the effect of being in the City of Brookhaven for its residents?
Proponents of the city incorporation say that it will lower the taxes for its residents. One way it will achieve this is to lower the millage rate from 6.39 mills to 3.35 mills where the rate is capped.  The millage rate can only be raised by the taxpayers through referendum- so elected officials do not get to decide. 
It also would increase the applicable homestead exemption from $10,000 to $20,000. The HOST credit that you see on your tax bill does not apply to city taxes. It only applies to county taxes, so it needs to be added back into your property taxes in order to arrive at the final amount you would pay.
The result is that all property owners will receive a property tax cut. For homestead property (your primary home), this tax cut could be slight or it could be significant, depending upon how efficiently the city council operates the city.

Dunwoody now enjoys the lowest property tax burden anywhere in DeKalb, lower than the unincorporated area. It is anticipated the City of Brookhaven would enjoy the second lowest property tax burden in DeKalb County, also lower than the unincorporated area.

Another reason voters wanted Brookhaven to be a city is to have a smaller, more cost efficient government with improved services.

What schools are in Brookhaven?
The schools are Dekalb County Schools and will not change. Public elementary schools serving the community include Dresden Elementary, Montgomery Elementary, Montclair Elementary, Ashford Park Elementary, and Woodward Elementary. The public secondary school is Cross Keys High School. Private schools include Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School, St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal School, and Marist School. From its opening in 1990 until 2003, the Seigakuin Atlanta International School was located on the property of Oglethorpe University.
What parks are there in Brookhaven?
Another benefit of the area becoming a city is that city residents will be able to maintain and improve city parks.  Brookhaven's largest park is Briarwood Park.  Dekalb county has reportedly neglected this park while citizens have formed an organization to revitalize and upgrade this park.  Other parks include
  • Ashford Park, 2980 Redding Rd. 3-acre (1.2 ha) DeKalb County park with basketball & tennis courts, as well as a playground.
  • Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd. Includes the Blackburn Tennis Center, this 49.5-acre (20.0 ha) DeKalb County park has tennis and basketball courts, soccer fields, picnic areas and trails.
  • Briarwood Park, 2235 Briarwood Way, 18-acre (7.3 ha) Dekalb County park with swimming pool, tennis courts, recreation center and playground
  • Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Rd. 9-acre (3.6 ha) DeKalb County park with multi-use courts, playground, picnic area and trails.
  • Lynwood Park, 3360 Osborne Rd NE, (17 acres) DeKalb County park with basketball & tennis courts, as well as a playground.
  • Murphey Candler Park, 1551 W Nancy Creek Dr. 135-acre (55 ha) DeKalb County park known primarily for baseball and football, but it also has a pool and lake.
  • Skyland Park, 2600 Skyland Dr., 11-acre (4.5 ha) DeKalb County park known primarily for baseball, soccer and tennis.
  • Parkside Park, Dresden Drive, 2-acre (0.81 ha)
  • Fernwood Park
  • Georgian Hills Park, 2800 Georgian Drive, 7-acre (2.8 ha)
  • Clack's Corner, 1410 Cartecay Drive, 0.2-acre (0.081 ha)

  • What neighborhoods make up Brookhaven?
    Historic Brookhaven (the Dekalb part).  This high dollar neighborhood is one of Atlanta's finest neighborhoods and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  This neighborhood is north of Buckhead and west of Peachtree Road.  Home prices are $1 million +.
    Brookhaven Heights is just north of Buckhead and west of North Druid Hills Road.  Many new homes and older homes mingle in this wonderfully eclectic neighborhood.  Prices for single family detached homes range from $300,000-850,000.
    Brookhaven Fields is just north of Buckhead and east of North Druid Hills Road.  Also an eclectic neighborhood that originally featured modest, post war homes that boomed in the 1990s and now features a range of newer more expensive homes.  Prices for detached homes range from $250,000- 750,000+.
    Ashford Park is located just north of Brookhaven Fields and borders Peachtree Road, Chamblee and Buford Highway.  This neighborhood has also realized a transformation from modest post-war homes to new much larger luxury homes.  Prices range from $200,000-700,000+.

    All of these neighborhoods are great locations as they have easy and quick access to I-85, Buford Highway, GA-400, Buckhead, Midtown, Perimeter.  The Brookhaven Marta station features parking and is super convenient for downtown events, midtown events and airport.
    What is Shopping and Dining like in Brookhaven?
    Village Place on Dresden Drive features restaurants like Verde Taqueria, Kaleidoscope and fine interior design shops like The Mercantile.
    Brookhaven Park Village is right across the street and features the wonderful restaurant Haven.
    Town Brookhaven is a large multi-use shopping/residential development which includes an LA Fitness, Costco, Movie Theatre, and a Keller Williams Realty office.

    Plus, world class shopping at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Mall are very close by in Buckhead.

    There is a Brookhaven Arts Festival coming up in October and the Brookhaven Chili Cookoff just happened in September.
    Brookhaven is awesome.  Congrats to all you lucky Brookhaven residents!  Brookhaven is one of my very favorite areas of Atlanta due to it's warm, community spirit, charming neighborhoods, gorgeous homes, and fantastic location in Atlanta.  If you are thinking of buying a home in Brookhaven or would like more information, contact me.

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