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Post by Kaymcee on Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:35 am

The last few weeks has been focused on moving to FL. For some reason, he has changed his mind and said we're looking in Atlanta. Oh my. I guess with the type of work he does, security analyst, a lot of companies focused on security are located in/around Atlanta.
Jeez... Now I have to learn about another city!
Ladies...help!
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Post by asarasota on Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:47 am

You two should consider Charlotte, NC, too...
I'd give my car up to live in ATL...

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Post by rukristin on Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:02 pm

Bree, Mara, Tess, and {Laura} are all from atlanta; they can totally help you out Smile

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Post by asarasota on Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:18 pm

Is FL totally out? I'm not going to mail this stuff if it is; I don't mind, but if you don't need it ...

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Post by Mara on Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:21 pm

Yep there are a ton of us in the Atlanta area. The biggest thing here is do not move till you know where he is working. Traffic here can be a nightmare at times if you are headed in the wrong direction.

Do you have any ideas where he might be working or what you are looking at in terms of neighborhood feel?


And Alecia- you can't live here with out a car. public transport is almost non existant Sad

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Post by jessicabree on Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:22 pm

So...

I really really like Atlanta! And a few reasons why:

1. You don't get the harsh winters but you do get seasons
2. I like living in suburbs and Atlanta area is good for that... I can drive to lots of cool restaurants, shopping, events, but have the convenience of living in the burbs
3. Pretty good flights making travel easier - its Delta's Hub
4. Lots of transplants from elsewhere so you get a real mix of people. The area I work in for example has a significant Asian population so the food choices are great plus really interesting stores
5. Trees! May sounds silly but I love all the trees everywhere. When they build new stuff they then plant new trees to replace the loss.
6. You can do outdoor things for most of the year
7. Atlanta is where a lot of Southern headquarters are so LOTS more jobs than Florida. this really helps if you need to change jobs. (but the job market is not perfect for anything right now)

Some things to know...

Traffic can be crazy so you really want to live somewhere based on where you work in my opinion. You don't have to live right by DH work but rather its great to choose a place that will be a reverse commute to work at least.

There are LOTS of suburbs, and you can go farther and father out now from Atlanta and still have the conveniences. You have to know how much you want to have the option to head into the city.

Typically, things in the North side are nicer. As you get to downtown and farther south it can get rundown. BUT south of the Airport I heard can be nice - Peachtree City.

In the city you need someone else to help, but if you can afford it and are okay with the traffic, Decatur and Virginia Highlands are two cool more urban areas. Decatur is up and coming. VH has a very cool vibe and places you can walk to. This is unheard of in most of Atlanta!

For the burbs:
Most of us on the board are in the North on different sides/parts. Sheila is in Marietta - North West... more established and older so I love the look of some of the houses! Also more traffic IMO esp if you want to get to other parts of town from there during rush hour. But I might be wrong.

I am on the edge of Roswell, Alpharetta, Norcross. I love those areas... I am more North East but not super far North. I can cut over to 141 if I need to and I am pretty close to 400 & exit 9 where the mall and lots of chains and shopping is.

I used to live in Dunwoody - North but central. Bad thing was you need to take 400 to get N or S during rush hour and 400 is INSANE during rush hour so I avoid it now. But Dunwoody can be more upscale and really beautiful residential areas with older neighborhoods, quiet streets, trees, etc.

I work in Johns Creek. Newest city - it farther North on the East side. Near a lot of cool Asian places, very suburban, lots of families and golf clubs, and giant houses. Seems super family friendly.

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Post by Katie on Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:30 pm

Now I want to move to Atlanta! lol
I have visited a college friend there several times & there is just so much to do and it IS such a pretty area. My friend has now moved to Boston, so I haven't visited recently.

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Post by Kaymcee on Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:33 pm

Have been looking at lots of homes and well...are they all huge?? Love all the beautiful TREES! Now that is what I need!
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Post by Mara on Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:48 pm

There is a HUGE variety on styles and sizes of homes in the area. Since the town was burnt to the ground during the civil war there aren't any sort of historical trends. That combined with huge urban sprawl make is a real hodge podge.

The closer to the city you get the smaller/older the homes. Most new construction is 2500+ square feet out in the burbs. My house is a typical colonial at 2100 but it was built in the mid 80s.

Lots of people moved here from the north east and went "holy crap land is cheap. Ill buy/build a much bigger house than I ever thought I could out in the burbs for the price of a 1br apartment in NYC/Boston/Chicago". lol


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Post by Kaymcee on Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:52 pm

Good to know! The prices are awesome and some homes at least 2x as much land as we do. A home larger than ours is half the price.
So what's the catch?
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Post by Mara on Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:59 pm

Kaymcee wrote:Good to know! The prices are awesome and some homes at least 2x as much land as we do. A home larger than ours is half the price.
So what's the catch?

Well land is much cheaper here. Certainly the further out you go (and the more south of the city you go.) Some of the more in town areas get sketchy or haven't finished gentrifying yet.

Do you have an area of town you are looking in?

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Post by Kaymcee on Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:09 pm

After what Jessica mentioned, probably north. Seems the homes are in abundance...right now. I really don't need to live near downtown, just within 1/2 hr drive and easy access to kid-friendly stuff...museums, zoo, etc. We don't need a newer home, just one with character surrounded by trees! An older home would be lovely! We currently live in a cookie-cutter community and HATE it!
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Post by Mara on Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:24 pm

yeah lots of cookie cutter subdivisions here unfortunately.

If youw ant a slightly older home with more character try Vinings, Decatur, Avondale Estates even some place in Dunwoody and Roawell (but they are more expensive.

If you want to stay with in 30 min of the City I wouldn't go too much further than Marietta on the west, Roswell and south alpharetta due north and well the east side has big pockets of less than nice places so you have to be more careful.

Keep in mind that during rush hour (7-9am and 4-7pm) that leaves you no more than 10 miles outside of downtown atlanta.

Ie- I live 7 miles from work. It takes me 30 minutes to travel that. If I lived even 5 miles further north and had to head in to the city every day that commute would be 45+ each way.

The good news is that you can get a nice home starting in the 180-200 right now. And a Mc Mansion starting in the 400s.

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Post by Kaymcee on Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:36 pm

that drive is nothing compare to the bs we have here! DH's commute is at least 90 mins without rain/snow. Wish he could telecommute more!

I'll definitely take a look at those towns. Thanks Mara!
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Post by jessicabree on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:05 pm

Kaymcee wrote:Have been looking at lots of homes and well...are they all huge?? Love all the beautiful TREES! Now that is what I need!

Out in the far out burbs YES, most are huge. But in older neighborhoods there are a huge variety of sizes and styles.

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Post by jessicabree on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:08 pm

I would look at Roswell, Marietta, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody to start with if you want older houses with more character but OTP (outside the perimeter - the loop road around the city). Alpharetta can work too but Alpharetta is HUGE.

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Post by jessicabree on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:32 pm

if it helps:

You want to maybe try for North of 285, btwn 75 and 400 is all pretty nice, btwn 400 and 141 (peachtree industrial blvd) can be nice mostly, closer to 85 is not quiet as nice sometimes.


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Post by Sheila on Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:17 pm

rukristin wrote:Bree, Mara, Tess, and {Laura} are all from atlanta; they can totally help you out Smile
Hello.....what about me????????? How quickly we forget....guess it's what I get for being MIA lately.

Are school districts important? If not, everyone already covered it. If they are...some school districts here are significantly better than others.
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Post by Kaymcee on Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:35 pm

Absolutely! Our daughter starts 1st grade and son starts 6th grade in the fall. So, any tips about schools would be fantastic! Our goal is to move this summer because our son starts a new school and our daughter will be in all day school. Seems like a good time to do this! I really don't want to move during a school year. Here's hoping...
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Post by Sheila on Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:43 pm

This site might be helpful... Good School Districts
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Post by Kaymcee on Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:31 am

Thanks for this Sheila! There is going to be a lot of searching going on over the next few months!
I came across a home in Doraville, b/t 400 & 141, closer to 141. It is lovely with a spectacular view of wooded area behind home. 2 stories of covered back porch. Wish we could drop in and check it out! Seems lovely.
Opinions on this area?
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Post by Sheila on Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:46 am

Doraville....hmmmmm. If it's closer to Duluth or Suwanee, good. If it's closer to Chamblee, questionable. It's funny, "parts" of some towns are all questionable around here.

For instance, I live in Marietta....which is really a big town. The "part" I'm in is known as "East Cobb" and it's nice with GREAT schools. Parts of Marietta are slum-like with horrible schools and higher crime. Same thing with alot of the towns around here.

When you get closer to moving and have some addresses, we'll be happy to express our opinions!
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Post by Kaymcee on Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:42 am

Thanks! I love what I've seen so far in Marietta! I remember seeing a lot of 'East Cobb'.
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Post by jessicabree on Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:00 am

East Cobb is also called East Snob Its a really nice area Smile

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Post by Sheila on Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:14 pm

jessicabree wrote:East Cobb is also called East Snob Its a really nice area Smile

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