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Old 11-16-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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Hello good people of city-data,

I may have a job in ATL and am doing some recon on where the "right" place for me and my family would be. Here are my details: 30-something, with wife and infant. Would be based out of downtown, don't mind commuting and the job would be a lot of travel around GA anyhow. In order of importance:
  • Walkable
  • Safe
  • older (historic)
  • good scene (music, arts, cafes, etc.)
  • ability to get a place (rent or buy) with a yard and some privacy
  • healthy lifestyle (organic food options, active community, etc.
  • liberal
[ETA more info]

1. Budget - middle of the road
2. House/Condo/Townhome? - if we buy it would be a house with 1/4 acre or more...
3. Employment Status(commute/work from home) - commute
4. Children(public school vs. private) - one child, too young to worry about that
5. Suburban or Urban lifestyle preference or a mix of the two - country/urban (I know, kind of an oxymoron)
6. Easy access to public transit, important or not? - important
7. Preferable demographics of desired neighborhood. - not an issue, as long as we are not an issue for the neighborhood.


Anything like that in or near ATL?
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:40 AM
 
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Middle of the road is kind of vague and could be any price range really depending on your POV. You will need to be a little more specific as this is really the determining factor with suggesting neighborhoods.
That being said, look at City of Decatur, Candler Park, Virginia Highland. Others will chime in with great OTP options as well. Good luck!!
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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Thanks! I suppose I meant that we could probably afford a rent of up to or around $1500 and a purchase price of up to or around $250,000
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:37 PM
 
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After some research it looks like Stone Mountain, Lawrenceville, or Smyrna might offer most of what I am looking for...
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:48 PM
 
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look at virginia highland
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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After some research it looks like Stone Mountain, Lawrenceville, or Smyrna might offer most of what I am looking for...
From the OP>>

Walkable
Safe
older (historic)
good scene (music, arts, cafes, etc.)
ability to get a place (rent or buy) with a yard and some privacy
healthy lifestyle (organic food options, active community, etc.
liberal

Stone Mountain, Lawrenceville and Smyrna would each offer some of your preferences. I don't think of them as particularly walkable. jmo. Suburban living.

The intown areas would more closely match your list --except for the price range and ability to find larger yards/more privacy.

Stone Mountain and Lawrenceville have small historic downtown areas and IIRC, Smyrna has a town center. There would be several shops and restaurants but the intown area is more developed in that respect. There are health food stores throughout the metro area--and Whole Foods--there might be some driving involved if you live in the suburbs.
Gwinnett County/Lawrenceville has excellent parks/recreation areas.

The intown areas would be more liberal. Mixed political beliefs would be found in each of the areas you listed.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:03 AM
 
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How about Lithonia? Anyone know about this little town?

And... not to sound naive, but where are the intown areas that offer what I am looking for and are safe for a young couple with a small child? I have lived in West Philadelphia and Brooklyn, both in marginal neighborhoods, but as my situation changes (wife, child, etc.) I find that I am becoming more concerned with safety.

Oh, and, do Clarkstown or Avondale Estates offer any of the above criteria?

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