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Old 11-19-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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My husband and I are considering a move to the ATLANTA area within the next couple of months, with LAWRENCEVILLE being the strongest contender so far (MARIETTA, possibly a back-up option). I would very much appreciate some insights into the best neighborhood FOR US to buy a house in...

We have a somewhat limited budget but have found a few 4 bedroom homes listed as foreclosures in our range of 60,000-80,000 which we are concentrating on. We are hoping for a traditional style, 2 story house, with a nice sized backyard for gardens (with a few mature trees AND sunshine, if that’s even possible). If it’s a slight fixer-upper, that’s ok, but prefer not.

I know, it’s a tall order, but we’re not pressed for time, so I really want to get some advice first…

I have read a lot of posts here about buying homes based on schools, but we do not have children, nor do we expect to, however, I realize the quality of a neighborhood still has a lot to do with the quality of schools in the area, so I can appreciate that, and am keeping it in mind.

We are both in our mid-forties, and although we work, we could almost be considered as having a semi-retired lifestyle. We would like a quiet, somewhat private or secluded home to live in (a little space between houses), but with easy access to all the major shopping, etc.

Also, are there any areas with bicycle trails?

We both work from home at the moment (probably will continue to do so for some time), however we will still have business meetings and activities in the city, and enjoy the city life and occasional nightlife, so don’t want to be too far from convenient freeway/highway access to Atlanta, and even occasional public transport, if that is an option.

Also, considering all of the above, we don’t really want to end up in a neighborhood with a lot of noise or activity from kids or teenagers. Nothing personal, but we are just leaving behind a very, very, bad neighbor situation (kids/teens, drugs, cops, constantly for over two years –and in a VERY “nice neighborhood,” a suburb of Los Angeles). We are really looking forward to some peace and quiet, with no distractions, where other people’s problems don’t become ours. Are there any areas where the little “old” people live? ;-)

Other factors to consider are that we are a mixed race, and mixed culture, couple, one originally from LOS ANGELES, and one originally from LONDON. I have heard Lawrenceville is pretty diverse ethnically, and would appreciate any insights into that as well.

Appreciate anyone taking the time to read this, and respond with some suggested neighborhoods and/or zip codes, as well as advice on areas we should avoid altogether.

Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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I'm not aware of any "bad" neighborhoods in Lawrenceville. Some other towns/cities in Gwinnett do have some issues.

Not sure that you can find a community just for retired people, especially at your price range. There are some places geared for over 55 (but not limited to that age range), but they tend to be mostly condos (we live in a ranch style condo in L'ville).

Am sending you a private message/e-mail.....
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