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Old 11-27-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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My family and I are thinking about moving to decatur because of the schools and community feel. My wife works downtown so her commute will be easy but I work in buckhead. What sort of commute should I expect? And what route?

We recently moved from Roswell because our commute was too tough to downtown (renting in smyrna now). But we need want a good public school along with a great community.

We would like to stay in smyrna but the only elementary school that is halfway good is Teasley and that has 900 or so kids. At least the decatur elementary schools only have 380 or so kids in each.

The commute from smyrna to both locations is pretty good but again, we need the good schools. Am I setting myself up for a bad commute again?
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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I live in North Decatur and work in Sandy Springs - about 1/2 hour there and 35-40 min on the way back. I take side roads to Lavista, turn on Buford Highway and get on GA 400 at Sidney Marcus. It really depends on where you live in Decatur and where in Buckhead you have to go. I tried driving my commute a few times before we moved over here to see what it's like - I would recommend that.
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Old 11-27-2010, 12:06 PM
 
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Thanks! We are looking at oakhurst and I work at the intersection of lenox and piedmont
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Thanks! We are looking at oakhurst and I work at the intersection of lenox and piedmont
Your biggest challenge will be getting 'across the tracks' in downtown Decatur. When I lived in downtown Decatur (north of the tracks), It would take me 20-25 minutes to make that drive:

W Ponce de Leon>right on Coventry Rd
Coventry Rd>right on E Clifton Rd
E Clifton Rd>right on Clifton Rd
Clifton Rd>left on Oxford Rd
Oxford Rd>left on N Decatur Rd
N Decatur Rd becomes E Rock Springs Rd
E Rock Springs Rd>right on N Highland Ave
N Highland Ave>veer left onto Lenox Rd
Lenox Rd blends into Cheshire Bridge Rd
Continue until CBR becomes Lenox Rd; continue until Lenox becomes the Buckhead Loop and dead ends into Piedmont.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:45 AM
 
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We would like to stay in smyrna but the only elementary school that is halfway good is Teasley and that has 900 or so kids. At least the decatur elementary schools only have 380 or so kids in each.
blakeas,

I don't know where you are getting your information, but Teasley only has around 481 students. It has always been a smaller school.

King Springs has roughly 553 students. This is also fairly small for a Metro Atlanta elementary school.

I will post a little more later on the other thread you have going--but I will say this now: If you like Smyrna so much, the quality of these good/great elementary schools would not be the reason to leave the area at all.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:04 AM
 
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we really like the Williams Park Neighborhood because of the mix of old and new however that is not not teasley or king springs - is there a subdivsion like that in teasley or king springs? - . Then what about the middle school though?
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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we really like the Williams Park Neighborhood because of the mix of old and new however that is not not teasley or king springs - is there a subdivsion like that in teasley or king springs? - . Then what about the middle school though?

Williams Park is in which school district?



The "golden five" of Smyrna/Vinings/Mableton:


Teasley
King Springs
Mableton
Nickajack
Brown
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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belmont hills - basically the neighborhood is right acroos from the smyrna market village across the tracks
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