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Old 07-11-2007, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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Hello. I just moved here recently and currently reside in Stockbridge(mainly because I have family located in Stockbridge).....Nevertheless, I'm married with 2 daughters one of which will be attending Kindergarten this year. My realtor and relatives have been telling me that we can get more house for our $$$$ on this side of town, which from what I've seen appears to be accurate to a degree. As of now we're leasing, because before we purchase a home we want to be sure it's in an area we want to be in. The most important criteria for me is the school system/crime.

So in regards to schools and crime, which ATL metro areas are the most ideal for raising a family? Thanks in advance for the feedback!


John
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:35 PM
 
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If the most important thing is best school system and crime, the the best places are Roswell, East Cobb, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek, which are all located next to each other and really just form one big area. These four suburbs have the best schools in the state and the lowest crime in the metro Atlanta. Your money will not go as far in these areas as it would out in Stockbridge - nowhere near as far. East Cobb and Roswell both have crime indexes around 65 - extremely low. Alpharetta and Johns Creek are both around 90 - 100 - low for metro suburbs.

By comparision, Dunwoody (a very nice suburb, but closer to the city and without the excellent schools) has a crime index of 218. West Buckhead and southern Sandy Springs, the richest and most mansion-infested area in Atlanta, has a crime index of 440. Downtown Atlanta has a crime index of around 650.
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Old 07-12-2007, 05:13 AM
 
Location: ga
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Where's your job? That's very important question. The traffic on Northside is pretty bad. That's why Dunwoody/Sandy Spring is so popular even though they don't have best high school.

Are you looking for good elementary or good high school? Vanderlyn and Austin in Dunwoody are top notch. So is Simpson elementary in West Norcross. Their exceed CRCT are top ten in the state. If your kids are talented, there are magnet schools in Dekalb. And there is new science and math charter high school in Gwinnett as well.

If you have jobs in midtown/buckhead, it is much shorter to commute from Dunwoody/Sandy Spring and West Norcross than from Alpharatta for example.

On the south side, check Peachtree city. McIntosh and Starr Mills are probably best schools over that side. Stockbridge is new developing area, so that's why it is very affordable.

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Old 07-12-2007, 05:22 AM
 
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As others have said, where you are working should, in large part, determine where you will live. Also, if you move to Alpharetta, weeknight visits will be difficult with your southside family -- and that may be something to consider.

Fayette County has excellent schools.

Your housing budget will also play a role in your options -- many of the highest rated schools are in areas where there are no homes under $400,000.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta,Ga
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It depends on your price range and what you been in a house. If you are going to move to East Cobb you can get an older 3 bedroom house( that needs some updating) for low to mid 200's. A four Bedroom for high 200's +. If you want to go to Fulton County schools the prices are higher and remember the taxes in Fulton County are very high.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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Thanks 4 the feedback so far. Well as far as work, I'm subject to have to work at 3 possible locations, which fluctuates from time to time. The main location I report to is in Marietta, not far from downtown off Howell Mill Road....The 2nd location I travel to the most is in Fairburn, Georgia (Exit #61) off I-85, and the 3rd location which is kinda rare but from time to time I still have to go there is just about in the heart of downtown......Off I-20, (Boulevard & Zoo ATL exit)

I don't mind commuting no more than 30-35 miles, with or with-out traffic. You have to take the good with the bad I suppose. Nevertheless, I gross roughly $74-80k per year, and buying an affordable home is somewhat of a priority......BUT my daughters education is more important to me than a BIG house. So having said all of that, the area with the best schools, low crime, and ideal commute is what we're looking for. We sincerely appreciate all of your insight as we attempt to feel our way through this dilemna. Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:04 AM
 
Location: ga
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You may have to buy in Lassiter school district. Walton and Pope high area tend to be very expensive. My coworker used to live in that area. There are some ranches around there in 200,000 to 250,000 range in Lassiter school district.


Lassiter High School (broken link)

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Old 07-12-2007, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Atlanta,Ga
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He should be able to get a house between 200-250 in the walton and pope districts also.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:05 AM
 
Location: ga
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I just reread your post. Are you talking about Marietta Street, near downtown atlanta or city of marietta which is in Cobb county?

If it is downtown atlanta, peachtree city (McIntosh and Starr Mills) are good choices.

If it is downtown Marietta, east cobb (Pope, Walton and Lassiter) are good choices.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:46 AM
 
Location: ITP
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I agree with a lot of the posters on here in that the best part of town for you to live in would be Marietta or East Cobb. I'm not too sure about the public schools near Mableton (Veterans Memorial Highway), but it is an up and coming area where you can get a lot of house for your money. Also, it's an easy commute from their to all of your job sites.

Good luck!
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