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Old 07-17-2007, 10:40 PM
 
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considering buying a home in either lithonia or stone mountain. haven't heard many good things about either city. is there good schools near by? could anyone recommend good areas to raise a family near those cities?
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:45 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Is there a particular reason you want just that area? Neither is really considered "great", and Stone Mountain has been sliding downhill slowly for the last few years. Crime is not exactly low in either of those areas.

"Pine Lake" is a nicer small town in that general area that is surrounded by those not-so-great areas, but inside of Pine Lake is nice. ( Their web site: The Official Website of Pine Lake GA, Pine Lake GA ). Also a bit closer intown, the city of Decatur has some nicer areas in it as well. If you want to live on that side of town, those would be two better alternatives over Lithonia or Stone Mountain.
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Old 07-18-2007, 05:51 PM
 
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There is an area of unincorporated part of Stone Mountain belongs to Gwinnett. That area is zoned to Parkview high school, a highly respective school in Atlanta area. Many Indian and South Asian families live in that area even though many of them have shops in Dekalb county.

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Old 07-19-2007, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Originally from Cali relocated to Inman Park/Old 4th Ward/Westside Atlanta
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Default That would be the only place...

I would live in Stone Mountain.

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There is an area of unincorporated part of Stone Mountain belongs to Gwinnett. That area is zoned to Parkview high school, a highly respective school in Atlanta area. Many Indian and South Asian families live in that area even though many of them have shops in Dekalb county.
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:25 PM
 
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Stone Mountain and Lithonia aren't as bad as people say it is. I live in Decatur right by them and they are really nice areas with beautiful sub-divisions. They have a majority black population, so I GUESS when a place even though it's a suburb has a lot of black people it's considered a " not so nice area". Trust me, Lithonia and Stone Mountain are usually safe areas.
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Originally from Cali relocated to Inman Park/Old 4th Ward/Westside Atlanta
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I would live in Stone Mountain.
The reason being is not that I don't want to be around just all Black people, I am BLACK myself! But I'm from California where I'm used to more diversity in all walks of life. I went to Santa Monica High School and the racial breakdown when I graduated in 1998 was; 40% White, 20% Hispanic, 15% Black, 15% Asian, 5% Pacific Islander/Native American, 5% Arabic. I like to live in communities that mirror that or close to It & most communities in Atlanta just don't do it for me.
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Old 07-21-2007, 12:32 AM
 
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This also may not be PC, but I'm posting. I notice many people tend to steer people away from Stone Mountain and Lithonia claiming they are "not good" or crime ridden areas. However the more I see these generalizations the more I realize that for some people those terms are code words for many black people live there.

Outside of Prince Georges County, MD...Stone Mountain is the most affluent African American area in the United States. What you are going to get there, and in Lithonia are a lot of middle class and upper middle class people who work, stay to themselves and go about their business. Are their crime pockets there? Sure. Could some residents be keeping up their homes better in smaller areas there? Sure.

But its basically any suburban town USA. Except the majority of your neighbors will be African American.
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Old 07-21-2007, 05:25 AM
 
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Veronica

I can't speak about the Prince George County Schools -- but DeKalb schools are not as strong (as a whole) as most other metro systems.

I live in DeKalb and several weeks ago stumbled upon a show on the local government TV where an African American advocate was speaking about the embarrassingly high drop out rate in DeKalb schools as it correlates to the wealth of the community. (About 50 percent) He even compared it to Prince George and it wasn't favorable for DeKalb.

Also if you want your children to attend diverse schools, you won't find that in St. Mountain and Lithonia.
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:43 PM
 
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Veronica

I can't speak about the Prince George County Schools -- but DeKalb schools are not as strong (as a whole) as most other metro systems.

I live in DeKalb and several weeks ago stumbled upon a show on the local government TV where an African American advocate was speaking about the embarrassingly high drop out rate in DeKalb schools as it correlates to the wealth of the community. (About 50 percent) He even compared it to Prince George and it wasn't favorable for DeKalb.

Also if you want your children to attend diverse schools, you won't find that in St. Mountain and Lithonia.
yes but diversity is hard in schools in many parts of Atlanta because it is one of the most segregated cities from what I've seen EVER. Like Atlanta is really trying to test out "separate but equal" Dekalb schools may not be the best I will give you that. I honestly don't think Atlanta schools are on par with other places in general, but I think that's another story.
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Old 07-22-2007, 12:31 AM
 
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Thanks for everyones input. I'm concerned about schools number one and property value number two. Don't care a thing about black or white or mixed community. My company name is family first investments and we try to find homes for lower income families with children. The properties are at 6150 KENTON OAKS COURT LITHONIA and 566 ABERDEEN DRIVE STONE MOUTAIN.
Our client likes both and i was wondering which has the better school system and would be most desirable for a small family with two children.
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