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Old 05-18-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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I'm currently in the market for a new house and a lot of what I like I'm finding in the southern parts of Marietta, right where 75 and 285 meet. However I don't work in the area and there's a good chance I could end up working in either Alpharetta or downtown. I'm fairly new to Atlanta, but I've been here long enough to know the driving east on 285 in the morning isn't fun. So to have to go east on 285 and then north on 400 doesn't sound very appealing. And just looking at the map, it doesn't look like there are any great shortcuts. The problem with working downtown of course is that there's no MARTA line going northwest. So I'd have no choice but to take 75 south. Again, not a pretty proposition. Can anyone think of ways to make either commute manageable or do you think it's just not feasible to live in that area and commute to Alpharetta or downtown and, if so, can you suggest a better option?
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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I would suggest somewhere close to 400 like Sandy Springs or Dunwoody...that way if you have to drive to Alpharetta you can just shoot up 400 but if you're working downtown, you can take the marta. IMO living in Marietta wouldn't make the most sense.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: North Fulton, GA
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We moved to Roswell (the northern part, west of 400) and husband works in Midtown area. It works for us. But, before putting an offer on a house or signing a lease, I highly recommend driving the route to work at the time you will be going to work. Don't depend on Google, or word of mouth as the time you commute can be as important as the miles you have to drive.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Cumming, Georgia
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We moved to Roswell (the northern part, west of 400) and husband works in Midtown area. It works for us. But, before putting an offer on a house or signing a lease, I highly recommend driving the route to work at the time you will be going to work. Don't depend on Google, or word of mouth as the time you commute can be as important as the miles you have to drive.
THIS! I work in Sandy Springs (right at exit 5 off the 400) and I'm currently renting in Milton. I'm here at work everyday at 7:00 so my morning commute isn't too bad. Most of the time I get out of work between 4:00 and 4:30. Occassionally, I would get out as late as 6:00 PM. Traffic patterns does vary between the 2 hours between 4 and 6 PM.

My wife is coming down later this week to go house shopping. Before renting in Milton, we had Cumming on the list. After evaluating my commuting patterns and our shopping habits, we decided we would be happy in the Roswell and Milton area, so that's where we will focus on our house hunting trip this week.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:25 PM
 
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I'm currently in the market for a new house and a lot of what I like I'm finding in the southern parts of Marietta, right where 75 and 285 meet. However I don't work in the area and there's a good chance I could end up working in either Alpharetta or downtown. I'm fairly new to Atlanta, but I've been here long enough to know the driving east on 285 in the morning isn't fun. So to have to go east on 285 and then north on 400 doesn't sound very appealing. And just looking at the map, it doesn't look like there are any great shortcuts. The problem with working downtown of course is that there's no MARTA line going northwest. So I'd have no choice but to take 75 south. Again, not a pretty proposition. Can anyone think of ways to make either commute manageable or do you think it's just not feasible to live in that area and commute to Alpharetta or downtown and, if so, can you suggest a better option?

We live right at the 75/285 junction and my wife commutes both downtown and to Alpharetta like you mentioned.

You're right in that 285 East in the mornings is no picnic, but once she gets to 400 north, it's much lighter because the am 400 traffic is going south.

Going downtown from the Cumberland area is usually ok until you get to the connector. If you live near 75/285, you miss the heavy traffic coming south between Barrett Parkway and Windy Hill.
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