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Old 10-26-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Why do people buy very expensive homes out in the suburbs and have long commutes into the city for work?

I just do not get why people buy 2 million dollar houses out in places like Sugarloaf, CCOS, River Club, etc., and yet they have to commute in the city every day! I know people who live out in those places and they commute every day to downtown, midtown, and Buckhead. These people could easily afford a nice home in Ansley Park, Buckhead, Druid Hills, etc. I get the whole public school thing but if you are spending that much money on a house you most likely can afford private school, and there are many people who live in these places that use private schools.

I could see if you were spending 400k on a house, four kids, and were going to use public schools. You would probably be better living in the suburbs then.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:15 PM
 
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The complete unwillingness and incompetence of large urban areas to deal with crime.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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Why do people buy very expensive homes out in the suburbs and have long commutes into the city for work?

I just do not get why people buy 2 million dollar houses out in places like Sugarloaf, CCOS, River Club, etc., and yet they have to commute in the city every day! I know people who live out in those places and they commute every day to downtown, midtown, and Buckhead. These people could easily afford a nice home in Ansley Park, Buckhead, Druid Hills, etc. I get the whole public school thing but if you are spending that much money on a house you most likely can afford private school, and there are many people who live in these places that use private schools.

I could see if you were spending 400k on a house, four kids, and were going to use public schools. You would probably be better living in the suburbs then.
I think a lot are swayed by realtors when they relocate. I know two friends who bought really expensive homes in the suburbs and never even visited Atlanta because they listened to the relocating companies realtors. These realtors of course love to push badly built mcmansions as they get builder kickbacks etc. Now years later both wish they had bought in Druid Hills/Buckhead etc for the same money.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:32 PM
 
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To each his own...
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:54 PM
 
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Many reasons.....

Some people just don't like high density living.

Some people don't want to deal with the maintenance of owning an older home.

Some people feel it's safer for their children to play, ride bikes, explore, etc. in the suburbs.

Some people are conservative and want to be around other conservative people.

Some people want the convenience of big box retail nearby and accessible.

Some people want to be around other people like themselves, mostly with families instead of the wide variety of people and lifestyles you find intown.

Some people want to be close to golf, swimming pools, and other recreation.

I understand the question, but there are a plethora of reasons why someone might make that decision. When the real estate boom happened and people started moving back into town to escape suburban sprawl, a lot of people forgot to consider the problems of high density living. It all depends on what you want for yourself and your family. Some people just don't like the urban environment just as some don't like the suburban approach.

I'm the second kind of person you mentioned. Sure, I'd rather live in the city since I work there, but I have a three bedroom house in a nice community where I can spread out and have a dog in the suburbs. Maybe I could have afforded a 1 bedroom condo intown, but I'd be living in a shoebox throwing money away on Atlanta taxes and association fees riding an elevator and being asked for money every time my dog had to take a leak. I also knew Atlanta had a 10 year glut of condos, so I figured I better buy something I would have a prayer of selling if I decide to move anytime soon. I traded space for convenience and a better investment. But my neighbors in places like St. Ives, Country Club of the South, and St. Marlo certainly could have afforded to live wherever they wanted. They chose here.

No offense, but I think I speak for a lot of people here when I say that I'm getting really sick of the urban elitism on this board. Many of the urban dwellers seem to display the exact type of myopic vision they claim only exists in the suburbs. Atlanta may have sprawled out and not exhibited the smartest growth in the country, but both the suburbs and urban areas come with unique sets of advantages and disadvantages. People try to make decisions that they think are going to be best for them and make them the happiest.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:44 AM
 
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No offense, but I think I speak for a lot of people here when I say that I'm getting really sick of the urban elitism on this board. Many of the urban dwellers seem to display the exact type of myopic vision they claim only exists in the suburbs. Atlanta may have sprawled out and not exhibited the smartest growth in the country, but both the suburbs and urban areas come with unique sets of advantages and disadvantages. People try to make decisions that they think are going to be best for them and make them the happiest.
Excellent post.....
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:47 AM
 
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Three words: schools, crime, taxes......
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: North Fulton, GA
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In our situation, we needed a public school with good special education services.
And safety is a big issue when you have a child with autism.
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:30 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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1) Schools
2) Schools
3) Schools
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:10 AM
 
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Because all their country club buddies live there.
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