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Old 06-15-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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The general rule for the northern suburbs is to look at a map of Atlanta.

You'll see how 75 and 85 split off and form a giant Y north of the city. For the most part, what you want to do is stay in between the roads in the middle of the Y.

My general advice for people commuting into the city is to pay close attention to your proximity to 75, 85, or 400. Often it is better to be one or two exits further away from the city if it means you are a couple of miles closer to the highway. Don't automatically think your commute is easier because you are closer to work as the crow flies, because often times your biggest hang ups are going to be on surface streets trying to get to and from the highways.

I'm not saying the highways themselves don't get overly congested. What I am saying is that if you live 3 miles from GA 400 off Exit 5, someone who lives 1 mile from 400 off Exit 6 may indeed have a shorter commute than you do. It varies widely depending on the particular exit and what roads and commerce are around it, but it's something to consider.

A lot of people draw arbitrary lines saying, "I absolutely will not live further out than this particular exit" but that reasoning often has flaws if the only thing you can find within your distance is a horrendous drive to even get to a highway.
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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Uhhhhh Marietta street is in the middle of downtown Atlanta.
I misread. No need to be so mean.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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This is the original poster. I just wanted to update my post for the benefit of anybody else who is in my previous situation. We did make the move in August. We ended up finding a nice home in a great community in Johns Creek (North Fulton) for $1600 - 4 bed, 2 bath. Yes, a tad over budget but well worth it. It is on the bottom of the rent scale for that area so we lucked out to find such a nice home for that price in this great area. Johns Creek is a pricey place to live but there are subdivions that are affordable. There is one for rent in ours currently for $1500. It's one of the best places to be for schools. My girls are at River Trail Middle school and will attend Northview High School when they get older. Northview is top in the state, I believe. Bottom line is my kids are so happy and so are we. The neighborhood is filled with kids that they play with daily and my kids are thriving in schools. Coming from AZ schools, that's a big deal. Az schools are way below par. We couldn't be happier. If you are relocating, move to Johns Creek! We love it here. My husband does have a bit of a commute but he says it's not that bad and it's well worth it. He gets on the road around 5:30am and it takes about 20 minutes to the Doraville MARTA station. He takes the 141 to the station. He takes MARTA downtown. Total commute is maybe an hour. Depending on events downtown it may take longer coming home. But he doesn't mind his commute so much. He is always home by 5pm. If we could go back in time, knowing what we do now, we would have made the same choice. Johns Creek!! We have everything we need at our fingertips here. I do understand everybody may have differnet criteria that they are looking for. If you are looking for a slower pace town, Johns Creek is not for you. There is a lot of traffic. A lot! 1pm on a Saturday... why are we at a complete stop on Kimball Bridge!!?? We have come to the conclusion that the lights are off. They are timed very badly. We find a lot of the traffic just around town is due to a lot of people and a lot of lights that are timed bad. But maybe it just comes down to, there are a lot of people here. Because it is a great place to live! It's all relative. That's my opinion. We love Johns Creek. I think it depends on where you are moving from also. Moving from AZ it is easy to love everything in GA. It's green. There is weather! It feels like winter right now and I love it. No snow like the NE but cold enough to feel like winter. Drive a short distance and you feel like you are out in the country. It's beautiful here. This Fall I was in disbelief. The leaves were beautiful. The most vibrant colors I have ever seen. Coming from the brownest place on earth, I guess that reaction is natural. Questions or comments are welcome!
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:55 PM
 
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Ksalva, congrats on your move. I knew you'd love GA. I'm making the move back in April (also from PHX) and I can't wait! John's Creek is a little too far north for me, but I'm planning on the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:44 PM
 
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This is the original poster. I just wanted to update my post for the benefit of anybody else who is in my previous situation. We did make the move in August. We ended up finding a nice home in a great community in Johns Creek (North Fulton) for $1600 - 4 bed, 2 bath. Yes, a tad over budget but well worth it. It is on the bottom of the rent scale for that area so we lucked out to find such a nice home for that price in this great area. Johns Creek is a pricey place to live but there are subdivions that are affordable. There is one for rent in ours currently for $1500. It's one of the best places to be for schools. My girls are at River Trail Middle school and will attend Northview High School when they get older. Northview is top in the state, I believe. Bottom line is my kids are so happy and so are we. The neighborhood is filled with kids that they play with daily and my kids are thriving in schools. Coming from AZ schools, that's a big deal. Az schools are way below par. We couldn't be happier. If you are relocating, move to Johns Creek! We love it here. My husband does have a bit of a commute but he says it's not that bad and it's well worth it. He gets on the road around 5:30am and it takes about 20 minutes to the Doraville MARTA station. He takes the 141 to the station. He takes MARTA downtown. Total commute is maybe an hour. Depending on events downtown it may take longer coming home. But he doesn't mind his commute so much. He is always home by 5pm. If we could go back in time, knowing what we do now, we would have made the same choice. Johns Creek!! We have everything we need at our fingertips here. I do understand everybody may have differnet criteria that they are looking for. If you are looking for a slower pace town, Johns Creek is not for you. There is a lot of traffic. A lot! 1pm on a Saturday... why are we at a complete stop on Kimball Bridge!!?? We have come to the conclusion that the lights are off. They are timed very badly. We find a lot of the traffic just around town is due to a lot of people and a lot of lights that are timed bad. But maybe it just comes down to, there are a lot of people here. Because it is a great place to live! It's all relative. That's my opinion. We love Johns Creek. I think it depends on where you are moving from also. Moving from AZ it is easy to love everything in GA. It's green. There is weather! It feels like winter right now and I love it. No snow like the NE but cold enough to feel like winter. Drive a short distance and you feel like you are out in the country. It's beautiful here. This Fall I was in disbelief. The leaves were beautiful. The most vibrant colors I have ever seen. Coming from the brownest place on earth, I guess that reaction is natural. Questions or comments are welcome!
Glad you are enjoying your new location.

Since you made special note about the traffic, this is what I think is a contributing factor: Johns Creek only has 77000 people in 32 sq miles. So it is not really a lot of people. I think it is the way the roads + subdivisions are structured. Chattahoochee High and Northview High are only 1.5-2 miles or so apart as the crow flies. But 4.5 miles by road. So that causes one to be on the road for at least twice the amount of time.

And, yes, this area is popular, so there is some truth to "a lot of people", but only to an extent.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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FromGA - I wondered for a second why you focused on that comment so much and then I realized I wrote it in caps. I don't know how or why that is even in caps. That was a mistake. It does seem very crowded but definitely not cap worthy. What you said about the way the roads and subdivisions are makes perfect sense. There are a lot of factors to why there is traffic here when there shouldn't be, at weird times of the day. I blame that on a lot of things. A lot of people is the least of the reasons, but worth a mention. It just feels crowded.
Cappygirl - Thanks for your guidance in the beginning and I am glad you are moving back to GA. What a world of difference between the two. You must miss it very much. We did move further north than we wanted. We lucked out that the commute seems to be worth it to my husband so far. Fingers crossed that he still feels that way in a few years. Although there is no changing it now. We promised the kids we would not make them move schools again, which is only fair. Good luck on your move back!
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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You did not capitalize it. I did when I used what you said, to indicate that I am responding to that.

I have Rivertrail kids as well, so I know about the rest of the good stuff. Good area to live in.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Wow, that makes complete sense now (about that sentence in bold). Thanks for clarifying. Being that you live in the area, you definitely understand where I am coming from. You know about the "good stuff" .
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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Default Regarding your new move

We are also thinking to move to John's creek area during July/August. My kids will go to Middle and High school respectively. Can you let me know which apartment complex would come under this vicnity that my kids can opt to join River Trail Middle School and North View High School. Any answer/ replies from the viewers will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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Congrats on finding a place.

Last edited by jeoff; 03-25-2013 at 01:44 PM.. Reason: Did not notice it was an old thread
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