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Old 06-18-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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It seems so hard to get both good schools & an affordable neighborhood in Atlanta. My husband and I are have been researching neighborhoods for a while and we keep running into this problem. We currently own a condo in Avondale Estates and want to start a family soon. We're hoping to find a house under $170K in a good school district. A 3/2 would be ideal, but a 2/1 would be adequate if it had enough space. City of Decatur seems to have the best schools but our price range makes it out of reach for us. Atlanta has quite a few good charter schools, but I'm not sure I want to rely on this since there's no guarantee of admittance.
Are there any neighborhoods or school districts I should look into that might fit our needs?
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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It seems so hard to get both good schools & an affordable neighborhood in Atlanta. My husband and I are have been researching neighborhoods for a while and we keep running into this problem. We currently own a condo in Avondale Estates and want to start a family soon. We're hoping to find a house under $170K in a good school district. A 3/2 would be ideal, but a 2/1 would be adequate if it had enough space. City of Decatur seems to have the best schools but our price range makes it out of reach for us. Atlanta has quite a few good charter schools, but I'm not sure I want to rely on this since there's no guarantee of admittance.
Are there any neighborhoods or school districts I should look into that might fit our needs?

Possibly Affordable Intown Neighborhoods with Good Schools

E. Rivers Elementary/Sutton Middle/North Atlanta High
Underwood Hills
Berkeley Park

Bolton Academy/Sutton Middle/North Atlanta High
Whittier Mill Village
Bolton
Riverside
Hills Park

Centennial Place Elementary/Inman Middle/Grady High
Howell Station/Knight Park
Home Park

Garden Hills Elementary/Sutton Middle/North Atlanta High
Martin Manor/Linridge

Avondale Elementary/Shamrock Middle*/Druid Hills High
Avondale Estates
Forrest Hills
Midway Woods

Laurel Ridge Elementary/Shamrock Middle*/Druid Hills High
Lindmoor Woods
Medlock

You may also want to look at homes in the Briar Vista Elementary District (will be Shamrock Middle*/Druid Hills High).


*I refuse to call Shamrock Middle the re-named "Druid Hills Middle School!" Horrivel!


I hope this helps some. Good Luck!
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Possibly Affordable Intown Neighborhoods with Good Schools

E. Rivers Elementary/Sutton Middle/North Atlanta High
Underwood Hills
Berkeley Park

Bolton Academy/Sutton Middle/North Atlanta High
Whittier Mill Village
Bolton
Riverside
Hills Park

Centennial Place Elementary/Inman Middle/Grady High
Howell Station/Knight Park
Home Park

Garden Hills Elementary/Sutton Middle/North Atlanta High
Martin Manor/Linridge

Avondale Elementary/Shamrock Middle*/Druid Hills High
Avondale Estates
Forrest Hills
Midway Woods

Laurel Ridge Elementary/Shamrock Middle*/Druid Hills High
Lindmoor Woods
Medlock

You may also want to look at homes in the Briar Vista Elementary District (will be Shamrock Middle*/Druid Hills High).


*I refuse to call Shamrock Middle the re-named "Druid Hills Middle School!" Horrivel!


I hope this helps some. Good Luck!

Thanks so much, Aries! Some of these areas I hadn't even considered. I'm curious though as to why you included Avondale Elementary? This is the district we currently live in and I haven't heard many good things about the school. Is it getting better?
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:33 AM
 
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It seems so hard to get both good schools & an affordable neighborhood in Atlanta. My husband and I are have been researching neighborhoods for a while and we keep running into this problem. We currently own a condo in Avondale Estates and want to start a family soon. We're hoping to find a house under $170K in a good school district. A 3/2 would be ideal, but a 2/1 would be adequate if it had enough space. City of Decatur seems to have the best schools but our price range makes it out of reach for us. Atlanta has quite a few good charter schools, but I'm not sure I want to rely on this since there's no guarantee of admittance.
Are there any neighborhoods or school districts I should look into that might fit our needs?
May I ask why you are choosing to stay intown?

Some other posters seem to think that people with kids want to move to outer burbs and don't care about the amenities of the city.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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What constitute good schools. I know Kirkwood has affordable homes in your price range, has Drew Charter and the greatly improved Toomer E.S. Why only charters is there something wrong with public?
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Pisgah Forest
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Regarding the "west side" of that (great) list by Aries 4118...the only time you will find a decent home at or below 170K in Whittier Mill Village, Berkeley Park, or Underwood Hills is if it is a rare foreclosure, so if you see one, jump on it right away and go see if it is on a decent lot and is a decent house. Riverside more often than those other neighborhoods will have some foreclosures/short sales in that price range. The school cluster (Bolton Academy or E. Rivers, Sutton Middle, North Atlanta High) is good especially considering that price range. Good luck!
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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Thanks so much, Aries! Some of these areas I hadn't even considered. I'm curious though as to why you included Avondale Elementary? This is the district we currently live in and I haven't heard many good things about the school. Is it getting better?
Overall, I would say Avondale could be getting better.

Why?
-The Avondale district was redistricted to the Druid Hills High Cluster.
-The Avondale district now includes active families from Midway Woods.
-Because of the cluster change and the addition of Midway Woods, I am assuming/predicting renewed and better interest in Avondale Elementary.

Lady Lastminutemom can give you better details and insight about this situation.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:28 AM
 
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What constitute good schools. I know Kirkwood has affordable homes in your price range, has Drew Charter and the greatly improved Toomer E.S. Why only charters is there something wrong with public?
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Thanks so much, Aries! Some of these areas I hadn't even considered. I'm curious though as to why you included Avondale Elementary? This is the district we currently live in and I haven't heard many good things about the school. Is it getting better?
To starfish27--

Like cqholt said, I would add the Kirkwood and East Lake neighborhoods to your list. Toomer Elementary in Kirkwood is fantastic! The East Lake neighborhood attends Toomer as well.

Last edited by aries4118; 06-19-2012 at 09:20 AM..
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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What constitute good schools. I know Kirkwood has affordable homes in your price range, has Drew Charter and the greatly improved Toomer E.S. Why only charters is there something wrong with public?
Look at the greatschools.com scores.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Look at the greatschools.com scores.
To assess whether a school is "good" or not, one must look well beyond test scores and greatschools.org.
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