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Old 07-23-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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Hi guys. I am moving to Atlanta, Ga! I have lived in NYC and Portland, OR so I Atlanta will be a big change when it comes to city living and commuting.

My position allows a LOT of work from home and Travel (need to be fairly near an airport) but will not need to be driving to an office every day at 8am!

I am looking for a nice place that can give me some of what I am use to, after having lived in Portland, OR and NYC. I like the ability to walk from my home/apt to a bar, store, grocery, coffee etc. Also would be interested in a place that has things to do.. Events. Portland, Or is amazing when it comes to that with Saturday Markets, fresh organic markets and festivals etc. Always something to go to in Portland. I am 29, looking for a place with same age group, young professional and Creative types.

So My question to everyone is. Where is this magical/mystical place in Atlanta?? I know I cannot have everything but what is a good place that fits most of these hopeful requirements?

Please let me know what neighborhoods, or streets to start looking for apartments/houses (going to start renting first) I would like to spend under 1800.00 per month rent.

Thanks in advance
Mike

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Old 07-23-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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Great news. You're one of the few people who ever come in here looking for something like that who actually has the budget to support it. The good news, is you hae enough money to get what you want....or at least the closest version Atlanta has of it.

If I were you, I'd shoot for the middle of midtown. It's the most urban area Atlanta has. So you'll have to give up some of the things like street festivals and Saturday markets, but you'll be in the middle of everything.

If you don't care so much about being in the middle of an urban area and really prefer an actual neighborhood, your best bets are going to be Inman Park and Decatur.

Just know that the ages in those places will skew up a little bit. Not many 29 year olds have the budget you do, generally when people have that much money they are a bit older. Inman Park and Decatur do have young people, but they also have a lot of families. Midtown has a lot more young people.

That's my 2 cents.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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Events. Portland, Or is amazing when it comes to that with Saturday Markets, fresh organic markets and festivals etc.
Mike
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If I were you, I'd shoot for the middle of midtown. It's the most urban area Atlanta has. So you'll have to give up some of the things like street festivals and Saturday markets, but you'll be in the middle of everything.
I vote for Midtown too. I loved visiting Portland and the Saturday Market There is an Green Market in Piedmont Park. PiPC - Green Market for Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is Atlanta's largest green space and we share the same landscape architect as NYC's Central Park. Piedmont Park Conservancy Living in most parts of Midtown will gain you quick access to Piedmont Park. Adjacent to Piedmont Park is Home | Atlanta Botanical Garden Midtown has a lot to offer. Here are some additional website on Midtown to explore:

Midtown Alliance

News and Events | MidtownAtlanta.org

Midtown Restaurant Week

Festivals and additional fun stuff in the city:

Atlanta Events / Events in Atlanta*| accessAtlanta

Creative Loafing Atlanta | Best of Atlanta 2011 | Best of Atlanta 2011

Portland is very special but I hope that you will come to love Atlanta too.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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Thanks to both of you. That is great! I will narrow down my search to Midtown. It might be to much to ask but do know know of any streets, roads, apartment complex in midtown that are at the "heart of the action" in Midtown?

Thanks again!
Michael
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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For urban living, Peachtree is the center of it all, and you can go a bit west to around West Peachtree or a bit east to Juniper/Piedmont and still be in the core.

For a more neighborhood type feel, I'd stay between Piedmont and Monroe, south of where the roads intersect and north of Ponce de Leon. That's the core of the "neigbohood" portion of midtown.

Beware of places that advertise "midtown" addresses but aren't really part of these areas. There is no official midtown boundary, so anyone can use the term for marketing purposes.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Thanks again. Really appreciate it!
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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was using walkscore.com and found a place on Spring St NW & Luckie St NW with a 97 walking score (WOW) is this a good area or still stick with midtown? only reason I ask is it has the highest walkscore for the lowest price. (still expensive but cheaper then midtown)
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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Not completely. Piedmont Park has a Saturday Farmers Market from May - December. Its become a really good market this year, got some delicious tomatoes there last weekend along with bread, lettuce etc and the Peach guy has been hugely popular all season. Interesting to note, I overheard a park official telling someone they were booked through the season and were not allowing anymore vendors this year.

And of course the park has several festivals during the year (Dogwood, Jazz etc), ok not street festivals but close.

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Old 07-23-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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The Green Market at Piedmont Park is nothing more than 15-20 overpriced organic vendors. It hardly should qualify as a "farmer's market" - just noting this to temper expectations for those coming from other cities w/ legit markets. It's not worth a drive/train to visit. The advise relative to locations for you are accurate.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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To each their own. I find some of the markets to be quite nice (Piedmont, Grant Park) and clearly sucessful based on the crowds. Its not the biggest in town but its developed into a nice market. In past years I rarely went, this year I go a few times a month.

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The Green Market at Piedmont Park is nothing more than 15-20 overpriced organic vendors. It hardly should qualify as a "farmer's market" - just noting this to temper expectations for those coming from other cities w/ legit markets. It's not worth a drive/train to visit. The advise relative to locations for you are accurate.
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