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Old 09-19-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Memphis,TN
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Hello Readers,

I am a young mother of 2 girls(5 and 2), and my fiance and I are interested in moving to Atlanta. We currently live in Memphis,TN. I would gladly appreciate it so much if you guys could provide us with some affordable kid and family friendly neighborhoods in the Atlanta area with decent elementary school districts. We are to stay in the suburbs. We are both College students so we can't afford to buy. Renting is our only option right now. We can afford up to $800 a month. We are looking for a 3 bed 2 bath house.

Thank you in advance for your help!!!
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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Hello Readers,

I am a young mother of 2 girls(5 and 2), and my fiance and I are interested in moving to Atlanta. We currently live in Memphis,TN. I would gladly appreciate it so much if you guys could provide us with some affordable kid and family friendly neighborhoods in the Atlanta area with decent elementary school districts. We are to stay in the suburbs. We are both College students so we can't afford to buy. Renting is our only option right now. We can afford up to $800 a month. We are looking for a 3 bed 2 bath house.

Thank you in advance for your help!!!
I'm not sure you can find a 3 bedroom house for $800, and I seriously doubt you can be picky about the school district with that budget. I may be wrong because I don't know a lot about rents in the outer suburbs, but $800 seems awfully low to me.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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You should expect to pay a minimum of $1200 per month in a good (not great) school district. That would still be for a townhouse or an older home that has not been updated.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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It would need to be in the outer suburbs for sure. Try Kennesaw, Acworth, Canton, Ball Ground, Cumming, Buford, Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Norcross or Tucker.

Where will you be working? I strongly recommend living near work so you don't end up with a terrible commute.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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Hello Readers,

I am a young mother of 2 girls(5 and 2), and my fiance and I are interested in moving to Atlanta. We currently live in Memphis,TN. I would gladly appreciate it so much if you guys could provide us with some affordable kid and family friendly neighborhoods in the Atlanta area with decent elementary school districts. We are to stay in the suburbs. We are both College students so we can't afford to buy. Renting is our only option right now. We can afford up to $800 a month. We are looking for a 3 bed 2 bath house.

Thank you in advance for your help!!!

Rule of thumb... The further you move away from the metro Atlanta area the cheaper the rent will be.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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Rule of thumb... The further you move away from the metro Atlanta area the cheaper the rent will be.
This is sort of true, but only all other things being equal. Most of the time, they aren't.

You can get a house on that budget probably near Doraville, which isn't that far outside the city. Go up the road 12 miles or so to Johns Creek and you're further out, but the houses will be much more expensive.

The rule is actually the nicer the neighborhood and school district, the more expensive. Distance only matters on comparable neighborhoods in this regard.

To the OP, are you planning on continuing your college studies in Atlanta? If so, where do you plan on attending school? You will probably want to live closeby to where you are studying. Sometimes there will be more affordable housing near college campuses for students, but I'm not sure how family friendly they would be. There may be people at the colleges who can advise and help you locate a suitable place.

A viable option may be for you to continue studies at UGA and you may be able to find a suitable place in one of the areas between Atlanta and Athens.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Rule of thumb... The further you move away from the metro Atlanta area the cheaper the rent will be.

That's more a rule for the housing sale prices. But many things can effect the rent.

As for the $800 budget, it used to be you'd have a hard time finding a 1br apartment for that but that doesn't mean anything nowadays.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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You will not be able to find a 3 bedroom house or even an apartment in a nice area with good schools in metro Atlanta for $800. You could possibly find a 2 bedroom apartment at that price if you look around (and it would most likely be a box in an old building with no amenities, plus you have to pay all utilties), but definitely not a 3 bedroom apartment, and much less a 3 bedroom house.

If that is your maximum budget for your neighborhood and school requirements, and you must have 3 bedrooms, stay where you are.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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You've got to be kidding me with that budget.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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You've got to be kidding me with that budget.
A lot of people want to come to Atlanta because the city is touted as having a low COL. It's lower than other major cities, but it's still not cheap to live in the good areas, especially if you aren't a professional earning a good wage that you are transferring here or you don't have a good-paying job lined up.

I often see on the Atlanta forum people who want to move here who think they will have it all in Atlanta on the cheap. Atlanta is only cheap for those with high salaries who no longer want to pay Northeast coast or west coast rent or mortgages, or single people with a decent salary and no children. It seems a lot of people who don't yet have the potential, education or skill set to earn at least $50k a year or more--particularly those who come here that will earn less $35K a year--think they will have the same options for cheap housing in good areas as those who move here making six figures or close to it when that's just not true.

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