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Old 01-26-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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I'm one year removed from college and anticipating a job offer in Atlanta through my current company within the next week (will start working as soon as I can get down there). The salary would be in the range of $30,000 - $35,000. I only have $3,000 saved up at the moment (been funneling my funds into student loans), but I don't think that will present me with any short-term risks.

My job will be in the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody area, where there seems to be a lot of nice apartments in my budget range (I've called a few to gather information and like what I hear). The only immediate costs I can think of in addition to the apartment rent would be for furniture. As long as I'm able to get parking at my residence, I will use my car for transportation.


1. Budget - rent from $600 to $700
2. living Apartment
3. Employment Status - Drive to work
4. Children(public school vs. private) - i don't have kids
5. Suburban or Urban lifestyle preference or a mix of the two - suburban or a mix of urban/suburban
6. Easy access to public transit, important or not? - as long as I am able to park at my apartment complex I shouldn't need any public transit
7. Preferable demographics of desired neighborhood. - doesn't matter!!! (20-30 age group would be nice though)



What do you guys think? Am I prepared??


PS: I work in insurance and have heard it's competition in the area is very strong. Will this be another plus in addition to the green environment, low cost of living, and wonderful weather?

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Old 01-27-2013, 08:03 AM
 
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I'm moving down to Atlanta from a fairly depressed area economically. This seems to be a secure way to relocate to a city where there is more of a job market. I'm mainly concerned about the salary and if it will be enough to get by/save a little.

Please give me your thoughts! Thanks
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:23 AM
 
Location: ATL
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You SHOULD be ok since you have only yourself to support.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:38 AM
 
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It will be rough if you have any debt. Your rent price seems reasonable but be willing to live OTP in or in cheaper not so safe areas.

Budget your money. Try not to take to many trips intown for a drink.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Historic West End
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I'm one year removed from college and anticipating a job offer in Atlanta through my current company within the next week (will start working as soon as I can get down there). The salary would be in the range of $30,000 - $35,000. I only have $3,000 saved up at the moment (been funneling my funds into student loans), but I don't think that will present me with any short-term risks.

My job will be in the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody area, where there seems to be a lot of nice apartments in my budget range (I've called a few to gather information and like what I hear). The only immediate costs I can think of in addition to the apartment rent would be for furniture. As long as I'm able to get parking at my residence, I will use my car for transportation.


1. Budget - rent from $600 to $700
2. living Apartment
3. Employment Status - Drive to work
4. Children(public school vs. private) - i don't have kids
5. Suburban or Urban lifestyle preference or a mix of the two - suburban or a mix of urban/suburban
6. Easy access to public transit, important or not? - as long as I am able to park at my apartment complex I shouldn't need any public transit
7. Preferable demographics of desired neighborhood. - doesn't matter!!! (20-30 age group would be nice though)



What do you guys think? Am I prepared??


PS: I work in insurance and have heard it's competition in the area is very strong. Will this be another plus in addition to the green environment, low cost of living, and wonderful weather?
I would recommend a roommate if you are trying to stay in the 600-700 range for rent. That price range in Atlanta will get you are very older type apartment, and you may have to pay for water and electric. Please verify if those apartments management team will do a great job keeping up the property, and respond to problems that will occur with apartments. Also web site can little deceiving and the apartments may seems nicer than what it really is. I would also review comments section of the apartment you are thinking about. That way you can see what current tenants are saying about the place. Take you time you could always rent a little room before committing a signing a lease for a place or area you want like.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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That price is going to be tough to find apartments in young professional-desired areas, eg: Midtown, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Inman Park are all out of your price range.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: ATL
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You can find apartments in that price range in the Clairmont Rd area between 85 and Buford Hwy. Actually it's plenty of apartments in your price range. Contact Promove and they will help you in finding a place

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Make sure you take a 3-5 day trip down here to drive around and look at various options. I started at Promove in Buckhead and they were able to give me a crap ton of listings, most of them in the Dunwoody area. Your rent price will be able to get you a studio or 1 bed if you're lucky.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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Thanks for the help guys. I will contact Promove this week and see whats going on.

Does anyone know anything about Harbor Pointe? I've called them and they have some 1 BRs in the lower $600s (they didnt mention anything about utilities, forgot to ask). It's pretty close to where I'd be working also.
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