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Old 10-23-2006, 06:50 AM
 
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Question Amenities in Subdivisions...

We're trying to decide if it's better to have a house with a slightly bigger lot or choose a home with a nicer community pool, playground, clubhouse, etc. I have 4 kids who will be new to the area and who will need to make friends. Do people really use these neighborhood facilities to make friends and socialize? We're looking at subdivisions in Alpharetta right now.
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:03 AM
 
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I vote for pool community pool, playground, clubhouse. People tend to talk more if there are some common interests.

Also, may want to check the city of John Creek's. It looks like a lot of Alpharatta and Duluth address will change to John Creek's soon. Both NorthView and Chattohoochee high will be in the city limit of John Creek.
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Alpharetta
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Default Go for the amenities

I say choose the amenities - you need a pool in the summer heat and it is a great way to meet neighbors, especially if you have kids. Tennis is very big in Atlanta, so that is another way to have a fun social life...some neighborhoods have walking trails, which gets people out of their houses more and makes for a more social scene.....
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Old 10-26-2006, 02:20 PM
 
Location: RE/MAX Gwinnett,Atlanta
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Ohhhh heck yeah. The kids will use that pool like there is no tommorrow.
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Old 10-26-2006, 03:13 PM
 
Location: NE Georgia
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We took the amenities. You must answer the following questions to make up your mind.

Do you mind paying annual association dues in excess of $400 and up?

Do you mind strict, if you want a nice neighborhood, strict homeowners guidelines that will be enforced?

Do you mind having your association money spent on things you might not always agree with, that may even cause a deficit thus increasing your next year dues?

Do you mind being an active participant in a homeowners association?

Do you have issues in telling a group of roudy smartarssed teenieboppers to shut up, sit down, or get out?

Do you mind having the 1,2, or more homeowners who feel they should not have to pay dues, follow the rules, and abide by the covenants? And would not be afraid to give them the what fer?

If you can be flexible with the above then go for the pool, if not, go for the land.


If you choose a development make sure of one thing, that the rules and regs do NOT allow RENTAL PROPERTY. Was not an issue in the past but is a major issue now between speculators and thanks to them and the developers folks cannot sell due the glut and are trying the rental route. Ohhhh what a feeling to watch your value shrink when those nice Red and Black signs get posted.
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:29 PM
 
Location: RE/MAX Gwinnett,Atlanta
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THose who do not pay HOA will get a lien. Hard to fight the renters, but true look to your restrictive convenants to ensure lack of renters. Sometimes it's unavoidable. Not all renters bring down property value and it obviously doesn't depreciate the moment that the sign is stuck in the ground. Yeah I like the pool and the amenities.
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:24 PM
 
Location: NE Georgia
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THose who do not pay HOA will get a lien. Hard to fight the renters, but true look to your restrictive convenants to ensure lack of renters. Sometimes it's unavoidable. Not all renters bring down property value and it obviously doesn't depreciate the moment that the sign is stuck in the ground. Yeah I like the pool and the amenities.
Yes, after you go through due diligence. The main thing is not trying to be a mean person and cause rifts in the community. Yes, it is unfortunate that the renters clause is difficult due to possilbe lawsuits.

I like the pool and amenities too.

Restrictive covenants in my neighborhood? Have you ever seen the book War and Peace? Thank God it's that thick.
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