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Old 03-25-2015, 10:54 AM
 
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We are in the process of relocating from the nasty Chibeira aka Chicago to some place warm. We almost narrowed it down to Alpharetta/Johns Creek and perhaps a few cities in Texas. Texas cities dont look that appealing because of the extreme heat and humidity, traffic, COL, fewer job opportunities (IT and HR). Wondering if it could gather some insights from the Atlanta natives on the following:-
  • Schools/collages (We have three kids)
  • Job opportunities for IT (wife) and HR (me)
  • Real Estate market (We will be looking to rent at first Budget -1800 4BR house/TH and then buy Budget 400K )
  • Safe neighborhoods
  • Diversity
  • Traffic (Chicago traffic is notorious Wondering if Alpharetta/Johns Creek areas have sufficient Job opportunities so that we can avoid long commute to DT)
  • Weather? Done with hard winters and cant live in sub-zero temps any more.
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:58 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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"Greater" Alpharetta

Schools/collages (We have three kids)
Schools are very good (Almost "Free" college with 3.0+ GPA instate)

Job opportunities for IT (wife) and HR (me)
IT yes, HR yes, But might need to go more toward City (But not into it if you don't want to for HR)

Real Estate market (We will be looking to rent at first – Budget -1800 – 4BR house/TH and then buy – Budget 400K )
400K will will get you a nice 4br home


Safe neighborhoods
Yes

Diversity
Some, Not Overly

Traffic (Chicago traffic is notorious – Wondering if Alpharetta/Johns Creek areas have sufficient Job opportunities so that we can avoid long commute to DT)
Traffic is bad, but if you are in the Greater Alpharetta Area not to bad,

Weather? – Done with hard winters and can’t live in sub-zero temps any more.
Does get cold, and we do get some snow/ice events, but not Chicago cold/snow
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:40 PM
 
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Thank you flyonpa
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:55 PM
 
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Midwestern friend! so you finally cannot stand the cold anymore?! I remember I was so want to find a job in Chicago when I visited there in summer, and then lived there for 5 years for school.I couldn't wait to leave simply because of the cold windy winter. here people call "Flurry" winter storm and cancel everything.

I have relatives in Texas austin (i assume thats a place you are considering). I find atlanta is better. given the more direct flight choices from the airport. And summer is better than Texas as well. Housing may be slightly more expensive than texas (i.e., austin and huston), but living cost is very comparable. But you need to make decision fast, I feel atlanta real estate market has been very active in recent months. price is going up especially in good school district. traffic wise, as long as you dont need to drive downtown from Alpharetta everyday, you are fine...unfortunately, i have to do that occasionally. and i tell you. each time i get on 400 in morning (7 o clock or even earlier), I have a quick self-reflection to see if i have done something wrong, and God is putting that traffic jam for me as a sign and warning. and we have marta (AKA subway system) but not even close to chicago system. Atlanta MArta is a joke..a subway system to nowhere. but you do have option to drive for 10-20 miles and take marta to airport if you want to save parking fee.

it is very interesting that my friends from chicago are thinking to move to south as well because of cold winter, and it gets worse every year.

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We are in the process of relocating from the nasty Chibeira aka Chicago to some place warm. We almost narrowed it down to Alpharetta/Johns Creek and perhaps a few cities in Texas. Texas cities dont look that appealing because of the extreme heat and humidity, traffic, COL, fewer job opportunities (IT and HR). Wondering if it could gather some insights from the Atlanta natives on the following:-
  • Schools/collages (We have three kids)
  • Job opportunities for IT (wife) and HR (me)
  • Real Estate market (We will be looking to rent at first Budget -1800 4BR house/TH and then buy Budget 400K )
  • Safe neighborhoods
  • Diversity
  • Traffic (Chicago traffic is notorious Wondering if Alpharetta/Johns Creek areas have sufficient Job opportunities so that we can avoid long commute to DT)
  • Weather? Done with hard winters and cant live in sub-zero temps any more.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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We are in the process of relocating from the nasty Chibeira aka Chicago to some place warm. We almost narrowed it down to Alpharetta/Johns Creek and perhaps a few cities in Texas. Texas cities dont look that appealing because of the extreme heat and humidity, traffic, COL, fewer job opportunities (IT and HR). Wondering if it could gather some insights from the Atlanta natives on the following:-
  • Schools/collages (We have three kids)
  • Job opportunities for IT (wife) and HR (me)
  • Real Estate market (We will be looking to rent at first Budget -1800 4BR house/TH and then buy Budget 400K )
  • Safe neighborhoods
  • Diversity
  • Traffic (Chicago traffic is notorious Wondering if Alpharetta/Johns Creek areas have sufficient Job opportunities so that we can avoid long commute to DT)
  • Weather? Done with hard winters and cant live in sub-zero temps any more.
And....

You can legally own and carry a weapon - with a concealed weapons permit...
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Old 03-25-2015, 02:11 PM
 
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I think your plan to live in Alpharetta/Johns Creek, and look for employment in Alpharetta is a smart one. Housing market for SFH is tight though; just not a lot of inventory.
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