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Old 04-19-2015, 11:53 PM
 
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Hi,

There is a chance that I might get a job offer in Atlanta, GA which will require me to relocate there. I will be working in Cumberland, just north of the I-75 and I-285 intersection.

I am a single, 27 year old male.
I prefer the urban feel.
I want to meet pretty single women.
Ideally, I would like rent to be less than $1,000 per month, but can afford a little more.

Based on my research so far, Midtown might a good choice for me? What is the typical rent and parking cost there? What other areas should I be looking at?

How do the gun laws in Atlanta compare to Chicago?

I currently do not have a car in Chicago, is a car basically mandatory in Atlanta? Google maps tell me that Midtown to Cumberland is about 20 minutes by car, but 60 minute by bus?!

If I do buy a car, what kind of car should I buy? I've always wanted a Mustang or Camaro, but I heard a lot of people have them in The South? What about the Scion FR-S?

Additionally, what is this "Valorem tax"? If I needed to buy a car, should I buy one here in Illinois or in Georgia? Which is the better option?

What else should I take into consideration while considering this potential job offer and relocation? I don't want any bad surprises.
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:08 AM
 
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Yes you need a car if your job isn't near Marta. Your job isn't near Marta

You might can get an older one bedroom for that amount in Midtown but not any of the new apartments.

Before the famous troll comes here Atlanta transportation and urban life isn't up to par with Chicago but we do have better looking women, better weather, less taxes, no toll roads, geographically in a better area, etc.

I would recommend the Dunwoody area around Perimeter Mall, West Midtown, Midtown, Downtown, etc.

Dunwoody is technically not urban but it has wanna be urban features and it is next to Marta. Plus you will have a reverse commute. West Midtown is cool. You can hop on Northside Dr or Howell Mill Rd to work. Downtown area check out the apartments in the Old Fourth Ward


Gun laws are pretty relaxed here. We can bring guns to church, on public transportation and into restaurants here if the church/restaurant allow it.

For cars generally speaking parking is free. I would get a car that you can afford

All in all I would move especially since you are young. Give Atlanta or any other city generally speaking a few years just to see something new like I did.



Good luck
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Get a reliable car. Mustang or Camero won't be one. Older Honda Civics are cheap and reliable. Not sure about Scion reliability either way.

I never see anyone openly carrying a gun except LEO's and security guards. Do keep one in your residence. Large caliber is nice.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:15 PM
 
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Yes you need a car if your job isn't near Marta. Your job isn't near Marta

You might can get an older one bedroom for that amount in Midtown but not any of the new apartments.

Before the famous troll comes here Atlanta transportation and urban life isn't up to par with Chicago but we do have better looking women, better weather, less taxes, no toll roads, geographically in a better area, etc.

I would recommend the Dunwoody area around Perimeter Mall, West Midtown, Midtown, Downtown, etc.

Dunwoody is technically not urban but it has wanna be urban features and it is next to Marta. Plus you will have a reverse commute. West Midtown is cool. You can hop on Northside Dr or Howell Mill Rd to work. Downtown area check out the apartments in the Old Fourth Ward


Gun laws are pretty relaxed here. We can bring guns to church, on public transportation and into restaurants here if the church/restaurant allow it.

For cars generally speaking parking is free. I would get a car that you can afford

All in all I would move especially since you are young. Give Atlanta or any other city generally speaking a few years just to see something new like I did.



Good luck
How much does a new apartment in Midtown cost? Can I park for free on the street if I live in Midtown? Is parking easy to find?
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:47 PM
 
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Generally, almost every apartment has it's own parking, especially the newer complexes. New apartments probably average 1400-1500 for a one bedroom in Midtown and rent continues to rise since Midtown is probably the most popular neighborhood in live in the city due to it being extremely walkable for Atlanta standards. You could gnab a studio for around 1k a month ro so.

You may be able to get 1k rent for 1 bedroom in an older complex, but you'll have to look hard. You're not going to get into one of those newer luxury complexes that's in the middle of all the action.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Hi,

There is a chance that I might get a job offer in Atlanta, GA which will require me to relocate there. I will be working in Cumberland, just north of the I-75 and I-285 intersection.

I am a single, 27 year old male.
I prefer the urban feel.
I want to meet pretty single women.
Ideally, I would like rent to be less than $1,000 per month, but can afford a little more.

Based on my research so far, Midtown might a good choice for me?
It would be a great choice for a young, single lifestyle, but you're going to have a hard time swinging $1000/month right in the heart of midtown. If you can handle roommates then you'll have much better luck sharing a house or apartment in midtown or the surrounding areas at that price.

I was renting a 2 bed, 1.5 bath townhome for $1100 (which was an absolute STEAL) in an area that technically did not allow rentals. When we had to move, the closest match was a 2 bedroom townhome around the Poncey highland area for ~$1300-$1400, but prices are higher now.

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What is the typical rent and parking cost there?
You won't have to worry about paying for parking in most residential areas around Atlanta
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What other areas should I be looking at?
If you absolutely must be in town then consider the areas immediately surrounding Georgia Tech and areas between midtown and downtown.

A good portion of the rentals around midtown, cheshire br, VA highland and the like don't really need to advertise very much due to the demand. We have a friend in VA highland who would feed us information about rentals from owners in his neighborhood who didn't want to rent to complete strangers... but even then their house rental prices were around the $2000 mark (and this is 2 years ago).

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How do the gun laws in Atlanta compare to Chicago?
Are you sure that you want to move into the city? If you're an avid firearms enthusiast, then the suburbs will offer more amenities and options in the way of gun stores and gun ranges.

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I currently do not have a car in Chicago, is a car basically mandatory in Atlanta? Google maps tell me that Midtown to Cumberland is about 20 minutes by car, but 60 minute by bus?!
This is the south and you will need a car. It is technically possible to get by without one, but good luck courting ladies without wheels.

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If I do buy a car, what kind of car should I buy? I've always wanted a Mustang or Camaro, but I heard a lot of people have them in The South? What about the Scion FR-S?
Then go ahead and get a Mustang or Camaro

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Additionally, what is this "Valorem tax"? If I needed to buy a car, should I buy one here in Illinois or in Georgia? Which is the better option?
I think the law is structured to hit you up no matter what. I'd probably opt for buying a car here since we have milder weather... but it makes the most sense to buy where prices are cheapest.

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What else should I take into consideration while considering this potential job offer and relocation? I don't want any bad surprises.
Just the standard stuff. Atlanta is a big town. Even if you move into an area you don't like when you get here, there are plenty of other parts of town to consider.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:37 AM
 
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Since you are new to Atlanta and most walkable apartments are over $1000 per month I would recommend just getting a regular non walkable apartment near your job. You can get a one bedroom in a nice area starting out at $750 per month. Once you settle in and learn the area and traffic patterns then look for walkable apartments in your price range.


Consider contacting Promove.com and they can help you a little more with walkable areas
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:42 AM
 
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Hi,

There is a chance that I might get a job offer in Atlanta, GA which will require me to relocate there. I will be working in Cumberland, just north of the I-75 and I-285 intersection.

I am a single, 27 year old male.
I prefer the urban feel.
I want to meet pretty single women.
Ideally, I would like rent to be less than $1,000 per month, but can afford a little more.

Based on my research so far, Midtown might a good choice for me? What is the typical rent and parking cost there? What other areas should I be looking at?

How do the gun laws in Atlanta compare to Chicago?

I currently do not have a car in Chicago, is a car basically mandatory in Atlanta? Google maps tell me that Midtown to Cumberland is about 20 minutes by car, but 60 minute by bus?!

If I do buy a car, what kind of car should I buy? I've always wanted a Mustang or Camaro, but I heard a lot of people have them in The South? What about the Scion FR-S?

Additionally, what is this "Valorem tax"? If I needed to buy a car, should I buy one here in Illinois or in Georgia? Which is the better option?

What else should I take into consideration while considering this potential job offer and relocation? I don't want any bad surprises.
Get yourself a red convertible mustang and the women will come but you have to decide are they coming for you or are they coming for the car minus a car note
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:25 AM
 
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Are you sure that you want to move into the city? If you're an avid firearms enthusiast, then the suburbs will offer more amenities and options in the way of gun stores and gun ranges.
I mean, there's a gun range being built right near Atlantic Station so the city is pretty lax when it comes to guns. I think there are gun stores in the Buckhead area. You have to remember, a decent part of Atlanta is still rather conservative.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:31 AM
 
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They got a shooting range with a bar in it in Powder Springs
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