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Old 09-11-2015, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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There are plenty of small houses in Marietta around the air force base and some parts of Smyrna for under 100k. Your commute would be max 30 mins without traffic, 25 if you drive really fast
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:48 PM
 
Location: North Fulton, GA
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Are you trying to decide between Atlanta and Dallas? Just wondering since I saw your same post in that forum.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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Thanks everyone for your input. I would *consider* a condo but it definitely is not my preference. Currently, I live in the country in Virginia, and have always had acreage around me. It would probably drive me nuts to have someone stomping on the floor over my head. It's just not what my dogs and I are used to. Also, the reason I want to stay at or below $100,000 is I'm almost 52 and want a house that will be paid off in 15 years so that I don't have to struggle through retirement. <sigh>
The south side is perfect for you. There are many small 60's houses in Forest Park that are still in tact in great neighborhoods with lots of parks and land. The only concern I see is with commute but you could easily take Marta from College Park. Driving would take about 30 to 40 minutes going 285 East and North to Dunwoody.
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:04 PM
 
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Are you trying to decide between Atlanta and Dallas? Just wondering since I saw your same post in that forum.
Yes, and Phoenix and Bloomington IL. They are my four choices
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Old 09-11-2015, 10:17 PM
 
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My aunt lives in Dunwoody and it can take 25mins to get from one side of Dunwoody to another because of traffic....


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You won't find anything like that in North Atlanta. Your best shot is finding a good neighborhood in South Atlanta (Historic College Park, East Point, Hapeville, and South Forest Park) and take MARTA to Dunwoody.
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Yes, it is crazy to expect a home for 500 -700 square feet at all, or perhaps more importantly anything for $100K with a 25 minute commute.

I think you need to reset your expectations regarding the commute. Look in some areas like Norcross or even Roswell for being close to Dunwoody and with good luck, you'll find something in the price range. The houses in ATL metro are generally not small. The older bungalows on the north side tend to be in great locations so they are not cheap.

You need a new strategy or a Plan B. It may sound like a waste of money to you, but I'd suggest you rent first so you'll have more time to figure this out. You need to determine if you' prefer doing: a longer commute for the price you, a larger place to go along with that longer commute,and SFH vs a condo. If you could go along wihth condo idea, you night be able to find something in Sandy Springs which is next to Dunwoody.
Rent first
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Old 09-12-2015, 02:44 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for your input. I would *consider* a condo but it definitely is not my preference. Currently, I live in the country in Virginia, and have always had acreage around me. It would probably drive me nuts to have someone stomping on the floor over my head. It's just not what my dogs and I are used to. Also, the reason I want to stay at or below $100,000 is I'm almost 52 and want a house that will be paid off in 15 years so that I don't have to struggle through retirement. <sigh>

While the Dallas area is pretty cheap. Please don't think about coming here if you want to live anywhere close to the city and you don't want to close enough to your neighbor to see in their kitchen. And I am talking about the single family houses.
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