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Old 09-10-2015, 08:55 AM
 
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The area would be in the proximity of Dunwoody. I wouldn't want more than a 25 minute commute to my job there. I'm single, 51, and want a very small home (500-700 sq ft would be ideal). Is it crazy to think I could find something like this for $100k or below that is in a good area? I would absolutely prefer a single-family home.
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:10 AM
 
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Don't think you can find that price that close to Dunwoody, but I will let others that know the area more say for sure.

However a different option to think about is: you could find a condo for that price in Downtown and take the train up to Dunwoody in < 25 mins. Plus you would save thousands a year more by being able to get rid of your car.
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:14 AM
 
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Finding something that size in a SFH is going to be tough, regardless of budget. I doubt anyone has built something that small since the 60's or earlier, and the likelihood that something size has survived without being demolished or expanded since then is very low. They do exist in other parts of town, but I'm not familiar enough with your target area to give much additional insight.

https://www.redfin.com/zipcode/30317...market=atlanta
252 Iswald St SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 | Zillow
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:54 PM
 
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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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Old 09-10-2015, 08:13 PM
 
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For a SFH, yes that is crazy. Average home price in that area is over 400k, and given how congested it is 25 minutes doesn't go out many miles.

Maybe a condo, but even that will be difficult. SS/dunwoody is one of the most expensive parts of Atlanta, Especially so if just considering OTP. Not a place to go bargain shopping.
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Sandy Springs)
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Your best bet is probably building a tiny house and then trying to find an unused out of the way parking spot to put it on in an office park.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:13 AM
 
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The area would be in the proximity of Dunwoody. I wouldn't want more than a 25 minute commute to my job there. I'm single, 51, and want a very small home (500-700 sq ft would be ideal). Is it crazy to think I could find something like this for $100k or below that is in a good area? I would absolutely prefer a single-family home.
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.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:39 AM
 
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I have a home that's small, for sale, and in your price range. But it's alot more than 500-700 square feet. It's also south of the city and you would have to use Marta to commute into Dunwoody.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:58 AM
 
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Is $100k your max budget, or can you go a little higher? There is a neighborhood off of Powers Ferry Rd. in East Cobb that is about as close as you're going to get to a $100k single family home. I would say you could probably get something in the $115-120k range there. I found this one, but it might be priced a bit high.
2972 Chipmunk Trl SE, Marietta, GA 30067 | Zillow

If you're willing to go with a condo, there are plenty of options in this area under $100k. Depending on the time of day, the commute to Dunwoody wouldn't be too bad from there.
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:03 AM
 
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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>
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