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Old 09-15-2015, 01:04 PM
 
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Hello All,
I received my offer letter and will be moving in a month or so to Atlanta (from DC). I plan to visit every weekend until then in search for a place to live. The office location is in 30345 zip code. I am not sure what the area is called. It is close to Brookhaven and North Druid hills. I hear that Atlanta traffic is terrible so I would prefer to stay close to work. What areas are good diverse areas to stay? Safety being #1. I am 31 and work in IT and would not mind being around other professionals. My preference would be to initially rent a townhouse or condo but I am also open to Apartments. I will like to keep rent around 1500 or less.

Thank you in advance for the advice.
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Hello All,
I received my offer letter and will be moving in a month or so to Atlanta (from DC). I plan to visit every weekend until then in search for a place to live. The office location is in 30345 zip code. I am not sure what the area is called. It is close to Brookhaven and North Druid hills. I hear that Atlanta traffic is terrible so I would prefer to stay close to work. What areas are good diverse areas to stay? Safety being #1. I am 31 and work in IT and would not mind being around other professionals. My preference would be to initially rent a townhouse or condo but I am also open to Apartments. I will like to keep rent around 1500 or less.

Thank you in advance for the advice.
Rent before you buy, so you can find an area that fits you.
Lenox Park
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.8482...3455269,15.75z
Dresden Dr
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Br...60f3dd9e44ddce
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:08 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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Hello All,
I received my offer letter and will be moving in a month or so to Atlanta (from DC). I plan to visit every weekend until then in search for a place to live. The office location is in 30345 zip code. I am not sure what the area is called. It is close to Brookhaven and North Druid hills. I hear that Atlanta traffic is terrible so I would prefer to stay close to work. What areas are good diverse areas to stay? Safety being #1. I am 31 and work in IT and would not mind being around other professionals. My preference would be to initially rent a townhouse or condo but I am also open to Apartments. I will like to keep rent around 1500 or less.

Thank you in advance for the advice.
This is a great area of town, with a lot of options.

https://www.maptechnica.com/us-zip-c...-map/zip/30345

And our traffic is an absolute picnic compared to what you are used to up there, especially considering you will have no reason to even get on the freeways here with your job location.
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:27 PM
 
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You will want to live in an apartment first so you can get used to the area b4 you buy. With that being said look at apartments east of 85 between Shallowford Rd and Druid Hills.



If you want to be in the mix check out Lindbergh Center area. That area has plenty of professionals and a bit of nightlife and you can take the Lindbergh dr or 85 to work
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Old 09-15-2015, 03:16 PM
 
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This is a great area of town, with a lot of options.

https://www.maptechnica.com/us-zip-c...-map/zip/30345

And our traffic is an absolute picnic compared to what you are used to up there, especially considering you will have no reason to even get on the freeways here with your job location.
Traffic is definitely horrible here in DC. I definitely plan to rent before I buy. I own in DC so I prefer a house but I understand the need to learn the area.
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Old 09-15-2015, 04:51 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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Traffic is definitely horrible here in DC. I definitely plan to rent before I buy. I own in DC so I prefer a house but I understand the need to learn the area.
It's a great area, and ignore the advice about East of I-85. Either side is fine, especially along Dresden Drive and in Lenox Park as cqholt suggested. I would also check out the apartments in Town Brookhaven, right off of Peachtree next to Oglethorpe University.

There are a lot of condo's mixed in throughout this area as well, you may find a good rental deal on one.

Good luck!
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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30345 falls within the Oak Grove/Sagamore Hills area. These are lovely neighborhoods. I loved living in Sagamore; close to everything but quiet and suburban in its character.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:16 AM
 
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I would live near Emory University if I were you. (Gosh, I would live near Emory University if I were ME, for that matter!) But seriously, at your age and wanting to live near other professionals, and your work location, it is a slam dunk. The CDC is right there and employs a ton of professionals, as does the university and the hospital. You will find all sorts of groups, clubs, teams to join made up of 20s and 30s aged folks. Plus Decatur has some of the liveliest restaurant/social/festival/music life that the city has to offer. Way to go on the job offer and the awesome job location. Well done!
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