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Old 03-01-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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Default Relocating to Atlanta area from Boston suburb

Hi all, hubby is being relocated to Atlanta. We've been Northerners our entire lives and are clueless when it comes to the South. We are planning a trip down there and need a place to start. I have elementary age children and need to find a great place to live. We are moving from a Boston suburb, 8,000 people, good schools, great community. I'm looking for similiar qualities--small to medium sized town with good schools, nice neighborhoods, low crime etc... not too far from Atlanta (within an hours commute). Can anyone recommend a family friendly town?
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:42 PM
 
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Where is your husband's job located and what is your price range?
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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Where will his job be? You absolutely must take that into consideration as you begin your search. You don't want to live in Lawrenceville if his job will be in Marietta, for example....
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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His job will be located in Atlanta, but he will travel 75% of the time. As far as price, we do not want to spend more than $500K. Thanks....
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:19 PM
 
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His job will be located in Atlanta, but he will travel 75% of the time. As far as price, we do not want to spend more than $500K. Thanks....
Are you going to feel comfortable in a new place when your hubby is gone 75% of the time? Plus, living here is going to be a shock to you. It's the opposite of Boston.
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Try looking in the Dunwoody suburb in Dekalb County, it's a safe family-oriented area with good schools. You should be able to get a home in the $500k range easily. East Cobb County would be another option.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:33 PM
 
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Are you going to feel comfortable in a new place when your hubby is gone 75% of the time? Plus, living here is going to be a shock to you. It's the opposite of Boston.
This is not a helpful response to the OP. OP asked for suggestions on where to live...not whether moving here is a good idea.
You can find a community anywhere. Can you give us an idea of the 'type' of community feel you are looking for re intown or suburb? Atlanta is very split in terms of areas so homing in on qualities (since you will be flying solo) will help you feel comfortable when you get here. If you want in-town feel, diversity, smaller homes, easy access to the city, look at Decatur and Virginia Highland or Inman Park. Suburbs not too far away such as Woodstock, Norcross or even Smyrna may also fit the bill. I can't comment too much on areas an hour outside the city. Either way...Welcome!
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:00 AM
 
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East Cobb would be a good choice for you. Excellent schools, a lot of house for your money, a good deal of transplants from all over the country. Lots of shopping and amenities. East Cobb though is very suburban and your community is your subdivision. If your husbands travels that often as is the case with my spouse, you'll have a lot of community support.

We moved here a year ago with your same price range and got a large 9 year old home in a very nice subdivison. We did some updating but with the market the way it is, you could find a nice large older (10-20 years) updated home. Roswell would be a good choice as well though a bit of a longer commute. It does have a historic downtown with some cute shops and nice restaurants. Maybe more of what you are used to being from the Boston area. The taxes are a bit higher but being from the Northeast it is all relative!

Atlanta is a much different city but with a lot of good things to offer. As long as you expect the city to be different and unique in its own way you won't be disappointed. Southerners are very helpful warm and welcoming. We have moved all over the country and have lived in cities and suburbs and we are very happy here. Feel free to private message me with any questions.
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Smyrna (metro Atlanta)
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I would look at West Cobb as well, such as Powder Springs. The houses are less expensive than East Cobb ($500k won't get you as much in East Cobb), and there are some schools that are just as good. I also think Powder Springs is cuter and more of a historic small-town feel than East Cobb.
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:29 PM
 
Location: a warmer place
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Okay Netdragon.....for the record $500,000 buys a lot of house in East Cobb. I feel like we live like Kings here. We paid about that for our 5 BR 5 BA 4280 square foot home in a very upscale swim tennis neighborhood in an excellent school district. Have you ever been to East Cobb?
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