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Old 04-18-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking into those areas depending on if he gets a job in a fire department or not. Which county is better? Or are they all different in their own ways?

Here is what we are looking for:
1. A town that gets a decent amount of seasons (specifically fall is my favorite)
2. Small town with good amount of amenities outside of a city (30 mins or less)
3. Price range for houses $200,000 max for nice house with at least 1/4 acre of land 2-3 bedrooms
Rent $1,000 max
4. Good school system also with a 4 year college at least 30 mins away
5. Great fire department
6. Mountains/out door activities/ farmers market
7. As low as the crime can get (I know you can't completely escape the bad)

Only place we have visited so far for a few hours is canton and we liked it. We are coming from SW Fl and love the amenities but hate the city like feel and the outrageous housing prices. Any help is appreciated!
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:42 AM
 
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"Better" is relative, but it seems like Bartow Co (Cartersville) would be a good fit for you.


Bartow County has more of the rural/small town feel, Cobb is more suburban/even urban in some places, and Cherokee is in the middle.


You'll definitely get the most house/land for your money in Bartow. The only thing I can't speak on is Bartow county schools. Cobb County is known for having good schools, but honestly it varies based on what part of the county you're in. I've lived all over Cobb and have experienced poor schools and also excellent schools.
Kennesaw State University is a fast-growing 4 year public college with a great reputation. It's affordable, in a safe area, and easily accessible from either Bartow, Cherokee, or Cobb (It's in Cobb Co).


As for outdoor activities, you have Red Top Mountain in Bartow, Kennesaw Mountain in Cobb, as well as Lake Allatoona which is actually in all three counties. I find Kennesaw Mtn to be overly crowded (and it's in the middle of a very suburban area), so I prefer hiking at Red Top Mtn where it feels like you're out in the middle of nowhere and you can get a beautiful view of the lake.


I would imagine Bartow has the lowest crime. As a girl who prefers living in urban environments, I find Bartow to be very "country". I think this would be the better fit for you, with Cherokee coming in second.
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Old 04-18-2017, 09:11 AM
 
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Oui Oui's respone is spot on. Bartow county is more rural, you can get a house within your budget, and crime doesn't seem to be an issue. The only thing that could be a deterrent is the schools are not rated as good as Cobb or Cherokee. But then again everyone has a different definition of "good". I personally would prefer my kids going to "most" Cobb county and Cherokee county schools over Bartow. That is strictly my opinion after a couple of years of research before moving down here, so take it with a grain of salt.
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:17 PM
 
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Have you considered Ball Ground in Cherokee?
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:29 AM
 
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Have you considered Ball Ground in Cherokee?
I have not. First time hearing about it. My husband is really going for Cobb fire department. We were no able to make the orientation for Cherokee but could imagine we could live in Cherokee and maybe work in Cobb?
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:31 AM
 
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"Better" is relative, but it seems like Bartow Co (Cartersville) would be a good fit for you.


Bartow County has more of the rural/small town feel, Cobb is more suburban/even urban in some places, and Cherokee is in the middle.


You'll definitely get the most house/land for your money in Bartow. The only thing I can't speak on is Bartow county schools. Cobb County is known for having good schools, but honestly it varies based on what part of the county you're in. I've lived all over Cobb and have experienced poor schools and also excellent schools.
Kennesaw State University is a fast-growing 4 year public college with a great reputation. It's affordable, in a safe area, and easily accessible from either Bartow, Cherokee, or Cobb (It's in Cobb Co).


As for outdoor activities, you have Red Top Mountain in Bartow, Kennesaw Mountain in Cobb, as well as Lake Allatoona which is actually in all three counties. I find Kennesaw Mtn to be overly crowded (and it's in the middle of a very suburban area), so I prefer hiking at Red Top Mtn where it feels like you're out in the middle of nowhere and you can get a beautiful view of the lake.


I would imagine Bartow has the lowest crime. As a girl who prefers living in urban environments, I find Bartow to be very "country". I think this would be the better fit for you, with Cherokee coming in second.


I've heard Cherokee has excellent schools. My friend who lives in canton is nice because her house feels out in the middle of nowhere but she's literally minutes from restaurants and gridery stores. I've also heard a lot of good things about Woodstock as well.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:24 AM
 
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Cherokee for sure
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:25 AM
 
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I've heard Cherokee has excellent schools. My friend who lives in canton is nice because her house feels out in the middle of nowhere but she's literally minutes from restaurants and gridery stores. I've also heard a lot of good things about Woodstock as well.
Canton is great, especially if you could find a home in the Sequoya High School cluster (Excellent schools). Woodstock is is booming as well, but unfortunately your budget for a home is too low, considering you want a little bit of land too.

If you could up your budget a little bit more, I would totally focus on the Canton area.
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:19 AM
 
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Lived in Cobb and Cherokee and I have family in Bartow. I'm thinking that Cherokee would be your best. For me, I believe the outskirts of Woodstock offers what you're looking for. Cobb is much more suburban and Bartow is much more rural. Emerson in Bartow may be a great second option for you as well.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:03 AM
 
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Canton is great, especially if you could find a home in the Sequoya High School cluster (Excellent schools). Woodstock is is booming as well, but unfortunately your budget for a home is too low, considering you want a little bit of land too.

If you could up your budget a little bit more, I would totally focus on the Canton area.


Really? I've been on Trulia and Zillow and have found good houses in our price range in all those places. I guess everything up there just looks like a better price compared to where we are coming from. Decent houses start in the $350,000 and do not come on any land but what the house was built on in SW Fl. We are also looking into Gwinnett county as we just found a job opportunity there. Fire department looks great and so do the housing prices.
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