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Old 04-09-2018, 09:18 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

My husband and I are new to Georgia and are trying to determine where to live. We are both in our 30s, no kids (although thinking about having kids within the next 5 years), and both work. One of us will be working in Gwinnett and the other will be working in the city (close to Inman Park). Commute wise, we need something in the middle! We are thinking about Brookhaven vs. North Druid Hills. We don't know much about these two areas, so we would appreciate as much input as possible!

In terms of type of housing, I think a townhome would be best. Budget under $500,000. Something close to I-85 would be ideal. My main thing is I don't want to live in a very crowded area that will be a nightmare traffic-wise! And also, safety is up there as well.

We don't know much about these two areas, so we would appreciate as much input as possible! Thank you!
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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Sounds like Brookhaven would be good fit for you.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:29 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

My husband and I are new to Georgia and are trying to determine where to live. We are both in our 30s, no kids (although thinking about having kids within the next 5 years), and both work. One of us will be working in Gwinnett and the other will be working in the city (close to Inman Park). Commute wise, we need something in the middle! We are thinking about Brookhaven vs. North Druid Hills. We don't know much about these two areas, so we would appreciate as much input as possible!

In terms of type of housing, I think a townhome would be best. Budget under $500,000. Something close to I-85 would be ideal. My main thing is I don't want to live in a very crowded area that will be a nightmare traffic-wise! And also, safety is up there as well.

We don't know much about these two areas, so we would appreciate as much input as possible! Thank you!

North Druid Hills/Clairmont Rd area has plenty of new construction townhomes in the 500k range.

You are going to encounter traffic in those areas it is unavoidable. It is also a safe area with plenty of grocery stores,restaurants,retail.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Either neighborhood has a ton of choices if you're looking for townhouses in your price range. I currently have a home in NDH and like it very much. If I had any complaint it would be the horrendous traffic you will encounter on N.Druid Hills Rd. It will only become worse due to the construction of the massive Children's Healthcare of Atlanta facility at NDH and I-85.
If I were looking for a townhouse community in the area, I simply would not consider one whose entry and exit was limited to NDH Rd. south of I-85.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:59 AM
 
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Either neighborhood has a ton of choices if you're looking for townhouses in your price range. I currently have a home in NDH and like it very much. If I had any complaint it would be the horrendous traffic you will encounter on N.Druid Hills Rd. It will only become worse due to the construction of the massive Children's Healthcare of Atlanta facility at NDH and I-85.
If I were looking for a townhouse community in the area, I simply would not consider one whose entry and exit was limited to NDH Rd. south of I-85.
I agree. I would look in both Brookhaven and N. Druid Hills and shop for a property with easy access in and out and as much walkability as you can find. There are pockets of walkability in both areas.
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Old 04-09-2018, 02:14 PM
 
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Thank you all for your responses.

Would you say the traffic is worse on the North Druid Hills side than the Brookhaven area?
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Thank you all for your responses.

Would you say the traffic is worse on the North Druid Hills side than the Brookhaven area?
I would. NDH Rd. is a major artery between the central and south Gwinnett suburbs and north Atlanta commercial hubs. Also, Emory/CDC/Clifton Corridor is a major employment center with no rail service (yet) and no immediate freeway access. This has a large bearing on local traffic as well.
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:59 PM
 
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I would go Brookhaven and also take a look at some of the new townhomes in Chamblee which is also becoming a great area.
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:22 PM
 
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Would you say the traffic is worse on the North Druid Hills side than the Brookhaven area?
I would say it heavily depends on where you need to go.

In my experience, access to I-85 is generally easier on the west side of N. Druid Hills than from the east side. On Clairmont....I'm not sure.

I find traffic much more bearable on the west side. But that may be because you have nice, wide roads like Buford Highway and Peachtree Industrial that flow pretty well. On the east side, you've got narrower roads that can easily get backed up just because one person is trying to make a left. That drives me out of my mind.

Of course, if you need to get to and from the Emory area, that will be easier from the east side. It all depends where you are going.
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:48 PM
 
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Clairmont Rd typically flows much better than N Druid Hills Rd, which is notorious for traffic. But everything everywhere can get pretty bad at rush hours.

I personally like the Briarcliff Rd corridor south of I-85. Not a huge Brookhaven fan, but it's fine. Mainly I just don't like the way the roads are laid out on that side.
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