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Old 05-07-2018, 11:35 AM
 
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Hello all,

My boyfriend and I are considering moving to Atlanta possibly late this summer, and are thus starting our research. We are unsure of where we will work, which we know will affect our choice in neighborhood, but wanted to get an idea of what neighborhoods we should keep in mind.

We are a gay, interracial (he's white, I'm Latino) couple with two dogs. I'm in my late twenties, he's in his mid-thirties. We would like to live in a nice neighborhood where we can have greenery for the pups. We would most likely rent first, and are open to apartment complexes or houses. He hates traffic (probably moving to the wrong city, huh? Haha), so a place with lesser congestion would be ideal, though I don't know how realistic that may be. We would like to be in an area with educated, socially liberal people. We would like the area to not be ridiculously expensive.

Are there any particular neighborhoods that may fit the bill for us?
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:13 PM
 
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What's the monthly rental budget?
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:24 PM
 
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Likewise, what's your budget and where do you commute to/from work?
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Likewise, what's your budget and where do you commute to/from work?
I can't stress the importance of knowing this before offering any relevant advice.
Also, are you looking for an urban or suburban environment?
And is it important to have a healthy gay community in the area?
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:25 PM
 
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We assume our combined annual income will be in the $120-140k range. That said, we would prefer to keep our rent below $1800 for a 2br.

As stated in the original post, we are unsure as to where our jobs will be located. However, I would assume it would follow to be in downtown or midtown, and/or any other common locations for employment.
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:27 PM
 
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I can't stress the importance of knowing this before offering any relevant advice.
Also, are you looking for an urban or suburban environment?
And is it important to have a healthy gay community in the area?
We would prefer an urban environment.

And no, we don't need to live in the thick of a "gayborhood."
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:39 PM
 
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We assume our combined annual income will be in the $120-140k range. That said, we would prefer to keep our rent below $1800 for a 2br.

As stated in the original post, we are unsure as to where our jobs will be located. However, I would assume it would follow to be in downtown or midtown, and/or any other common locations for employment.
You're making a lot of assumptions, but Midtown is probably where you'd want to live, although I don't know the likelyhood of finding a 2BR for $1800. Midtown is extremely popular and rents have gone up a lot in that area.
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:40 PM
 
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We assume our combined annual income will be in the $120-140k range. That said, we would prefer to keep our rent below $1800 for a 2br.

As stated in the original post, we are unsure as to where our jobs will be located. However, I would assume it would follow to be in downtown or midtown, and/or any other common locations for employment.
Here's the thing--Atlanta has several employment hubs that are very spread out, kind a like L.A. In addition to downtown and midtown, you may find you are working in the perimeter/Sandy Springs area, Cumberland, Buckhead/Lenox, Decatur or even Alpharetta or the airport or any of the other suburban areas.

If you want to ignore work location for now since you are renting, and based on your age range/demo, I would look in Candler Park, Inman Park, Grant Park, OFW, or anything that is near the beltline (walking trail system) or Freedom park, Piedmont Park or Grant Park.
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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I'll suggest my neighborhood, North Druid Hills.
- Convenient to other intown neighborhoods
- Plenty of apartments in your stated price range
- Crime is infrequent
- Lots of like-minded neighbors

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_...Hills,_Georgia
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Old 05-07-2018, 03:00 PM
 
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Generally, you probably should focus your search for housing in the generally more urban and progressive part of the Atlanta metro area inside of the I-285 Perimeter (with the exception of a few increasingly progressive areas outside of the I-285 Perimeter like Smyrna, Cumberland, Sandy Springs, Perimeter Center area, Norcross, etc).

...But (like the other posters have stated), you *REALLY* should know where you will be commuting to and from for work each day before making a final decision on which neighborhood to move into.

Where you commute to and from for work each day should play a key role in determining which exact neighborhood you move into in a large major metro area in Atlanta that is known to have some notable traffic challenges.
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