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Old 05-15-2018, 08:44 PM
 
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Hi,

Looking for recommendations for a nice, quiet and safe suburb with a 30 min (max 45 min) or less commute to Georgia Tech. Looking to rent a home for 2K or under in desired suburb. Is this feasible? Should we focus on the west side of Atlanta or are there good choices in other directions? We have lived in Chicago so know what bad traffic is . Thank you!
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Does it have to be a suburb? You can rent houses in Home Park just north of Georgia Tech and walk or bike there.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:37 PM
 
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No, it doesn't need to be a suburb - as long as its safe and we could live comfortably...go out for walks, not fear a break-in or car vandalism, etc. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:38 PM
 
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Hi,

Looking for recommendations for a nice, quiet and safe suburb with a 30 min (max 45 min) or less commute to Georgia Tech. Looking to rent a home for 2K or under in desired suburb. Is this feasible? Should we focus on the west side of Atlanta or are there good choices in other directions? We have lived in Chicago so know what bad traffic is . Thank you!
If schools are a factor, look in the area of eastern Cobb County with a Marietta mailing address commonly known as "East Cobb." Look in the Cobb County School District clusters of schools anchored by Walton, Pope, Lassiter, Wheeler and Sprayberry high schools.

If schools are not necessarily a factor or are not a factor at all, look in areas like Vinings, Smyrna, the City of Marietta proper, Mableton, Powder Springs, Douglasville, Hiram and Tucker.

If willing to commute to Georgia Tech by MARTA train, look in areas like Lindbergh, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Peachtree Corners and the Norcross 30071 zip code.

Also look in the City of Decatur proper to see if you might be able to by chance find something to rent within your budget.

If you are willing to commute by train and/or if schools are not necessarily a factor, you could also look in quiet parts of often-overlooked Southside Intown communities like East Point, College Park and Hapeville.

If you are willing to live in an urban neighborhood, you could also aim to make your commuting lives significantly easier and look to see if you might be able to find anything to rent within your budget in quiet parts of nearby Intown neighborhoods like Midtown, West Midtown, South Buckhead, Old Fourth Ward and Avondale Estates.

If you know what bad traffic is after having lived in Chicago, then be prepared to get re-acquainted with bad traffic in a major way after moving to Atlanta.

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Old 05-15-2018, 10:20 PM
 
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Thank you for all of that information! Lots to dig into. Schools are not a factor so it looks like there are many good options.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:01 AM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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Thank you for all of that information! Lots to dig into. Schools are not a factor so it looks like there are many good options.
If schools aren't a factor, definitely don't rule out area ITP (inside 285), as your commute will be much shorter. You will get less house for your money though most anywhere ITP that is considered "safe", or even in most of the close-in suburbs.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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If you want to avoid traffic, consider finding a place near existing MARTA Rail or bus route that connects near Tech.

Tech also has a huge number of employees who bike commute from as far east as Stone Mountain.
City of Atlanta's violent crime is concentrated in a few areas, while the rest of the city enjoys occasional crime.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Hi,

Looking for recommendations for a nice, quiet and safe suburb with a 30 min (max 45 min) or less commute to Georgia Tech. Looking to rent a home for 2K or under in desired suburb. Is this feasible? Should we focus on the west side of Atlanta or are there good choices in other directions? We have lived in Chicago so know what bad traffic is . Thank you!
How many bedrooms are you looking for? If you want a (more or less) 'guaranteed' 30 minute commute then you shall have to look inside the I-285 perimeter. An ideal solution would be an area located near a MARTA train line to give you that option if/when traffic gets ridiculous or there is really bad weather.

Chicago bad traffic is different than Atlanta bad traffic. Chicago has surface street grids that can get you where you need to go as an alternative to the highway. It can be difficult or impossible to do this in Atlanta a lot of the time. The highways here and there do get just as snarled, though.

The short answer to your question is yes. Its difficult to recommend one area over any other without knowing if you have a geographic or lifestyle preference that might make one area stand out over another.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:25 AM
 
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You could easily do a townhome in Cumberland/Vinings/Smyrna and keep your commute to 1/2 hour.
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