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Old 05-31-2018, 03:08 PM
 
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I'll be relocating to Atlanta this summer for work in Alpharetta.

I'm looking for neighborhoods around Alpharetta or on the northside of Atlanta that are similar in feel to some of Chicago's northside neighborhoods like Lakeview, Edgewater, or Andersonville.

I'd like a walkable area with shops, boutiques, restaurants, some decent nightlife, access to public spaces. Schools are not a concern. Price is somewhat of a concern. $5k for an apartment is out of the question but I know my desired amenities come with a cost. I definitely don't want suburban sprawl with only big box retails and strip malls. It's got to have some sort of personality.

After living in Chicago, I'm used to competely terrible traffic all the time so a commute of 30-45 minutes is ok. Of course, I'd always prefer less.

I'll be visiting Atlanta in the next week so any advice to get me started would be appreciated.
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Old 05-31-2018, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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I'll be relocating to Atlanta this summer for work in Alpharetta.

I'm looking for neighborhoods around Alpharetta or on the northside of Atlanta that are similar in feel to some of Chicago's northside neighborhoods like Lakeview, Edgewater, or Andersonville.

I'd like a walkable area with shops, boutiques, restaurants, some decent nightlife, access to public spaces. Schools are not a concern. Price is somewhat of a concern. $5k for an apartment is out of the question but I know my desired amenities come with a cost. I definitely don't want suburban sprawl with only big box retails and strip malls. It's got to have some sort of personality.

After living in Chicago, I'm used to competely terrible traffic all the time so a commute of 30-45 minutes is ok. Of course, I'd always prefer less.

I'll be visiting Atlanta in the next week so any advice to get me started would be appreciated.

You won't find Chicago in Atlanta, especially not in the northern suburbs. You'll need to live inside the I285 perimeter if you want walkablility and the amenities you mention, and the commute up to Alpharetta might take longer than you're anticipating, depending on your work hours. The northern suburbs/satellite cities certainly have their charms, but northside Chicago they are not.
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Old 05-31-2018, 03:33 PM
 
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You won't find Chicago in Atlanta, especially not in the northern suburbs. You'll need to live inside the I285 perimeter if you want walkablility and the amenities you mention, and the commute up to Alpharetta might take longer than you're anticipating, depending on your work hours. The northern suburbs/satellite cities certainly have their charms, but northside Chicago they are not.
For the most part I have to agree with this.

Some of Alpharetta (primarily Windward Pkwy, Old Milton Pkwy west of GA-400, Northpoint Pkwy, and Haynes Bridge Rd) have a mild Chicago suburb feel to it... but aside from that they're apples and oranges. Transit even there is absolutely nothing compared to Chicago's either.
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Old 05-31-2018, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Historic West End
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Although not Chicago, I would try Buckhead and commute to Alpharetta.
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Old 05-31-2018, 05:33 PM
 
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Or try something that meets your needs but is different. Definitely take a look at Avalon on Old Milton Parkway.
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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Downtown Roswell/ Roswell Historic District?
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:10 AM
 
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I'll be relocating to Atlanta this summer for work in Alpharetta.

I'm looking for neighborhoods around Alpharetta or on the northside of Atlanta that are similar in feel to some of Chicago's northside neighborhoods like Lakeview, Edgewater, or Andersonville.

I'd like a walkable area with shops, boutiques, restaurants, some decent nightlife, access to public spaces. Schools are not a concern. Price is somewhat of a concern. $5k for an apartment is out of the question but I know my desired amenities come with a cost. I definitely don't want suburban sprawl with only big box retails and strip malls. It's got to have some sort of personality.

After living in Chicago, I'm used to competely terrible traffic all the time so a commute of 30-45 minutes is ok. Of course, I'd always prefer less.

I'll be visiting Atlanta in the next week so any advice to get me started would be appreciated.
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Downtown Roswell/ Roswell Historic District?

Yes.

I recommend:

Roswell: Downtown Roswell/Roswell Square/Canton Street/Roswell Historic District
Woodstock: Downtown Woodstock/Main Street
Alpharetta: Downtown Alpharetta stretching over to Avalon
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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Midtown Atlanta will be the closest neighborhood to Chicago. The commute will be longer but it might be worth it.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Nothing comes close to Chicago, IMO. I think you'd be hard pressed to find any major US Cities in the south that approximate Chicago.

Having said that and having looked at a few photos online (i've spent time in Chicago proper, but not Andersonville nor Lakview, nor Edgewater) you can find small bits and pieces that start to resemble certain slices (if you really squint your eyes). These are the issue:
1. The brick brownstone type homes largely do not exist anywhere in Atlanta
2. There is no massive body of water and accompanying coastal views
3. The more densely populated (but still not as dense as Chicago) urban zones cover a lot smaller area than they do in Chicago
4. A lot of the Atlanta areas that wouldn't look out of place in Chicago are far apart from each other.
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:11 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I started looking at Roswell. It's close to Alpharetta and seems to have a decent downtown area. I'll also explore the Buckhead area. It seems like it covers the entire north side. I'm sure there's more nuance but from up here, it's hard to tell.


One other question, can anyone recommend a good resource for rentals that aren't huge complexes? I find privately owned flats or houses generally have more appeal, are better located, and cheaper (cheaper is always good). Craigslist used to be a good option but it's been taken over by ads for the large complexes.
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