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Old 09-08-2019, 01:38 AM
 
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Hello,

I am considering a move to Atlanta and was wondering if there are any neighborhoods that meet these criteria, in order of priority:

- Good transit (i.e. walking distance to MARTA station preferred)
- Walkable (walk to retail, parks, etc.)
- Safe- both personal safety/crime, but also walkability like not crossing highways to get to the grocery store
- Home prices: less than 550K for a 3-bed townhome/condo/SFH or less than $400K for a 2-bed condo. I'm willing to sacrifice size or pay extra to meet the criteria above.
- Good public schools K-12 (doesn't have to be the best)

For a comparison, I'm looking for a similar place to Arlington, VA in the D.C. area, which meets most of the criteria I've mentioned above (exact price, obviously).

Thank you in advance for your help and insights!
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Old 09-08-2019, 05:53 AM
 
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City of Decatur
Sandy springs
Buckhead
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Old 09-08-2019, 06:57 AM
 
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Hello,

I am considering a move to Atlanta and was wondering if there are any neighborhoods that meet these criteria, in order of priority:

- Good transit (i.e. walking distance to MARTA station preferred)
- Walkable (walk to retail, parks, etc.)
- Safe- both personal safety/crime, but also walkability like not crossing highways to get to the grocery store
- Home prices: less than 550K for a 3-bed townhome/condo/SFH or less than $400K for a 2-bed condo. I'm willing to sacrifice size or pay extra to meet the criteria above.
- Good public schools K-12 (doesn't have to be the best)

For a comparison, I'm looking for a similar place to Arlington, VA in the D.C. area, which meets most of the criteria I've mentioned above (exact price, obviously).

Thank you in advance for your help and insights!
In Atlanta Public Schools in the Grady High Cluster look for neighborhoods served by Springdale Park Elementary (SPARK), Mary Lin Elementary (Lin), and Morningside Elementary —elementaries are great and middle and high are mostly good, certainly different than Decatur and suburban schools, but test scores are comparable to Decatur and getting better. For Lin—Candler Park, Lake Claire, Inman Park have MARTA lines. For SPARK—Midtown has train access. I think the Ansley Park area might be close to a train, and I *think* it’s zoned for Morningside. There are more zoned for the similar North Atlanta High along the north rail line, but someone will know more about them than I.
Edit: if you want MARTA and being close to big-box grocery and retail, but are ok with “up-and-coming schools” maybe look at Edgewood and Reynoldstown. If you want chain grocery, retail and good schools are willing to sacrifice rail, include Poncey-highland, Virginia Highland, and the area near Piedmont and Monroe (there is also stuff near Emory, but unless you work there, I wouldn’t recommend it). Anyway, there are options, way more than I listed.

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Old 09-08-2019, 08:11 AM
 
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Don’t forget about places like grant park, with great train access and great charter school system.

Inman Park
Chandler Park
Oakhurst/Winona Park
Grant Park
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Old 09-08-2019, 09:41 AM
 
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Don’t forget about places like grant park, with great train access and great charter school system.

Inman Park
Chandler Park
Oakhurst/Winona Park
Grant Park
Which stop is Grant Park closest to?
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:56 PM
 
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Thanks for the helpful comments everyone. I appreciate the insights into the various trade-offs between specific neighborhoods.

The job is near Lindbergh Station and it sounds like most of these suggestions would be a reasonable transit commute. Our family does not own a car, nor do we plan on buying one so transit/walkability are pretty key.

Buckhead, Midtown, and a few neighborhoods along the east leg of the blue line seem to fit the bill. I'm a bit nervous about Buckhead or Sandy Springs- both are dense and have transit access, but they look very autocentric with a lot of massive highways.
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:50 PM
 
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Thanks for the helpful comments everyone. I appreciate the insights into the various trade-offs between specific neighborhoods.

The job is near Lindbergh Station and it sounds like most of these suggestions would be a reasonable transit commute. Our family does not own a car, nor do we plan on buying one so transit/walkability are pretty key.

Buckhead, Midtown, and a few neighborhoods along the east leg of the blue line seem to fit the bill. I'm a bit nervous about Buckhead or Sandy Springs- both are dense and have transit access, but they look very autocentric with a lot of massive highways.
Midtown is a great place to start. It is in Grady district and your Kids can probably even walk / bike to Grady (thru Piedmont Park from northern Midtown, and through the Midtown garden District from southern Midtown).

Also, keep an eye on areas along the Beltline for mid-term options. Transit is planned along that loop, with an initial extension from downtown to the Beltline Eastside expected to start work in the next few years.

Downtown and Castleberry Hill also have a lot of potential. They have the best bones / great transit connectivity and many great urbanism improvements are in process there.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:57 AM
 
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Thanks for the helpful comments everyone. I appreciate the insights into the various trade-offs between specific neighborhoods.

The job is near Lindbergh Station and it sounds like most of these suggestions would be a reasonable transit commute. Our family does not own a car, nor do we plan on buying one so transit/walkability are pretty key.

Buckhead, Midtown, and a few neighborhoods along the east leg of the blue line seem to fit the bill. I'm a bit nervous about Buckhead or Sandy Springs- both are dense and have transit access, but they look very autocentric with a lot of massive highways.
Atlantic Station might also be worth a look—tons of retail—really not that far from Arts Station Marta rail—and I am guessing that with the density and bus only lanes there are probably relatively frequent and direct bus routes to the station. I think the high school is Grady, which is good, but K-8 are Centenial Place Charter Academy, which according to school ranking sites is about average for the state (and average for Georgia is worrisome). Also, I would worry that if (when) they rezone Grady again, it could be the odd man out. Still, depending on your school wants/needs it may hit all of your criteria.
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:04 AM
 
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Atlantic Station might also be worth a look—tons of retail—really not that far from Arts Station Marta rail—and I am guessing that with the density and bus only lanes there are probably relatively frequent and direct bus routes to the station.
To my knowledge, only MARTA Route 37 passes Atlantic Station between Arts Center and Moore's Mill/Marietta Blvd. It runs on half-hour headways. A CobbLinc Bus Route 10 also goes to Arts Center (but not back), every half hour (one hour on Sundays).

When I punched Atlantic Station to Arts Center into MARTA's trip planner, it said to just walk.
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:28 PM
 
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To my knowledge, only MARTA Route 37 passes Atlantic Station between Arts Center and Moore's Mill/Marietta Blvd. It runs on half-hour headways. A CobbLinc Bus Route 10 also goes to Arts Center (but not back), every half hour (one hour on Sundays).

When I punched Atlantic Station to Arts Center into MARTA's trip planner, it said to just walk.
If you're actually in Atlantic Station, the free Atlantic Station shuttle is going to have much quicker service than the #37. There's typical a couple shuttles making the short loop between Ikea and Arts Center station.
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