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Old 01-14-2007, 12:09 PM
 
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I've relocated from Woodbridge,NJ. I've narrowed it down to Kennesaw, some parts of Marietta & Powder Springs and Fayetteville. Looking for the best schools in GA, low crime, good shopping, not too far from airport. I currently live in Stockbridge but, Cobb has more of the conveniences that I'm used to in NJ. I also heard that there's racial profiling and crazy traffic in Cobb County. We want to be in a mixed neighboorhood with good schools. Any suggestions on the best place to buy a home?
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Old 01-14-2007, 08:10 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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We live in the west cobb area, and the schools here are pretty nice, though are a bit overcrowded. They are adding a new high school in the area that will open in the fall of 2008, so maybe that will help a bit. Our zip code says Powder Springs, but we are really in the Acworth-Kennesaw area. There's a lot of new retail establishments coming into this part of town, and it seems to be pretty safe in our area. I haven't heard anything regarding racial profiling; maybe someone else could offer info on that for you.

If being close to Hartsfield is critical though, I'm not sure Cobb is the right choice. Traffic is pretty congested here, and it takes quite a while to drive to the airport from this end of town. Of course it's my understanding that traffic is a pain just about anywhere in the metro area! I can't speak for Fayetteville, since we have only lived in GA for a year.

As a side note, I have come across several families that have moved here from NJ.

A good tool we used when searching for a home with good public schools was www.greatschools.net.

Good luck in your decision!
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Old 01-15-2007, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Newnan
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have you thought about Newnan, the commute to the airport is quick and the schools are in my opinion are better than Fayette county schools.
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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have you thought about Newnan, the commute to the airport is quick and the schools are in my opinion are better than Fayette county schools.
I know you said it was just your opinion, but I am curious as to why you think that Newnan has better schools than Peachtree city? All the info I have from the state rankings and report cards, do not indicate that in general.
Now I am sure that there are better schools in different areas etc within newnan and peachtree city?
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:11 AM
 
Location: Apollo Beach, Florida
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I've relocated from Woodbridge,NJ. I've narrowed it down to Kennesaw, some parts of Marietta & Powder Springs and Fayetteville. Looking for the best schools in GA, low crime, good shopping, not too far from airport. I currently live in Stockbridge but, Cobb has more of the conveniences that I'm used to in NJ. I also heard that there's racial profiling and crazy traffic in Cobb County. We want to be in a mixed neighborhood with good schools. Any suggestions on the best place to buy a home?
We live in Powder Springs. The kids are both grown up but the schools have excellent reputations in our area, including the brand new high school. I'm not sure what you mean by "mixed", but our neighborhood has people from all over the place with various backgrounds.
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:47 PM
 
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Is the traffic in Cobb really bad? I have noticed alot of congestion on Barrett Pkwy/Cobb Pkwy.
Bad is an understatement and it's getting worse. Yes, Newnan is a much better location than Cobb for airport access.

Let's face it, we no longer have neighborhoods near but not inside Atlanta where traffic isn't going to be a pain during rush hours.
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Douglasville, GA
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I've relocated from Woodbridge,NJ. I've narrowed it down to Kennesaw, some parts of Marietta & Powder Springs and Fayetteville. Looking for the best schools in GA, low crime, good shopping, not too far from airport. I currently live in Stockbridge but, Cobb has more of the conveniences that I'm used to in NJ. I also heard that there's racial profiling and crazy traffic in Cobb County. We want to be in a mixed neighboorhood with good schools. Any suggestions on the best place to buy a home?
Niko me my wife and our 7 month old son will be moving down from Scotch Plains. Powder Springs is a town that has piqued my interest as well. I;m looking forward to learning more about it than what I've seen on the surface. Speaking of just on the internet.
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:49 PM
 
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Default Be prepared it is very different from NJ

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Niko me my wife and our 7 month old son will be moving down from Scotch Plains. Powder Springs is a town that has piqued my interest as well. I;m looking forward to learning more about it than what I've seen on the surface. Speaking of just on the internet.
I've only been here since July but, it was a bigger adjustment than I thought. I've been househunting in Powder Springs. I could definitely see myself living there. I could never afford to live like this in NJ. The taxes alone will kill you. Anyway, good luck!
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Old 01-17-2007, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Douglasville, GA
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I've only been here since July but, it was a bigger adjustment than I thought. I've been househunting in Powder Springs. I could definitely see myself living there. I could never afford to live like this in NJ. The taxes alone will kill you. Anyway, good luck!
I hear you man. When we came back from a preliminary house searching trip last summer and was at work showing off pictures of some of the under-cunstruction homes and told co-workers how much they were listing for they couldn't believe it. Same thing when I was showcasing the apartment complex that we'll be living in initially. 2 bedrooms 2 baths for $755. With pools, tennis courts etc. You couldn't rent a room up here in a lot of places for that price.

As for adjusting something that will make it easier for us is the fact that I have a bunch of relatives that hail from the area, my sister has lived there for about 23 years and my wife has two good friends that relocated there lomg enough ago to be pretty familiarized with things.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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niko

My suggestion would be to find the best apartment or house that you can afford, and rent for 6 months or a year. This will give you plenty of time to evaluate the areas you're considering. There have been plenty of times when we thought we really liked an area, and then changed our minds. I'd hate for you to settle on Powder Springs and then realize a year later that Fayetteville would have been a better choice.
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