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Old 01-20-2007, 11:10 AM
 
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Moving from New Jersey with children 11,13,14,17. Considering Douglasville GA.

Does anyone know about :
Schools
Crime
Drugs
What do kids do out there

Any info would be great.
Thank you
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Avondale Estates
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I personally don't know too much about Douglasville but wanted to tell you the little I do know beause I noticed everyone was ignoring your post. Douglas County is one of the last bastions of affordable housing in Metro Atlanta. New homes are still going up in the high 100s to low 300s range. My favorite community out there is Chapel Hills, because the home styles are so different. The schools are all average, not good or bad, just average, and that's by GA standards. If are moving here from the north or from the west the schools probably would not stack up to the schools you are leaving. And Douglassville is far from any reputable private schools. Perks of living there includes a 30 minute commute into downton in traffic, Arbor Place Mall(which is the area's regional mall), and the Hwy. 5 corridor which has everything you'll need in the way of shopping and dining.

Metro kids from Douglassville to Buckhead like hanging out in parking lots for some reason. In Buckhead all the private school kids hang out in the lots lining Northside Pkwy. and West Paces. For Smyrna its the Village Green. In Douglassville Hwy. 5 seems to be the hangout zone. I wouldn't worry too much about drugs since Douglassville is your average middle class suburb. To be honest, your teens are going to be bored out of their minds thoughi...there's not much activity out that way. I would suggest enrolling them in sports activities or in fine arts programs as soon as they get down here because suburban kids with nothing to do can get into ALOT of trouble(i.e., drugs, knocking down mailboxes, illeagle pranks, etc.).
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Atlanta/DC
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I'm just noticing this...

I live in Douglasville. To me, Douglasville is QUIET. (I'm originally from Miami)
The schools are simply average, but whatever you do, stay far far away from any school that feeds into Stewart Middle. The school hasn't made AYP in about three years and goes through so many administrative changes that it's insane. The best school feeder pattern out here in my opinion is the Chapel Hill school district. The homes around those schools are nice as well, but a bit far out (in my opinion)

Crime: Things DO happen out here, but mainly burglaries, etc. Murders and assaults are RARE out here.

Drugs: Drugs are everywhere. Don't fool yourself. I'm sure there's a crystal meth lab somewhere out here, and a marijuana dealer, etc. We haven't had any major drug busts or anything very recently.

Kids activities: Hmm. We have parks, Little Leagues--football, softball, basketball, soccer, Dance Studios, Swim Teams, a Chuck E. Cheese, another one of those Chuck E. Cheese type places, THE MALL (ha ha), basically your typical suburban things to do.


It's a great suburb to raise your kids--you are close enough to the city, but far enough to have a decent quality of life without breaking the bank.

I hope this helps!

Edited to add: The Paulding county side of Douglasville (very small part of Paulding) feeds into either Dobbins Middle or South Paulding Middle. I've heard nothing overly negative about these schools from my colleagues who teach in Paulding--just typical middle school happenings (and I teach middle school). I want to say that the high school for the area is Hiram High--test scores aren't great, but I haven't heard anything negative about the school.

Last edited by DoveDiva; 01-25-2007 at 11:15 PM.. Reason: added more information
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Douglasville
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I live in Douglasville, as well. The home prices are great - I have a 5000 sq ft home for around $300k. The schools are average, but there are accessible private schools. There is also a new charter School (Brighten Academy) - this is the first year for it. Alexander, Chapel Hill and Holly Springs are the better public school district. There isn't much in the way of major crime here; it's pretty quiet. Drugs are drugs everywhere, but you won't see any dealing on the corner around here! There is a mall here, movie theater, bowling, skating, etc. Kids do like to hang out in Walmart parking lots, for some reason. It's a great family area, and it's not far from everything else - about 20 mins from the city and the airport.
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:13 AM
 
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are there any nearby shopping malls, walmarts, grocery stores?
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:18 AM
 
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are there any nearby shopping malls, walmarts, grocery stores?
There is a mall of I-20 in Douglasville called Arbor Place. It is your typical suburban mall. There is plenty of shopping and a walmart near the mall.
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:34 AM
 
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I did some Contract work (programming) with Douglas County Sheriff's office in Douglasville last year on their Jail Mgt System last year.

I would say crime there isn't any worse than anywhere else. Most people were in the jail for burglary or drugs.

There was a major drug bust, but that's b/c of I-20 trafficking. The cops sit on that road and pull over rigs all the time.

Some employees claimed the City/County had stopped issuing new permits for major construction to control growth, temporarily.

As far as the area, I like it, still some country out there with several horse farms
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Douglas County is one of the last bastions of affordable housing in Metro Atlanta.
Having moved down here from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, everything in the Atlanta area seems inexpensive (and hence affordable) for what you get.
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Atlanta/DC
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are there any nearby shopping malls, walmarts, grocery stores?

But of course.

We have at LEAST seven grocery stores (Publix, Krogers, Ingles), Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, HHGregg, Arbor Place Mall(anchor stores are Macy's, Parisian/Belk, Dillards, Sears, Bed Bath and Beyond, Old Navy, and JCPenney); smaller stores such as Pier 1, The Bombay Company, Ross, Marshalls, goodness, you name it, we probably have it.
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:46 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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There is a mall of I-20 in Douglasville called Arbor Place. It is your typical suburban mall. There is plenty of shopping and a walmart near the mall.
But keep in mind that Arbor Place mall has recently had some troubles with teen crime/gang activity outside of the mall (and some teen issues inside). They have recently put new rules into place that prohibit teens from being in the malls after a certain time of day without an adult as a result of this. Here is a link to the policy info: http://www.arborplace.com/shop/arbor.nsf/security

Also, make note that some areas of Douglasville have VERY high traffic (along Hwy 92, etc). So if you're looking for a low traffic area, that aint it... though it's better in some ways than other burbs.
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