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Old 01-23-2007, 07:16 PM
 
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I currently rent and work in Alpharetta (exit 9). I am getting married in April, and my fiancee and I will buy a house this summer (after she finds a new job here in GA). While we would be ok with a townhouse, we have a preference for a new house. The new homes in Alpharetta are too expensive for us. Cumming or Alpharetta in Forsyth County is not really an option because my fiancee thinks exit 9 is too far from atlanta as it is.
South on 400 (Dunwoody & Sandy Springs) are too expensive as well.

So what about the areas east and west (or southwest or southeast)? I'm not very familiar with this area. I've heard good things about East Cobb. Is anywhere else worth checking out? Would the traffic in these areas be too bad going to alpharetta?

thanks for any advice.
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Old 01-23-2007, 07:44 PM
 
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Eat Cobb is definately worth checking out although the traffic to the city can be pretty bad if you are not living in the southern portion of East Cobb in the Walton or Wheeler districts, as they offer easy access to I-75 near the perimiter and close proximity to Ga-400 via Sandy Springs. These areas are often just as expensive as Alpharetta though.

You might want to check out Johns Creek for more affordable homes. They still have new homes being built there in the 300s. Johns Creek has GREAT public schools, I think Northview High School has the highest SAT score in the state for any public high school right now. You can search for homes in that area using the zip 30097. If $300,000 to $400,000 is out of your price range you might have to move away from the northside. In the communities south, east and west from Alpharetta, thats about as cheap as it gets for a new home, as those suburbs are among the most afluent in Metro Atlanta. Duluth, however, is about 30-35 minutes away from Alpharetta in traffic and there are some areas there priced in the 200s to 300s.

If you want an older home, Roswell has some nice older homes priced from the mid 200s and up. That would put your fiancee close to GA-400 and the North Springs Marta Station(only one exit down from Holcomb Bridge) if she will have to work intown. A commute on Marta from North Springs to Downtown/Midtown would take about 30-35 minutes. The schools in Roswell are top notch too though not on the level of Alpharetta or Johns Creek.

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Old 01-23-2007, 07:57 PM
 
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There's always Woodstock.
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:26 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. I expect us to be shopping in the $325-$375k range.

When I input 30097 for John's Creek on real estate sites, the homes show up as being in Duluth. Is this correct?
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:33 PM
 
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Since John's Creek is so new, US post office hasn't chance to change its zip code. If 30097 in Fulton, it is John's Creek. If 30097 in Gwinnett, it is Duluth. Also, Alpharatta 30022 is John's Creek as well. Basically, any location belongs to NorthView and Chattohoochee high are in John's Creek.
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Avondale Estates
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Oh, I had no clue Chattahoochee's district became Johns Creek too! That means that the city of Johns Creek has the two best public high schools in the state to boast of, not to mention the two affluent powerhouse country clubs, CCOS and St. Ives. WOW! The home values there will go up so much there, especially now that the city can control its growth.

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Old 01-23-2007, 09:00 PM
 
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Yep, John's Creek got country of the south, St. Ives, Atlanta Athletic club and Standard club within its city limit. It will have more privilage than Alpharatta.
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:59 PM
 
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if you must have a new house, 325-375 won't be enough in east cobb. yet, you can get a pretty nice older home there for that price. i would say it's the best area out of your choices and the commute isnt unbearable. if you must have a new house, look at cumming. there a plenty of choices for new homes there
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