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Old 11-05-2008, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Queens, NYC
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Hello,

Just moved to Alpharetta a few months ago from NYC. Can anyone suggest any good neighborhoods, affordable homes ($250k or less), with lots of shopping and restaurants. If anyone is familiar with Queens, NY then that would be what I'm looking for, but of course a lot more affordable! A "walkable" city would be ideal. Here in Alpharetta, there don't seem to be many sidewalks, and that's something I'm missing. Is Decatur "walkable" and is there nightlife and entertainment?

Thanks!!
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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250 is tuff in Decatur, unless you go the condo route (which I bet there are deals on!)...

Others will post on this, but Decatur is very walkable (but not nearly on the walkablity factor of Queens - way way WAY too many parking lots in Decatur ie holes in the walkability factor for Decatur) That being said, its a very quaint, very safe, and urban in the Atlanta context (not as urban in the Queens context)

I would recommend Decatur - but also check for cheaper single family housing - Kirkwood, Ormwood, East Atlanta Village, Edgewood and areas generally in that cooridor.

Great nightlife in EAV, not sure on Kirkwood, and Decatur has some great nitelife as well...little 5 points too.

Keep in mind Decatur is much more family oriented...the others may be more singles oriented...

good luck!!
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:57 AM
 
Location: West Seattle, WA
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$250M pretty well shuts you out of the SFH market in the city of Decatur. There are older townhouses that you might find in that range, though.
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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Have you checked out Historic Roswell?
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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I doubt there was much in Queens for $250...
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:12 PM
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Location: Atlanta, Ga
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Hello,

Just moved to Alpharetta a few months ago from NYC. Can anyone suggest any good neighborhoods, affordable homes ($250k or less), with lots of shopping and restaurants. If anyone is familiar with Queens, NY then that would be what I'm looking for, but of course a lot more affordable! A "walkable" city would be ideal. Here in Alpharetta, there don't seem to be many sidewalks, and that's something I'm missing. Is Decatur "walkable" and is there nightlife and entertainment?

Thanks!!
Girl...to find all that youll need to be back in NY
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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Hello,

Just moved to Alpharetta a few months ago from NYC. Can anyone suggest any good neighborhoods, affordable homes ($250k or less), with lots of shopping and restaurants. If anyone is familiar with Queens, NY then that would be what I'm looking for, but of course a lot more affordable! A "walkable" city would be ideal. Here in Alpharetta, there don't seem to be many sidewalks, and that's something I'm missing. Is Decatur "walkable" and is there nightlife and entertainment?

Thanks!!
I think you're affordable image of Atlanta is a little misguided. 250k budget keeps you out of pretty much every nice area in Atlanta unless you want to settle for a very old and/or very small house, especially the walkable areas inside the perimeter. $500k would be more comfortable for what you are looking for, like I said 250k gets you nothing in the walkable in-town areas and a cookie cutter house in the nice suburbs. 250k will get you a big (not nice) house in some of the less desirable suburbs...
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Queens, NYC
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Well, the reason I left Queens, was because it would be impossible to find anything for less than 500k. (in response to the person who said there is nothing in queens for 250k). NO kidding! And going back to NY wouldn't solve anything because it is out of my price range right now.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
I went to downtown Decatur yesterday and the area is pretty much what I'm looking for. The only problem is, like some have mentioned, that it would cost more than 250 to find something nice. VA Highlands seems very nice, and fun too, but of course VERY expensive.
Thanks again!!!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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Yeah, the thing is, walkable areas like downtown Decatur and VA Highlands are rare in metro Atlanta, so the ones that do exist are expensive. About Decatur, the "real" Decatur is within the city limits, where 250k isn't really worth anything. However, probably half of Dekalb County carries a Decatur address (even though it's not within city limits) and these "fake Decatur" areas do contain cheaper housing, but at the same time it may not be what you are looking for.

However, you simply might not be able to afford what you are looking for, not in Queens or Atlanta anyway, so you might have to sacrifice something (or find a city that's more affordable).
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:01 PM
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Location: Decatur, GA
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I grew up in queens...18 years at 155th st. Have you changed your mind from SFH to condos? Townhouses near edgewood retail perhaps? You're going to have to. I picked up my house for 300 ish but you wouldn't find it much walkable to many places. I also find from friends who have paid the extra dough for walkability that they don't walk much to EAV or decatur square etc anyway. Things to think about...definitely a different place and has its own pluses and minuses. Living intown is huge for me, but for 250, if I was into condos I would go with Old 4th ward or downtown decatur. SFH in those places, as has been mentioned that isnt a serious fixer upper or REALLY small is going to be tough.

-VJ
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