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Old 05-28-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Douglasville, GA
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My best advice to you is to make your own judgements after either visitng or living here for a period of time. Only then will get a tru feel. And get a short term lease in case you don't care for it and won't to move on. If you do like it then it goes without saying that then you can look for something more long term.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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So true.

There may even be no comparison in the world (major city)...
Yes, this is true, partly because Atlanta has a very small concrete jungle core as compared to other cities and this core is surrounded immediately by suburban densities. This allows for most of the "city" to be engulfed by trees.

Atlanta may have the trees, but nothing compares to the majestic beauty you will find in the Bay area or out west in general. This can be a shock for those accustomed to such locales. Also, the Atlanta area comes across like a cheap, watered-down and small-scale version of the L.A. region. And I know many who prefer the Bay Area to the real L.A., so come to Atlanta and see for yourself ....

And speaking of the humidity .... don't let it suffocate you ...

All that being said, the bargain basement prices to be found here are a driving force for growth for a good reason. Many professions, especially engineering and software have comparable salaries/pay rates in cheap places such as Atlanta and Dallas vs. the expensive coastal cities. So, in these job fields, it makes no sense to be living in the Bay area instead of say, Atlanta, from a purely financial standpoint.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Also, the Atlanta area comes across like a cheap, watered-down and small-scale version of the L.A. region. coastal cities.
I'd call that a bit harsh.
I know several former Bay Area residents that have successfully and happily made the transition to the Atlanta area. My DH, for starters...he is a East Bay native that was also raised in Seattle, and spent his adult years in Seattle, Miami, Kansas City and Atlanta. Besides Seattle, the place that he has enjoyed residing the most is...right here.
Pointing out Atlanta's shortcomings has become a national pastime on C-D, but in reality most Atlantans I know find it a very livable city, the residents very open and welcoming.
BTW, I have a single friend (age 48) living in Johns Creek...he likes it very much, having moved a few years ago from Midtown. He does say that one reason the move was successful was that in midlife, his priorities changed...raising dogs, gardening and quiet evenings with the neighbors suddenly became more appealing than nightclubbing and being in the middle of the action. In Johns Creek, you're definitely going to get more of the former than the latter.
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'd call that a bit harsh.
I know several former Bay Area residents that have successfully and happily made the transition to the Atlanta area. My DH, for starters...he is a East Bay native that was also raised in Seattle, and spent his adult years in Seattle, Miami, Kansas City and Atlanta. Besides Seattle, the place that he has enjoyed residing the most is...right here.
Pointing out Atlanta's shortcomings has become a national pastime on C-D, but in reality most Atlantans I know find it a very livable city, the residents very open and welcoming.
BTW, I have a single friend (age 48) living in Johns Creek...he likes it very much, having moved a few years ago from Midtown. He does say that one reason the move was successful was that in midlife, his priorities changed...raising dogs, gardening and quiet evenings with the neighbors suddenly became more appealing than nightclubbing and being in the middle of the action. In Johns Creek, you're definitely going to get more of the former than the latter.
Spot on!
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