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Old 07-11-2008, 08:24 PM
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Hi all,

I will be relocating to the Atlanta area in about 9 months. I have always wanted to live in a downtown flat/condo but have never had the opportunity before. But, my new job will be in Alpharetta so I am worried about the commute. I guess I could take the MARTA train north, but it doesn't run all the way into Alpharetta, so I'm not sure how to handle that last leg.

Any thoughts on whether this would be workable alternative or not? Should I just save my weekends for the city and buy something in Alpharetta?
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:26 PM
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I think downtown flats are kind of rare; most of them would be luxury condos, I think. Affordable digs would probably be found in Midtown or Virginia-Highland. Well, other neighborhoods would be more affordable, but you may not want to live there. You might want to drive through Druid Hills and check out the area, see if you think it is liveable. It would at least put you in the right direction; or maybe somewhere along West Peachtree well short of Buckhead. If you can afford to purchase here, I think this area will increase in value (especially if light rail is built along this line)

I'm not sure if there are bus routes that would take you from the northernmost train station to Alpharetta, but maybe someone else could advise.
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:43 PM
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You could commute from Downtown/Midtown to Alpharetta via MARTA, but it would depend where exactly in Alpharetta your office is. You would take the train north to the North Springs Station (presently the end of the north line) and then get on a bus for the rest of the trip up Georgia Highway 400 to Alpharetta. Most of the corporate presence is located somewhere along the Haynes Bridge to Winward Corridor off 400, just to the east or west. Different bus lines service these areas, depending on where you want to go. Check out MARTA - Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority for the specifics. There is a park and ride at Windward and 400 which one bus line from North Springs station serves. I suspect that many of the larger office complexes nearby in Alpharetta probably have a shuttle that serves this park ride and can take you to the building. You can probably do it via MARTA from downtown, especially if you are working in one of the larger buildings/complexes in Alpharetta on one of the main roads.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:28 PM
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Honestly, I think you'd be better off living in Alpharetta near where you work. You can go downtown on the weekends for fun as you suggested in your own first post. If the train went directly to Alpharetta near your office I'd say differently, but by the time you transfer from train to bus, then get to work and do it over again in the PM, I have a feeling that "flat" you get in Midtown wouldn't seem worth it after a while.
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