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Old 09-21-2010, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike7300 View Post
is Dunwoody a nice area or any of the other areas near the train? how does it compare to say Roswell?
Dunwoody is closer to Atlanta--a business center/Perimeter. Lots of traffic.

There is a town center/shopping area and suburban communities surrounding the center.
'The City of Dunwoody, located minutes from the heart of Atlanta, is a picturesque community featuring many of the metro-area's top dining, shopping, schools and recreation. While a youngster among cities in the state of Georgia, Dunwoody retains a long and rich history dating back hundreds of years.

Our residents, neighbors and businesses are a rich and vibrant asset to our city and the Metro Atlanta area. Whether visiting the City of Dunwoody or a new resident, we invite you to take a stroll around the shops at Perimeter Mall, take the kids to check out the Dunwoody Nature Center, or even brush up on a foreign language with a continuing education class at Georgia Perimeter College.'


'Suburbia!!! It has great trees and landscaping and shiny new apartments and office buildings (I work in one of the tall office buildings on the other side of 285), and it has a MARTA stop for the hospital and Cox Communications. Perimeter Mall is only 1.5-2 miles away and there is literally just about anything you need in the area.

That being said, you are going to be in the most congested part of Atlanta. 400 can easily become a parking lot, and 285 IS a parking lot for much of the say, even outside of rush hours. It is not too hard to travel down an alternative road like Chamblee-Dunwoody, Roswell, or Ashford-Dunwoody to Peachtree, or even Roswell to Wieuca, but be forewarned that those roads have stop lights and can also be parking lots. You will have to drive EVERYWHERE there.'
Roswell Mills and Mill Life
Roswell Mills were some of the most prosperous in Georgia and important to the Civil War efforts of the South. Four Hundred, mostly women and children, mill workers were charged with treason and deported to the north.
Roswell is ranked among the safest cities to live in the United States according to City Crime Rankings, and it was chosen twice by Atlanta Magazine as the best place to live in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Roswell was also presented with the City of Excellence Award by the Georgia Municipal Association. Roswell’s beautiful natural scenery, its excellent public school system, a thriving job market and Roswell’s upscale shopping centers all combine to create a high standard of living that has caused property values to steadily increase.

'Roswell has great parks with lots of trails including a system along the river and a wonderful recreation department with many different classes for athletes, artists, kids, seniors. Canton Street was named by Southern Living magazine as one of the best restaurant streets in the South. The schools are good and there are a variety of neighborhoods at many price points.'

'While Roswell does have a charming downtown area (two actually: the original Square and the Canton Street District) with restaurants, shopping, markets, and galleries, it really doesn't compare to Winter Park as far as layout. You won't find gridded neighborhoods full of historic housing. Roswell up until the 1970s was quite small and as a result most of the development has been suburban in nature: large lot, cul de sacs, lack of sidewalks. Thankfully, in the past few years the city has wisened up and built more sidewalks and made an effort to be pedestrian friendly, but it's not ideal. So unless you move into one of the more recent developments that have made an effort at fostering a pedestrian environment (usually townhomes or small lot single family homes, both quite expensive), you'll probably end up in a subdivision that may or may not be walking distance to Canton Street/the Square.'





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Old 09-21-2010, 08:14 PM
Location: Roswell, GA
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Originally Posted by Mike7300 View Post
is Dunwoody a nice area or any of the other areas near the train? how does it compare to say Roswell?
Dunwoody's great -- at the time we bought in Roswell, we'd actually have preferred to be in Dunwoody, but a variety of things made that unworkable. Have never regretted the decision to live in Roswell, but that's no reflection on Dunwoody.

Dunwoody's definitely less "rural" than Roswell (not that Roswell's rural either) -- there are fewer substantial parks and nothing remotely like the network of trails and such that Roswell has. Most of the riverfront through Dunwoody is private lots, unlike the parkland fronting most of the river in Roswell. It also doesn't really have a pedestrian-friendly historic downtown restaurant/boutique district like Canton Street in Roswell -- just Perimeter Mall and the surrounding retail and restaurant areas, which are extensive but mostly chain-dominated. Roswell was a town in its own right for a decade before Atlanta was founded; Dunwoody was just an area in unincorporated DeKalb County until a few years ago when the City of Dunwoody was incorporated.
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