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Old 04-20-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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Well, after more research and advice here, we decided to not buy the house in the western part of South Forsyth (Alpharetta mailing address). There were too many uncertains and some sketchy-looking areas nearby that were giving us the creeps. We have continued our search and are now between 2 neighborhoods - 1 in Sugar Hill (Riverside Elementary, North Gwinnett Middle & High) and 1 in Cumming (Settles Bridge - Lambert). From what I can see both school clusters are awesome. From our perspective it seems like there is a little more to do/nicer overall all feel to the S Forsyth portion of Cumming.

Now here is the dilemma - the home in Sugar Hill is amazing - great builder, awesome floorplan, big lots. The home in Cumming is nice (certainly would be happy to live there), but doesn't feel as custom or special as the Sugar Hill home and has pretty small lots. It also feels like big builder construction (average finishings, few customization options).

So my question for the people in the know - is South Forsyth and the Lambert cluster worth a slightly less exciting home and smaller lot or would Gwinnett/Sugar Hill provide a similar quality of life? Any thoughts and opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Well, after more research and advice here, we decided to not buy the house in the western part of South Forsyth (Alpharetta mailing address). There were too many uncertains and some sketchy-looking areas nearby that were giving us the creeps. We have continued our search and are now between 2 neighborhoods - 1 in Sugar Hill (Riverside Elementary, North Gwinnett Middle & High) and 1 in Cumming (Settles Bridge - Lambert). From what I can see both school clusters are awesome. From our perspective it seems like there is a little more to do/nicer overall all feel to the S Forsyth portion of Cumming.

Now here is the dilemma - the home in Sugar Hill is amazing - great builder, awesome floorplan, big lots. The home in Cumming is nice (certainly would be happy to live there), but doesn't feel as custom or special as the Sugar Hill home and has pretty small lots. It also feels like big builder construction (average finishings, few customization options).

So my question for the people in the know - is South Forsyth and the Lambert cluster worth a slightly less exciting home and smaller lot or would Gwinnett/Sugar Hill provide a similar quality of life? Any thoughts and opinions would be greatly appreciated.
The two areas are essentially next door to eachother. Other than crossing a river, there is little, if any, distinction between the two. Buy the one you're going to be happier in.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:56 AM
 
Location: North Fulton
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If you plan to use the schools, I would check those out to make sure they are what you want. The areas themselves are pretty similar overall as someone here commented. That North Gwinnett cluster for Gwinnett is one of the strongest and will probably remain so as the area has been largely developed already.

Disclosure: I am a bit partial as I had lived in Sugar Hill when I was a kid (many years ago) but that doesn't count now obviously for current times.

The high schools in Gwinnett are usually quite large with the number of students as compared to the other counties, so keep that in mind if you are new to Atlanta. The Gwinnett school system is the largest in the state, I believe.

I cannot comment much about Forsyth other than the southern part seems to have schools with a better reputation than the rest of the county.

Shopping and amenities for each area would probably be about the same.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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If you don't mind my asking, what neighborhood is it in S. Forsyth? And, where will your commute take you? We live in S. Forsyth and love it but as you can see from the many posts regarding it, there are a lot of haters on here. I think Lambert will be in the top five high schools once their scores start counting in the rankings.

I agree with the above poster, GO visit the elementary schools and ask for a a tour (call first). You will get a feel one way or another once you see them. We were sure we were going to buy a house in N. Fulton (yes, the one and only Johns Creek) until we visited the elementary school and got a horrible feeling. Then we visited the elementary school in S. Forsyth and instantly knew this was where we wanted to be.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:16 AM
 
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Have you checked out the property taxes in Forsyth and Gwinnet? These can vary greatly. At least be aware if one is much higher than the other.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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Does anyone know the area right around Peachtree Pkwy and the Avenue's outdoor mall? I saw a neighborhood, Estates at Big Creek, that looks like a few different builders own some lots. It is about a mile west of 400.

Oh, and I had to scratch off one of the neighborhoods on my list - we really liked Nichols View (off Nichols Rd, about a mile from Lambert), until we found out that there was an old landfill on the property. I was surprised the sales person disclosed it up front like that, but happy, as I've read some horror stories about being on landfills...
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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So where did you end up buying. Which subdivision were you looking at in Cummings. We're thinking of Cummings as well or Suwanee or Duluth? We wanted settlers bridge-lambert high path for Cummings or river trail-northview for Duluth/Suwanee We know taxes in Cummings will be lower

If you or anyone can help us out we would so appreciate it. 400-450k specific subdivision names would help immensely
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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Hi sparklegirl,

I live in the Lambert district but my kids attend Sharon. Not sure why you chose Settles Bridge but there are many great elementary schools in the Lambert district. Some are larger than others and have pool/tennis. Here are the neighborhoods that would fit your price range and each elementary school:

Settles Bridge:

Grand Cascades
Rivermist
Champions Run

Sharon:

Three Chimneys
Summerwind
Wentworth Manor
Aberdeen and Glencree (but if you can afford $450K, you won't want to live here)
Laurel Springs- would be hard to get in here in your budget- i don't see any listed for $450 or under right now


Johns Creek:

St. Marlo (there is one in your price range- it will be difficult to get into St. Marlo for $450 or under
St. Marks
Olde Atlanta Club
Hillside Trace

Brookwood:

Deer Lake

Good luck to you and you can pm me if you have any other questions. You can use ERA Sunrise Realty to search by schools and price range. That's what I just did for you.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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Does anyone know the area right around Peachtree Pkwy and the Avenue's outdoor mall? I saw a neighborhood, Estates at Big Creek, that looks like a few different builders own some lots. It is about a mile west of 400.

Oh, and I had to scratch off one of the neighborhoods on my list - we really liked Nichols View (off Nichols Rd, about a mile from Lambert), until we found out that there was an old landfill on the property. I was surprised the sales person disclosed it up front like that, but happy, as I've read some horror stories about being on landfills...
As a real estate agent in Forsyth County I wanted to correct this thread. NICHOLS VIEW is NOT built on a landfill. It is built adjacent to a capped (no longer in use) inert landfill that was only used for tree trunks and other decomposable material. It was a very small landfill which actually provides a green space between it and another community. Here is a copy of the actual plat. See item 15. for the verbiage concerning the inert landfill.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:55 PM
 
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Does anyone know the area right around Peachtree Pkwy and the Avenue's outdoor mall? I saw a neighborhood, Estates at Big Creek, that looks like a few different builders own some lots. It is about a mile west of 400.

Oh, and I had to scratch off one of the neighborhoods on my list - we really liked Nichols View (off Nichols Rd, about a mile from Lambert), until we found out that there was an old landfill on the property. I was surprised the sales person disclosed it up front like that, but happy, as I've read some horror stories about being on landfills...
I wish to correct his post. Nichols View is NOT built on a landfill. As the Plat states, it is built ADJACENT to a capped (no longer in use) inert landfill only used for decomposable material. It was a very small landfill and actually provides a nice green space between it and another community. You can easily find the plat for Nichols View online. Refer to item 15 for the full verbiage.
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