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Old 05-15-2012, 05:47 AM
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Hello, my family will be moving to Atlanta in the next month from Florida. I am looking to have a 35min or below commute and would really like to rent a relatively newer single family or townhome. It seems like Duluth area gives you the most bang for your buck but I've heard the nightmares about I-85. Also, I heard Dunwood/Sandy Springs area is nice but the 400 is even worst. Help please!!!!!

1. Budget-up to $1600
2. House/Condo/Townhome? Preferrably a newer townhome(would rather avoid yard work if possible)
3. Employment Status(commute/work from home) Commutting to the North Druid Hills area near Lenox
4. Children(public school vs. private) Daycare and Public
5. Suburban or Urban lifestyle preference or a mix of the two? mix
6. Easy access to public transit, important or not? not important
7. Preferable demographics of desired neighborhood? No strong preference, just want low crime/safe neighborhood.

Thanks everyone!!!
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:44 PM
Location: Marietta, GA
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I hate to tell you, but every highway in the Atlanta area has it's fair share of horror stories. Traffic is a bit heavier on 85 than some other highways, but it's not the worst. You really can't choose where to live around Atlanta based on traffic, or you'll rule out the whole metro. :-/

I've been to Duluth and it seems nice, a bit traffic filled but it's Atlanta so that can be expected. Also, Duluth is mostly suburban but it has it's fair share of urban living opportunities too.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:13 AM
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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The way it works here is the farther out you go, the cheaper the housing but longer the commute (more $ in gas, more $ spent fixing and replacing cars, less time spent with family)

So if your max budget is $1600, you should have a lower budget for way out in duluth. Maybe 12 or 1300.
35min to buckhead from duluth is pushing it for during rush hour. As a rule, I give 1 hour to get to in town any time of day but I'm a few exits farther north than duluth.
I don't think 85 is that bad personally but I don't use it on a daily basis. Atlanta traffic does not hold a candle to florida traffic. I've lived here for 12 years and have yet to get in a traffic jam that rivals those that occur on SR 826 or I-95 in Miami.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:41 AM
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Duluth is a nice area and you should be ok with that budget, however as mentioned before it will take you more than 35min to get to Druid Hills normally, and up to 1hour on those really bad days.

I got a couple of friends that live in Decatur and work on Druid Hills by 85 and they seen to be pretty happy with the area and their commute, may want to check that out.

Norcross have some nice new townhouses, Tucker is also an options but I haven't really seen any new developments in there.
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