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Old 09-23-2007, 01:14 PM
 
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I may be getting a job transfer to the Atlanta area in the next few months, so I'm trying to research the area a little. I am looking for a reasonably rural area 20-30 miles (30-45min commute) north, north-west or north-east from the north-end of Atlanta (just outside the perimeter). I'd like to find something that's a little higher elevation for the cooler factor. Ideally, I want to find an area with homes on a reasonable amount of land (2-10 acres) without it costing a ton (over 300,000).

Can anyone suggest/recommend some areas/towns?

Thanks for your help!!
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:52 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I may be getting a job transfer to the Atlanta area in the next few months, so I'm trying to research the area a little. I am looking for a reasonably rural area 20-30 miles (30-45min commute) north, north-west or north-east from the north-end of Atlanta (just outside the perimeter). I'd like to find something that's a little higher elevation for the cooler factor. Ideally, I want to find an area with homes on a reasonable amount of land (2-10 acres) without it costing a ton (over 300,000).

Can anyone suggest/recommend some areas/towns?

Thanks for your help!!
You ARE talking about the metro Atlanta area?

A few notes (Atlanta-101):

1) There is no place on the Northern ends of the city that are 20-30 minutes away and a 30-40 minute commute. That is, unless you'll be coming to work at 10am or going home at 8-9pm, in which case there MIGHT be some hope. Atlanta was recently ranked as having the second worst traffic in the U.S. (second to L.A.), so you're going to need to up that commute time to around an hour or more for some place that's 20 miles North /NE/NW of town. On a bad day - longer. If you acknowledge you're willing to live with that, folks can come up with tons of suggestions, but if not, you may want to aim closer to town.

2) Higher elevation for a cooling factor - makes no difference here, unless you move to the North Georgia mountains - specifically the NE corner areas near the NC state line. In which case, your commute to the city will be more like 2.5 hours.

3) Land: 2-10 acres at or less than $300,000? Do you mean JUST for the land, or a house with that amount of land as well? If you're talking about JUST land, it's doable. With a house on it and that much land? No way. You'll again have to go to the extreme N. Georgia mountain areas, or West to near or across the Alabama state line in order to get a decent house with lots of land in that price range, unless you stumble across a rare good deal.
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:15 PM
 
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You're such a party-pooper, Greg.....lol.

Bob
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:18 PM
 
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In other words...you'll have to go WAY outside the perimeter to find what you're looking for, and you'll be further than an hour from the city. To illustrate, population inside the perimeter is +- 1 million. The other 4+ million people live outside the perimeter. It's not reasonably rural or affordable until you get further out...like in Bartow, Pickens, North Cherokee, North Forsyth, or Hall Counties. Somewhere near Lake Lanier might be worth looking into...
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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I may be getting a job transfer to the Atlanta area in the next few months, so I'm trying to research the area a little. I am looking for a reasonably rural area 20-30 miles (30-45min commute) north, north-west or north-east from the north-end of Atlanta (just outside the perimeter). I'd like to find something that's a little higher elevation for the cooler factor. Ideally, I want to find an area with homes on a reasonable amount of land (2-10 acres) without it costing a ton (over 300,000).

Can anyone suggest/recommend some areas/towns?

Thanks for your help!!
My doctor commutes in < 30 minutes.
All you need is a helicopter and a pilot.

Actually, after reading your post more carefully, It seems your job will be 'just outside the perimeter'. You might look in the Jasper area. There are higher elevations there. The commute will be an hour or more. Sometimes MUCH more.

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Old 09-23-2007, 02:41 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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You're such a party-pooper, Greg.....lol.

Bob
That's me.. the biiiiiig pooper. LOL http://bestsmileys.com/toliot/1.gif (broken link)

I prefer to think of myself as, "Hurting reality with a tender side".
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