Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Georgia > Atlanta
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 03-13-2013, 12:13 AM
2 posts, read 2,785 times
Reputation: 10


My wife and I are looking to move to Atlanta this summer and expect to live there for 4 yrs. We enjoy trying restaurants once a week, but otherwise are not into the nightlife/bars/clubs scene and generally prefer a quiet community.

I recognize apartment reviews online are often influenced by competing nearby apts (for negatives) and by themselves (for positives) so I’m not just looking for a specific complex, but also neighborhoods.

1. Budget: ~$1,000/mo for rent; hard limit of $1,500/mo

2. Apartments only (not townhouses),
900-1300 sq ft, 2 bedroom or 1 bedroom + loft style

3. Employment Status:
I’ll work near luckie-marietta downtown and wife will stay home

4. No children

5. Suburban or Urban lifestyle:
We prefer suburban living but I also prefer <30 minute commutes.

6. Easy access to public transit, important or not?

7. Preferable demographics of desired neighborhood.
We had a violent home invasion when my wife was home, so safety is the most important factor in the move. We have 2 old/lazy labrador dogs (70 lbs each), so I’d like for my wife to be able to walk the two dogs around the apartment grounds and neighborhood while feeling safe. The labs aren’t energetic guard dogs and came from rescue kennels, so they don’t know commands well enough to be let off leash and come back.

8. Airport access unimportant
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 03-13-2013, 12:25 AM
9,008 posts, read 13,984,748 times
Reputation: 7638
The best apartment experience I had in Atlanta was in Post Gardens, which is one of the complexes in a development called Lenox Park.

Lenox Park is what became of the Standard Country Club, which relocated to Alpharetta. It is anchored by an AT&T office building and surrounded by rental and owned homes, all surrounding a 33 acre private park.

Certainly you can get more for your money in sketchier areas, but a huge advantage to this area is that it is convenient to pretty much everything Atlanta has to offer (you can walk to MARTA, walk to Lenox, walk dogs in the park, etc.) yet is also quite safe. There are private security guards that patrol the area and I spent plenty of nights in the park at 2am with no trouble at all, not something I would attempt in many other parts of Atlanta.

I feel like it offers the best of both worlds, being right on the edge of urban Atlanta with access to midtown in about 10 minutes, but also hugging suburban Atlanta with the ability to go places like Costco and Lowes in 5 minutes. You would easily be able to get to work in under 30 minutes and your wife should feel quite safe. There are 5 apartment complexes to choose from which you can explore and decide which one fits your needs the best. The demographic does tend to skew towards young single people, but I remember a few young families and older widows/divorced people around as well.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-13-2013, 10:04 PM
2 posts, read 2,785 times
Reputation: 10
Wow, thank you! The Lenox Park area does look nice and the few apartments look perfect in that area except they don't accept the larger weight of my dogs unfortunately... a major bummer but it's my experience they aren't flexible with this.

Are there other areas you (or others) might recommend us to check out?

I saw a few apts just outside the perimeter hwy and 85 but I'm concerned that appears to have really bad traffic into the downtown. My work hours are a bit flexible but I can't do anything really wild like 11am-8pm.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-14-2013, 04:17 AM
3,972 posts, read 12,615,200 times
Reputation: 1470
Any chance you would consider taking MARTA? If so, perhaps the apartments around Perimeter Center would work for you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-14-2013, 09:35 PM
179 posts, read 323,464 times
Reputation: 207
Check out the Grant Park area. I live in the Burnett apartments, and they might be what you're looking for. There are several people living here that have large dogs, too, so I know they accept them. Lots of people walking dogs in the neighborhood, and it's very close to Grant Park. The complex is within your budget, too, and is close to downtown.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-15-2013, 01:04 AM
9,008 posts, read 13,984,748 times
Reputation: 7638
Yeah, the pets might be an issue.

I see that the official policy of the complex I lived in is that your combined pet weight can't exceed 80 lbs. So you'd be fine with one dog, but not with the two. To be perfectly honest, I don't know that anybody would really notice or care. The pet policy also says no pitbull type dogs, but I remember plenty of pit mixes when I lived there. They were all friendly dogs because they were owned by responsible people. They also used to have the policy that you couldn't have a dog under a year old, but I remember when the assistant manager, who lived on the property, got a new puppy....so, so much for that policy.

I wouldn't tell you to break a rule, but generally the apartment complex isn't going to really care unless someone complains. And I can't see anybody complaining about 2 lazy labs. I think the only reason they say they ban pitbulls, German shepherds, etc. is so that in case there is ever an incident they can say the renter was in violation of their lease and that gets them off the hook legally. Outside of that, I don't think they really care.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Georgia > Atlanta

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top