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Old 06-14-2013, 06:17 AM
 
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So, I'm listing the recommended info from the top post. I have a family of five, and we are considering relocating to Atlanta. We are familiar with Atlanta as my wife and I have family in the northern suburbs (Buford, I believe).

1. Budget: I'm finishing my PhD (humanities) in fall 2013. My wife is in sales and marketing.
2. 3-4 bedroom townhome or house preferred
3. Employment Status: Looking for jobs. Education is my field of expertise. But I'm flexible.
4. Children(public school vs. private): public
5. Suburban or Urban lifestyle preference or a mix of the two: Suburban, preferably northern side of the city. We're looking for safe neighborhoods (affordable) with good schools.
6. Easy access to public transit, important or not? We would like access to public transportation.
7. Preferable demographics of desired neighborhood. We're a middle class family.

Currently, we are living in Raleigh. However, it's a great place to live for technology-related jobs, but not so much if ones field is outside of that field. I'm really interested in knowing the state of the job market in Atlanta, including the affordability of housing.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:11 PM
 
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If you're looking to be near your relatives then you have probably already answered much of your own inquiry to a certain extent as the Buford area has much of what you are looking for.

The Buford area has very good public schools in the very small Buford City Schools system (viewed by many to be one of the best small school systems in America) and the Lanier, Mountain View and Mill Creek clusters of the Gwinnett County Public Schools system (viewed by many to be one of the best large urban school systems in America).

The Buford area also has very low crime and affordability as an outer-suburb in the highly-desirable North Metro Atlanta suburbs (an area which includes Paulding, Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties).

The Buford area also has many immediate amenities in being the home of the large shopping cluster that surrounds the huge Mall of Georgia, the largest regional shopping mall in the state of Georgia and one of the largest regional shopping malls on the East Coast.

The Buford area also has many nearby amenities in being very close to the very popular recreational area at Lake Lanier and being only about an hour or so away from the North Georgia mountains by way of Interstate 985 and Highway 400.

The only drawback to being in Buford or almost pretty much any other suburban area outside of the I-285 Perimeter is a lack of access to public transportation.

That's because with very few, if any exceptions, public transportation options are not found in abundance throughout much of Metro Atlanta (the large part of the metro area outside of I-285).

And in the places where there is more public transportation inside of I-285 it is in a long-term decline and is not necessarily as dependable as it may be in other large metro areas in other parts of the country.

That means that outside of some very-occasional park & ride commuter bus connections to and from Midtown and Downtown Atlanta, you should probably mark access to public transportation off of your list when looking in suburban Metro Atlanta because throughout most of the area public transportation just simply does not exist at this time and likely will not exist for many years given the highly transit-averse climate in Georgia.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the great info! Everything you mentioned is very helpful. My family and I used to travel to Atlanta in the 1990s when the population was just beginning to explode. I'm always amazed whenever I return at how Atlanta metro continues to expand.

I do have one more question for, since you're so knowledgeable. How is the economy in Atlanta?
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:14 PM
 
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Thanks for the great info! Everything you mentioned is very helpful. My family and I used to travel to Atlanta in the 1990s when the population was just beginning to explode. I'm always amazed whenever I return at how Atlanta metro continues to expand.

I do have one more question for, since you're so knowledgeable. How is the economy in Atlanta?
...The economy in Metro Atlanta is slowly gaining steam as housing and construction, two industries that are crucial to Atlanta's growth-based economy, start to grow again after taking what has probably been one of their worst hits, if not their worst hit, in the post-World War II era during this past economic downturn.

Because of this, if you're going to move to Atlanta, I would highly recommend having a job lined up first.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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If you look up the GA-400 corridor in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell or Alpharetta, you have decent access to public transit. North of Sandy Springs, it's at best a two-seat ride into Atlanta, but the buses use the highway south of a certain point depending on the route (there are several) so the ride isn't too painful. After 7:00pm and on some weekends, you will have to transfer at Lindbergh for service to/from Atlanta and the airport, but it's a quick and painless transfer, no switching platforms or anything either direction. These communities are nice areas, and not a bad drive to Buford.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:22 PM
 
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Thanks to you both for the guidance. It's truly appreciated. I'll keep all of this in mind as we consider relocating.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:22 PM
 
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1. Budget: I'm finishing my PhD (humanities) in fall 2013. My wife is in sales and marketing. (you wife should consider AT &T - marketing jobs easy to find)
2. 3-4 bedroom townhome or house preferred - look in Jackson or Sarah Smith elementary area
3. Employment Status: Looking for jobs. Education is my field of expertise. But I'm flexible. (private schools are a good place to look = atlanta international school just lost 18 teachers in the lower grades alone. The public schools are all pen to paper but so are most of the private schools, sadly. Morningside is also great. High Point is going to be the best in about four years
4. Children(public school vs. private): public
5. Suburban or Urban lifestyle preference or a mix of the two: Suburban, preferably northern side of the city. We're looking for safe neighborhoods (affordable) with good schools. Buckhead on the eastern side of Roswell.
6. Easy access to public transit, important or not? We would like access to public transportation. Not much of that here unless you live at Lenox and go no where - you need a car
7. Preferable demographics of desired neighborhood. We're a middle class family.

Currently, we are living in Raleigh. However, it's a great place to live for technology-related jobs, but not so much if ones field is outside of that field. I'm really interested in knowing the state of the job market in Atlanta, including the affordability of housing.

I SUGGEST EAST SIDE OF ROSWELL - BUCKHEAD is awesome on the other side. Several great preschool and public schools where the parent involvement is amazing and effective. I have strong suggestions where NOT to send your child to school if you want a superior experience (assuming you have at least one in preschool - the preschools are a joke). I am an educator also and considered leaving this city until I figured it all out. Depressing state of affairs.

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