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Old 04-01-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I"m not familiar with the schools in Decatur. I'll research on Greatschools, but in general how are they?

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After everything that you state here, I'm thinking that the city of Decatur (30030) has everything you want.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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We are a family of five with three kids 6 yrs and under moving to ATL this summer from San Francisco. We don't know if we should move to the burbs or stay in-town. Our in-town friends say in-town and our burb friends say move to the burbs. We've seen both and like both. We like Roswell for the burbs because of the big lots, good schools and old town main street, but also like ViHi for in-town. We want a large house and good public schools. With three kids, so private schools are not an option. We work for ourselves and will have our office where we live, so commuting won't be an issue. Any feedback would be appreciated!
I would look in Suwanee specifically in the Parsons elementary district. I prefer this to Roswell.

1)Suwanee has a better network of roads like Sugarloaf Parkway. Roswell has too many unimproved two lane roads. Even if you work at home you can be prisoner of your house between 4pm to 6pm due to the gridlock outside your subdivision. There are only 3 ways to cross the Chattahoochee River to get to Roswell so traffic is a nightmare in that area.

2)Suwanee has better access to the diversity of Atlanta on the weekends. You are a straight ride down the 85 to anywhere in the city. There are also alternative routes available.

3)Suwanee has easy access to the 316. Athens is a great town to visit on the weekends.

4)Suwanee is very family friendly. Lots of kids summer programs. Check out Bunten Road park in Duluth and the Suwanee Sports academy. Discover Mills is a great kid friendly mall.

5)Gwinnett has a very well defined curriculum and I prefer it over the other school systems.

Academic Knowledge & Skills - Academic Knowledge & Skills (AKS) (http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/aks.nsf - broken link)

Roswell has its advantages too. It is very scenic. Be sure to check out the playground by the river.

Azalea Park Playground

You don't have to live intown in Atlanta(unless you work there). Even the suburbs have cool stores too,like the Natural Marketplace in East Cobb.

Natural Marketplace (http://www.naturalmarketplace.net/about/ - broken link)
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Old 04-01-2008, 06:22 PM
 
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I also think it's important to add that a big difference between in-town and OTP is a mindset. So while of course there are eclectic boutiques and restaurants, pockets of walkable areas, etc. in Roswell, Suwanee, Duluth, etc., the in-town neighborhoods are generally more liberal, diverse and, as a whole...more of a microcosm of the New Yorks and San Frans of the world as opposed to say, Duluth, where there is diversity but people don't embrace it. Melting Pot vs. Salad Bowl.
So you should take this into consideration in terms of what type of FEELING you want your community to have. Personally, coming from a place like San Francisco, I wouldn't move to Suwanee if you're looking to find that San Francisco type of atmosphere. No way, no how. But again, you may be looking for something different.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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Ditto, we live in City of Decatur with three kids and they all have tons of nearby playmates. Decatur is swimming in kids and has excellent schools. You have to be in the city limits though b/c Decatur has its own small school system. Outside the city limits in DeKalb County, the school situation is dicier (there are great schools in the county, but not all of them are great.

City of Decatur schools include Oakhurst, Clairmont and Winnona Park Elementaries. Glennwood Academy, Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School. One thing you will probably like is that a lot of kids walk to school in Decatur. They have small schools (250-350 per school at the elementary level), and most folks live withing walking distance of at least one school.

You might also like Candler Park - Again it is swimming in kids. Schools there are Atlanta City Schools. Not all of Atlanta schools are good by any means but the ones serving Candler Park are excellent - Mary Lin Elementary, Inman Middle and Grady High.

The burbs are OK, but you will spend your life in the car and in some of the more popular areas you have to camp out the night before just to get your kids signed up for soccer or other sports. Also, schools in the burbs tend to be much larger. Some have over 2000 just in elementary.
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