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Old 04-01-2008, 01:39 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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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!
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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It becomes a question of three things -- budget (not just the house payment, but inside the perimeter, within the city limits, taxes are higher), house size (what do you really want) and lifestyle (do you want a big yard, with a community swim/tennis/playground, kids in every house, etc?

In the burbs, you will get more square footage per dollar. Intown you might find a home with the same number of rooms for example, but less square footage in each room.

What is your budget?
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area
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lastminutemom is right. Budget will be key. While prices in Atlanta aren't on par yet with SF, intown homes are very pricey -- particularly the new infill homes that compare in size, floorplan, and amenities with homes in the burbs.
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Bay Area 2 ATL
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Out of curiosity, what part of San Francisco do you live in?
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:39 PM
 
Location: SF,CA
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You're making the exact opposite move I made, from Virginia Highlands to San Francisco. Coming from SF I would suggest a nice In-Town neighborhood unless you want more space/land. The city of Decatur may also work well for you.
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:53 PM
 
Location: LA/ventura
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You know...I dont know much about the schools in this area...but I have always liked the Chastain park area....it is like an older planned residential area north of buckhead. It has equestrian facilities and parks...and there is the chastain park venue too. I would check it out...I would consider it to be between roswell/sandy springs and buckhead. Sorta in between in-town and burbs.
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:06 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I live in the outer richmond next to the legion of honor and lincoln golf course.
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Our budget is around 600K, but it could be more and depends on what we sell our house here for. However, I would really like to buy for less and have a nice low mortgage payment, especially after living in pricey SF. Also, with three kids it would be nice to live in a 'hood where there are lots of kids. In SF it's hard to find kids in the city, except in the park. You can't say "go outside and play." And with three kids that would be nice!

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Out of curiosity, what part of San Francisco do you live in?
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It becomes a question of three things -- budget (not just the house payment, but inside the perimeter, within the city limits, taxes are higher), house size (what do you really want) and lifestyle (do you want a big yard, with a community swim/tennis/playground, kids in every house, etc?

In the burbs, you will get more square footage per dollar. Intown you might find a home with the same number of rooms for example, but less square footage in each room.

What is your budget?
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Our budget is around 600K, but it could be more and depends on what we sell our house here for. However, I would really like to buy for less and have a nice low mortgage payment, especially after living in pricey SF. Also, with three kids it would be nice to live in a 'hood where there are lots of kids. In SF it's hard to find kids in the city, except in the park. You can't say "go outside and play." And with three kids that would be nice!
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, 04:27 PM
 
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But make sure it is really in the city of Decatur... Decatur High School, should be what you look for.
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