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Old 04-05-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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I will be visiting Atlanta (Sandy Springs area) this up coming weekend with my wife to see the area and interview for a job.

I will be also looking at homes in Marrieta and Roswell with a Realtor. My wife and I have have selected these two city's based on the schools and they are within 15mile of my workplace.

Is there anything anyone would recommend I see or do. I will be visiting on the weekend as well as during the week so I can see what traffic is like in both cases.

Any advise would be great!!
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Old 04-05-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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I work in Sandy Springs and live in East Cobb (the eastern part of unincorporated Cobb county). East Cobb has mostly "Marietta, GA" mailing addresses (although it's not part of the City of Marietta), except for the north-easternmost portion which has "Roswell, GA" mailing addresses, although it's certainly not part of the City of Roswell, which is actually in the adjacent county (Fulton). For good schools and a reasonable commute (by local standards, anyway) to Sandy Springs, East Cobb and the City of Roswell are both good choices. The City of Marietta is probably not as good on either count.

If a more urban setting appeals to you, I think you could probably commute comfortably to Sandy Springs from some ITP (inside the perimeter) locations, too. I'm not knowledgeable about those areas, but someone else may advise.
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:05 PM
 
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Default The office is right at the perimeter

My corp office is at 1400 Lake Hearn , right by the Northside Hospital. All the homes that I'm looking at are less then 15 mile from the office, I'm told I will not have to get on the HWY, I can just take side streets. My goal is to not commute more then 30 min on average, 45 min max. So I hope that East Cobb is my best choice. I have found both Roswell and Marreta mailing address.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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My corp office is at 1400 Lake Hearn , right by the Northside Hospital. All the homes that I'm looking at are less then 15 mile from the office, I'm told I will not have to get on the HWY, I can just take side streets. My goal is to not commute more then 30 min on average, 45 min max. So I hope that East Cobb is my best choice. I have found both Roswell and Marreta mailing address.
IF that East Cobb commute includes Johnson Ferry across the river, you might see 45 minutes more often than not. Won't get any better when the actual widening of Abernathy and Johnson Ferry starts. Lake Hearn got a little easier with the new bridge crossing from Hammond to LH...still, you are heading into one of the planned busiest areas in the Metro, the Perimeter Business District. I would suggest Sandy Springs but I am somewhat biased since I live here. Try to experience the traffic if you can(but not during spring break...that's cheating).



Edit: I just re-read your post. You CANNOT average 30mph on Sandy Springs side streets during any sort of rush hour. Your commute time will likely START @ 45 minutes and increase with traffic snafus. If you are 15 miles north in Roswell or northwest in east Cobb, you will hate us for not talking you out of moving that far out. I must suggest Sandy Springs again...Heards Ferry schools are nothing to sneeze at. Along Johnson Ferry from Abernathy to Glenridge, you can find 50s ranchers from the upper 200s up to MacMansions @ $1million plus. Never mind the few hundred dollars you might save on property tax in Cobb vs Fulton...you'll save that in petrol easily. Good luck.

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Old 04-06-2008, 05:46 AM
 
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Riverwood High School is also very good, especially if you have very bright kids. Families in both DeKalb and City of ATlanta actually pay tuition for their children to attend Riverwood.
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:09 AM
 
Location: East Cobb
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IF that East Cobb commute includes Johnson Ferry across the river, you might see 45 minutes more often than not. Won't get any better when the actual widening of Abernathy and Johnson Ferry starts. Lake Hearn got a little easier with the new bridge crossing from Hammond to LH...still, you are heading into one of the planned busiest areas in the Metro, the Perimeter Business District. I would suggest Sandy Springs but I am somewhat biased since I live here. Try to experience the traffic if you can(but not during spring break...that's cheating).



Edit: I just re-read your post. You CANNOT average 30mph on Sandy Springs side streets during any sort of rush hour. Your commute time will likely START @ 45 minutes and increase with traffic snafus. If you are 15 miles north in Roswell or northwest in east Cobb, you will hate us for not talking you out of moving that far out. I must suggest Sandy Springs again...Heards Ferry schools are nothing to sneeze at. Along Johnson Ferry from Abernathy to Glenridge, you can find 50s ranchers from the upper 200s up to MacMansions @ $1million plus. Never mind the few hundred dollars you might save on property tax in Cobb vs Fulton...you'll save that in petrol easily. Good luck.
I agree that closer to the job is better by far, all other things being equal.

However, I do commute down Johnson Ferry and I think 10scoachrick may be overestimating the commute a bit. I reside just south of Highway 92 in the northeastern corner of Cobb county, and drive almost the full length of Johnson Ferry, from Shallowford to Sandy Springs Circle. My commute is 25 to 45 minutes, depending on the time of day. OP's destination would be a bit further south than mine (and maybe the traffic getting from J. Ferry over to the Northside hospital area is bad), but on the other hand, I suspect OP is looking at houses further south than mine. It takes me around 15 minutes to get down to upper Roswell Road (the E-W Roswell, not the N-S one), which seems to be accounted as the approximate center of East Cobb.
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