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Old 04-12-2008, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Norman, OK
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Woodstock is a nice area, but I only envision the commute to I-285 getting worse with time, given the influx of people to Atlanta and their tendency to relocate to the outer burbs.

Honestly, consider what you value the most, and I think that you will find that family time is important. If you can work around the major rush hours, then commuting will not be terrible. But if you do a 9-5 job, then things will not be pleasant at all.

I believe Smyrna is a great area and you would fit in well there and still have very good schools (I don't think Woodstock schools are bad, but they aren't on the top of the list.)
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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we would like to start a family down the road so we would like to be in a safe family friendly environment with good schools, just in case.
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Woodstock is a nice area, but I only envision the commute to I-285 getting worse with time, given the influx of people to Atlanta and their tendency to relocate to the outer burbs.

Honestly, consider what you value the most, and I think that you will find that family time is important. If you can work around the major rush hours, then commuting will not be terrible. But if you do a 9-5 job, then things will not be pleasant at all.

I believe Smyrna is a great area and you would fit in well there and still have very good schools (I don't think Woodstock schools are bad, but they aren't on the top of the list.)
Given that the original poster hasn't started a family yet but would like to, "down the road", I'm with wxjay. People seem to think the Smyrna area schools are getting better all the time. By the time skilletnice is likely to be actually sending a child to school, the school situation in both Smyrna and Woodstock will likely have evolved some and meanwhile, the traffic is likely only going to keep on getting worse.
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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I believe Smyrna is a great area and you would fit in well there and still have very good schools (I don't think Woodstock schools are bad, but they aren't on the top of the list.)
I think you are right about traffic. Fortunately, my DH is an early bird...and is in a somewhat flexible position. And, like I posted earlier...to get to exit 8 on 575...his WORST days leaving @ 5:30 have been an hour.

Anyhow, I just have to say that the nail in the coffin for me with Smyrna was schools. Yes, Teasley elementary is a good school. But, depending on what you are looking for in a school...the middle / high school options are not impressive. If you intend to go the private school route, there are few better places than Smyrna - great location in regards to several private schools. Cherokee county schools (I'm talking south CC....not rural...not woodstock) are quite good.

Since I already have 1 in elementary school...middle school is not that far off...and we didn't want to knowingly buy in a place where we weren't impressed with the next school in the pipeline. Granted, things can change anywhere....but I didn't want to go into it knowing that in 4 years I was going to have to move or go private.

I definitely think you have to rank what is important to you, personally. And one factor is how long you want this house to last you. We have bought different homes over the years, each with a different need in that regard.

This time I wanted a house where I could stay put, until I had kids out of the house. Granted, we might not do that...but I wanted to buy one knowing that...if that is how things play out...I'm happy with this house meeting those needs....so schools had to rank highly - the whole pipeline of schools.

Just my $0.02, of course.
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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And actually, I would say....if you think this is a 7-ish year house....go to Smyrna.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:27 PM
 
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And these areas are safe.......right?
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:38 PM
 
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Woodstock and Canton -- mark them off your list unless you want to live in your car and use your home for sleep only!!! This is no joke. You have so many nice options in East Cobb and Sandy Springs. This gives you a choice of two counties. Many people would love to have your problem. You are on the right track when you state that you are scared of the commute. The shorter the commute in metro Atlanta, the happier you will be. This is the simple rule of thumb.
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Old 04-19-2008, 04:16 PM
 
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Woodstock and Canton -- mark them off your list unless you want to live in your car and use your home for sleep only!!! This is no joke. You have so many nice options in East Cobb and Sandy Springs. This gives you a choice of two counties. Many people would love to have your problem. You are on the right track when you state that you are scared of the commute. The shorter the commute in metro Atlanta, the happier you will be. This is the simple rule of thumb.
Exaggerate much???? While I'll agree that the commute from Canton/Woodstock isn't the shortest thing in the world, it's not as bad as people make it out to be- especially if you've got a slightly flexible work schedule.

So they buy a house in East Cobb off of Trickum Road, and spend 30-40 minutes weaving through backroads to get to 75 at the 120 loop- and this is better than hopping on 575 and merging onto 75 how, exactly?
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Old 04-19-2008, 07:00 PM
 
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BobKovvacs,

I knew you would jump in on my thread. I hear that the commute into down town is horrible. Being that i am outside will that still be a mess? any words of wisdom for the alpharetta area? we have friends who live in canton (bridgemill) we like the houses in this area.......if i have to be at work at 730 is that not early enough?
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:16 AM
 
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BobKovvacs,

I knew you would jump in on my thread. I hear that the commute into down town is horrible. Being that i am outside will that still be a mess? any words of wisdom for the alpharetta area? we have friends who live in canton (bridgemill) we like the houses in this area.......if i have to be at work at 730 is that not early enough?
I'd say that's early enough. If you leave the house by 6, you'll be in the office by 7. If you leave at 6:30, you may be late some days. It's all a matter of what you're willing to tolerate in order to live where you want to live.

The commute from Alpharetta can be just as bad- especially if you get very far from 400. Just getting to 400 on some of the connector roads out there can be more painful than the whole commute from Canton.
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