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Old 06-10-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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Hi-

I'm going to take a job at Ravinia office complex literally across the street from Perimeter Mall. How far north can I buy a home that will have an average commute of no more than 45 minutes?

I want very good schools, low crime, tennis-mom lifestyle. Was thinking Alpharetta, Duluth, Johns Creek. Others? Spending high $300's.

Are those candidates? Cant tell from looking at a map what rush hour is like.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:56 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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East Cobb with a commute by surface streets (primarily Johnson Ferry Road) is another possibility. Getting over the Chattahoochee bridge on Johnson Ferry is not fun during rush hour (this is on my personal commuting route). However, your other proposed locations would likely involve commuting on SR 400, which is not pretty either.
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:59 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Hi-

I'm going to take a job at Ravinia office complex literally across the street from Perimeter Mall. How far north can I buy a home that will have an average commute of no more than 45 minutes?

I want very good schools, low crime, tennis-mom lifestyle. Was thinking Alpharetta, Duluth, Johns Creek. Others? Spending high $300's.

Are those candidates? Cant tell from looking at a map what rush hour is like.

Thanks in advance!
Is Dunwoody out of the question? It would seem to fit your needs, and you may find an older homes there in your price range.
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:09 PM
 
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Most of your commute will be trying to get out of the Perimeter area.
Once you get to 400, Alpharetta/Johns Creek wouldnt take too long to get to. Duluth may be a challenge under 45 min since you would mostly take back roads.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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You also might be able to find something good in your price range just south of I-285 in the Chamblee area. There are some cute little neighborhoods close to Murphy Candler Park and around Marist School (Ashford-Dunwoody). They would probably feed into the Chamblee cluster; I don't know as much about those schools as I do about the Dunwoody schools, though.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:09 PM
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I agree with CMMom, there are some nice little neighborhoods in unincorporated DeKalb, just inside the perimeter, off of Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody. This would be a 5 to 10 minute commute to Ravinia, if that.

There is an excellent tennis complex off Ashford-Dunwoody - I think it is called Blackburn - as well as a huge YMCA across the street.

The Johnson Ferry stretch has some nice new neighborhoods - such as the Bluffs of Nancy Creek (priced $650.000 and above)- and Mill Creek/Evergreen have some nice newish neighborhoods that are priced in the low to mid 500s.

There are a few neighborhoods that are swim-tennis in the area - Byrnwick (the houses tend to by $550,000 plus, and 20 years old plus) as well as Cambridge Park, Hampton Hall (houses are older and tend to be $450,000 up). Hampton Hall has a swimming pool, and there is a small private club for swim/tennis that is not expensive to join (compared to the big country clubs in Atlanta - I think it is less than $5,000). The club is on Silver Lake - a manmade lake tucked into the neighborhood - it is called Brittany Club. The elementary school is Montgomery, which is a good school. The high school is Chamblee, which is very well regarded. I don't know much about the middle school.
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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alpharetta / john's creek is my rec. Georgia 400 is not bad now that they have widened it in Alpharetta.
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