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Old 08-08-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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My husband, 1 year old daughter and I will be relocating to Georgia next year due to my husband's new job. Currently we reside in Southeast Iowa in a rural area. We have both grown up in this area and are nervous about moving to a metro area. I want my daughter to go to school and be raised in a similar environment as her parents did... Iowa is what we know.
Therefore:
I am looking for a home north of Atlanta.. not in the metro area or suburb. My husband will be working out of our home; however, traveling to Atlanta to meet various clients from time to time. I would prefer to live in a small town with good schools. I am looking for a country home, preferably wooded and hilly. My budget is around $150- 175K for a home.
Any ideas?
I know I am asking for a lot; however, I truly want to make my home in Georgia and be as comfortable as possible.
Any information you could give would be helpful!
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:49 AM
 
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:21 AM
 
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In addition to the towns listed above, you can look at Cartersville, Rome, and Adairsville. The schools in all of those areas are good, though they may change dramatically in the years before your daughter needs to go to school.

In your price range, you're not likely to get tons of acreage if that's what you're looking for, and the homes may tend to be older- especially as the land gets bigger. I'd suggest taking a long trip out here to see if the area fits your needs.
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:17 AM
 
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My husband, 1 year old daughter and I will be relocating to Georgia next year due to my husband's new job. Currently we reside in Southeast Iowa in a rural area. We have both grown up in this area and are nervous about moving to a metro area. I want my daughter to go to school and be raised in a similar environment as her parents did... Iowa is what we know.
Therefore:
I am looking for a home north of Atlanta.. not in the metro area or suburb. My husband will be working out of our home; however, traveling to Atlanta to meet various clients from time to time. I would prefer to live in a small town with good schools. I am looking for a country home, preferably wooded and hilly. My budget is around $150- 175K for a home.
Any ideas?
I know I am asking for a lot; however, I truly want to make my home in Georgia and be as comfortable as possible.
Any information you could give would be helpful!
As far as a community known for farming, much like Iowa, it's tough, considering that most of the rural area north of Atlanta is forest land. However, of the non-metro counties north of Atlanta with the most farm land, I'd say that Habersham County would be your best bet, or perhaps parts of eastern Barrow or western Oconee counties between Atlanta and Athens. The latter recommendation, however, could very well become suburban within twenty years.

If a small town rural environment with a forested landscape is okay for you, then many of the mountain counties would fit you, including Union, Towns, Fannin, Gilmer, Rabun, White, Pickens, etc.

If you don't mind living somewhat closer to the city, the community of Euharlee in western Bartow County has lots of subdivisions, but the surrounding area is partial farmland, the schools are fairly good, and the commute to Atlanta is quicker. Cartersville isn't that far away either.
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:21 AM
 
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Social Circle -- maybe?
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:22 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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The community of Suches in N GA still has a rural feel to it IMO...how long it will remain that way (or anywhere else in N GA) is anyone's guess.
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Old 08-09-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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My husband, 1 year old daughter and I will be relocating to Georgia next year due to my husband's new job. Currently we reside in Southeast Iowa in a rural area. We have both grown up in this area and are nervous about moving to a metro area. I want my daughter to go to school and be raised in a similar environment as her parents did... Iowa is what we know.
Therefore:
I am looking for a home north of Atlanta.. not in the metro area or suburb. My husband will be working out of our home; however, traveling to Atlanta to meet various clients from time to time. I would prefer to live in a small town with good schools. I am looking for a country home, preferably wooded and hilly. My budget is around $150- 175K for a home.
Any ideas?
I know I am asking for a lot; however, I truly want to make my home in Georgia and be as comfortable as possible.
Any information you could give would be helpful!



If I were looking for a more rural location, I'd look for a city somewhat near I-85, and maybe 20 to 30 miles west of Athens. I love Athens.

When I'm in Athens, I always get the real estate booklets. The surrounding communities, near Athens, seem to have decent home prices. There's an abundance of nice, spacious homes under $200,000.

Athens is a fun town. Living 20 to 30 miles west of Athens would put you closer to the biggest mall (?), if not the biggest, in the State of Georgia. It's a huge mall and lots of businesses around it. There's also an outlet mall up that way.

Hilly terrain, especially in the mountains, is more expensive. Most grocery stores here in Atlanta have mountain property booklets you can get, and some of the properties seem to be pretty darn expensive.

You do have the option of buying northwest of Atlanta, instead of northeast of Atlanta. There's tons of outlet malls northwest of Atlanta. Dalton is the carpeting capital of the U. S. There's good bargains not only on carpeting but furniture, too.
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Consider Grayson, Loganville, Snellville, Dacula... rural but still close to everything. We moved from Tennessee and love the area. These areas are Northeast of Atlanta.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:12 PM
 
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I live in Euharlee, ga which is in bartow county between cartersville and rome. I love it here. The schools are great!! Our neiborhood is great. Quiet, police patrolled, tons of kids. Houses are selling in the upper 140,000s with 1 acre. I hope this helped. Cartersville has a very friendly small town feel.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:05 AM
 
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Consider Grayson, Loganville, Snellville, Dacula... rural but still close to everything. We moved from Tennessee and love the area. These areas are Northeast of Atlanta.
Grayson: Suburban-In no way rural

Loganville: Suburban- Close to rural area, just to the east.

Snellville: Completely Suburban. How you placed it in the rural category, I don't understand.

Dacula: Suburban, but sparser populated in some areas. Still not rural.
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