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Old 07-31-2009, 05:51 PM
 
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Old 07-31-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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Alpharetta is a very affluent and pretentious suburb that panders to the rich and famous...unfortunately it totally lacks elegance and historical context. Yet another run-of-the-mill-outer-ring-upper-income suburb, much like you'd find in the third ring of any large city in America.
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What are you basing your opinion on? Mostly, it's bogus. Yes, there are some very high end developments, but the bulk of Alpharetta is down-to-earth, and as someone else said, very family friendly. It also has more diversity than those not in the know give it credit for. Add great schools, varied housing price points, and low crime to the mix, and it's certainly worth consideration, especially since that's where the jobs are.
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Old 07-31-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: St. Paul's East Side
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What are you basing your opinion on? Mostly, it's bogus. Yes, there are some very high end developments, but the bulk of Alpharetta is down-to-earth, and as someone else said, very family friendly. It also has more diversity than those not in the know give it credit for. Add great schools, varied housing price points, and low crime to the mix, and it's certainly worth consideration, especially since that's where the jobs are.
Ever hear of a dry sense of humor?

I was kidding whilst trying to make a point...

The post I quoted [post number two in this thread] very summarily dismissed Little Five Points and pointed the OP to Alpharetta with little to no consideration given to either area.

Alpharetta was noted as being "wealthy", as if that in and of itself makes one neighborhood/location better than all others, whereas Little Five points was noted to be a 'grungy artsy fartsy place', as if that is something bad.

These inferences are made in consideration of the post's summation: "why don't you just move to Alpharetta?"

My post was a protest against the aforementioned post, which I quoted as a leadin to my post... sorry you didn't get it.

My apologies to all lovers of Alpharetta, and similiar suburbs, whom I may or may not have offended. I will admit, I am not a lover of suburbs, but I do recognize some people [such as my husband] like the suburban sort of lifestyle. Live and let live, to each their own... except for my husband - sorry love, but you ain't gonna live in any suburb anytime soon!
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:41 AM
 
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I live in Decatur and love it... but the commute to Alpharetta from there would be even worse than from the L5P area so I can't recommend it.

I could swear that there are some hippish areas in downtown Roswell... check it out. Also, Sandy Springs is working very hard to create a town center. I haven't been up there lately, but maybe it is something to take a look at to see how it is coming along.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:27 PM
 
Location: akron, ohio
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Wow! Thanks for all the great responses! We have narrowed it down to Candler Park and Virginia Highland.( top two places we could actually agree on!) As it stands, Alpharetta is out( an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure, in my book) We are planning to rent our first year, anyway, so there is always an opt out to find the "perfect" area for us. We will be going down there in a month to check out the areas and do a mock commute with my girlfriend that lives down there. She also suggested Virginia Highland as a compromise, so we shall see! Thanks again to all, we will keep you posted!
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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I live in Alpharetta and it's not all that great. There is no night life and money doesn't seem to be a problem for anyone. I can't wait to move out of here.

Do yourself a favor and think twice about this state. It is run by the good ol' boys and the southern hospitality is a joke.
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Pisgah Forest
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My thoughts are that if both of your jobs are in Alpharetta, you should live in Alpharetta or Roswell. One of the above Posters who mentioned the Roswell are is right--Historic Roswell, the sort of "town center" area there, is eclectic and fun, for a non-Intown area. I am a Real Estate Agent who mostly works INTOWN now, BUT for years I was a Real Estate Appraiser, and I worked in Roswell, very near Alpharetta. SO, I know quite a lot about Intown and the area where you need to live. I don't care what anyone says...the commute to and from an Alpharetta job fif you live Intown will suck the Life out of you. DO NOT DO IT. Try to find something in Roswell and join local clubs that are likely to have like-minded individuals, do some volunteering, find the cool places to hang out, and you will make friends. You could live in any Alpharetta suburban neighborhood and if you try to find like-minded people, you will. You will not see like-minded people inside your car as you sit in traffic on a Hellish commute that leaves you so sapped that you don't even want to leave your bungalow in Little 5 Points. When I worked in Roswell for those Appraiser years, I lived Intown, so I know. And I have had many Clients go through it, insisting on the Big House in Alpharetta though the job is Intown, and vice-versa like you are asking about. Just don't think it's a good idea. Come Intown on the weekends and get your "flavor", or in the evenings. But live near where you work. Good Luck!
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:42 AM
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Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I grew up in a wealthy suburb of Cleveland, my husband is more of an artsy- fartsy guy, know of a good compromise?!
Actually, yes. Check out Mountain Park...a little oasis of quirkiness on the western edge of Roswell.
I went househunting with a friend there and fell in love with it.

www.mountainpark-ga.gov
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