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Old 02-01-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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Returning to the states after 18 years in Spain. I have grown used to living in a condo, having shops on the ground floor of my building, walking to most everything I need, using public transportation and talking with my neighbours. I am looking for a living sitation that will allow some walking to shops, some contact with neighbours, in a place where the (3) elemntary school-aged kids can go to a good public school (and in a school district where I might find work teaching ESOL) that will not mean a horrendous commute for my husband (in Marietta). I think I would like Virigina Heights and midtown around but I suspect that this would be a long and tiring commute for my husband. I was wondering then if Dunwoody or Sandy Springs would be a good idea and if we rented a flat or townhome in a community with a pool if these places welcome families or if they are more typically rented by younger single people or couples with no children. I don't need a huge house and have no time (or expertise!) for keeping up a yard, garden, roof, etc. We are used to living in 100m2 (sorry, have been converted to the metric system and don't know how many square feet that it).
Thanks for your help!
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:03 PM
 
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Dunwoody and Sandy Springs won't give you the walkable neighborhood that you're looking for, IMO. The commute to Marietta from Midtown or Virginia Highlands wouldn't be too bad, as it's pretty much a reverse commute.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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Dunwoody and Sandy Springs won't give you the walkable neighborhood that you're looking for, IMO. The commute to Marietta from Midtown or Virginia Highlands wouldn't be too bad, as it's pretty much a reverse commute.
I agree with this. I've driven to Marietta from Midtown during the morning commute and it wasn't bad at all.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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Returning to the states after 18 years in Spain. I have grown used to living in a condo, having shops on the ground floor of my building, walking to most everything I need, using public transportation and talking with my neighbours. I am looking for a living sitation that will allow some walking to shops, some contact with neighbours, in a place where the (3) elemntary school-aged kids can go to a good public school (and in a school district where I might find work teaching ESOL) that will not mean a horrendous commute for my husband (in Marietta). I think I would like Virigina Heights and midtown around but I suspect that this would be a long and tiring commute for my husband. I was wondering then if Dunwoody or Sandy Springs would be a good idea and if we rented a flat or townhome in a community with a pool if these places welcome families or if they are more typically rented by younger single people or couples with no children. I don't need a huge house and have no time (or expertise!) for keeping up a yard, garden, roof, etc. We are used to living in 100m2 (sorry, have been converted to the metric system and don't know how many square feet that it).
Thanks for your help!
Considering your criteria (walkability, good schools, etc.), I recommend that you look for a place to live in the following areas:

1. Midtown***

2. Ansley Park**

3. City of Decatur**

4. Inman Park/Candler Park/Little Five Points*

5. Virginia-Highland

6. Poncey-Highland

7. Kirkwood

8. Atlantic Station





* = Great Choice

** = Top Choices

*** = The Ultimate Choice!
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:20 AM
 
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Thanks so much! I was hoping living in midtown would be a do-able option.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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Thanks so much! I was hoping living in midtown would be a do-able option.
It's totally doable! The thing about Midtown is that offers a easy access to most of the metro area due to its centralized location.


The elementary school for Midtown is Springdale Park Elementary.

Springdale Park Elementary School (http://srt3.atlantapublicschools.us/springdale/site/default.asp - broken link)



(The middle school for Midtown is Inman Middle and the high school is Grady High.)


Good Luck!
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