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Old 03-14-2010, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Kennesaw
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Hi everyone.
I'm looking to move to a town within 40 or so minutes from Atlanta. I would like for it to:
Have a quaint, picturesque feel, have at least a few historical buildings, have trees, benches, squares or parks, have a lower population, and I would like for it to be walkable and safe. School district is not important.

Is this possible? If not, what is the closest to this I could get?

Any additional details can be given, just ask. Thank you for reading, and if you know of any towns similar to this, I would really, really appreciate any help.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Kennesaw
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A few towns that are too far, but that give you an idea of what I'd like include Dahlonega, GA, Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC, and so on. I really would like a town similar to Stars Hollow on Gilmore Girls. Thank you!
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Old 03-14-2010, 12:53 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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Hi everyone.
I'm looking to move to a town within 40 or so minutes from Atlanta.
40 or so minutes from downtown Atlanta puts you in the Atlanta suburbs. You need to realize that metro Atlanta is a very large city and the suburbs are sprawling. You can't house 5 million people, many of them in single family homes, within a half hour's driving distance.
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:10 PM
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Location: St Simons Island, GA
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The only towns whose town centers have that feel and are no more than that distance from Atlanta that I can think of are:

Newnan
Social Circle
Senoia

A little further out (about an hour) is the town of Madison...that's basically a Southern version of Stars Hollow IMO.
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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So many Gilmore Girls references makes me happy! It makes me miss Lorelei!
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:26 PM
 
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40 or so minutes from downtown Atlanta puts you in the Atlanta suburbs. You need to realize that metro Atlanta is a very large city and the suburbs are sprawling. You can't house 5 million people, many of them in single family homes, within a half hour's driving distance.
disagree, you can sit in Norcross (WONDERFUL small town...massive American Elm there too) and not realize you are in the crap of Gwinnett...same with Marietta and missing the crap of Cobb...

plus...
Decatur too close for what you want, but very nice and you shouldnt over look it...
Duluth

I'm sure others will point out more...but these are all cute towns with a historic core that is vibrant and walkable...some closer than others...
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:10 PM
 
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I'd also look at Roswell, GA or Marietta (near the square).
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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Hi everyone.
I'm looking to move to a town within 40 or so minutes from Atlanta. I would like for it to:
Have a quaint, picturesque feel, have at least a few historical buildings, have trees, benches, squares or parks, have a lower population, and I would like for it to be walkable and safe. School district is not important.

Is this possible? If not, what is the closest to this I could get?

Any additional details can be given, just ask. Thank you for reading, and if you know of any towns similar to this, I would really, really appreciate any help.
chattahoochee hills?

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Old 03-15-2010, 07:48 AM
 
Location: East Cobb
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disagree, you can sit in Norcross (WONDERFUL small town...massive American Elm there too) and not realize you are in the crap of Gwinnett...same with Marietta and missing the crap of Cobb...

plus...
Decatur too close for what you want, but very nice and you shouldnt over look it...
Duluth

I'm sure others will point out more...but these are all cute towns with a historic core that is vibrant and walkable...some closer than others...
I agree, however the OP wrote:

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... have a lower population, ...
All those very nice places you mention are in the midst of metro Atlanta sprawl. Sure, the incorporated areas have a lower population than the surrounding unincorporated areas, but I assumed the OP was looking for something more like LovinDecatur's suggestions. (I hadn't realized those places were that close to Atlanta, and they might well suit.)
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:54 AM
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Location: St Simons Island, GA
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All those very nice places you mention are in the midst of metro Atlanta sprawl. Sure, the incorporated areas have a lower population than the surrounding unincorporated areas, but I assumed the OP was looking for something more like LovinDecatur's suggestions. (I hadn't realized those places were that close to Atlanta, and they might well suit.)
My assumption, too...'the lower population/40 minutes to the city' parameters are why my suggestions were so limited.
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