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Old 05-01-2010, 08:14 AM
 
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Peachtree City is the most isolated of the group. I have lived in both PTC and Alpharetta. I feel much more connected to the city living in Alpharetta and find it far more convenient.

When I lived in PTC it was a good 50 miles or so to the mall. To the south of the city you will not find a Trader Joes, a Whole Foods or Fresh Market. PTC has the Avenue with some chain stores like Williams and Sonoma, Gap, Justice, American Eagle, and about 10-12 others. In Fayetteville you have the Pavillion with many of the major large box retailers located there. In Newnan there is a large outdoor shopping Center with Barnes and Noble, Dillards, BJ's Warehouse, movie theater and many other major retailers. The closest Costco is in Morrow, a good 30-40 minute drive. Barnes and Noble in Fayetteville is closing. There is a Books a Million in PTC. PTC also has a Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Ross, PetSmart, and Best Buy.

The gifted program in the North Fulton schools has more opportunities then the Fayette county school system in middle school. Fayette county allows a child to only take one gifted class versus Fulton which allows a child to take all gifted core classes. Both school systems offer accelerated math in middle school, however, Fulton's is more accelerated and provides more options to a child who is gifted in math. Foreign language is not taught in elementary school in either of these two districts. However, in Fulton at least where my child attends a child has the opportunity to commence foreign language in 6th grade versus 8th grade in Fayette. That said, both systems do provide an excellent education, its just that Fulton has more gifted services. Also, East Cobb schools are considered excellent and someone who has used them would be able to provide more info. The schools in all the areas you are considering are good and you probably can't go wrong.

You have more shopping and restaurant choices to the north as more of Atlanta's population is to the north.

PTC is called a bubble, because it is kind of isolated. However, I have felt equally safe in Alpharetta.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:01 PM
 
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Having lived in both Alpharetta and Peachtree City I can say they offer two different types of life styles. There are those who live in PTC who would never live in the northern suburbs and vice versa. It all depends on what you like. Those who live in North Fulton think PTC schools are inferior and vice versa. You will find some snobs in both communities as I haven't known of any community without them. However, you will also find nice people in any community.

Now in terms of the hospital located in Fayetteville, I do have to say it is a smaller hospital and hence does not offer all the services that you find at larger hospitals to the north. For example, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is located at Scottish Rite in Sandy Springs and at Emory in Dekalb. So depending on what is wrong with your child you may have to travel to one of those two hospitals. Also, many specialists are located to the north and its not unusual to hear of parents traveling to Atlanta to visit their child's specialist (neurology, etc) or to have a bad break set.
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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Have you considered Smyrna? Good schools that are continually improving, right by Cumberland, and around the same price as the other areas you mentioned. There's a Trader Joes going in the currently under construction Riverwood 200 at Cumberland and also an organic food store at the Green Grocer in West Village. Plus Krogers has an organic food section that's often cheaper than the stores dedicated to organic food. There are also walking/biking trails all over Smyrna and the surrounding area, including the entrance to the Silver Comet Trail which is about 100 miles long.

In Smyrna, in the ~ $200k-$250k price point, you can get a smaller single-family home or townhome, retail. Around $300k will get you a 4br house.

As I mentioned, Smyrna's schools are improving. As far as what it offers the students, it offers anything East Cobb does though parental involvement is somewhat lower than East Cobb and test grades aren't as high as a result. However, for an involved parent, Smyrna schools are well-regarded. Many parents buying homes in the $300k-$600k range in Smyrna (the average new home range) are now opting to send their kids to public school and I expect that trend to continue.

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Old 05-04-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: in the good ol' South
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It really depends on what you're looking for. We moved to PTC, even tho my dh works in ATL. The commute from PTC is actually easier and quicker than if we were in Marietta, for example. But the lifestyle is very different than on the northside. If more exclusive shopping is important to you, better stay on the north side.

We moved to PTC b/c the schools are excellent, and the outdoor family oriented lifestyle is what we were looking for. There is so much for kids to do here, just outside the door, it's really amazing. It offers the best of both rural and city living. You feel like you're away from the "rat race" in PTC.
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:10 AM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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I forgot to mention that Smyrna's (and Vinings's) Campbell High was ranked higher in Newsweek than any Georgia high school except Marietta's Walton High and Suwannee's North Gwinnett High. Campbell was 216 in the nation, partly due to its IB program.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:11 AM
 
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We are empty-nesters (not retired) moving to PTC in late summer... looking for a nice, quiet (but "new-ish") area/subdividion to settle in --- within 15 miles of PTC. Dont need regular access to ATL (just the odd shopping trip, special event, etc). Which PTC area would you recommend & why?

Also, are there any fishing and power-boating lakes in/near the PTC area? If so, where? (Place names please...)
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:56 PM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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Bad news - Riverwood 200 won't have a Trader Joe's after all. :-(

Let's get one in Smyrna instead!

Trader Joe's Petition 850 Signatures Strong - Smyrna-Vinings, GA Patch

Apartments, Shops in Riverwood 200, No Trader Joe
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:09 AM
 
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Steer clear of the city of Smyrna!!!!! You could easily be fooled by the puppets that trump it up on these internet sights. The schools in Smyrna are at the bottom of the bottom of the barrel. The high school the above poster wrote about is predominately black and hispanic, w/ a very high drop out rate , gangs and drugs. The kids are transient and the elementary schools are predominately the anchor baby population.
Smyrna is poor, blue collar and run by a corrupt government that runs the city like their own 'private' club.
Serious,.. stay away, you'll regret it, like I do.
They try to sell you as Vinings being part of Smyrna,.. but far seperated class. Vinings has grown from the edge of Buckhead & the Galleria area. It STOPS at the Smyrna city limits!
There is so much to offer inside the perimeter (I-285) of Atlanta.
Check out wonderful walkable, community oriented neighborhoods around Decatur, such as Oakhurst, Candler Park, Little 5 Points, Inman Park and further north around Virginia-Highlands, Emory, Clairmont Road, Lavista Rd. area, then the recently formed city of Brookhaven & all of Chamblees vibrant, active neighborhoods. If you still want to feel connected to Atlanta, w/ mindful, community oriented people ( recycling, transit lines, trendy village areas) you can go a little further north to Sandy Springs & Dunwoody.
(my main advice- STAY AWAY FROM COBB COUNTY- it's backwards, outdated & CORRUPT!!)
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Steer clear of the city of Smyrna!!!!! You could easily be fooled by the puppets that trump it up on these internet sights. The schools in Smyrna are at the bottom of the bottom of the barrel. The high school the above poster wrote about is predominately black and hispanic, w/ a very high drop out rate , gangs and drugs. The kids are transient and the elementary schools are predominately the anchor baby population.
Back again, huh?
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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Bad news - Riverwood 200 won't have a Trader Joe's after all. :-(

Let's get one in Smyrna instead!

Trader Joe's Petition 850 Signatures Strong - Smyrna-Vinings, GA Patch

Apartments, Shops in Riverwood 200, No Trader Joe
Smyrna will not be getting a Trader Joes. Smyrna is going backwards, not forwards. There is no quality development coming to Smyrna, it's quite easy to see.
The Forumn in Norcross is just absolutely beautiful. There is a Trader Joes there. There's a Traders in Sandy Springs, then futher up in East Cobb , across from the new Whole Foods.
Theres also one in Buckhead, close enough for the Brookhaven crowd.
The folks in Smyrna have continued to allow the city leaders to NOT look out for the neighborhoods & homeowners. We are now living the results. Smyrna will continue to limp along. Wonder if these posters that rah-raf Smyrna see there are no initiatives to scout any big businesses or developments. The Belmont Hills (which was sold to surrounding neighborhoods as the nextgreatest thing since sliced bread), can't get anything going there, 'cept some arpartments w/ a street level arking (not even a parking deck!!)
Reality seems to be escaping some folks.
Alpharetta is quilcly leasing the new Avalon mixed use. Whole Foods has signed on. The Brookhave Town is a hip, trendy place! In town is lush w/ trees, parks, landscaping, bike lanes and new resturants & businesses.
Smyrna,.. got a Race Trac gas station!
Come one, come all!
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