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Old 08-18-2007, 08:18 PM
 
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Hello folks,

Hopefully someone can share some advice. We are looking for a new place for this point in our lives. Seems everyone is moving everywhere these days. We aren't set on any particular city or region, just floating the idea out.

Things we love and would look for, high tech centers (lots of tech geeks), very diverse people, real mom&pop shops everywhere, unusual restaurants, very low crime, excellent school system, excellent cost of living standard, a young-minded populous. We would choose a quaint locally owned organic grocery over a supermarket, a real hometown hardware store over Home Depot or OSH, a m&p general store or wacky thrift store over Costco or Walmart. We want a place with "real" values not "showy" values. A city with a physically active outdoors scene would be very important, running, biking (good bike lanes), volleyball in the park or beach, many unusual places to take walks.

We aren't really interested in new developments, cookie-cutter tracts, McMansions, stripmalls, etc. We're looking for an older home (Bungalow or possibly Victorian) that would be outside of the downtown or historic districts, maybe even something a bit out in the countryside surrounded by other similar homes or open spaces and farmland.

Now that property values are dropping across the country, things are looking more promising for buying something nice and getting good value. We aren't interested in overpaying, but we also don't mind spending a very good amount.

Thank you, Misty
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Old 08-20-2007, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Grayson, Ga.
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Misty Panda, Georgia is a great place. Homes are not to expensive and are continuing to hold a steady value here. We are lucky that the local housing market never got out of hand here. There are a lot of good housing here with good schools and anywhere in Atlanta is within reach in the metro area. Taxes are good, but I would stay out of Fulton County unless you would like the Midtown atmosphere and living in a condo/townhome. With what you have described maybe you would like Buford or Suwanee. These are great up and coming areas with small town atmospheres. let me know if I can help with your search...Bill
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:14 PM
 
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From what you described.. it sounds like you would be best suited for one of Atlanta's intown neighborhoods. If you want a craftsman bungalow... concentrate on thee neighborhoods: Virginia-HIghland, Midtown, Morningside, Candler Park, INman Park, Little 5 Points. If you are a Techie..all of these neighborhoods are within close proximity to Georgia Tech... plus Atlanta in general is a very high tech city.. with many people employed in the IT sector. I particularly like the Virginia-Highland and Morningside neighborhoods.. beautiful treelined streets, gorgeous classic homes.. lots of locally owned mom and pop type businesses.
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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Ok Disgusta,

Sounds interesting. Do you in the Virginia-Highland or Morningside areas? Tell me more.
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:41 PM
 
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Well by Georgia standards.. these neighborhoods aren't cheap.. but you should be able to find something under 400K. VA-HI and Morningside are contiguous to one another... both along HIghland Ave.. The homes in Morningside tend to be a little larger.. VA-HI has more shops and restaurants and the homes tend to be more craftsmen bungalows. I think you would like either neighborhood.
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Athens, Ga
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Have you considered Athens, GA? We have many of the things you are interested in and if you are willing to drive 15 to 20 minutes to "town" you can get great buys out in Madison County & Oglethorpe County.
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