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Old 08-15-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Middletown, DE
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We are looking to relocate from South Jersey (Cherry Hill) to Peachtree City and while I've been reading

many great things -- I know that it can't all be paradise... so I wonder if anyone can help point out

the not so great things about Peachtree City --

Our Budget for a home is $300k Max. A single family home.

We will be doing job transfers to Atlanta which I've read is between 30 to 45 minute commute.

We have 5 children - so good schools are important.

We prefer the suburban lifestyle, hence why we stumbled on Peachtree City

And of course - crime is an important consideration --

just read about some home invasion that happened in July and that didn't give me a good feeling

although we know things can happen anywhere.

What are the negatives that we don't read about or won't know until we get there...

besides traffic ....
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Murika
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There really aren't too many...

Naturally, it all depends on your needs and wants in life. PTC is a bit "removed" from the rest of the world. It takes a fairly long time to get to I-85, particularly if you live in the southern end of PTC.

I also find that restaurant selection is rather poor. There are few decent restaurants around but choice is rather limited. Again, this depends on what you are used to and what you expect. People who think that Carrabba's serves great Italian food certainly won't have much to complain about. I will admit that I am a food snob - so forgive me if this comes across as strong. For a decent meal, I tend to drive to Atlanta.

Crime is generally low - you have the occasional dumb kid doing dumb stuff and once in a while you get some people from neighboring communities who mistake the seeming peacefulness of PTC as making it ripe for a picking. There is also some Section 8 housing which, recently, has seen an uptick in crime. None of this is significant in my opinion. It's peanuts compared to other places. Just a few weeks ago my wife and I started laughing while watching the news: There were a few stories about murders, shooting, and robberies in metro Atlanta. Then they ran a crime story out of PTC where some kids had thrown water balloons at golf carts...

Police in PTC are very vigilant - too much so for some of our residents. You better not speed because they WILL pull you over and write a ticket. And never drink and drive (this should be a given!) - golf carts included!

The town is pretty caucasian - which some people think is a good thing while others feel that the lack of diversity is a bit oppressive.

The whole thing can seem a bit Stepford-Wife-ish and there certainly is an element of snobbery to be found - although I don't find it to be too strong (but then, I am used to MIA, L.A., and NYC).

Traffic isn't too bad - unless you have to approach the 54/74 intersection coming from Fayetteville during rush hour. The intersection can not cope with the onslaught of traffic and you can expect to spend an eternity waiting to get to the traffic light. Also, like I said before, getting to I-85 and onward to ATL can be less than fun in the morning. If you can be a bit flexible with your work hours, you'll be much happier. You should also make sure you know beforehand where, exactly, you will be working in ATL. If you are anywhere on the northside, the commute will be hell. Even Downtown won't be a lot of fun.

This being the South, also be prepared for religion to be important in people's lives. I don't think it is over the top, but it certainly is omnipresent here. However, I am an Atheist and my neighbors are Jewish - neither of us has been accosted by proselytizers or those wishing to save our souls. Still, be prepared that people go to church - a lot more so than I have encountered anywhere else.

Then there is the weather! People love to complain that it's really hot and humid during the summer... I love it!
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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I just want to encourage you to buy a golf cart if you do chose to move to Peachtree City.The whole city was designed with golf cart path use in mind .It is so nice when you have activities with the kids just to leave at home and use the golf cart .
Pretty much every thing Vamos said is true about Peachtree City .I'll had that I love to go down to nearby Senoia if I want a different non -chain restaurant .Lots of quaint stores there too .
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Murika
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Yup - a golf cart is a must to really enjoy what PTC has to offer. Alas, it is just one of the many benefits of living here. We have entire weeks when we don't take the car out of the garage - we do everything by golf cart. And we love it!
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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Fayette County schools are very good overall...of course there are variations between individual schools within a district, but I have never heard anything negative about any school in Fayette.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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"job transfer to Atlanta"

What part? PTC can range from a normal commute (airport) to a tolerable commute (downtown, Cumberland) to a terrible commute (Buckhead, Perimeter). Atlanta is massive in terms of land. PTC's removed location is its biggest flaw.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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"job transfer to Atlanta"

What part? PTC can range from a normal commute (airport) to a tolerable commute (downtown, Cumberland) to a terrible commute (Buckhead, Perimeter). Atlanta is massive in terms of land. PTC's removed location is its biggest flaw.
Actually, Peachtree City's location is what makes it so special. If t were on the north side, it would be just another suburb.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Murika
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Actually, Peachtree City's location is what makes it so special. If t were on the north side, it would be just another suburb.
I would agree. PTC's location has kept it safe from many, often undesirable, developments and influences that have afflicted other areas within metro ATL.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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Okay, then I'll say its location is a blessing and a curse. IF you can find a job where living there is feasible, it's a fantastic option. But many of Atlanta's big employment centers are out of reach from PTC (unless you don't mind an 80 mile/2.5 hour round trip commute). Also, the inaccessibility to some employment centers means you get better value for you money, and, as you say, the neighborhoods are very stable.

And I think its design is pretty objectively superior to many of the northern suburbs. A random drive from point A to point B can be quite pleasant in PTC--driving on two-lane roads through rolling hills. The only part of PTC that resembles the grind of the northern suburbs is the 54/74 intersection.

PTC is a unique and I would say better suburb, but it's just not an option for many people in the metro.
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Murika
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Okay, then I'll say its location is a blessing and a curse. IF you can find a job where living there is feasible, it's a fantastic option. But many of Atlanta's big employment centers are out of reach from PTC (unless you don't mind an 80 mile/2.5 hour round trip commute). Also, the inaccessibility to some employment centers means you get better value for you money, and, as you say, the neighborhoods are very stable.

And I think its design is pretty objectively superior to many of the northern suburbs. A random drive from point A to point B can be quite pleasant in PTC--driving on two-lane roads through rolling hills. The only part of PTC that resembles the grind of the northern suburbs is the 54/74 intersection.

PTC is a unique and I would say better suburb, but it's just not an option for many people in the metro.
I agree with your statements as well. While there are certainly some employment centers around, most people who live in PTC are connected to the airline industry. For good reason - ATL is an easy and quick commute at any time of the day.

You are also correct in your assessment regarding getting from A to B in PTC - it tends to be quite pleasant and I rarely find myself frustrated (with the notable exception of the 54/74 intersection during rush hour).

Also, the option to take the golf cart or bicycle to get to one's destination is fantastic - although not necessarily fast.

Like I said in my initial post, commuting to downtown Atlanta is painful but commuting to the northside is a nightmare that I would never subject myself to.

I've been trying to think of more negatives but haven't really been able to come up with anything. I quite like it in PTC - but I think it may be rather boring for teens or young singles. It truly is more family oriented although there has been quite a bit of "graying" going on as well with the elderly population gaining a lot of ground.
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