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Leaving California choosing between Douglasville or Tyrone, want 2-4 acre parcel for home and business, good schools a must, want close proximity to Atlanta

 
Old 11-11-2007, 02:10 PM
 
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Hello I posted earlier about leaving California. After much reading on this forum I have narrowed it down to Two towns, Douglasville or Tyrone. I'm looking for a 2-4 acre parcel with a newer home for my business and family. Great schools are a must and somewhat of a close proxmity to Atlanta. Any suggestions from the locals would be much appreciated. One last note if I am overlooking some one thing about either town that may not be favorable, then what town would be ideal for someone with my needs?
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:44 PM
 
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Hello I posted earlier about leaving California. After much reading on this forum I have narrowed it down to Two towns, Douglasville or Tyrone. I'm looking for a 2-4 acre parcel with a newer home for my business and family. Great schools are a must and somewhat of a close proxmity to Atlanta. Any suggestions from the locals would be much appreciated. One last note if I am overlooking some one thing about either town that may not be favorable, then what town would be ideal for someone with my needs?
Douglasville is very intergrated fun and peaceful. It's a skip away from ATL
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:22 AM
 
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If I were picking between the two ,although I like Douglas county and Douglasville a lot, I 'd have to vote for Tyrone. It is a quaint older town with a lot of newer businesses coming in . It is a beautiful area with a diverse population and the Fayette County school system is top ranked.
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:17 PM
 
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I can speak with authority on both towns. My brother lives in Douglasville and I live a long baseball throw away from Tyrone.

The biggest difference is schools. Anectdotally, it appears that Douglass county does not put a premium on education, they seem to want to do the bare minimum funding-wise insofar as education goes. Property taxes are correspondingly lower.

Fayette county has excellent schools, some of the best in the Georgia school system. Two of the five high schools in Georgia make the Governor's honor roll in schools year after year (McIntosh and Starr's Mill, both in central Fayette county). Another new school, Whitewater HS, is an "up and comer" and should join these two in a few years.

Tyrone, however, sends their students to Sandy Creek High School. Sandy Creek (and it's "feeder" school, Flat Rock Middle School) are the "also-rans" of the county. Both lead Fayette county in disciplinary actions against students.

If you are somehow able to move just two miles east of Tyrone you will be in the McIntosh HS district. McIntosh is a very highly regarded school and it's feeder school (Booth Middle School) is hands-down the best science school in the state (they compete in national science competitions and have won nat. championships I believe 3 times in the last 10 years). There are a LOT of overachieving students in this district. As my realtor once said, in Peachtree City (McIntosh/Booth) you pay a bit more for your house but you essentially get your kids a private school quality education for free.

Tyrone is in the midst of "growing pains". The good-ole-boy mayor who would pave anything for a price was booted out last month. They have a lot of piecemeal development going on there, and the police department is notorious for running speed traps. An unusual city, to be sure.
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