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Old 05-22-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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Hi, everyone. Thought this looked like a great place to get some advice so here are our particulars:

My husband just got a job at the University of West Ga. and it looks like we have a move to plan in about...a month! From Washington state to Georgia.
We have one 8-year old girl, no pets and we currently live in a small townhome.
Has anyone done a cross-country move before?
Anyway, we will eventually want to buy a house (our first!), but I think it would be best to get to know the area first. Not to mention the fact that I've never done it before so I don't want to just jump right in. So renting for a short amount of time is acceptable. We wouldn't want to pay more than $800 for a rental.

Our daughter will be going to 3rd grade when the school year starts and we will be using a public school. She also is an active Girl Scout and swimmer (troop info would be greatly appreciated).

I just want to be able to scrapbook and have access to good shopping. We are an interracial couple and have lived in the south before (originally from TN). I don't expect problems, but I would like to avoid any place that would be obviously bad for our personal demographics.

So, I realize in this info dump, I didn't ask a specific question. But really, it's just the standard, help me narrow down a search area...a couple of neighborhoods or maybe even a nearby city (Carrollton vs. Newnan) Although, I think hubby would prefer to stay in Carrollton.

It's just overwhelming and I am looking to have a list of neighborhoods, schools, apt complexes, and/or rental homes to start with.
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:10 AM
 
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If you scroll down 3 or 4 posts there is a response that gives an overview of Carrollton.
//www.city-data.com/forum/atlan...ommunites.html

I attended college there several decades ago but haven't been over that way in years. I know it has grown and being a college town I assume that there are progressive types involved in community growth.

That's about all I can tell you.

Newnan might be livlier--I just don't know.
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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Live in Carrollton, you don't want to do that drive everyday. Carrollton does not have as much shopping as Newnan, but it has plenty and is less congested and there is a major mall about 20 miles away. Carrollton has a very active swim program run by the city. We have plenty of nice downtown restaurants. I don't know anything about apartment rents, but there are plenty of apartments and lots of nice houses in all price ranges.
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Old 05-22-2010, 01:58 PM
 
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Thank for the link, Takeahike. I am not so much worried about making sure my home is in a rural area. I've been doing that for about 5 years now. I am looking forward to a little more city (can't wait to take trips to Atlanta).
Thanks, mccarley. Are you talking about the mall in Douglasville? Is it nice? Right now, my closest real mall is around 70 miles away!
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:36 PM
 
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Thank for the link, Takeahike. I am not so much worried about making sure my home is in a rural area. I've been doing that for about 5 years now. I am looking forward to a little more city (can't wait to take trips to Atlanta).
Thanks, mccarley. Are you talking about the mall in Douglasville? Is it nice? Right now, my closest real mall is around 70 miles away!
Yes the mall is in Douglesville. Arbor Place it is called.
I suspect you will like Carrollton. It has a lot of people that have moved in over the years from all over the USA
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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That link just happened to be from a poster who wanted a more rural setting.

Welcome to the City of Carrollton, Georgia
http://www.westga.edu/

People drive from Carrollton to Atlanta daily--FWIW.

I'm certain the area has grown and developed since I last saw it.

good luck
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:37 AM
 
Location: West Metro Atlanta
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If you scroll down 3 or 4 posts there is a response that gives an overview of Carrollton.
//www.city-data.com/forum/atlan...ommunites.html

I attended college there several decades ago but haven't been over that way in years. I know it has grown and being a college town I assume that there are progressive types involved in community growth.

That's about all I can tell you.

Newnan might be livlier--I just don't know.
Newnan livelier than a college town ? Ha.
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:39 AM
 
Location: West Metro Atlanta
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Hi, everyone. Thought this looked like a great place to get some advice so here are our particulars:

My husband just got a job at the University of West Ga. and it looks like we have a move to plan in about...a month! From Washington state to Georgia.
We have one 8-year old girl, no pets and we currently live in a small townhome.
Has anyone done a cross-country move before?
Anyway, we will eventually want to buy a house (our first!), but I think it would be best to get to know the area first. Not to mention the fact that I've never done it before so I don't want to just jump right in. So renting for a short amount of time is acceptable. We wouldn't want to pay more than $800 for a rental.

Our daughter will be going to 3rd grade when the school year starts and we will be using a public school. She also is an active Girl Scout and swimmer (troop info would be greatly appreciated).

I just want to be able to scrapbook and have access to good shopping. We are an interracial couple and have lived in the south before (originally from TN). I don't expect problems, but I would like to avoid any place that would be obviously bad for our personal demographics.

So, I realize in this info dump, I didn't ask a specific question. But really, it's just the standard, help me narrow down a search area...a couple of neighborhoods or maybe even a nearby city (Carrollton vs. Newnan) Although, I think hubby would prefer to stay in Carrollton.

It's just overwhelming and I am looking to have a list of neighborhoods, schools, apt complexes, and/or rental homes to start with.
I would look at the Villa Rica area. It's about 15 min from Carrollton and 15 min from Douglasville where there is a mall. Villa Rica is also right on the interstate so it has easy access to Douglasville and Atlanta is only about 30-35 minutes away.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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Newnan livelier than a college town ? Ha.
30 years ago --businesses closed at noon on Weds in Carrollton and it was the basic small Southern town. There were many day students --many students working their way through college, etc. They had a hamburger joint near the college--The T Burger. Since many of us didn't have cars we didn't tour the area a lot.

A poster recently said Newnan was undergoing a renewal of sorts.

I rarely go west---except to visit the The Blue Willow Inn for the delicious food and that may actually be East.
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Old 05-24-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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I would look at the Villa Rica area. It's about 15 min from Carrollton and 15 min from Douglasville where there is a mall. Villa Rica is also right on the interstate so it has easy access to Douglasville and Atlanta is only about 30-35 minutes away.

Do you know much about the Villa Rica schools?
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