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Zeke Hathcock, Home Buyer in Orlando, FL

Relocating to Atlanta for work. Looking for suburban, family friendly area outside of the perimeter with easy access to 85.

Asked by Zeke Hathcock, Orlando, FL Thu May 26, 2011

Something around ~250k (willing to pay more for something we like) 4 Bed 3 Bath, 2500 sqft . My wife and I have been looking in Suwanee but it seems like our options are limited to short sales and we are looking to close in a timely fashion. If anyone has any suggestions on areas to look with high stability (not a lot of new construction), great schools, highway access, and low crime rate, we would really appreciate it.

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The Windward neighborhood is a fabulous place for a family to live. No new construction, great schools and right off GA 400 Exit 11 Windward Parkway. I know of an agent that can show you around. Call me for details Jean 678-742-3689
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
Hi Zeke~I specialize in the Duluth - Suwanee areas of Gwinnett County. I will be happy to set you up on the same database that we as REALTORS use to look for properties. Just get in touch and we can make it happen.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
Zeke, try the Morningview area in Suwanee and then the Hamilton Mill area in Buford. Both have what your looking for with available homes that are not short sales. Good luck!!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
Hello Zeke,

My office is located in Buford near the Lake Lanier area as spoken of earlier. So I know the area very well. If you need any assistance, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to assist you and your family find the right fit.

Good Luck

Juayita B. Edd
Qualifying Broker/Realtor
Gold Rush Realty, Inc.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
Hey Zeke-

If you're looking at the north side, check out Buford. I grew up there and its a great city, great schools, and many well-established neighborhoods. You're about 25 minutes from the perimeter via 985 and you'll find less of the sprawl and congestion consistant with the suburbs to the South. Additionally, you'll be close to Lake Lanier, an hour from the North Georgia mountains, and close enough to enjoy the city whenever you like.

Let me know if I can suggest some neighborhoods in the area. I can think of a few listings off the top of my head that would satisfy your needs.

Best of luck in your search-

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 26, 2011

One of the sought after areas in Gwinnett County is Suwanee. It has good schools and very nice planned communities and homes. In addition, the area has added great shops, restaurants and tasteful things that a family as well as Mom & Dad will enjoy. Lake Lanier, a huge lake and beautifal recreation area is just 25 to 30 minutes to the North. You are in between two Malls with Georgia Mall being just 15 minutes away. Interstatr 85 is 10 minutes from Suwanee. Just acroos the highway and depending on how much you wish to spend is an upscale community on Sugarloaf. The Gwinnett Braves are 20 minutes across I-85 (Triple A Baseball and Gwinnet has an areana for rock shows, concerts and other forms of family intertainment available. You are about 25 miles North of the City of Atlanta and cost are much more reasonable. You might save 25 to 33% rather than going down to the I-285 perimeter (North end of 72 mile circle around Atlanta. Dunwoody is popular , 25 minutes closer in but more expensive.

I work in a very friendly manner. I am an Associate Broker and Certified REO Specialist (bank owned properties). I have been in the business 17.5 years and I am excellent on finances as well.
Should you have any questions just let me know and I'll respond promptly. Let me know a monthly apyment range and based on the good values out there , i can back you in to the best home at a payment you wish to control. I will send you the homes to view that fit your criteria and budget and then we go take alook. We keep searching until you find the one that is HOME!

Lets have fun doing it and remember,You are the boss. We do it your way with my guidance only from experience. Check my website and "About Me" to get a resume/profile of my history and achievements.


Ken Guillen, Associate Broker
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 26, 2011
Hello Zeke,
Will be great to have you and your family around here.
Suwanee is a great area. I am sure we can find something awesome that is within your price.
It will be a pleasure working together to achieve your goal satisfactorily.

Here is my direct contact info.

Aaron Mtuanwi
Associate Broker, Realtor,
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 26, 2011
Between I-85 and 400, consider Johns Creek, Suwanee, and Alpharetta. I personally would stay west of 85.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 1, 2011
You may have already seen this posting, but it is a relevant answer to your question as well. Schools are a very important contributor to the overall quality of life that I'm sure your family and you desire.

The quality of life offered in Gwinnett County is unmatched anywhere else in Metro Atlanta. The county offers an award winning school system (http://tinyurl.com/6xrxju8) and accompanying library system where books can be read via the mobile device of your choice (http://www.gwinnettpl.org/), state of the art health care (http://www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/ , http://www.emoryeastside.com/), county and municipal law enforcement and a variety of stylish and affordable housing options ranging from charming older neighborhoods with character to newer construction properties (http://www.TheGeorgiaHomeSearch.com , http://www.MetroAtlantaHomesOnline.com), all conveniently located minutes away from our award winning parks (http://www.gwinnettparks.com) and major roadways.

Gwinnett County is also home to the second largest shopping mall in the southeast (MallofGeorgia.com), the Gwinnett Braves (http://gwinnett.braves.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t431), the lifestyle complex known as Gwinnett Center (http://www.gwinnettcenter.com/) which is the frequent venue of popular acts and other local sports teams, places of worship supporting a variety of faiths and more, so there's always something to do.

For more information, visit the Gwinnett County Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.gcvb.org/. I'd welcome the opportunity to speak with you. When time permits, please reach me at (678) 775-2677.

Solomon Greene
REALTOR® Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
(678) 775-2677
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 29, 2011
Hi Zeke,
I recently worked with a buyer from the Orlando area with similar requests.
Peachtree Corners, Norcross area is a unique community with easy access to 85 and 285.
Award winning schools with stable active communities. Families can walk to school, shopping and restaurants.
I am familiar with many of the homes currently on the market in Peachtree Corners that are not short sales and would be able to close quickly.
Please feel free to contact me directly on 770-757-0238 or at denniejones@kw.com
Dennie Jones-Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
Some of the areas you can consider Suwanee (better part), Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Duluth and there are others. Feel free to call at 678=613-5636 so we can talk further. Regina Ambrose, Chapman Hall Realtors, Associate Broker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
I gave 7 thumbs up - all good answers.

Zeke - where will you be working? Metro Atlanta commuting is atrocious and if you like being behind the windshield then plenty of cities and towns will meet your basic needs...Bethlehem? Hoschton? How about Union City or Palmetto?

Dunwoody, Tucker, Lilburn, and a few other pockets of suburban bliss in the $250-300's are much closer in to the A than Suwannee, although Suwannee is an award-winning, remarkable town, with a lot of positives for suburban families.

If I had your criteria then I would still strive for a less than 30 minute commute, and then decide what neighborhoods work...good luck and please call a Trulia Voice that knows your submarket when you are ready!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011

everyone is answering just how I would! Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Duluth are all "family friendly" as you are looking for! I'd love to help! Being born and raised in this exact area, I can guide you in the right direction! Call or email me today!

Amy Norman
Solid Source Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
When you are ready for a pre-approval call me at 404-579-9802. We are the largest non-bank lender
in the southeast. What does that mean? Well it means this is all we do which are home loans. No checking accounts, etc. Plus I am a licensed Mortgage Professional by the Federal Gov't and the State of Georgia. With that said we can have you approved and cleared to close in 8 days. Yes that is correct. IF you go with the Big Boys then you will most likely be talking to someone that is not licensed OR someone that
has just been promoted from the Teller Line AND can take up to 60 days to get cleared to close with higher rates to boot.

I am here to help!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
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