Other options include The Retreat at Old Vinings Lake (which is the neighborhood with the longest name), Wetherbrooke, Woodland Brooke and Woodland Gate.
Hope that helps.
In addition to Mableton and Vinings, the school is close to Virginia Highland, Druid Hills and Little Five Points. You may consider all of your options. It depends on how many bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. you need to have. Please contact me for more details at 678-986-9226 Jacklin Solomon, Professional Real Estate Agent, Drake Realty Inc. I will be glad to meet you and provide you with a free consultation.
I live in vinings estates and love the area. It is so central to everything being so close to 285. If you are interested in a townhome there is a great townhome community in the center of the vinings Estates neighborhood. It is fabulous and the prices are below around 320,000 and below. There is a current listing below market value. I would love the chance to help you find your home.
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Regardless, in my 23 years of ITP and OTP commuting, I think that Mableton and Kennesaw are "six of one and a half a dozen of the other" if your key commute is to and from eastern Ponce Leon every day.
20 minutes or so on Barrett Parkway - that's the difference between Mableton and Kennesaw...right?
To and from Paideia, everyday - give yourself 45 minutes or possibly over an hour from either Mableton or Kennesaw.
Dolphinhead - I've lived in Intown Atlanta since 1998, and I know lots of Paideia parents. My daughter will apply there in about 4 years. I understand the draw, but I don't understand the commute shortening that you seek.
I do understand the advantage of Mableton, slightly, as long as you roll Bankhead.
But, if you want "suburban" then...
Why not Dupont Commons or West Highlands in west Atlanta?
Why not my neighborhood, Hawthorn Park in Kirkwood?
More directly, why not a Druid Hills townhome across the street from Paideia?
Keep your Kennesaw grade weapons if you decide that you want to do that Bankhead Bounce!