I am very sorry to hear about your car break in. I have lived in Grant Park for almost 20 years, and yes I can say break-ins happen, but they are rare. If you take reasonable precautions to avoid being a target, you can greatly lessen the chances of being a victim. As for the commute, the outbound drive will be steady and predictable, inbound can be tricky depending on what events are going on downtown. On balance though, the benefits of living intown far outweigh the negatives. Pedestrian friendly streets, great restaurants, parks, the zoo, quick access to art, theater and sports venues, and just 10 minutes to the airport.
Good luck in your home search!
Grant Park is great. I have lots of friends who live there, and many of them raised or are raising children there. However, I would think long and hard about a commute from Grant Park to Roswell.
The drive from Grant Park may take your husband as much as 45 minutes each way. You and he need to ask yourselves, is 1.5 hours every day worth it? Lots of people do it, but I think many don't really thnk it through.
An hour and a half in the car every day comes to 30 hours a month. That's a lot of time-- not to mention a lot of gas. I would much rather spend my 30 hours with family or friends.
Just something to think about.
There are so many great neighborhoods on the north side of town--- and our expressways give such easy access that you can visit your Grant Park friends anytime you want with no hassle.
One more thing: I encourage you to talk with 2 or 3 sgents before deciding on one. This person is helping you with the most important financial decision of your life! You want someone with experience, as well as someone you like and feel comfortable with. You will be spending a lot of time with him or her in the coming weeks!
Have fun with your home search, and feel free to call me if I can help in any way.
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Specifically, the commute to Roswell shouldn't be too bad. You'll definitely hit a bit of traffic going north in the mornings right in downtown. And, the commute home (going south) can sometimes get congested in the afternoons (particularly on Fridays). But, even when there's "traffic" it moves along fairly well and doesn't come to a stand-still unless there's a wreck or something.
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Rusty gives a good answer. I also live near Grant Park and love it. Prior to my real estate career I lived here and worked in Marietta and the commute was pretty easy since most people drive to Atlanta from the suburbs in the morning so your husband would be doing a reverse commute. For me, after Freedom Parkway, it was smooth sailing all the way. I feel the same way as Rusty. I lived in Suwanee and it was okay but I love it here !
Keller Williams Atlanta Intown
As is the case anywhere you live, be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity to the police (Zone headquarters is located right next to ZooAtlanta). You can sign up for crime watch reports on the Atlanta Police Department web site... then sign up for one in Dallas, GA... you may be surprised at the comparison.
As to commute times the trick is to work around the I-20 to Connector north interchange. Or just deal with it. Once you're past Freedom Parkway it opens up all the way to 400 north (most days that is). I suggest you and your husband spend the night with your friends and try the commute one or two days.
Having grown up in Atlanta's suburbs I promise you'll appreciate "life inside 285!"