But in general, there are a lot of great places to live, both inside and outside the perimeter. I'm sure we can find you something that will fit all the criteria.
P.S. I live in Roswell, so naturally I would have some bias toward that!
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My husband to be (in just 25 days) grew up in NOLA. He left due to job market years ago. It appears there are more jobs there now that aren't centered on the hospitality industry...actually more jobs in banking, housing, and green initiatives. It is not as humid here, but we certainly have humidity. Atlanta also has 10% unemployment rate, so be certain you have enough reserve $ to sustain yourselves while looking for a job.
Feel free to contact me if you want help matching your lifestyle to an area in Atlanta.
For instance, I live in an intown neighborhood near Emory University called Medlock Park (30033 zip code). You can find a 3 bedroom (1 BA, 1.5 BA or 2 BA) home around $200k. My neighborhood is quiet and wooded (very suburban) but convenient to Downtown Decatur, Downtown Atlanta, Midtown and Buckhead. It's in unincorporated DeKalb county so it has somewhat lower property taxes than nearby properties inside the City of Decatur or City of Atlanta. There's a local park with playground, pool, and sports fields; a trail, a big tennis center, a public library; several good grocery stores. Alternatively, in neighborhoods like Virginia-Highland (intown neighborhoods that are extremely popular) homes are more likely to start at $500k and go up from there.
The point is, there are lots and lots of neighborhoods. Whether a neighborhood is "good" is entirely dependent on what you consider good. Good for you and good for the agents responding on this board may be entirely different things. Your best bet is to come and visit and get a sense of the areas that you like and would consider putting down roots. No one else is going to be able to tell you where you'll be happy living.
Oh, one last thing . . . coyotes are an increasing problem -- even intown. Unless you have an enclosure your cat can't escape from (and nothing else can get into) you'd do best to keep your cat living indoors -- hopefully you could find a place with a nice screened porch for her to get fresh air while staying safe.
You need to concentrate on finding employment and determining how far, TIME-WISE, you are willing to drive to/from work. Then, you can begin to look at homes that suit your lifestyle, drive-time preference, and price objectives.
We are closer than ever to moving to Atlanta. We have the money to move, now we're working on the jobs. In the last two weeks, my husband has had two interviews with one of the top end hotels in the country whose flagship is located in downtown Atlanta. It seems very promising. The job pays $40,000 a year at the lowest end.
We are both unhappy in NOLA. There's so many reasons, for me at least. I'm sick of the nasty roaches that keep getting in my house. Sick to death of the intense heat thats unlike anywhere else I've ever seen (After having spent a little bit of time in Atlanta, trust me, the heat is worse in NOLA due to the humidity). All our friends have left the city and only one family member remains here. And, though we're both working at the moment, my job is under question because the company I work for has sold 5 hotels in since this time last year. Its a very very bad sign and we are slower than we have ever been. The company he works for was just sold. He still has a job but we don't know for how long.
Its time to leave.
That being said, I've been doing some intense research on the internet on locations to live. Likely, it will first be an apartment. We have debated on buying a condo, since neither of us has any current interest in ever dealing with yard work. A house would be nice, but its far off, at least until both of us are working fairly decent jobs.
From what I've seen, certain zip codes of Decatur are considered one of the best areas to live with Oakhurst and Winnona being the top two. I rather like the area of Austell that a friend of ours lives in, but he has been absolutely zero help in the decision on where to live anywhere in Atlanta and his answer is always "I don't know". I have also heard that Alpharetta and Roswell are good places.
The two things I'm most concerned about are the commute, safety and cleanliness.
I'd like to have secure entrances where we live, through parking, and into the building. In fact, I won't consider a place that doesn't have that. An alarm would be a bonus but not absolutely necessary.
A half an hour commute is fine. 45 minutes is acceptable, but pushing it. An hour is too long, though I suppose we will have to do what we have to do so long as we get a fairly safe location. Anything longer isn't something I want to deal with.
NO ROACHES. Let me repeat that... NO ROACHES. Alot of the apartment building reviews I've been seeing on the net keep talking about how the apartments have nasty roaches, and some even talk about spiders. Nasty, disgusting things.
I would prefer a building built after 1980, the newer the better. And a laundry on site, preferably with a washer and dryer in the unit or at least the option for them. And preferably a unit above the first floor. The rest is negotiable.
Pretty much, anything Downtown and in Buckhead is out. Too expensive, too busy, and too loud. Not to mention that it wouldn't be fair to my kitty to be stuck in that environment. It sounds silly to spend so much time thinking about the needs of a cat but she's family too.
One of the things I have always loved about Atlanta is all the trees and grass. It feels so alive and new. And not in the business of the city type of feeling. And yet, you are still in a big city where you can do anything you want to do. I like the city, just not the insanity.
Anyway, the thing I'm really looking for are recommended zip codes to look in inside the areas I mentioned. And if even any of those areas I talked about would not be recommended, it would be great to know.
Thanks for your help. And yes, once we are ready to move, I will likely be contacting someone directly to assist us in it.
Private, yet only 4 minutes to the corner store and 20 minutes to the mall. If you work in the city, it's only 40 minutes to Atlanta or Macon.
I've found that realtors usually steer you towards their listings.
Everyone's tastes are different.
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Both Stephanie below, and now your husband have the right idea - come to town and look for a few days - if you can spend a long weekend, I can show you several areas that can work well - and because I am not wedded to any particular area, I will give you a true insiders opinion and prove what I am saying as well. I have lived in Atlanta for over thirty years and know its communites well and have watched the radical changes that have taken place in that time. I serve and know the markets and neighborhoods of intown Atlanta, and all of greater north Atlanta. I don't serve southside buyers (below I-20) unless they are buying a home that is at least $300K due to all the extra work and due-diligence I perform for clients at no cost to them. I love Atlanta, and have helped buyers move to, and/or oversaw the construction of thier dream home in virtually every corner of this city and all its suburbs while representing them as their buyers broker.
You make an excellent point about so many Hotel chains being represented in Atlanta and that could be an outstanding and life changing opportunity to you and your husband that would be hard to match in any other state in the southeast.
I dont know what price range you will be looking in, but I will say with regard to making a sound investment, stay away form any suggestions to purchase a single family home that is less than three bedrooms or has less than two full baths - homes that dont meet that minimum criteria are considered functionally obsolecent, and I can tell you from experince as a listing agent representing sellers in both the Decatur and Druid Hills area, are harder to sell even in good markets.
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Other than that, most of the ones we've worked for are rather small potatoes. I worked for two hotels back in Canada (a Travelodge, and then a Sandman) and then this company which owns 7 hotels in and around the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Honestly, I badly want to move in to the Sales Department as an Admin Assist. but not sure if or when that will happen. Thats part of the thing though. Atlanta has a bunch of major head offices of major hotel companies around the world. Getting in to work for any of them would be a major major boon to our careers even if we have to start at the bottom and work our way up. And the fact that he's been a manager in hotels for 10 years, and I've worked everything from the front desk to housekeeping, banquets and reservations for 8 years, I'd say we have a good leg up on things.
As to my cat, I'd actually debated on that. There are little kitty enclosures that you can buy that will allow them to still be outside while not allowing them to run off. I would love to get one of them for her. The only reason I haven't invested in one in New Orleans is because of the massive heat and the fact that my landlord would probably flip out since it would involve cutting a hole in the wall for a cat door to give her access to the enclosure. I'd just really like to be able to let her out again.
Back home we have coyotes where I grew up. In Canada that is. Coyotes aren't new, though I don't know how bad they are in Atlanta. You never saw them often in the city where I grew up but you did occasionally, mostly on the outskirts and at the riverbottom around the old mine entrance.
Anyway, thanks for the help all of you. Hubby made the suggestion himself last night of us just spending a few weekends there looking around before we move there.
I gave out a few thumbs up, but Lisa Crowder once again showcases how circumspect and knowledgeable she always is - great answers, especially the insight into our wily coyotes...
Stephanie's advice to come visit and drive around is paramount.
Scott's advice to establish employment first is foremost - commuting in Atlanta sucks.
What type of hotels do you like to work in?
Atlanta is home to the regional HQ of the Americas for Intercontinental, The Diplomat Companies, who are HUGE and quite a few other regional hoteliers - Starwood is all over the place and their W brand is in my opinon, unrivalled...
...and I'm not a rich guy, but I did just help a client buy a $950000 house in Brookwood Hills, and to answer your question I think that Brookwood Hills is the best place to live in Atlanta, and has been since 1928 or so.
In the city of Atlanta, that is.
Have you ever read "What Color is My Parachute?" You and your husband should start with that book, figure out your careers and then move - depending on the direction of your lives, you may find that Greenville, SC or Nashville, TN is more your speed.
Since he's adamantly against living in Marietta, I'm trying to find another place to research that would be livable but the only experience I have in Atlanta is a total of about two weeks for Dragon Con. The impression I have of Atlanta is "very very big" and thats about it.
Mostly I'm trying to get an idea of cost so we know how much we should save before we go there. Having an employer is fine and all but totally worthless if we don't have any money to move. If we can choose a general location, we can get a general idea of how much we should save and what we should be looking for. I don't know what the bad areas of the city are, and I know that Buckhead is the most expensive.
My advice to you is to locate the employer before you decide on an area. Our commutes can be very long if you locate on one side of this huge town and work in another. Around all of the employment areas there are terrific places to live.
Best of luck to you as you make the move.
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Sorry to hear about your decision to move from New Orleans...you all sure have had your challenges in recent years it seems.
Atlanta is certainly a great choice for a new hometown. If you are not sure of which part of town you might want to live in, why not rent for a year while you get the "lay of the land". Certainly during this time you will have a chance to evaluate Atlanta's different communities and how well they might fit your needs.
Of course if you need a "tour guide" I would be more than happy to help!