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Jomorgan79, Other/Just Looking in

Single mom of three moving to atlanta in June and I don't know what area is best for my family

Asked by Jomorgan79, Thu Feb 28, 2013

I need to know the best place to relocate in atlanta for my family. I am moving from Baltimore, MD. I am a single mom so safety is a must. I am hoping to find a diverse community that is not majority any color even though we are a black family. I have really good kids who are smart academically and into all sports so I need a great school district. I am also interested in an area with plenty of outdoor recreation for kids. I am a writer with a virtual office so I work from home and don't need to commute daily. I would like an area with alot of culture, good food and shopping. I love the look and feel of old homes with new school renovations. By the way my budget is $2700 a month. IS THERE ANYONE THAT CAN HELP ME???

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Jmorgan , I accidentally ran across your post this am.I too am a single mom relocating to Ga God willing in June 2013..Funny as your request for info is not much different for mine.Ive visited ATL a couple times and have some family estranged. But from what im told Gwenitte County is one of the better diverse areas .Alphretta Ga has been recommended, ,Lawrencvill Ga..Ect...It be great to meet someone else such as yourself or others for support ..please feel free to email ..Bahiyah1@gmail.com. ..God Bless
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 25, 2013
Check with the local police department in the area you are seeking, statisics are always available.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 20, 2013
Unfortunately we agents are not allowed to talk about race when presenting area's for consideration. But your question Is very relevant. Atlanta has much to offer and Is quite different than any other city in the world. I have several communities that come to mind that I think you would find attractive, I applaud you for seeking advice I run into transplants all the time who listen to co workers that don't look like them or have the same needs and they later are scratching there heads when they learn of areas that would have been a better fit . I'm a graduate of Morehouse College a native of Atlanta yet very well traveled .
I would love the opportunity to show you what Atlanta has to offer I'm sure you will find me to be very resourceful and very understanding of your situation
Ralph Woolfolk III
Keller Williams Atlanta Classic
404 281 7130
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 8, 2013
Of course I can help you!!!!

But whew, my answer to your question would be too specific and long to type into this forum.
If your still looking for help feel free to contact me to thoroughly discuss your options.

Best with relocating to Georgia!

Laquita Baez
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metrobrokers
770.901.0956
http://www.LaquitaBaez.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 8, 2013
Please google Fayette County, specifically Tyrone & Peachtree City. The schools are great and location is great relative to shopping, airport, & restaurants.

Joycelyn Lee
Broker/Owner
BP-Lee Realty
888 425-9222
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 4, 2013
As many of the agents have mentioned, Atlanta has some awesome neighborhoods that offer everything you're looking for. It sounds like safety, schools, diversity and recreation are all important to you and I'd be more than happy to assist in finding the perfect residence for your relocation. I live and specialize in the Intown Atlanta market, which offers some great neighborhoods that seamlessly blend the conveniences of city living, with the comforts of a strong residential neighborhood community. I have profiled some of Intown Atlanta's most popular neighborhoods on my website http://(www.LaDonnaSuggs.HarryNorman.com), feel free to familiarize yourself with what these neighborhoods have to offer. I'd be more than happy to discuss this further so feel free to give me a call (404.494.0504) or email (LaDonna.Suggs@HarryNorman.com). I look forward to hearing from you soon!

LaDonna B. Suggs
Harry Norman, REALTORS
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 2, 2013
Hi,
I was a new transplant to Atlanta not so long ago and I wished someone would have provided me with a few honest answers. After alot of research, my family and I visited all the north Fulton cluster of schools and we settled on Northview High School in Johns Creek, GA. It is an excellent school but offers very little diversity. We also visited several schools in Suwanee, GA such as North Gwinnett H.S., Peachtree Ridge, and Duluth H.S. which are also really good. Hope this helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 1, 2013
Of course relocating to a new city, and especially with children you want to enusure you have chosen and area with well ranked schools and also activites for your children outside of school. Do you want to rent or purchase? A single family residence or townome? How soon will you relocate?
There are some great areas in Atlanta to raise a family. You can contact me, so we can discuss further your move
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
What I understand from your post that the most important factor for you is the best education and positive environment and reinforcement for you children. Atlanta is one the greatest city to raise children with very warm and friendly people with great diversity. Being the mother of smart and ambitious children myself and having the majority clients with the families whose main focus is same as yours I would love to help you find you home on the areas that meets your requirement perfectly. I have lived in Atlanta for 22 years and have a great understanding of the needs of the children with the higher goals. Your budget will suffice to find a home in those areas. Please call me directly at 404-932-1600 or email me at anitaji@gmail.com.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
There are so many great areas in and around Atlanta. I would suggest starting with schools and see how they rank in the state. Also, important to look at commute to work. Not sure if employment is lined up, but that is very key as we rank pretty high with traffic. I have been in the Atlanta area since 1983 and know most of it pretty well. Happy to help any way I can. You can contact me directly at erikm@fairwaymc.com or at my office, 678-359-6488.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
Check out Decatur.

You'll love the 50,000 attendee Book Festival every Labor Day weekend. Everything else about Decatur is pretty cool too, and you'll probably like the walkable schools. The walkable everything.

With that budget, maybe you should consider owning...particularly with that kind of budget, owning beats renting in metro Atlanta.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
There are three important criteria; first if you are working the proximity to that location or any other significant daily location. Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in the country and a manageable commute is an important factor. Second the quality and characteristics of schools for your children. While Georgia ranks low in education nationally certain suburbs of Atlanta have some of the bet schools in the nation. Third your REALTOR, finding a REALTOR that listens and understands your needs and knows the areas to help you make a great decision about where to live is critical. There is no way you can understand the market in a short period of time. With a budget of up to $2700 per month there will be a wide selection of properties, styles and locations. There will only be a handful of potential locations that will not be outside that range. Feel free to give me a call.

Bruce Ailion,
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
An Atlanta Real Estate Expert Serving Clients Since 1979
RE/MAX Hall of Fame – REALTOR Phoenix Award
CRS, CRB, ABR, MSRE, CDPE, e-PRO, ESQ
Certified Residential Specialist
Certified Real Estate Broker
Accredited Buyers Agent
MS Real Estate and Urban Affairs
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Certified Internet Professional
203K Certified Specialist
Attorney
2050 Roswell Road
Marietta GA 30062
404-978-2281 Direct
404-386-3682 Assistant Robin
678-760-6266 Buyer’s Agent Adam
770-973-9700 Office
bruce@locationlocationlocation.com
http://www.LocationLocationLocation.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
Real Estate Agents are not allowed to comment on a variety of topics. The Fair Housing Act restricts the information that can be provided by a Real Estate Agent.

Off Limit Topics Include:
• Crime Statistic (including questions about whether a neighborhood is good or bad or safe)
• Demographics
• Environmental Concerns
• Household Income
• Religion
• Schools (including questions about how good or bad the school is)

Determining to the answers to questions on any of the topics listed above is something that you would need to do on your own. It is up to the individual to make their own determination about a specific area. If a Real Estate Agent were to comment on such a thing, it could be steering which is a prohibited act.

Some websites to try include:
http://www.crimereports.com

http://www.familywatchdog.us/

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com

http://www.greatschools.org/

http://www.schoolmatters.com

Reasons Why A Real Estate Agent Cannot Comment
http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=20748062
http://www.fairhousing.com/index.cfm?method=page.display&…
http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2010/12/06/what-a-real-estate…

These links should be able to provide some of the answers you are seeking.

Regards,
Rodney Mason, NMLS #151088
Sr Loan Officer
Prospect Mortgage
825 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404) 591-2453
rodney.mason@prospectmtg.com
Apply Online at http://www.rodneymason.com
Licensed in Alabama & Georgia with over a decade of lending experience.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
Not sure whether you are buying or leasing, but with your budget there are many options available to you in the metropolitan Atlanta area. I understand your need to put your children in the best possible setting having moved to Atlanta when my child was young. I would love to assist you with your relocation to Atlanta. Please give me a call so I can help make your transition a smooth one.

Aleta C. Saunders
PalmerHouse Properties
678-849-6920
aleta.c.saunders@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
Three high school clusters immediately come to mind, Jomorgan79, with what you have described. Brookwood, Grayson and Parkview-all in Gwinnett County. Please call, text or email if we can provide further assistance. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
SellsRealty@gmail.com
404-538-5499

http://www.georgiamls.com/agentsite/index.cfm?SiteID=HAMMONDJOHNM

http://www.chapmanhallprofessionals.com

http://www.SellsRealty.org

http://www.city-data.com/

http://www.greatschools.org/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
Atlanta has tons of communities that meet your needs. I am a native of Atlanta and have raised three sons so I am very familiar with your situation. I would be glad to assist you in finding a new home and welcoming you to our beautiful city.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
There are so many great areas in Atlanta. Since you work from home your options are open. I would first advise you to check the Department of Educations website http://www.doe.k12.ga.us. Once you have narrowed down the school district of choice the home search can begin.

I welcome the opportunity to assist you in your relocation to the Atlanta area. The city is full of daily activity no matter the area you chose to reside. If you would like to discuss more in detail you may contact me to discuss.

Dawn Richardson
Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Road
404-419-3625
http://www.sellsatdawn.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
Jomorgan,

Are you renting or buying? With that kind of budget, you have too many options to list here. I have lived and worked in the kind of neighborhood you describe for more that 20 years. Give me a call to discuss.

Dave Herren
Best Atlanta Properties
404-424-4945
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2013
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