I won't do that to you. I'll answer your question with a list of neighborhoods.
And to your comment about driving 35 minutes a day to the Druid Hills office park area - that's just too long to even consider, if your criteria is "family neighborhoods East or SE of Atlanta"...how about 25 minutes maximum, on a rough day?
Knowing that, here's my opinionated top ten, in no certain order, because what family means to you and what family means to someone else could be two entirely different, subjective ideas:
1. Winnona Park
3. downtown Decatur (on everyone's "best of list" in many categories)
4. Druid Hills
5. Candler Park and Lake Claire
6. Sutherland Place in Lake Claire
7. Hawthorn Park in Kirkwood
8. Lenox Place
9. Oak Grove
10. Sagamore Hills
Most of what Hank sees in the FNMA foreclosure appraisal arena, in Eastern ATL and greater Decatur, are properties that are not in any of the neighborhoods that I listed.
Please call me if I can help your further - I specialize in the eastern neighborhoods of Intown Atlanta, Since 1998, I have lived in Inman Park, Kirkwood and now downtown Decatur, and my brokerage is the #1 selling brokerage office in all of FMLS area 52, which includes the Intown submarkets that are east and southeast of the city of Atlanta limits.
Chuck Green, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
Roz McClure 678-410-1587
I live work and play in the Buckhead area with my husband, three kids and two dogs!!!!
If you are looking for quality of life... how about a place where there are neighborhood events every month of the year and practically every other weekend? The community I live in is like living in a resort, every night it feels like you are on vacation. Bi-monthly resident events, yearly chili cook off, bi-annual outdoor jazz concert festivals, Halloween parade, Mardi Gras parade, yearly golf tournament, yearly marathon & duathlon, weekly trivia touranaments, monthly poker tournaments, bocce tournaments, yearly turkey fry, monthly outdoor movies, bi-annual community yard sale, onsite restaurant, tennis, pools, basketball, bocce, horseshoes, dog parks, community gym and miles of hiking trails that lead in to an adjacent state park. It's not on your target side of the city but the commute is amazing and living here has enriched my life. 20 minutes to downtown Atlanta, 20 minutes to airport, 30 minutes to Buckhead
Call for more info:
Muffley & Associates
2010 Top 5 Selling Groups in Atlanta
Top 5% ABR 2004-2010
ABR, CRS, RCC, CBR, E-Pro, REO Certified
CDPE (Certifed Distressed/Foreclsoure Property Expert)
Certified Luxury Marketing Specialist, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate
If that's not possible, then you really need to focus on the data and look at the value trends and absorbption rates of submarkets that you're interested in. It all starts with financial stability of the area, what price you pay or "deal" you think you get is only as good as the area in general. You really need to be careful if that's going to be where you end up.