Glassbrass440, Home Buyer in Rockford, IL

How long of a commute from Midtown to Tucker?

Asked by Glassbrass440, Rockford, IL Wed May 9, 2012

I've taken a promotion in Tucker right off I265. My girlfriend will be moving with me but can't stand the idea of living in a suburban environment because she spent her entire life in big, walkable, cities (Hong Kong, Toronto, Chicago). Are there any areas of Atlanta within a 30-40 minute commute that are also walkable? I've heard Midtown and L5P are possibilities, but are they close enough for a shorter commute? I guess my question boils down to how bad is the "reverse" commute in Atlanta?

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There are plenty of preferential factors that would come into play to assist you with making the best decision. There are a multitude of areas that meet your main criteria, but additional information would be necessary to give you proper guidance. We would have to consider your budget, the type of building that you prefer, the square footage that you are seeking, and numerous other specifications. By the way, congratulations on your promotion! Atlanta is awesome!! Check out

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Adrian Provost
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Scott has a short but sweet answer that lists some of the key neighborhoods to consider. Sherrie's answer is right on.

What is your budget? What is your favorite architectural style? How large do you need the property to be, inside and outside?
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Hello Glassbrass!

Congratulations on your promotion! You are going to love Atlanta.

I would be glad to help you narrow your choices to find a good place to live. I am very familiar with every neighborhood that has been mentioned here.

As for the reverse commute, it will really depend on which intown neighborhood you choose. I live just outside of Tucker and work in Decatur, which is my personal favorite walkable area of Atlanta. I can leave home at 8:00 be seated at my office desk at 8:20 on a good morning. Midtown would take 10 to 15 minutes more.

Give me a call if I can answer any additional questions.

Sherrie Crow
Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta
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Midtown, Virginia-Highland, and Inman Park (L5P is really the business district that separates the residential Inman Park and Candler Park neighborhoods) are all wonderfully walkable intown neighborhoods, and you should definitely be able to manage the commute within your 30-40 minute window.

Another area to consider is the City of Decatur. It's more like a college town than a "big city" but it's got a wonderful, progressive vibe plus great restaurants, lots of parks, and a fantastic community spirit. It's also really convenient to Midtown. Decatur is sort of half way between Tucker and Midtown so you could get to work more quickly but be close to the more "urban" core of the city when you want to do more "big city" stuff -- like go to the High Museum or the Woodruff Arts Center, for example.

Here are some links for Decatur info:

Lisa Crowder
Atlanta Communities
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The commute is about 20 mins from midtown, not a long commute, you are going against the traffic when you going to tucker, coming home to midtown you may get caught in traffic going toward midtown
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It is definitely a factor to consider in making your decision, glass. From I-285 to midtown should be about a 25 minute commute with moderate traffic. If you are going against incoming traffic and are lucky with traffic signals, maybe 18-20. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
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Congratulations on your promotion!

You may check out Perimeter Area, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Bruckhaven, Virginia Highlands - all are inside the perimeter (285) and walkable.

Are you looking to buy or rent? Depends how much you are willing to spend and what kind of space you need - please share more information. I will be happy to send you all the listings in these areas.

As far as commuting to Midtown from Tucker - would be the same inside of 285, doesn't make difference which direciton you take.

Good luck!
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There are many "walkable" areas in and around the Atlanta region. For example downtown Roswell is a very desireable, walkable area with beautiful shops and cafe's and not that far from Tucker. My point is that you have a lot of options. In Tucker you have the convenience of MARTA train that will take you to everything worth seeing in downtown Atlanta. Well for that matter if you were to live in Roswell, you could catch the train from there as well. Lots of options. It just matters most where you want to live and where you and your girlfriend feel most comfortable.

I would advise following these steps to find the perfect community to call home.

Is it close to your favorite spots? Make a list of the activities — movies, health club, church, etc. — you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering to engage in your most common activities.

Check out the school district. This is especially important if you have children, but it also can affect resale value. The Department of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores, class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. If you have school-age children, visit schools in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Also, check out

Find out if the neighborhood is safe. Ask the police department for neighborhood crime statistics. Consider not only the number of crimes but also the type — such as burglaries or armed robberies — and the trend of increasing or decreasing crime. Also, is crime centered in only one part of the neighborhood, such as near a retail area?

Determine if the neighborhood is economically stable. Check with your local city economic development office to see if income and property values in the neighborhood are stable or rising. What is the percentage of homes to apartments? Apartments don’t necessarily diminish value, but do mean a more transient population. Do you see vacant businesses or homes that have been for sale for months?

See if you’ll make money. Ask a local real estate agent to get information about price appreciation in the neighborhood. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, this information may give you a sense of how good of an investment your home will be. A government planning agency also may be able to tell you about planned developments or other changes in the neighborhood — like a new school or highway — that might affect value.

Make personal observations. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three neighborhoods, go there and walk around. Are homes tidy and well maintained? Are streets quiet? How does it feel? Pick a warm day if you can and chat with people working or playing outside.
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You can get to Tucker from Morningside, Virginia Highland, Midtown, Candler Park, Inman Park and other intown communities within 30 minutes via car.
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