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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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.
Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta
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:
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.
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 â€” movies, health club, church, etc. â€” you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood youâ€™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 youâ€™re considering. Also, check out http://www.schoolmatters.com.
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 â€” such as burglaries or armed robberies â€” 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 donâ€™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 youâ€™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 â€” like a new school or highway â€” that might affect value.
Make personal observations. Once youâ€™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.