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Brandi, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, PA

We may be relocating to Atlanta, GA. We're looking in the $300-$500,000 range.

Asked by Brandi, Philadelphia, PA Sat Jun 28, 2008

Priorities in order of importance are
1) Excellent public schools & no crime (we have a 7th grader)
2) Good resale value
3) Home with all the amenities.
4) Easy commute to the airport
5) Neighborhood feel, other families with kids our child's age
6) Community with conservative values
7) We like older homes, but we want them scrupulously renovated & maintained--no fixer uppers!

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Hi Brandi, I am not a real estate person, just a native Atlantan that is familiar with many areas of Atlanta and thrilled to hear you might be moving here. I have lived in most of the areas referenced by the other replies, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Carrollton, Windward/John's Creek, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, and now on Lake Lanier in Gainesville. All the comments made are accurate, the schools in Cobb are known to be the best but many other areas have Presidential award winning schools as well (N. Fulton and Forsyth to name two). The traffic is pretty awful. I work from home but travel most weeks. Since I control my schedule (i.e.when to drive to the airport), I can reach Hartsfield Int'l in about 70 minutes and it's 62 miles from my house straight down 400. If you have to be in an office regularly, you will want to be as close as possible. I couldn't say enough wonderful things about the Lake Lanier area in general but it is a bit North of Atlanta and it really depends on the aforementioned work situation. If you want a quieter pace but still near everything (monster outlet mall, N. GA Mtns, Lake) you need you might want to consider the Cumming area of Forsyth county. I believe Forsyth is still the fastest growing county in the country. That's good and bad - great schools, hospitals, shopping, etc but getting busier by the day. Also, Forsyth county is the cheapest property tax and water fee counties in the Atlanta area...you can get almost twice the house for the same amount of taxes that you'd pay in Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, or Gwinnett. You'll have no problem finding a wonderful home in your price range. One of the other advantages the Atlanta area is that we haven't been hit as hard with the home devaluation as of late. Mainly due to the fact that we didn't have the crazy increases that FL, CA, MA, and other states have seen...just a nice 3-7% increase every year. Of course, lake property is much more expensive but we have seen upwards of 7+% even in the last couple years. This doesn't mean you won't find a good deal...there are still many foreclosures. If you'd like to chat further, my personal email is bgibbs@progress.com.

Best of luck to you and your family.
Brandon
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 10, 2008
Most of North (NW, N, & NE) Atlanta has great schools. From experience, consider where you will be commuting to work, if at all. For example, if you will be working in town, then NW, N, & NE will be about the same commute, but if you will be working in the NE, then living NW could cause a commute over an hour each way.

Crime in the area is unavoidable, but the South side seems to be in the new more often.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 3, 2008
If I were you, I would begin my search in Cobb County. It's not a bad commute to the airport and has a variety of great neighborhoods in your price range. Known as an excellent place for kids and families, I think Cobb County has the best amenities, schools, and very stable property values. Would love to help you with your search for the right home for your family!

Sincerely,
Christi Trombetti
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta North
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 19, 2008
Brandi- Hello! I wanted to say, as a resident of Forsyth county I agreed with Brandon and he has hit the nail on the head regarding our area. The conveniences to the lake, mtns, major shopping, top notch medical facilities(#1 in nation for cardiac care) and tons of state parks for family times, it is a great place to be. Very good schools as well! You do get more house for your money an more lot size. There are a lot of great family oriented neighborhoods in our area as well. If you do need to relocate to ATL, give me and my team a call - I will be honored to help out.
Sincerely,
Nicole Tucker
Harry Norman Realtor
Relocation Specialist
Senior Marketing Consultant
678-687-7700 http://www.northgahomes4u.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 17, 2008
Hi Brandi,
One suggestion is Cherokee County. I may be partial because I live here in the Towne Lake area of Woodstock. It's about 40 minute commute to the airport. We have top rated schools here and the population is made up of mostly kids. I have two boys 9 and 4 and they love it..Friends, Friends, & More friends. Also check the school ratings. I have a great link on my website that will give you the rankings of and comparisons of different counties. Click the "School Rankings". Hope this helps. Please let me know if I can assist you further.
Web Reference: http://valshomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
Brandi- Hello!
I wanted to follow up to Brandons response about Forsyth/Cumming and Gainesville areas. This is my specialty and he hit the nail on the head with his comments. Kudo's to Brandon. I also live in Forsyth and love it! The conveniences to the lake, mtn, shopping, medical facilites(#1 cardiac unit in US), and ATL so warrant the work drives that some make daily just to be up here! Go to my website: http://www.northgahomes4u.com and go to "my favorite links" and click on the website for rating the schools-greatschools. We have all your requirements here. Call me so we can talk or email me. I look forward to meeting you if you move this way!
sincerely,
Nicole Tucker
Relocation Specialist
Accrediated Buyers Representative
678-687-7700
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
There are so many great areas in Atlanta to live. When are you planning to relocate to the area? The Peachtree Corners, Johns Creek areas offer great schools, exceptional resale value and homes with amenties. If you are intersted in exploring the area you may contact and I will forward additional information about the area to you.

Dawn Richardson
Keller Williams Realty
678.349.4728
http://www.sellsatdawn.com or http://www.peachtreecornersliving.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 13, 2008
All of your priorities can be met in Fayetteville. You can buy a large new home in a communities with lots of amenities, including lakes - these homes have the style and character of older homes, so don't worry, I am not talking about cookie cutter construction.

Let me know if you would like to learn more and I will check on the most up-to-date availability and info for the communities I am thinking of. joan@intownfocus.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 11, 2008
I concur with most of the following answers- Walton & Harrion HS in Cobb County are top.
1) In Know Atlanta's 2008/2009 Guide to Education- quote: " Cobb County Pubic Schools is known for for
high academic achievement , nationally ranked music programs and athletics." I will be happy to send
you a copy of the latest edition. It also ranked "Metro Atlanta's Best Public Schools" with Walton being
the top High School in Cobb County. Walton is located in East Cobb County. In West Cobb County,
there is no doubt that Harrison HS is the most sought after. East versus West: West you will get more
home for you money you can also buy new and very young resales here. We are talking top of the line
homes in kid friendly, swim/ tennis neighborhoods. Homes with all of the current upgrades available.
2) Cobb County has not been as affected by the current market condidtions. Cobb is headquaters for
Coke and Home Depot. Many excutives chose Cobb. Bottom line- where there is money, there are
good schools.
3) In your price point there are many, many excellent neighborhoods with swim/ tennis- very popular
in GA.
4) Your commute (always depending on the time of day) should take 30-45 minutes from Cobb. You will
a bit closer in West Cobb, due to back roads you can take. Peachtree City is closer to the airport, but
if you are going for the top schools Cobb is it.
5) Cobb is a suburb on the edge of Atlanta; therefore you will find plenty of kid-friendly things to do...see
above.
6) Georgia by nature, is a conservative state. I appriciate that this is important to you.
7) Older/ newer, you will have a choice. Beware of Poly Pipes and LP siding that many homes in GA
were built with in the 80's & 90's.

I am a Sr. Relocation Specialist with Prudential. My partner (mom) and I have over 30 years of experience selling homes in North Metro ATL. Selling homes hardly feels like a job to us!!! It's a family thing! We'll be happy to show you around our "side of town."

Kind regards,
Gina Weeks
770-354-0800
Web Reference: http://www.teamweeks.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 10, 2008
Traffic is terrible in the Atlanta area so the Peachtree City idea is probably the best if being close to the airport is important. Otherwise, the Walton or Harrison high school districts in Cobb fit your profile wonderfully, as well as the Alpharetta and Roswell areas of North Fulton. FYI, if Cobb is your choice, you will find a much better home value in the Harrison district, and your child will receive an out standing education.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 10, 2008
Brandi,
Atlanta offers many wonderful areas. Give me a call (770-487-8300) and I will gladly send you more information. With Atlanta's traffic, it is important to live as close to your work as possible. Let me know which location you are most interested in and I will provide you with appropriate websites relating to school and crime information. I work out of the Peachtree City Prudential Real Estate office. However, as a native Georgian I know and work the entire Atlanta area.

The very best of luck to you and your family. Remember, I am never too busy for you or your referrals.

Jimmie Rooks, GRI
Prudential Georgia Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 9, 2008
Brandi,
You may really enjoy looking into Windward. It's in Alpharetta and has excellent schools, great family-friendly neighbors, a small lake, and holds it's values. IYour 7th grader would be surrounded by lots of kids and be able to participate in many activities in the development. t's a swim/tennis community that sits just off 400 and has a bunch of variety when it comes to choice of home styles. The commute to the airport is a straight shot down 400 and through downtown or you could jump on the train. I think it's a wonderful community that seems to fit your priorities.

I can send you more information if you would like, including more specific details.

Melissa Morgan
Keller Williams Premier Atlanta
3365 Piedmont Rd, Ste 1050
Atlanta, GA 30305
Call 404.969.1600
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 9, 2008
Brandi,

I would reccomend Peachtree City.

If you are looking for top notch relocation services be sure to contact me. I don't work in the Peachtree City area, but I can connect you with the top relocation experts in that area as well as where you are moving from.

We are part of the Cartus Broker Network which is the nation's leading network of more than 400 Principal and 600 Associate brokers: market-dominant real estate companies that serve the clients and customers of Cartus. I can assist you with finding a qualified relocation specialist in each of your move from and move to locations.

Agents in our broker to broker network are required to meet specific requirements such as background checks, full time status, minimum production standards, on-going training, & excellent local knowledge. If you are interested in contacting me about working with a relocation specialist my contact information is listed below.

James Dudley
ERA Sunrise Realty
678-781-7418
james.dudely@era.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
Dunwoody, Dunwoody, Dunwoody. In addition to everything on your criteria list, Dunwoody also offers great shopping at Perimeter Mall with Bloomingdales and Nordstroms just to name a few, spectacular dining options. Easy access to GA 400, and I-285, two MARTA transit stations, and it is tangent to a primary business district. Visit http://www.dunwoodyusahomes.com for more information on the Dunwoody community and good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
Brandi,
I recommend you check into the following websites: http://www.greatschools.net and http://www.city-data.com
for your gathering of information. Do also check out the Fayette County area that includes: Peachtree CIty and Fayetteville located just a short 20 minute commute from the airport!
Web Reference: http://www.torilawson.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 29, 2008
Brandi,

Atlanta has a lot of different areas that will suit your needs. Please visit my award winning website to help you with your search. http://dwellatlanta.com/
Web Reference: http://dwellatlanta.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 29, 2008
1) Excellent public schools & no crime (we have a 7th grader) - East Cobb, Walton HS district
2) Good resale value - East Cobb, Walton HS district
3) Home with all the amenities. - East Cobb, Walton HS district
4) Easy commute to the airport - East Cobb, Walton HS district 30 minutes around I285 perimeter to Camp Creek Pkwy
5) Neighborhood feel, other families with kids our child's age - East Cobb, Walton HS district
6) Community with conservative values - East Cobb, Walton HS district
7) We like older homes, but we want them scrupulously renovated & maintained--no fixer uppers! - East Cobb, Walton HS district

Lisa Crowder's suggestion of the Peachtree City area is also a good one - the big advantage there will be an easier commute to the airport.

Otherwise - all of the intangibles that you seek trump the tangibles. Arguably, over and above any other Georgia submarket, the intangibles that you seek are snugly ensconced in the Dickerson/Walton area.

Get your real estate on.
Web Reference: http://intowninsider.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 29, 2008
You have described East Cobb County to a tee. The Walton H.S., Dickerson M.S. area is ideal. Cobb County taxes are much less than Fulton County(Roswell) and the schools are rated higher. Your value system will be well represented. Please let me know if I can be of help during your transition to Atlanta.
Respectfully,
Bill Pelot
Keller Williams Realty Consultants
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
You might want to look at Peachtree City. Good luck on your move! :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
Judy is right on, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, precisely the markets I specialize in. I live in Dunwoody, great schools, great community, a lot of older homes that have been nicely renovated. Also in Roswell and Alpharetta, although not as many. Dunwoody about to be converted to a city, pending referendum, Sandy Springs just went that way, and Alph has been one for a number of years.

Check out my web site and/or call me at 770-633-7576 - I can send you homes that fit the specs you mention. You can also search on the site all you want. I am a Certtified Skilled Negotiator and a Buyer Agent, no cost to you for my services, seller pays my commission.

Ed Francell
Prudential Georgia Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
Hi Brandi,

Fayette County has some of the best rated schools in
Georgia and is located very close to the Atlanta Airport with an easy 20-40 minute commute based on where you are in the county. I have attached the Cayette County School System Link for you to review. Feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Barbra Curtiss
Owner/Broker
Barbra Curtiss Realty, Inc
800-886-2077
Web Reference: http://www.fcboe.org/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
Brandi,

You will also find great oppourtunities in Cobb County. Taxes and Schools are the best in the metro atlanta area. And it is about a 35 minute ride to The Airport depending on how close to I 75 you get. In Your price range you will find amazing homes to choose from. Look in the Kennesaw Area.

Best of Luck to You!

Luis Rodriguez
Prudential Georgia Realty
New Home Division
678-229-8689
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
I would recommend the Dunwoody, Sandy Springs or Roswell area. Those were the areas that came to mind as I read your question. There are many older homes that have been renovated and with the market being what it is today you can really get some excellent deals. I can think of many neighborhoods that sound like they would meet your needs. They are wonderful neighborhoods with some beautiful homes. These are Northeast of Atlanta but pretty close in and an easy ride into town and to the airport (as long as you aren't traveling at rush hour.

I could narrow that down for you but generally speaking, those areas could work. There are others that would work as well....but you will find your older homes closer in....as you go out further, you will be in the suburbs where the homes are newer.

If I can help you further, let me know.
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