If you want to live Inside the Perimeter (within 20 minutes of Downtown) you should seriously consider Inman Park, Candler Park, VA Highland, Fourth Ward, Lake Claire --- all of these neighborhoods have easy access to Freedom Pkwy. Well maintained, constantly used, walking/biking paths. No river, but miles upon miles of intown outdoor fun.
There's a lot of choices out there, so you'll be able to picky.
The Atlanta Country Club offers the finest in Executive Homes in your price range, as well as a great golf course. Just minutes from the river with miles of walking trails. Not to mention the Cobb County School system which is one of the best overall systems in Georgia and great Cobb County property tax rates is an extra bonus. Easy access to GA400, I-285 and I-75, with great shopping areas nearby Cobb and Sandy Springs, Roswell and Alpharetta.
As a fine home specialist, I would be happy to address any issues you might have in your search for a fine home in the Greater Metro are.
It's a great time to buy!!!
Malcolm Boartfield, ABR
Fine Home and Relocation Specialist
Prudential Georgia Realty
East Cobb Office
The River Club, and Edinburg would also be excellent choices for you to consider. North Gwinnett and these communites are my specialty. You can visit my website and my blog to get more information on these areas. I recently posted some information on Wild Timber on my blog at http://www.dudleydoright.wordpress.com be sure to take a look. I would love to work with you to find the right home for you and I think it's located in the areas I mentioned!
Depending on where you are wanting to live in North Atlanta there are a few neighborhoods in your price range that have walking/hiking trails and are either near the river on on the river. I would need to know what area you are thinking about...for example Sandy Springs, Roswell, and Norcross are a few areas that have homes either near or on the river. I am currently looking for houses on the river in the Norcross/Duluth area so I know of a few locations that you might be interested in looking at in the future. Visit one of my websites at
http://www.elizabethsingleton1.point2agent.com/ or at http://www.esingleton.v-prealty.com
and let me know how I can help you get a great property at a great price!
As a resident of Roswell/Alpharetta I love the convenience to 400, retail and dining options but also appreciate all of the parks and recreational areas found in the area as well. There is a great City of Roswell park that has trails for mountain biking and walking/running that gives you a feel of being away from everyone without the long drive.
Another neighborhood that may be of interest is Neely Farms on the Gwinnett County side of the river in Norcross.
As an expert in North Atlanta homes I would be glad to show you some of the options that would meet all of your requirements for a home in North Atlanta.