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Paula Rosario, Home Buyer in Bronx, NY

I am a single mother with 2 teenaged daughters looking for options in GA. I wouldlike to know what are the

Asked by Paula Rosario, Bronx, NY Tue Mar 25, 2008

best areas close to the city, but with the suburb feel? I was thingking of Lithonia, can anyone tell me about it?

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Hi Paula,
I was born and raised in Georgia. I went to elementary, high school and college in Decatur. I have a sister that lives in Lithonia and she loves it. Needless to say, I have nothing but positive information to offer.

For your teenage daughters, Martin Luther King, Jr High School is one of the better high schools Lithonia has to offer. Panola Rd is one of the main streets in Lithonia that connects you to mall shopping, restaurants, grocery & department stores, gas stations, church's, schools, etc. Lithonia is about 20-30 minutes east of Downtown Atlanta. FYI, most of the suburb living is a 30-45 minute commute. Some a lot longer.

In short, Lithonia is just like any other city. It has it's positive and it's negative.

If you require any assistance or need more information pertaining to your question and needs, please don't hesitate to contact me .

Good luck with finding your safety net for your family,
Cynthia Shackleton, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Grand South
770-255-9342 direct
770-914-8885 office
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 26, 2008
I am selling my home in the city of Marietta schoo district. Great area and very close to the Historic Marietta Square! Marietta High School is absolutely beautiful and was a national school of excellence.
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Decatur is wonderful and very safe and kid friendly. Teenagers love to hang out at the Taco Mac, or in the square which has live concerts in the summer, outdoor movies and lots of safe and fun activities. Traffic is pretty standard in a big city. I've lived in Decatur for 7 years and will put my 5 mile commute to Emory against anyone elses...gas prices considered, I think you would very much enjoy living in Decatur.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 15, 2008
Decatur is overcrowded and the traffic around there is horrible...Lithonia is a city and is still a small town with big town conveniences. Stone Crest Mall is right there within 5 minutes of downtown Lithonia. The city sits right off I20 and is more accessible to Atlanta than Decatur...hop on I20 and you are in Atlanta in 15 minutes...no traffic lights. Lithonia also has a Magnet school.

I am a little bit prejudiced because I grew up there and my parent still live there, as do my in-laws, and grandparents!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 7, 2008
Have you considered Decatur or Tucker? Both of these areas are closer to the city than Lithonia. Decatur is actually its own town, but there are parts of Decatur that seem more like the suburb (away from Decatur Square). I also believe that Decatur is a great place to raise a family. The city really believes in the quality of education and active living. There is a lot to do without having to always drive or get stuck in traffic or feel overwhelmed by being in a big city. Tucker is a great choice because of its location and home prices.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 9, 2008
Lithonia has some great pre = foreclosure homes at this time.
I guess what I would do next is sit down with a lender and find out what type and amount of loan you qualify for, with that information we will review your " dream home list" then together we will search homes that best match you "dream home list" and see what we can find.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
I don't know which direction you might be interested in going, but Powder Springs is a very nice area and currently I am offering $2500.00 realtor bonus plus $500.00 toward buyers first two mortgage or lease purchase payments if you can qualify to close before April 30, 2008. MLS#2306690 (4961 Heritage Crossing Drive, Hiram, Georgia 30141) in McEachern School District. Contact listing agent for more details. Good luck in your search.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
We are selling a home in Lithia Springs GA. Its a subdivision of about 65 homes with many wooded areas. The home is less than 3 years old, 5 BD/3BA. It is 2709 sq ft for $194,900 (less than $72 a sq ft.) The high school here is Lithia Springs High school. The bus picks up in the nieghborhood. My daughter has gone to school there for two years. Look around the Lithia Springs area. You get a lot of house for the money. It is 17 miles from downtown west of the city so traffic is rarely backed up.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
Hi Paula,
You will be over joyed with the home prices in Georgia vs. New York. I would suggest the Smyrna and Cobb County. Schools are great and property taxes are afordable. You would be 20 to 30 minutes to Downtown Atlanta and the airport. Great neighborhoods from the low $100's up to the Millions+.
Let me know if I can help.
Peggy Hatley
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
Paula, I am a transplanted New Yorker raised on the east side in Manhattan. Moved to GA in 1981. Lithonia is, in my opinion, a llittle too much of a culture shock for someone with teenagers. Tell me a little of what you are looking for and what your price range is and I'll send you some information. Email me at
ama@mindspring.com. Have to tell you too that my husband opened an Italian market in Dunwoody Ga so you will be able to find lots of things that you are used to in NY.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
Hi Paula,

From New York to Georgia.....that's quite a move!! I did that same move many years ago but I was a child at the time. You will love the Atlanta weather!

There are so many areas close to the city that have a suburb feel. Too many to count. If you can give me an idea of what other things are important to you and what kind of things your daughters like to be involved in I could make some suggestions. Where will you be working/going?

Lithonia, like most cities around Atlanta, has all of the typical things......restaurants, shopping, convenient access to the highway system so that you can get about town fairly easily.

A good source of information is http://www.knowatlanta.com.

Let me know if you need further information or any help. I would love to help you. Judy
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
Lithonia is a city of about 2,200 and is in DeKalb county. The median house/condo value is around $120K. Is there anything else you'd like to know?
Web Reference: http://www.rkihomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008

I would also consider the smyrna vinings area. Much of your decision will be based on your budget and type home you would like to purchase.

With two teenagers I would assume you are looking for a single family home with a minimum of 3 bedrooms. Many suburb areas close to the city can be expensive. I would love to help you find the right home for you. Feel free to contact me and I would be happy to assist you with your search once I find out exactly what your requirements are.

James Dudley
ERA Sunrise Realty
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