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Rich, Home Buyer in Knoxville, TN

What's the best place in atlanta for 30-somethings to live?

Asked by Rich, Knoxville, TN Thu Mar 27, 2008

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So much great information from those who have already answered. It is illegal for a Realtor to steer a buyer into one neighborhood versus another. You should consider your lifestyle and preferred proximity to work and balance that with your price range. This is why our motto is "finding a house to suit your heart and a neighborhood to suit your budget". With your input, we can certainly pinpoint the area you will be most happy in.
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3 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2008
I also wanted to add, that even if you aren't single, and have children; I still believe that the best place to live in the Atlanta Metro Area is ITP (Inside The Perimeter)... the closer into downtown the better. I know others may not agree, but if you're a person who enjoys city living, and everything it has to offer (culture, convenience, and excitement 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) then the suburbs just isn't going to cut it.

Now don't give me a bunch of "thumbs down" because I'm sharing my PERSONAL opinion. I know it's not for everyone. Good Luck in finding your 30-something dream neighborhood!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
No offense Mack - but if you're a 30-something single, Sandy Springs is not considered a "Hot Spot." If you're 30-something and married, then Sandy Springs, Duluth, Smyrna, Marietta, Woodstock, Gwinnett county, Forsyth county, North Fulton county, etc. are all great places to check out. If you're 30-something and single, I think it all depends on your lifestyle, but I personally believe you should live in the city.

Buckhead is always an option, like Mack suggested. High-rises and condo conversions surround Peachtree Road. If you like high-end shopping, dining, and living Buckhead is your area.

Castleburry Hill is a perfect place for big eye-catching lofts right by downtown Atlanta. If you like going out in flip-flops and a polo in the summer time, then the preppy scene in VA Highlands is exactly where you'd fit in. Little 5 Points (Inman Park , Reynoldstown, Edgewood, & Candler Park) & East Atlanta offer more of an alternative hip scene. Grant Park also has a lot of 20/30-somethings, single, couples, and families with a great park and zoo smack in the middle. Midtown has one of the most vibrant gay/lesbian communities in the world, and is always a safe, fun, beautiful place to live no matter your sexual preference. There are about another dozen of other neighborhoods/areas that I could suggest... but I'd be typing all day.

If you have any more questions please don't hesitate to contact me!

Sarah Turner

Sanctuary Real Estate, Inc.
1031 Juniper Street, NE | Atlanta, GA 30309
T: (404) 888-0833 | F: (404) 888-0863 | M: (404) 323-9976
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
have you looked into kirkwood? intown, currently affordable but going up, lots of our age people,
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 16, 2008
Great Question ? Lifestyle and Real Estate do go hand in hand and that is why when I work with buyers I visit them (when possible) in their home to peek inside their lifestyle. . When I was 20 something is was all about urban I ahd to be able to walk to everythng the as I hit 30 it was about being near work and the commute had to be easy... now in my ?? somethings its all about schools and community features.
So give us a peek adn we can give you better options.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
Hi Rich,

I guess you need to clarify your question. If you want to be close to the night life, Buckhead or Sandy Springs may be your best choice. If you are looking for a family setting with good schools perhaps Gwinnett, Forsyth or North Fulton County. In any event you will probably want to consider your commute to work unless you will be working from a home office. Sorry to be so vague in the response but with a bit more information would help in answering your question.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
I'm sorry the website for Kirkwood is historic-kirkwood.com. I get all those dashes confused. There are even work-live options there in Kirkwood Station. Very Cool to be able to have your business included in your home mortgage if you work from home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 28, 2008
The best places for 30 somethings is either in the East Atlanta area (Kirkwood, Oakhurst, Edgewood) or in the West Atlanta area off Howell Mill. or Moores Mill .These two areas have great housing that is still somewhat affordable (for those of us who are past the condo stage and ready for something more mature but very fun & very much of an investment opportunity) It's a throwback to neighborhood living and in these areas, you will find the best watering holes, entertainment , sports and mixers and singles opportunities.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 28, 2008
The best place in Atlanta is not in "Atlanta." Drive east on Highway 316 to Athens. In this college town you will find all the amenities of a larger community with the ease of a small town. Many people of various ages are finding Athens a home spot while they commute to the Atlanta market for work.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 27, 2008


Willie Acree
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Atlanta, GA 30084
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 27, 2008
How about getting out of the smog and urban sprawl. You can live in the Oconee County (Athens) area and your commute down Hwy 316 while more miles will probably time wise not be any longer a commute than if you were in Lawrenceville or Duluth. Athens has that "Atlanta area feel" without the jungle of wall to wall people. Take a look at the area. Schools are great in Oconee County too.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 16, 2008
I lived in Knoxville for 20 years or so and loved it. I am 30 something and have lived in Atlanta for about 9 years after a brief time in Seattle. I would highly suggest Buckhead, Inman Park, or possibly Mid Town. I have lived in Buckhead for almost 7 and love it! Go Vols!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 26, 2008
I don't care what age you are, be what you want, buy what you want, live where you want, do what you want to do as long as you aren't harming others.

How much can you afford?

If I could move anywhere, and price were not an issue, and I were Rich from Knoxville and 30 something (which means you must be single, or else you 'might' have been more specific) then I would do one of the following, I would do it before June and I would buy a well built, low maintenance, contemporary design house on a nice land plot at:

1. Ansley Park, on one of the parks
2. Inman Park, on Elizabeth or Hurt
3. On the duck pond in Garden Hills
4. buy Henry Jova's Midtown residence at 861 Mentelle three blocks from Piedmont Park
5. buy the penthouse at Trump Tower (ready by 2009 or 2010, I think)

Get your real estate on, Rich
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2008
Rich, The best place to live is going to be subjective. What might be the best to me would not necessarily be what you think is the best. To determine the best place, here are a few questions...

Are you looking for a single family home, townhouse, or condo?
How much time are you willing to spend commuting each way daily?
Would the best place be near sporting events or cultural venues?
Do you want to be near green space?
What price range are you shopping in?

Best of luck in your home search and know you will find what you want!

Red Hot Atlanta Homes - Kathy Kirby Seger
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
This question is very subjective since the other things that surround your life style will more often than not make the decision where you live. Make sure you have a Real Estate professional who understands the differences as they exist.

I have lived and survived two of those two of those thirty somethings and hind sight is priceless as they say in the MasterCard commerical.

If you don't have such a person on your team, think twice, maybe three times before you move forward.

Call me if you need the professional assistance.


Malcolm Boartfield, ABR
Prudential Georgia Realty
Web Reference: http://www.buycobbhomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
Yes, we need more information to be able to answer your question. Do you have children? What are their ages? Where is your office going to be? What do you like to do? What price range are you thinking about? Metro Atlanta is HUGE. We laughingly say that it covers all of North Georgia. Your family and job situation along with your life style will determine where in this large metropolis you want to start your search.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
The question is too general, Rich.

What does the word "best" mean to you?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
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