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Jodi1617, Home Buyer in Atlanta, GA

i need some advice, as to which is the best location to buy a home in atlanta.

Asked by Jodi1617, Atlanta, GA Tue May 12, 2009

i work in downtown, and my husband in dunwoody. ideally, we would like to live in dunwoody, but our budget is around 250k-300k, i.e around 1500 per month. as far as i have researched duwnoody doesnt have much new construction, also, it is expensive, i.e above 350k....we are looking for new construction, or homes constructed within the past 10 years.

our first preference is to look inside the perimeter, as although, we love locations like alpharetta, the commute time is more than 25miles for me, which is too tough for me in my opinion..

any thoughts and opinions, as to which neighbourhoods might be SAFE and within 10-15 miles from downtown ?

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find a local realtor and go see properties for yourself and get feel for different areas.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 7, 2012
Hi Jodi:
Have you considered Decatur? There are several nice neighborhoods in your price point. And it's quick and easy to jump on I-285 at the Athens/Decatur exit to go to Dunwoody. To go downtown is easy too, Take Candler to I-20 or drive straight through town on Ponce de Leon or on College Avenue towards the Freedom Parkway. Decatur has so much to offer with great restaurants, walking spaces, events in the Decatur Square, plus you are smack in the midst of everything intown and not too far to Dunwoody and Perimeter. Mall. Please contact me if I can be of further assistance and good luck with your house hunting.
Keith Gordon Broker/Owner; REALTOR; A.S.R; A.B.R.
2011 V.P. of Finance DeKalb Association of Realtors; Board Member
Gordon Street Realty
1384 Windsor Pkwy, Atl GA 30319
O# 404.254.4502 | C# 404.518.1580 | F# 1.800.620.7301

kgordon@gordonstreetrealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 4, 2012
The i_85 corridor in DeKalb County would meet your needs. Just assisted a buyer in the purchase of new construction at 230K.

Check out these zip codes: 30345, 30341,30340, 30329, 30033 and also 30084 for affordable homes inside the perimeter that meet your criteria.

Handy zip code search in url below.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 3, 2012
Hi, You can visit http://www.homefair.com and http://www.spotcrime for in-depth crime stats and area demographics for any zip code in the US. When you go to Homefair click on the City Reports section, they have a great side by side comparison feature for any area.

Sincerely,

Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
914.406.9023
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 1, 2012
Hi, Just checked inventory and there are plenty of townhome new construction choices available in the Decatur / Atlanta Emory University area of Atlanta. This a easy commute downtown and it offers lower taxes than city of Atlanta , good schools, shopping and access to areas like Virginia Highland and Downtown Decatur which have lots of wonderful restaurants. Please contact me if you need assistant.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 14, 2011
I can understand your concern since you are new to the area of North Atlanta GA. We actually work in the area of Alpharetta, so I thought I would send along a little wisdom. North Atlanta does have its traffic, but if you want a great home, with great value, you are right on track with the Cities of Alpharetta, Roswell, Milton and Cumming GA. Check out this site and I hope ite helps! http://homes.NorthAtlantaHomeTeam.com or for just Alpharetta - http://www.AlpharettaGeorgiaRealty.info.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 25, 2011
Hi Jodi,

To answer your question: YES you can generally find newer construction in your price range in Smyrna and NO you do not just have to settle with a ridiculous commute. As you mentioned before you would prefer inside the perimeter - That is not out of reach given the current market. I think you would especially like a 3 bedroom townhome that was built in 2006 in your price range that is currently available in Buckhead. If you would like to work with an agent who is familiar with the properties available inside and close to the perimeter please give me a call at 404-406-6407.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 14, 2009
Hello Jodi1617,

I think I have the perfect townhome opportunities for you. Great price value relationship, good location and nice neighborhood. I have personally visited both complex and the opportunities are Great.Please, contact me at 768-427-5512 or email me at repayne7@bellsouth.net.

Best Regards,

Rick Payne
Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 14, 2009
Just to answer a few of the questions posed here, and give more information, i am actually looking for a 3-4 bed townhome. New construction is preferred, although anything between the past 10 years (i.e 99-09) is also ok.

if i need to focus on the time to commute, anything less than an hour should do for me. although, i dont want to go too much up north, as i've heard advices like you you need to start by 6- am if you live in alpharetta to escape the peak hour traffic, to get to work early. I am not quite sure if that'll work for me (or maybe, i just have to make it work, i still dont know)

Also, I thought i'll mention, we are indians and me and husband recently relocated to atlanta 1 year ago, so we are trying to find a locality that'll suit us both best, in terms of commute time, safety, and a good friendly neighbourhood.

As David mentioned below about Smyrna, would you generally find newer construction there for the price range i'm seeking?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 14, 2009
But let me throw this in there... I am working in the Sandy Springs (Dunwoody's closest neighbor city) area and you can get a nice place for that range! Much better than you're likely to find closer to downtown
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 13, 2009
If you are not working with an agent, send me an e-mail and we'll see what we can find for you.

One question for you, though, did you already get prequalified or do you have a rather substantial down payment? I ask because most people's house payment in the 250-300k range will be much higher than $1500 per month unless they have a large down payment.

bryan.furse@metrobrokers.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 13, 2009
Hello, Jodi1617. In reviewing this site, you might want to check out "Davis" who is trying to sell his property in the Southwest area of Atlanta. If you could stand the commute, this might just be one of those coincidental happenings on this site.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 13, 2009
Good Morning Jodi1617,

I agree with the other agents comments especially about finding something new in your areas of choice. However, we are in a buyer's market and opportunities come available every day. I can set you up on a
" Client Gateway Program " that will email you daily any new home opportunities that come available in the areas you select. This program is available through our FMLS (First Multiply Listing Service) listing system . The other thing I can do is contact all the new home builders in the areas you select and see how aggressively priced they have been with their last sold homes. Would you ever consider a townhome? There are some great deals on townhomes in your areas of choice and price range.

To learn more about me as a real estate agent please visit my website at http://www.rickpaynesold.com . Especially, preview my cover page "About Me " and the other information on my website. This should give you a better understanding about me as a real estate agent.

I would appreciate the opportunity to become your buyer's agent. Please contact me at 678-427-5512 or email me at repayne7@bellsouth.net.

Best Regards,

Rick Payne
Keller williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 13, 2009
Jodi,

The difficulty you is finding a newer home in your price range. Don't rule out looking at older homes. There are many that are well renovated to accomodate todays more open floor plans.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 13, 2009
I live in Buckhead and work in all of Metro Atlanta so I understand how important your commute to work is. I also agree with David that Smyrna might be a great alternative for you. It is very easy access to the major highways, the commute is not terrible, and you can buy a brand new or at least very new home in your price range and have a considerable amount of inventory to choose from. However, there's also a decent amount of properties that are newer and meet your criteria in Dekalb and would also be an easy communte. For example, there is currently a home on the market in the Dunwoody High School district for $214,000 that was built in 1999 and has three bedrooms. Another example is a 5 br/3 ba home in Brookhaven (a skip and a hop from Buckhead) and inside the perimeter for $249,000 in the highly sought after Lynwood Park neighborhood which features a playground, swimming pool, and tennis court. And though you said 10 years or newer I just wanted to throw in that there are also some other properties available inside the perimeter off P.tree Industrial that are max 12 years old and some have fabulous updates.

The last thing I want to mention is that when you are looking in this price range and trying to stay close or inside the perimeter, you may be dealing with a short sale or foreclosure. There are some benefits and some downsides to that such as: it can take a long time to get an offer acceptace with a bank, the property is sold as-is, etc. but the benefits are you can find a home at a deep discount and if you are eligible you can also get $14,000 in repairs/downpayment assistance.

If you have any other questions or would like for me to show you some available properties that may meet your needs please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ashley Wingate
Realtor
Certified Short Sale Specialist
Certified REO Foreclosure Specialist
Harry Norman, Realtors
3423 Northside Parkway
Atlanta, Ga 30327
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 12, 2009
Hard to answer question. I like where I live and think it is the best area in Atlanta. I live in Vinings; an area inside the perimeter highway, but outside the city limits of Atlanta. However Vinings does not have newer construction in your price range.

Everyone who will answer your question will probably answer that where they live and work is the best area.

You indicated that Alpharetta is 25+ miles from work. Focus on the desired commute time to/from your offices, not the mileage. With Atlanta traffic patterns, 25 miles can take 1 hour to commute in crunch time or may take 30 minutes. So, let us know where your office is located and how much time is tolerable to commute. Then you will get answers that meet YOUR needs.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 12, 2009
A good alternative for you maybe the Smyrna area. It has good accessibility to the 75 285 interchange and has really come up in standards in the last few years. Also you may look over in the Northlake area although it may not have as much to choose from. Really it the closer you come into downtown the more expensive it gets and also it is dependent on the size of the home you want. There are some homes in Dunwoody but they are going to be a bit older but good values for the area.

If you like contact me and I will be glad to compile a list of homes that may fit your needs.

Thanks,

David McEachern
Keller Williams Realty Chattahooochee North
404-406-0638
http://www.dmceachern.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 12, 2009
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