We live in this perfect area zoned for Lassitar (one of the best schools in Metro Atlanta) and are only about five-ten minutes from Town Center Mall, yet our two neighbors have 50 acres each of only horse farms, and the person across the street has 25. It is beautiful and is about a minute from a Walmart and ten from a mall. There is plenty of property for sale here including our house next door that we own. You should try it out; it's pretty nice.
Anyway, just thought I'd let you know (even though you asked seven years ago),
Lilburn is likely closer to the CDC than Duluth or Marietta. That area also provides easy access to multiple commute options into the city. Read more about Lilburn at the link below. You'll find links to the areas around the schools further down the page. The same page for Duluth is under the tab, Metro Atlanta MLS Listings," where you'll also find the schools that serve Gwinnett County. But please be mindful that the schools are undergoing redistricting, so the you'll want to work closely with someone who is familiar with the most recent plan.
The great thing about Trulia, if you scroll down on the property page you are interested in, there is a section called "local". In that section it gives you information about local transit, schools, crime, amenities, etc. Check it out! A great resource.... more