My wife, son 11, and I are moving next month. We're looking at Peachtree City or Suwanee. I'll be commuting downtown. Any Advice?

Asked by hebowles, Atlanta, GA Sun Sep 1, 2013

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Lorraine C C…, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Mon Sep 2, 2013
Both are great locations to raise a child. Very good school systems in both locations.
Traffic is an issue NO MATTER where one lives in the Metro area. I would think at this point since your move is only 30 days out you have made housing arrangements. I would also think that you have a position to begin work. Scheduling of work hours will affect your drive time from either location.
Most of us find that there is a "sweet spot" for instance If one is coming from say Buford to Downtown for a M-F schedule during regular work week some of my associates and customers will tell me if I leave at "XXX" I can make it to work in "XXX minutes" BUT if I leave 10 minutes later it will usually take about 1.5 X's as long to commute. Welcome to Atlanta great city with incredible opportunity
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Thanks a lot. Yes, I have temp housing for up to four months, so I have plenty of time. We narrowed it down to those two cities because we liked the school systems. Peachtree City has the outdoor lifestyle I'm looking for, but the houses look to be older. I commute into Denver about an hour one way now. So I would prefer not to add to that. Thanks again.
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Jean Rogers…, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Sun Sep 1, 2013
I would move closer in unless you like a long commute.
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Jean Rogers…, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Sun Sep 8, 2013
I would consider a closer in neighborhood like Roswell or Duluth .
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Lynda Hawkins, Agent, Newnan, GA
Fri Sep 6, 2013
Peachtree City is a beautiful area with many great homes on the market. The schools are top-notch, and the people are friendly and welcoming. I will say that the commute will depend a great deal upon timing (as was pointed out by Lorraine), but if you working downtown or south of there, it's not too bad. There is a range of houses, from older homes with lots of charm to new construction.

If you are looking for a realtor who can show you a home with the style and age you're looking for, give me a call.


Lynda Hawkins
Keller Williams Atlanta Partner
710 Newnan Crossing Bypass
Newnan, GA 30263
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Michael Hamm…, Agent, Suwanee, GA
Fri Sep 6, 2013
You might also consider Newnan if newer construction is desired, hebowles. We have worked in Lake Redwine recently and there are still some values to be had there. Again, good luck!
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VienneMetoyer, Home Buyer, Atlanta, GA
Fri Sep 6, 2013
Your commute can be up to about 45 min-1 hour each way. Just something to consider. I don't have kids, so I don't know much about the schools here, but if that is your priority, both of those are nice, family-friendly areas.
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Michael Hamm…, Agent, Suwanee, GA
Sun Sep 1, 2013
Consider coming for a brief visit prior to your move, hebowles, and seeing what the daily commute each way from both the north and south sides of town would be as well as possibly a few others east and west. If the only two choices for a back and forth trip every day to downtown would be the two you mentioned, go with the south side, IMVHO. Please call, text or email if we can provide further assistance. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
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Tony Teixeira, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Sun Sep 1, 2013
I did the Suwanee to downtown commute for 13 years, it's not for the faint of heart. I would think Ptree City would be the better of those two options. Ptree City is much better for access to the airport too. But, have you thought about Douglasville? There are great neighborhoods just 18 miles from downtown Atlanta. And, if downtown is where you need to drive to, you'll make that commute on I-20 and that's quite a breeze in the mornings with afternoons being even better. Most afternoons, I am home in 20-30 minutes from downtown. One community in particular is Tributary, Earthcraft homes, Craftsman construction, front porches, unmatched amenities, onsite restaurant, community events every week, pools, tennis, community gym, an amazing place to live! I have a few listings there and would love to show them to you.
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Rodney Mason, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Atlanta, GA
Sun Sep 1, 2013
Those are pretty much as opposite ends of town as you can get. Neither is going to be an easy commute to downtown. I would imagine that the commute from Buford would be slightly longer though.

I would suggest renting for 6-12 months while until you get to know the city. This will allow you to have time to make a better determination on the part of town you want to be in. It will also not lock you in to a long term commute that might not work for you.

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