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Asked by Lizabeth Rolfson, 68028 Tue May 20, 2008

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Kim Perez, Agent, Marietta, GA
Tue May 20, 2008
Lizabeth,
Lee is correct. Check out http://www.greatschools.com. My sister and brother-in-law are both teachers in Buford at the elementary and middle school level. They recommended this site to me for reseach. Alpharetta was just listed as one of the best cities to live in, but it can depend on lifestyle. I can't comment on commute because I am not sure if your commuting to the downtown area or somewhere else, just be advised, traffic is heavy just about everywhere. I suggest you use a Buyers Agent who can help you narrow your search on this criteria. Good luck to you and welcome to Georgia.
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Kc, Home Seller, Suwanee/South Forsyth
Tue May 20, 2008
If you want the best Alpharetta has to offer, move to South Forsyth! We moved out of Alpharetta into Suwanee/Forsyth County for these reasons:

Substantially lower taxes
Technologically-advanced schools
Forsyth has plenty of revenue (ranked 13th by Forbes.com -- wealthiest in the state)
Fiscally responsible county administration
Less traffic

In addition, we were affected by redistricting in North Fulton due to the unmanaged population growth in that county, so when we moved, we found a home in a neighborhood across the street from award-winning elementary, middle, and a high-schools nearby, making it virtually impossible to be redistricted. As parents we have to take that into consideration too. I thought you might want to hear a perspective from someone that's not in real estate.
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Move Home Te…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Thu Jun 19, 2008
Thanks for your reply! You are questioning about many geographical areas and all of them are in different school districts. The cities you are inquiring about are in Cherokee County, Dawson County, Gwinnett, Dekalb and Hall Counties. I am attaching a link to a site that will give you the rankings in the particular level of age/grade you are seeking and you can at that point find out which system rates better in comparison to the others. While I have my own opinions for my family needs, you may find other to suite your needs. You also asked about the commute times, so if you could be more specific as to where the distance would be to your job, etc., then I would be happy to help you out with that also! If you are driving from these areas into downtown, then of course you will have longer times. A lot these areas have great job potential in the suburbs. Call or email me anytime to get more specific to your needs. I hope that helps! Link: http://www.gppf.org/default.asp?pt=doc&doc=reportcard
PW
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Claudia Stipe, Agent, Suwanee, GA
Thu Jun 19, 2008
I am a local Realtor in South Forsyth, and it is a wonderful area with schools of excellence, great parks and recreational areas and close to Lake Lanier. I have shown many clients the Alpharetta area and the South Forsyth area, and they usually end up in South Forsyth once they look at both areas. Taxes are much higher in Fulton County. My partner lives in Lawrenceville and she says they should have bought in South Forsyth because that area has seen a great appreciation of home values.
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Carlos Castro, , 30004
Tue Jun 10, 2008
I have to agree with KC. Forsyth County is what I would recommend.

Great Bang for the Buck as far as home value
You can have your Alpharetta address and still pay the much lower Forsyth County Property Taxes

If you are familiar with the area, you can be in Forsyth County as far south as Exit 12 on GA 400.

Forsyth County is beefing up their School Infrastructure.

Just opened Piney Grove Middle School, West Forsyth High, and a bunch of Elementary Schools. They are planning on opening Lambert High School in the Fall of '09.

Full Disclosure: I have three children attending FCPS and have been happy with what I have seen.
Web Reference:  http://39DollarMLS.com
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John Reinhar…, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Tue Jun 3, 2008
Lizabeth -

Best schools hands down in Alpharetta & Roswell. You will also get a big bang for your buck here. The homes in Alpharetta & Roswell values are changing monthly. I have been representing buyers in these areas for years & the appraisals have been fluctuating. It is a good time to negotiate hard for a deal. This answer is based on your job in Alpharetta.

John Reinhardt
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
678.784.4440
http://www.InFrontMarketing.com
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Joshua Jarvis, Agent, Duluth, GA
Mon Jun 2, 2008
If schools are the issue, then Alpharetta schools would normally "beat" almost all of these schools, hands down.

You can safely rule out, Dawsonville, Canton, Dahlonega and Flowery Branch for commutes to Alpharetta as well as almost anywhere else.

Schools in Sugar Hill, Buford and Suwanee are great.

GreatSchools.net has easy to read charts and ratings. Compare the schools your kids go to now vs the ones in GA, you'll see if there is a big difference.
Web Reference:  http://www.gahomedigest.com
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Move Home Te…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Thu May 22, 2008
Hello Lizabeth! All of the answers you have gotten are great! I have lived, worked and educated all my kids in the North Fulton Schools, specifically Mountain Park Elementary and Roswell High School and I like some of the other Realtors just absolutely adore the area. I am a native Georgian, but have moved several times out of state and in choosing the areas best for us when I came back was at best, so confusing. The best thing you can do for yourself is to plan a few days to do a quick overview of the area. Do get within reasonable communtes for your jobs as you want to have good down time when not working and then focus on the next most important thing - may schools? Then go from there. The North Fulton Schools in Roswell/Alpharetta are some of the Top Ranked in the State. The other surrounding areas are awesome as well! Good luck in making your choices! It will be a fun adventure!
Web Reference:  http://www.YourMoveHome.com
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Donna McClure, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Wed May 21, 2008
Good morning Lizabeth,
We hope this email finds you well.
Of course, your price range is the first item we need to determine and what that price range can get you. Start with the area closest to your husband's job then move out. No need to live too far out if it’s not necessary. There is affordable housing in Alpharetta and very good schools. Roswell is also a close commute with award winning schools. Forsyth County also has some great schools.
We are both originally from Atlanta and have done Real Estate in the North Fulton and surrounding areas for over 24 years. So feel free to call us and pick our brains!
Good Luck with everything!
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Vicki Masell…, Agent, Duluth, GA
Wed May 21, 2008
Hello Lizabeth,

Are you & your family relocating from out-of-state or just doing a local relo? Since you asked about schools, I presume that you have at least one or more school-aged child(ren). Several Real Estate Pros on this forum have already beat me to the punch about http://www.GreatSchool.net; however, another great source to consider is the Atlanta Business Chronicle which compiles school ranking data and statistics every year (in February or March) in their Education Guide insert. Info on private schools and colleges are also included. Call or email me with your current mailing address and we would be honored to send you a complimentary copy.

You mentioned that your husband's job will be relocating to Alpharetta. What is his threshold on drive time and/or distance to commute? This would be the first place to start when considering various geographical places to call home in the Atlanta metro area. Will you be working with the relocation department of your husband's employer? Have you selected a full-time Realtor to assist you in this very important task of selecting a new home? Many of your fears and concerns can quickly be eliminated or mitigated by starting with a knowledgable, professional Buyer's agent. Since it sounds like you are already focused on the North side of Atlanta metro, choose a professional who lives and works in the area.

My family & I work, live & play in the Northeastern portion of town in Gwinnett County. We have been here for well over 20 years and absolutely love it. Lots to choose from including: Mall of Georgia, Lake Lanier, Discover Mills Mall, Gwinnet Place Mall, the Gwinnett Arena, the Gwinnett Civic & Cultural Center, wonderful parks & recreation facilities, and the soon-to-be Braves minor league stadium, to name just a few. Cities like Suwanee and Buford would be high on my recommendation (both have ranked in the top 10 of Money magazine's best places to live).

What other features, attractions and conveniences will be important to you and your family? Consider this exercise: have each member of the family make a list of their top 3 choices of wants/needs/would like in a home and location. Then, compare your notes to fine-tune the areas to focus on.

Wishing you much success for a smooth and stress-free relocation.

Warm regards,

Ted Shoop
Web Reference:  http://MyGeorgiaHomes.com
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Jolie Abreu, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Tue May 20, 2008
Hi Lizabeth,
Roswell would be a great choice! Specifically the Mountain Park Elementary district tends to be desired. As mentioned, http://www.greatschools.net is a great place to start researching. Having relocated here myself (also due to hubby transfer) :) I can completely relate to your situation. Roswell / Alpharetta are a reasonable commute into Atlanta.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about relocating to the area that you may have.

Jolie Abreu
(678) 894-4409
Web Reference:  http://www.helpinghomes.net
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Louise Linds…, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Tue May 20, 2008
The good news is there are lots of choices... the bad news. it's very confusing. My suggestion... start with what is most important... if that is the best schools, then as others have indicated, Alpharetta, Roswell and Suwanee are where you should be. If the house size itself is most important, that may alter your selection. You didn't mention a price range... and that could make a difference on where you decide to live. Do you want to be in a swim-tennis subdivision? Do you want a large yard? Do you want a new house or is an older home OK? There are lots of different factors... Let me know the price range and I can give you more ways to narrow your search.
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Carl H. Mart…, , Atlanta, GA
Tue May 20, 2008
Lizabeth...I see that you are moving from Gretna, NE. I guess one question I'd have for you is, do you want to stay in a small town? I moved about a year ago from a suburb of Chicago and have really fallen in love with the area. Mountains north, ocean south...and great in between!

I just bought my first home in Roswell which is right next to Alpharetta. Commute and schools can vary...I suggest contacting Brenda Richterkessing direct and she can help you. Brenda knows the areas you are asking about. Her site is http://www.rkihomes.com and she is also a contributor on http://www.northfultonvoices.com

Give her a call, 770.300.0023 or send her an email, brenda@rkihomes.com
Web Reference:  http://www.rkihomes.com
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James Dudley, Agent, Suwanee, GA
Tue May 20, 2008
Lizabeth,

Alpharetta, Suwanee, Sugar Hill are your best options in my opinion with regards to commute time and school choices.

All the areas you mentioned have mixed reviews on who's schools are better. Hank says Alpharetta/Roswell and I think North Gwinnett/Soth Forsyth. We all want to represent our favorite areas which happen to be where we live as well.

Alpharetta is a great area to live, but keep an eye on the property taxes for this area because they can be much higher than other places nearby. Suwanee was ranked one of the top ten places to live by money magazine and Sugar Hill is expected to be the next Suwanee.

There are many great communities to choose from. I as many who respond will be happy to assist you with your home search. I'm a relocation specialist and understand the needs of families re-locating to this area from out of state. It's a buyers market and there are many great deals to be found!

Happy house hunting!

James Dudley
ERA Sunrise realty
678-781-7418
james.dudley@era.com
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Natascha Katz, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Tue May 20, 2008
All of Atlanta is a great place to live however most of our clients choose Alpharetta/Roswell if looking at schools and it is ok to get to work. Our family is from Metro Atlanta for over 120 years, in Alpharetta over 25. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.
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Hank Miller, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Tue May 20, 2008
Hi Lizabeth -

Stay in the Alpharetta/Roswell area for the best schools. You'll also want to consider East Cobb/Marietta as well. I have no doubt you'll have hundreds of sites tossed at you - good luck trying to make heads or tails as data is manipulated to obfuscate the facts. Look at the end game; what percentage of HS kids graduate and where are they going to college....that's the best indicator of quality.

Are the schools as bad as your hear? Go to AJC.com and have a look at the headline today - "State notifies parents before releasing awful test scores". Enough said!

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/05/19/ge…

I want my buyers to see everything without the sugarcoating - work and live in Alpharetta and you'll be fine. Please feel free to drop me a line if you want direct information without the fluff! Take Care -

Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
http://www.hankmillerteam.com
hankmiller@remax.net
678-428-8276
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Lee Adkins, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Tue May 20, 2008
Schools are great up here in general, but don't take my word for it - check out greatschools.net

I am happy to answer your questions directly if you would like to contact me directly.
Commute times vary a lot depending what area you would end up in.

Sounds like Alpharetta may be the logical choice for you guys with it's good public schools and high standard of living as well as proximity to your husband's work.

I also have information on Alpharetta on my site at http://www.leeadkins.net/alpharetta

Thanks! Best of luck to you!

Lee
Web Reference:  http://www.leeadkins.net
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Deryk Harper, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Tue May 20, 2008
Why not Alpharetta for a house? Schools are great here and there are decent homes at almost any price range. It would also be the shortest commute for your husband. Check out listings at http://www.keylocationsforyou.com. Check out schools at http://www.greatschools.net Let us know if we can help. We live and work in Alpharetta.
Deryk Harper
Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta
770-722-6922
Web Reference:  http://www.keyhomefinder.com
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