I moved here (Sandy Springs) last year from CT. I got very lucky not knowing the area. I bought a condo which is considered old down here built in 1983. You can't just rely on how much you want to pay for rent. think of the traffic situation here. How long do you want your commute to work to be? I live 5 miles from my work and it takes me 1/2 hour to get home. $850 is going to get you a small 1 bedroom, maybe 700 sq feet, in a good neighborhood but not in Buckhead, Midtown or Downtown. I want to stress the traffic is HORRIBLE here. I would rather drive in the Bronx during a world series game.