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TheNid
09-27-2007, 05:28 PM
Ladies/Gentlemen,
I'm a new hire at DAL...soon to start training. I'd like to get a start on the house hunting for my family (wife and four year old). Anybody have any words on where to look or where not to look near ATL? Thanks in advance.


acl65pilot
09-27-2007, 05:32 PM
I would go either to the north near Vinnings or to the South side. Peach Tree city is named base housing for a reason. Lots of DAL folks down there. Schools are good and it is growing. There are a lot of decent areas in ATL. Many live in Coweta and Fayette county because I-85 does not have half of the traffic issues that the others do. I love that way and like it. DO not love it, but there are worse places to live.

grasshopper
09-27-2007, 06:32 PM
acl is correct...especially if in the family way. As far as inside the perimeter...really should be north of I-20 if in town and all the way to Peachtree City if south of Atlanta. It doesn't take long at all to drive to the airport from the south. Traffic tends to be horrendous north of I20 especially in the I85/285 and I75/285 areas. Vinings and South Cobb get you away from a lot of that and it's still a good area in town. Northern areas are nice ie. up GA400 but the traffic is horrible. A good bit of the crime is south of downtown all the way to the airport...there are the exceptional good areas within that region though. If you don't mind the drive you can really find some good prices way up north and a good ways south. It's definitely suburb livin' though. Good luck with it!


DustoffVT
09-27-2007, 07:12 PM
Athens, Macon, Chatty, Dahlanega, Midtown off Piedmont by the park

samdog
09-27-2007, 08:52 PM
Smyrna/Vinings would probably be too expensive at first if you are looking to buy a house, but townhomes/condos are relatively affordable. The south side is quiet if you like that, and affordable. The north side has a lot more to do, but is a bit more pricey, and it does have some very bad traffic. If you have a child, you should be looking at school districts (if you plan to go public). Most of the Atlanta area has horrible schools, but Peachtree City's schools are pretty good as well as east cobb county (best in the state). I would seriously recommend that you find an apartment/rental home at first until you can scope out the city and find the area you want to live in. Atlanta is a strange town with strange people. Be careful whatever you do.

TRS531
09-27-2007, 11:04 PM
Totally agree on East cobb or Vinings/Smyrna....VERY good schools in Cobb County...expensive but great atmosphere/people/area/etc....

Vinings/Smyrna-20 min to the airport with easy access to I-75 or 285 south

East cobb-45 min

Skyone
09-28-2007, 01:34 AM
Stay out of Fulton County-----taxes. If you want to be close in, then look in the Dacatur area. You will go postal due to traffic if you have to do 25 years of dealing with traffic going north.

Split S
09-28-2007, 03:55 AM
How are things further out? Like Rome to the NW or Gainesville to the NE?

Roll Inverted and Pull
09-28-2007, 04:41 AM
Look..it`s not like you are doing an 8 to 5 job. You won`t be commuting in and out every day. Also forget Rome, Chattanooga, Gainesville....too far away. If you have kids, I suspect that you will be placing them in public schools. If so, then it`s East (or west) Cobb County, Cherokee County to the north or Peachtree City schools to the south. P.T. City is in Fayette County. DO NOT buy where you will have to put the kiddies in Fayette County schools. Avoid Clayton County. I strongly suggest that you rent someplace for 6 months or a year until you get the lay of the land. Avoid anything inside the permeter (I-285). The Atlanta area is like a lot of megaplexes, lots of good stuff and lots of bad things also. When I arrived here 40 years ago, the area population was about a million, It`s now more than five million. Lots of folks like it here, you will too!

Bucking Bar
09-28-2007, 10:45 AM
Also, take a quick look at Atlantic Station. It is a yuppie intown hi-rise market, but 15 minutes from the airport and about as much of a sure thing for rapid appreciation in this real estate market. My wife and I are temped to buy one of these intown properties while the prices are reasonable just for commuting.

You might also consider buying one of the properties set up for (rich) GA Tech students. 4 bedroom, 4 bath, room mate plan would make an excellent new hire housing arrangement.

Let your other new hires buy your house for you.

Runner
09-28-2007, 11:14 AM
Newnan is out southwest of town on 85. It's a small town with a square that has some very nice golf course communities developing around it.

TheNid
09-28-2007, 01:28 PM
Thanks for the info. There are just so many places to consider. I do plan on renting for a while to get some experience in the area. Cheers.

MoonShot
09-28-2007, 01:39 PM
How's the area west of the airport (about 15-20 DME 9R)? Looked like a nice area, without an insane amount of traffic/developement while flying over.

atpwannabe
09-29-2007, 04:41 PM
TheNid:

Try www.newhomes.com or www.buyowner.com.

I think you will like what each has to offer.


atp

SGRogue
10-02-2007, 06:47 AM
If you are looking to think outside the "local box", I have found living south of Macon in Houston County workable. Like what has been said in previous inputs, this state varies so much from county to county (schools, housing, etc..). Houston County has Warner Robins (w/Robins AFB) & Perry as it's 2 major towns with country living & smaller towns around the area. South of Warner Robins has excellent schools. As for the commute, it is approximately 100 miles straight north on I-75. During normal hours I could make the 2 hour call out on reserve & for those times of the day when traffic might be an isssue (3:30 - 6:00), I would hang out in North Macon (30 - 45 min closer). The distance may sound like alot, but I have friends living in North & Northeast ATL that take just as long to get to work. As often as we work, the commute is workable. FYI, with an AF base nearby, there are a lot of ex-military living in the area & flying for all carriers out of ATL (DAL, AirTran, UPS, FedEx, AAL). Cost of living is obviously lower than the ATL area.

As for Macon & Bibb county they have an awful Public school system. Most people I know living there put their kids in private schools (they have good ones). An area that is growing is Forsyth (Monroe County). With Henry County having exploded, it is the next one south with any potential & nearby North Macon is where alot of new businesses are going in.

Good luck with DAL!

Spicy McHaggis
10-02-2007, 04:42 PM
If you are looking to think outside the "local box", I have found living south of Macon in Houston County workable. Like what has been said in previous inputs, this state varies so much from county to county (schools, housing, etc..). Houston County has Warner Robins (w/Robins AFB) & Perry as it's 2 major towns with country living & smaller towns around the area. South of Warner Robins has excellent schools. As for the commute, it is approximately 100 miles straight north on I-75. During normal hours I could make the 2 hour call out on reserve & for those times of the day when traffic might be an isssue (3:30 - 6:00), I would hang out in North Macon (30 - 45 min closer). The distance may sound like alot, but I have friends living in North & Northeast ATL that take just as long to get to work. As often as we work, the commute is workable. FYI, with an AF base nearby, there are a lot of ex-military living in the area & flying for all carriers out of ATL (DAL, AirTran, UPS, FedEx, AAL). Cost of living is obviously lower than the ATL area.

As for Macon & Bibb county they have an awful Public school system. Most people I know living there put their kids in private schools (they have good ones). An area that is growing is Forsyth (Monroe County). With Henry County having exploded, it is the next one south with any potential & nearby North Macon is where alot of new businesses are going in.

Good luck with DAL!


If you're going to live that far south, just make sure you aren't in the "Gnat Belt". It's horrible.

FlyingViking
10-20-2007, 07:18 PM
OK, here is the challenge for the locals in ATL. As I just got hired by DAL, I am looking to move as well and have NFC about ATL. I want to live within 2 hours due to reserve for a while. I want to be close, but not in, an upscale shopping area so wifey can continue what she is doing here in Las Vegas. I would prefer a one story house on a flat lot with a possibilty to build a shop on it (so I can continue to build hot rods for people...). Any idea as to where I should start looking? No kids, one dog, wifey and me...

HercAC
10-20-2007, 07:30 PM
If you're looking for some land and/or very reasonable property taxes consider looking out I-20E in Newton (Covington) or Rockdale (Conyers) Counties. It'll be about a 45-60 min drive to the airport but you can get a lot more for your dollar, not to mention a little peace and quiet.

needmo
10-21-2007, 06:01 AM
"If you have kids, I suspect that you will be placing them in public schools. If so, then it`s East (or west) Cobb County, Cherokee County to the north or Peachtree City schools to the south. P.T. City is in Fayette County. DO NOT buy where you will have to put the kiddies in Fayette County schools."

Peachtree City Schools are Fayette County Schools. As a whole they are all good, but like any county you need to look at each schools statistics individually. There is lots of growth in Fayette right now, which means lots of movement of the student population by the School Board. Their actions don't always make sense either. There was a big shift in the Middle schools this year and the School Board is currently working on shifting as many as 2400 Elementary students for 2008-2009. So be careful when buying if you have a specific school in mind. I have lived here for 3 years now with elementary aged kids and so far, I am happy with the schools. Although to be fair..I have no other frame of reference since they have only gone to school here. Best of luck to you!

andy171773
10-21-2007, 06:40 AM
I live in Acworth up in Paulding County. Great schools, nice people and a well "set up town" if you know what i mean. About 45 minutes no traffic to the airport.

Check out Cobb county too, more great schools.

Good luck.



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