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Old 01-11-2019, 03:36 PM
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Have a friend who's going to be moving to Atlanta in a little bit. Probably will be looking at apartments until he finds out if the job is going to be a long term one or not and the job is currently located downtown.

I've only spent a little time there, mostly in the Cobb/Galleria area. That seemed nice but I don't know anything about the rest of the area.

Anybody got good feedback on areas to STAY AWAY from?
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:41 PM
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Most of them. Where is his job? He needs to live in the nicest area closest to his work.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by km1125 View Post
Have a friend who's going to be moving to Atlanta in a little bit. Probably will be looking at apartments until he finds out if the job is going to be a long term one or not and the job is currently located downtown.

I've only spent a little time there, mostly in the Cobb/Galleria area. That seemed nice but I don't know anything about the rest of the area.

Anybody got good feedback on areas to STAY AWAY from?
More info....where downtown?, budget?, kids? and I would add, like a lot of big cities it has lots of bad areas mixed with the good (I don't live there but my region office is there and I worked there many
days over the last 5 years)
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Don't know too many answers yet. The job is downtown now, but not sure exactly where and I get the impression that the offices they are in now are not permanent so they could be relocating but probably still "downtown". It would be just him.. no kids or wife. No idea what it costs like to live downtown, or if that is even a realistic possibility. What would a decent apartment go for... $1500? $2500? Do most folks down there commute in from the suburbs?
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:06 PM
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There's a lot of multi-family building going on now, company I recently worked for did the electrical in 4 apartment buildings just in the downtown area last year. At one site I could count 7 tower cranes on 7 different projects in the area.
A lot of new apartment buildings have just gone up all over ATL, should be a lot of options.
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Don't know too many answers yet. The job is downtown now, but not sure exactly where and I get the impression that the offices they are in now are not permanent so they could be relocating but probably still "downtown". It would be just him.. no kids or wife. No idea what it costs like to live downtown, or if that is even a realistic possibility. What would a decent apartment go for... $1500? $2500? Do most folks down there commute in from the suburbs?
Most people commute. If he is younger, he might look at some of the nicer (new) Apartments around Tech. For the nice new Apartments you are probably looking at $1500-$2000 for a one bedroom and $2000 - $3000 for a two bedroom......depending on SF and amenities.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:21 PM
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I’ve lived there for 61 years. I stay away from downtown as much I can.
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We have an office in Buckhead and I was there Monday for the day. If he’s just using it a placeholder for now- just be close to the office.ATL traffic makes Boston seem like a breeze...
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Lots of apartments in midtown and buckhead. Fairly expensive. I think my buddy is close to 2k a month for a 2br just off Peachtree near Piedmont Hospital. But it is 5-10 mins to work in midtown.

if looking for a house (and an awful commute) stay north of I20 and between I75 and I85. North Fulton and Cobb are nice. Gwinnett was nice 15 years ago. Now...

If flying a lot, south of ATL in Newnan/Tyrone/Peachtree City is nice and closer to the airport then anything on the north side. Public transit is poor in ATL.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:39 PM
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I’ve lived there for 61 years. I stay away from downtown as much I can.
Why? Congestion? Crime? Cost?

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We have an office in Buckhead and I was there Monday for the day. If he’s just using it a placeholder for now- just be close to the office.ATL traffic makes Boston seem like a breeze...
Yea, the few months I worked there a few years ago I got some experience with that. Not sure I'd say it's as bad as D.C., Chicago, or LA yet, but definitely not a 'breeze'.

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Most people commute. If he is younger, he might look at some of the nicer (new) Apartments around Tech. For the nice new Apartments you are probably looking at $1500-$2000 for a one bedroom and $2000 - $3000 for a two bedroom......depending on SF and amenities.
Didn't realize Tech was so close to Downtown (or even that it was in the city!)
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:42 PM
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Most of them. Where is his job? He needs to live in the nicest area closest to his work.
That is the best advice you can pass on to your friend. If he values a high quality of life, he needs to eliminate the time he spends sitting in traffic.
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That is the best advice you can pass on to your friend. If he values a high quality of life, he needs to eliminate the time he spends sitting in traffic.
I attended Emory (east Atlanta) and lived on or near campus. In the 70s that was a nice neighborhood. I didn't have to spend much time sitting in traffic because I did what Tireless recommends.
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Originally Posted by km1125 View Post
Why? Congestion? Crime? Cost?
YES, all of em'
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Where not to live in Atlanta?

Atlanta.
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Did 6 years working in midtown, lived in Cobb, commute was terrible. 30 mins one day 1.5 hrs the next for no real reason. Or during the "snow storm" 10hrs to get home due to morons getting out of their cars and walking and blocking every road.

That said it wasn't all that bad , if could of lived closer to the office I would of but houses where out of my league if you got close in and apartment living wasn't for me.

always something to due in that city but too far from the ocean.
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Like any major city, you have to pay to play. Living close in has lots of advantages but it isn't cheap.
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Virginia Highlands is a great place. Close in, close to airport, walk to bars and restaurants. It is also partially in Dekalb County which has lower taxes than Fulton. I used to live on Rosedale Rd. and I loved it.
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Did 6 years working in midtown, lived in Cobb, commute was terrible. 30 mins one day 1.5 hrs the next for no real reason. Or during the "snow storm" 10hrs to get home due to morons getting out of their cars and walking and blocking every road.

That said it wasn't all that bad , if could of lived closer to the office I would of but houses where out of my league if you got close in and apartment living wasn't for me.

always something to due in that city but too far from the ocean.
We lived in Marietta, off powers ferry just outside the loop. And drove to the airport everyday; as recent as 6 or so years ago, I could pick the lanes and center right through Atlanta to make the drive in 35 minutes or less. Never in about 16 years did it take more than 45 minutes. But I paid attention to WSB and current events just in case the funnycar speedway highway 285 was needed. 285 was a solid 45 minutes.
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Like any major city, you have to pay to play. Living close in has lots of advantages but it isn't cheap.
I would have no problem living in a major city if I could live where I could walk to work, shopping, restaurants, etc. Kinda like a "village" in and of it's own. But, I have a couple friends who live there and the commute is probably the hardest thing they do all day. You are absolutely right, it's a tradeoff.
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Marrietta and East Cobb are pleasant.
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