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Old 09-28-2017, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by ChannelTwo View Post
I left Miami 22 years ago for Georgia Tech and never came back. I do miss the water and the beach but we have a place in the Keys. The four seasons are nice and it is a great place for a family (not that it matters for you). PM me if you have any specific questions. I live in a north Atlanta suburb.
Yea, I went to GT, and found a job up here in North Metro area. I grew up in Florida, and I miss the saltwater and a boat...
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Old 09-28-2017, 06:58 PM
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I grew up in ATL in the 90's (I'm still pretty young, not quite 40). My parents still live there, in Cobb (NW side).

That place F-ing sucks if you enjoy peace and tranquility. If you like noise, traffic, and assholes, Atlanta is the place to call home.

Military has put me on the FL gulf coast for the 2nd time in the past 20 years and I love it here, will probably stay here when I retire.
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Old 09-28-2017, 07:03 PM
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Grew up in clearwater. Lived in Atlanta, Marietta, Smyrna for 9 years. Was happy to get the hell out of there. Great city for being a city but it is true rat race. Left my house and rented it out. After 8 years of renting it, sold it a few months ago. I don't recommend it.
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Old 09-28-2017, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by LWLoadie View Post
I meant to say that I've always felt I could not live without being close to saltwater and boat. Fixed that.

I'm well aware of traffic in Atl, we like the Sandy Springs area and would definitely live close to work to avoid commutes. O
I'm a South Florida native....moved here back in '91 for what I thought would be a year. A family, a dog and a job later I'm still here. That said, I spend as much time as possible in Florida and still have family there.

Atlanta is a big city (6+ million) and with the big city comes all the good stuff (culture, shopping, eating, sports, etc...) as well as all the bad stuff (crime, traffic, more traffic, etc...) Good news is - as several have said - you can be in some beautiful mountain areas in less than 2 hours. You can also be in Charlotte in 3.5, Nashville in 3.5, etc...

If you like saltwater, it's a haul...the NW coast of Florida is 5.5 hours...the Atlantic is 5...I never got into the fishing scene for freshwater but a lot of guys do. There are plenty of saltwater boats up here... On the other hand, I pull the boat out and a quick hose off and it's done.

You get 4 seasons here... I don't winterize the boat, and if we get 55-60 degree days in January or February I'll be out there.

Cost wise, my homeowners is less here. My car insurance is more here. Sales tax is between 7.75 and 8.75. Property Tax in Sandy Springs is not terrible. Both of my kids (7th grade) are in private school.

We live in Sandy Springs now, so if you want to, feel free to send me a PM.

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Old 09-28-2017, 08:32 PM
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Take a girl out of high school?? You've lost it. I've often said I've move north, just double my salary.
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Old 09-29-2017, 03:23 AM
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Born and raised in the ATL area, lived there as a professional from 2003 to 2013 in Roswell. I think you will regret it.....especially from January to September

My feeling is, the only thing Atlanta is good for is making money. No one plans a spring break in or to retire in, Atlanta. People who live there are generally trying to figure out a way to spend more time at their house in Highlands, NC, Lake Rabun, farm, beach house, etc...None I know would rave about Atlanta.
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Old 09-29-2017, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by airbrush View Post
Leaving W Palm for Atlanta???? Rent a place up therefor2 months and you'll come running back south. Moved out of Atlanta 13 yeears ago and won't EVER go back.ATL is not a city, just a shirthole.
Left ATL in 1999. Never looked back. We lived in Virginia Highlands which is a nice in town neighborhood. I think you are nuts to move there.
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Old 09-29-2017, 07:57 AM
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I currently live in Woodstock, GA (northwest ATL), and it's nice b/c the orchards, etc aren't far, but my wife and I are liking the sound of warmer weather and a closer coast.
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Old 09-29-2017, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by LagoonAkin View Post
I'd have to go further north than Sandy Springs. Maybe Cartersville or Buford? But I absolutely hate traffic.

Me too

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Old 09-29-2017, 09:03 AM
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Parents have lived in Midtown/Ansley Park for the last 20yrs, pm for any questions!
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Old 09-29-2017, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by DocHoliday View Post
Born and raised in the ATL area, lived there as a professional from 2003 to 2013 in Roswell. I think you will regret it.....especially from January to September

My feeling is, the only thing Atlanta is good for is making money. No one plans a spring break in or to retire in, Atlanta. People who live there are generally trying to figure out a way to spend more time at their house in Highlands, NC, Lake Rabun, farm, beach house, etc...None I know would rave about Atlanta.
I think you nailed it. I moved there for a job that paid really well. Within a month of arriving I was plotting how to get out. I lived in Roswell and commuted to midtown.
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:07 PM
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Native of Atlanta. I got out in the sixties and did not realize how bad it was because I had never known anything else. Ended up back there to get a job years later. I finally married and moved to Blue Ridge. Not a bad place and actually Fannin County has a decent school system. My very bright daughter got better education than in Gwinnett. Low crime and taxes far better than Gwinnett.
We later moved to Tennessee and then after retirement started spending time on the Georgia coast and today we are still there.
I have been through a hurricane and an Atlanta Ice Storm. I'll take another hurricane. Traffic is always bad. Sometimes it is even worse. Winters are cold. Summers about as hot as the coast and no breeze.
The good: mountains are nearby. Close enough to visit on weekends.
Forget boating on Lanier. Think the busiest south Florida pass on Labor Day and that is a normal weekend except there are no channels so boats randomly crisscross the lake wide open speeds sometimes pulling a skier with no regard for anything else in the water. Fishing is at night and hope no drunk boater out for a night time cruise at WOT doesn't hit you.
I'd move back to rural Tennessee again or even Blue Ridge,but I do not even drive through Atlanta on my way north.
There are jobs, but the cost of living is not cheap. Somebody mentioned private schools. I did work in the metro area public school systems and would not want my child in any of them.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:05 PM
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I grew up in SW Florida and have lived in Atlanta for 6 years. I moved here a couple years after going to college at Mercer to join my girlfriend. The job market is much better which caused me to move. Live close to Emory but work in Roswell (reverse commute) about 40 mins each way.

I miss te water every day but do 2 keys trips and 4-5 trips home for long weekends to fish and see family, so my freezer is always stocked with fish which all my friends and coworkers appreciate. Luckily I get a LOT of paid vacay. The traffic does suck, but you just have to avoid it the best you can. The thing that sucks the worst is get home from work on a weekday and you really need to wait a couple hours before going anywhere else. Ive adapted I go to gym by work most days and let traffic die down.

The pluses- there is a lot to do, soo many great restaurants beer bars etc. Kind of central to everything, can be in Nashville in 3.5 hours, Asheville in 3, Chatanooga in 2, savannah in 4or 5 etc. Really good golf, I have become addicted to golf with the lack of saltwater for free time.

All thing equal (job wise and woman) I would be back around Sarasota in a heart beat. I just imagine instead of sitting in traffic after work, I could get an hour wading the bay and be offshore every weekend..

I would recommend living in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Suwanee etc.

Edit: If any of the other AtL area guys on here want to fish or know anywhere to fish around here let me know.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Vollymall View Post
I think you nailed it. I moved there for a job that paid really well. Within a month of arriving I was plotting how to get out. I lived in Roswell and commuted to midtown.
That is a brutal commute. Luckily, I do the opposite and stare at 400 North after work in gridlock.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by slk018 View Post
That is a brutal commute. Luckily, I do the opposite and stare at 400 North after work in gridlock.
Which is why intown is good. My wife worked out near Beaver Ruin and 85 and I worked in Sandy Springs. Also it is not hip to be OTP.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:25 PM
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So now your in Tarpon Springs on the north end of the most densely populated county in the state of Florida.

You made a good choice.

If it weren't for the addiction to salt water and swamps I would be out of here. If I had to live in
Dade or Broward county I would sell all and haul ass to Montana.
Actually I think I did. This location works great for me, convenient to my farm and on the water.
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Old 09-29-2017, 02:44 PM
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Don't do it.....If your native you will never make it up that way. Move to the panhandle, Ft Walton Bch, Destin, Mexico Bch all great places with a georgia feel, but still in good ol florida!
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Old 09-29-2017, 04:18 PM
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I moved to GA last year due to job, lived in FL all my life now we are in Oconee County but I frequently travel to Atlanta.
Was working down in Old 4th Ward for the last couple weeks, 1.5 to 2 hr drive ea. way from home.

Yes the mountains are close, and you have the seasons, (do you like raking leaves) but there are a lot of gloomy days where you never really have a clear sky.

We get back down to FL often and last time down wife and I agreed that we need to move back to FL.
Miss the beach and water too much, and palm trees, lol. The positive things are peace and quite, and the school system in my area.

It might be a good move for you if you are looking for a change of environment, it really is completely different up here.
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Old 09-29-2017, 04:47 PM
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Doesn't sound like much love for Atlanta here. I guess it is all relative. I grew up in South Miami. My mom still lives here (typing from her house right now). Miami is a nut house as is most of south florida. I could never come back. I enjoy our keys house but it is crazy busy down there too. Talk about traffic all over South Florida.

I live in East Cobb in Atlanta and have a 23 mile commute to midtown. I leave at 6:45am and am at my desk at 7:15am. I leave midtown around 6pm and it takes me 45 min to 1 hour to get home. Not that far out of line compared to most places.

If you live in downtown it will be a craphole just like most other crapholes in other cities.

Sandy Springs is nice if you don't have to put kids into Fulton county schools. Incorporation of City of Sandy Springs has really cleaned the place up.
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Old 09-29-2017, 05:09 PM
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Just fled the Atlanta area to be on the coast. It is close to some great freshwater fishing with lakes Lanier and Carters, and the Chattahoochee tailwater below Lanier is an excellent trout fishery with Browns over ten pounds to be had. However, I lived out in the burbs of Atlanta and it still took me an hour and fifteen minutes to make a 13 mile drive to work. If that kind of traffic, rude people, road rage, gangs in the suburbs, and smog are your thing, then by all means Atlanta is for you.
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