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Old 09-28-2017, 01:11 PM
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We have been kicking around the idea of packing it in for Atlanta. My wife has wanted to leave S. Fl for some time, we're both from long time native families and I've never even considered it before. We have a son in first year of college locally and daughter that is freshman in HS. She has an aunt there and I have some family and friends who also Iive there. I've always thought I could not live without being close to saltwater and boat. We also love the mountains and anything outdoors, so I can see the trade off. Anyone made a similar move? Positives or regrets? We've spent a lot of time in N Atl over the years and just spent a week there running from Irma and my wife has not stopped talking about it.

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Old 09-28-2017, 01:21 PM
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We live in Orlando and have a cabin in clayton on 10 acres. It's on the market for sale. Quite frankly tired of the mountains and hoping to get something on the coast.
You maybe in same boat I'm in and just ready for the change.
On a side note Atlanta is the worst part of our drive up or down. We always try to go through at the right time of day but doesn't seem to matter. Their traffic sucks big time.
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Originally Posted by LWLoadie View Post
We have been kicking around the idea of packing it in for Atlanta. My wife has wanted to leave S. Fl for some time, we're both from long time native families and I've never even considered it before. We have a son in first year of college locally and daughter that is freshman in HS. She has an aunt there and I have some family and friends who also Iive there. I've always thought I could not live close to saltwater and boat. We also love the mountains and anything outdoors, so I can see the trade off. Anyone made a similar move? Positives or regrets? We've spent a lot of time in N Atl over the years and just spent a week there running from Irma and my wife has not stopped talking about it.
What areas/suburbs are you thinking about? I don't know traffic in S. Fla, but I can tell you in Atlanta traffic is :b ashhh:

There are some really neat areas tho for sure. It's funny you're bringing this up, b/c my wife and I talk about moving to Florida from the ATL area.
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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
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Man, as much as I rant about the demise of Palm Beach, moving to 'lanta is jumping out of the frying pan into the fire!

Had a relative outside Savannah..he said he'd only been out of Georgia ONCE, and that was when he went to Atlanta....
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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
My family is from the ATL area, so I've got to spend a lot of time there over my 47 years. I'd have to go further north than Sandy Springs. Maybe Cartersville or Buford? But I absolutely hate traffic.
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Originally Posted by fishinjacket View Post
What areas/suburbs are you thinking about? I don't know traffic in S. Fla, but I can tell you in Atlanta traffic is :b ashhh:

There are some really neat areas tho for sure. It's funny you're bringing this up, b/c my wife and I talk about moving to Florida from the ATL area.
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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.
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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.
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I lived in Atlanta for 2 years. I spent 3 months getting adjusted and the next 21 trying to get the F*CK out of that hellhole. I think it was when I was loading my tools into my truck and it was 40 degrees and raining that I was like buh bye. Or when I was stuck in traffic staring at the Heineken sign on I-75 showing 98 deg and my AC was broke.

I will say that I don't think South Florida is necessarily better. But I can deep sea fish, Catch lobster, scuba dive etc.

I do miss taqueria del sol...
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I moved to Atl area 25 years ago after spending the first 30 years of my life in Broward County. Moved back to Broward one time for about 6 months and could not wait to get out of there! My family is still there, and I have an office in PSL and Naples, so I am still down there a lot, but do not think I could live there again. (Maybe north of WPB). I live on the northeast side (Gwinnett) and keep my boat on Lake Lanier. Can not remember the last time I was actually in Atlanta, except to drive through, but yes traffic sucks even in the burbs. If you can live and work north of the city, like Hall or Forsyth county, it is a pretty decent place to be. .... It helps that I am still able to get off shore to fish often, if I couldn't I would need to move near the coast.
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You must have some money if you are buying in Sandy Springs. Beautiful area that is close to everything good that Atlanta has to offer.
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Originally Posted by LWLoadie View Post
We have been kicking around the idea of packing it in for Atlanta. My wife has wanted to leave S. Fl for some time, we're both from long time native families and I've never even considered it before. We have a son in first year of college locally and daughter that is freshman in HS. She has an aunt there and I have some family and friends who also Iive there. I've always thought I could not live without being close to saltwater and boat. We also love the mountains and anything outdoors, so I can see the trade off. Anyone made a similar move? Positives or regrets? We've spent a lot of time in N Atl over the years and just spent a week there running from Irma and my wife has not stopped talking about it.
I am like you and figured I could not live without being close to saltwater and boat. I left Miami and went to Atlanta where I spent 8 years getting a degree and a profession and a wife. I took the wife back to Florida. For me happiness is Atlanta in the rear view mirror. My wife is like yours and loves Atlanta..
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We lived on Lake Lanier before moving to Florida in 2006. Except for Atlanta, NE Georgia is a great place to live. There are all kinds of great places to go but you get to share them with the 5.7M people who live in the Atlanta Metro area.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
We lived on Lake Lanier before moving to Florida in 2006. Except for Atlanta, NE Georgia is a great place to live. There are all kinds of great places to go but you get to share them with the 5.7M people who live in the Atlanta Metro area.
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.
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There are other parts of Florida than south Florida too...
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Originally Posted by LWLoadie View Post
We have been kicking around the idea of packing it in for Atlanta. My wife has wanted to leave S. Fl for some time, we're both from long time native families and I've never even considered it before. We have a son in first year of college locally and daughter that is freshman in HS. She has an aunt there and I have some family and friends who also Iive there. I've always thought I could not live without being close to saltwater and boat. We also love the mountains and anything outdoors, so I can see the trade off. Anyone made a similar move? Positives or regrets? We've spent a lot of time in N Atl over the years and just spent a week there running from Irma and my wife has not stopped talking about it.
I know you mentioned Atl specifically, but since you mentioned your love of the mountains and outdoors I thought you might want to hear my take. 14 years ago I moved up to the " Smoky mountains " in Asheville NC from South Fl. I was raised in Ft Laud, WPB. It's beautiful country up here. In hindsight would I do it again. Probably less than a 40% chance of that. I still have family down there so I split my time back and forth. I'm starting the process of moving back down there. You might like Atl for a little while, but your passion for the ocean will win out in the end. That gut feeling you're having of " I've always thought I could not live without salt water and a boat " I had those same thoughts when I contemplated relocating up here, and my gut was right....Just my 2 cents. Wish you the best what ever you decide to do
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
We lived on Lake Lanier before moving to Florida in 2006. Except for Atlanta, NE Georgia is a great place to live. There are all kinds of great places to go but you get to share them with the 5.7M people who live in the Atlanta Metro area.
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Northeast of Atlanta, beyond Gwinnett County (lived in Gwinnett for 10 years), is OK. I boated and fished Lake Lanier alot and jons'ed for the salt water all the time. The weather isn't all its cracked up to be either. Cold and gloomy more than you'd think and scorching ass hot in the summer. Panhandle would be an possibility if there's a next time.
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