Post # 1
My super smart FI has recently been accepted to Georgia Tech as a graduate engineering student and we will be relocating to the Atlanta area by the end of summer this year. (:
We’ve both lived in the South for 20+ years and are already familiar with hot summers and the regional culture, so those things are not of a concern for us.
But besides finding a new job for me, our biggest concern is finding a place to live that doesn’t have too terrible of a commute and is affordable. I know Atlanta traffic can be bad, so I’m prepared for that, although I’d prefer my FI to have the easier commute if there’s a choice (GT is in Midtown I believe).
We’d like to rent a house–or townhouse–if possible, and looking to cap rent at no more than $1,200 a month. We don’t have any pets yet, but we are looking to get a Corgi, so one potential medium-sized dog. We also don’t have children, so school districts really aren’t a concern for the next 7 or 8 years–if we decide to have any at all.
I know websites can tell me what I can afford, but I would prefer an ‘insider’ tell me where it feels safe and has some ease of getting out and about.
Post # 3
@misskittenn: I would look outside the perimeter (MUCH cheaper than inside) and near a MARTA station. FI lives just past the end of the Gold Line and took the train to school when he went to GA Tech. Living close to Tech tends to be either unsafe or overpriced, and there’s not really a happy medium.
ETA: Congrats to your FI!! I’ll be asking mine (and his friends) if they can recommend somewhere inside the perimeter that would suit your needs.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands
Depending on how long you want to commute, Cobb is great. Woodstock, Acworth, Marietta and Kennesaw are really good areas, and they’re not that far up 75 from Ga Tech.
Post # 5
FI says “Don’t live in the Home Park area. You will die.”
I also agree with mepayne about Cobb being nice. My parents both grew up in Cobb. FI lives in Gwinnett, which also has some pretty nice areas.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Catholic Church Ceremony & Restaurant/Bed & Breakfast Reception
I live in “Vinings” just inside the Perimeter. It’s a 15-20 minute drive (average traffic pending) to GA Tech and I have easy access to 285 and 75. It’s pretty safe too. Craigslist is hit and miss…maybe look up homes in “Riverside”, “Howell Station”/”Howell Mill”, “Collier Hills”, “Atlantic Station”, “West Side” just to start.
Post # 7
I would say outside of the perimeter, it is much cheaper. I’m from the south side, even though I’m at school at UGA right now. Probably up near Cobb would be your best bet. Vinings is also a nice area. I’m not sure how much rent usually runs up in Buckhead and near Lenox, but whatever you do, don’t get next to tech. It is really unsafe and you ALWAYS hear about tech students getting mugged.
Post # 8
@misskittenn: I also agree with around Vining’s, but I think directly in there can be expensive. I interned at home depot in Smyrna, and there were a lot of affordable options around Cobb parkway which is right off the highway. I think the cheapest place was right across from a target, I forget what its called.
Post # 10
Thank-you for all of your suggestions!
A friend of mine lives in Decatur and has been telling me about it. Is that a good place to live? I’m really trying to get us as close as possible to the city without being ‘in’ the city.
Post # 10
Downtown Decatur (“the square”) is a great area, with lots of really good local restaurants and shops you can walk to/around. There’s a Marta (train) station right there, so it’s an easy commute to Tech. I’m an Atlanta native and have always lived inside the Perimeter (you may hear it called “ITP”), so I may be biased here, but in this city’s traffic you had better love sitting in your car if you want to move outside (OTP).
Buckhead (the neighborhood, not the city) is also a good area. I’ve known people who rent in the Parklane condos on Peachtree, and you can defintiely find a dog-friendly place in there for <$1200. Also check out Virginia-Highlands area. I would stay away from Atlantic Station, which looks nice in the day time and is near Tech, but is really crime-ridden.
I’ve always had good luck renting individual condo units in the city vs. renting in an apartment complex here (I like padmapper.com to search).
Post # 11
How much sf are you looking to get for that price?
I agree with others that Smyrna/Vinings is a good area. I lived there for 8-9 years until I got married. The commute to GT for your FI would be pretty easy. You should be able to find something in your price range in that area, as long as you’re not looking for a ton of sf. In fact, I have a 2 bedroom townhouse in Vinings that will soon be for rent around your price range.
Decatur is a nice area as well, as long as you stick close to downtown Decatur or the Oakhurst neighborhood. There are other places that claim to be part of Decatur but are not places you’d want to live.
When I got married, I moved to the East Atlanta neighborhood, where my husband had a house. It’s a great part of town, between Decatur and Atlanta, but it might be a bit above your price range. We still go to Decatur from time to time to do things though.
Post # 12
misskittenn: I went to college & lived in Downtown decatur for 4 years & loved every minute of it! Driving to tech would be difficult in traffic, but without traffic maybe 20 minutes, and there is a centrally located Marta station downtown there so he wouldn’t have to drive if he didn’t want to. There are alot of small kitchy type retail stores, coffee shops, and restaurants/bars. It’s a more liberal college crowd than most of southern areas, however once you get outside downtown decatur the rest of the area can be a mess. If that’s an area you are looking at I’d stay in the downtown area or by emory medical school is nearby in an also nice area. Little Five Points is a little closer to the city and is a more funky vibe with alot going on all the time, but they have some nice neighborhoods & decently priced homes (look in freedom park/little 5 points area).
I would not go with woodstock- in traffic it’s about an hour to get to the city and maybe half an hour without traffic. It’s a nice area with cheap homes, but the commute would suck for him- no public transportation up there either. Another thing to keep in mind is that the atlanta braves stadium is moving- they have plans in the works to build up around cobb county (news is saying somewhere around where 75 & 285 meet), meaning it will only get more populated with worse traffic….
Post # 13
Welcome to Atlanta! I agree downtown Decatur would be a good option, although often pricy. You may also want to consider Brookhaven (just east of Buckhead but more residential, with restaurants/stores/gym within walking distance). I lived in Brookhaven before hubby lured me to the suburbs and it’s been my favorite place to live – I miss it! There are ranch-style houses and townhomes to rent, and it’s super convenient to MARTA as well – I could walk to the station and never had to drive downtown. Good luck in your search!
Post # 14
Kennesaw, Acworth, Woodstock, Smyrna are some good places to look. Kennesaw has cheaper housing options because of Kennesaw State. Roswell is pretty nice as well but might be a bit pricier. Good luck and welcome!
Post # 15
Welcome to ATL!!!!! Vinings, Smyrna, Collier Hills are all good. Way on the other side- downtown Decatur is so cute and quite walkable. Atlanta has so many great places to live. Lots of pollen too! Aaachew! Still not used to that.