Post # 1
I’m hoping for some tips on relocation, or some tips from Atlanta bees.
a few months back I posted about possibly relocating with my company. I found out 2 weeks ago that I got the promotion and my husband and I, who also works for the same company, are relocating from Missouri to Atlanta, Georgia in 7 weeks. I am very excited but also nervous. The relocation process will be stressful but my company does a fantastic job assisting. They will actually be packing, moving and un packing all of our stuff and we will be flying down in a few weeks to look for a place. Any tips on the relocation process or any tips from Atlanta bees on places to go, things to do or most importantly places to live?
Post # 3
Atlanta is pretty big and traffic can be an issue. I have lived here twice and HIGHLY recommend renting for a year or so before buying. The housing market has really not recovered so you don’t want house regret:)
if you tell me what part of town you’ll be working in and some priorities (school, airport access, etc) I can point you in the right direction.
Post # 4
@Georgia Bee: thank you! We will be in the Dunwoody/Duluth area, I believe. No kids, we want to be somewgere quiet and safe. We will not be buying, just renting. Although if we do buy within a year our closing costs are covered by our company.
Post # 5
I was born and raised in metro Atlanta (Duluth area, actually)…
It’s a tricky city because I feel it lacks the “city feel” that other cities have. That’s pretty much because everything is new and the city is so spread out that you pretty much can’t walk anywhere.
That being said, it’s a good place for friendly people, low cost of living, and a good climate.
As far as places to live – you’ll want to stay “In the Perimeter,” otherwise known as “ITP.” Anything outside of that becomes suburbs (Duluth and Dunwoody for example) and if you’re like me and my FI, you won’t want to be surrounded with families and white picket fences when you don’t even have kids of your own!
If you’re working in Duluth/Dunwoody but living in the city center, you’ll have the advantage of doing the “reverse commute,” so traffic won’t be *too* terrible for you. Although that being said, it will probably still be pretty bad…it IS Atlanta after all!
I would recommend looking at Virginia Highlands…it’s really fun with some cool, independent bars/restaurants and you can buy/rent a nice little one-level bungalow house for not too much (walking distance from the places you’d want to go on a night out!). Buckhead is okay, but to me it’s pretty “businessy” with no character or green space so I’d avoid it.
Anything close to Piedmont Park/14th Street/GA Tech would be nice (but those are among the most pricey areas).
Hope this helps, as a start!
Post # 6
I’m SO jealous! I’ve always wanted to live in Georgia!
Post # 7
@Linz1231: I lived in Atlanta for years. You’re in a good situation as far as commutes go because you’ll pretty much go against traffic for the most part if you live ITP. I really like Decatur. There’s an amazing, world famous farmers market, a town square, lots of shops and restaurants, etc. It’s not totally overcrowded and congested like some areas.
Post # 8
Dunwoody is actually one of my favorite areas–tons of restaurants and shopping, very easy commute to most areas. It is very suburban and I generally dislike that everything is a chain, but it is a very stable area. We lived in the Buckhead/Brookhaven border which was also very convenient. I also love Virginia-Highlands and Decatur (the cute, downtown part). Wherever you decide, really pay attention when people are home and do you want them for neighbors?. Also make sure you are comfortable with the grocery stores, etc. Apartments here can be small so look for townhouses and condos as well.
I have moved around a lot. If you don’t have a good GPS, get one. There are few people here who are from Atlanta. Most people are transplants so there is always something to make conversation about:)
Post # 9
I agree with PP’s…forgot to mention Decatur, but it’s great!
Post # 10
Thank you so much for all of the advice! I really appreciate the input. Ill be flying down in a few weeks for 5 days. Anyone want to show me around? Ill pay you in drinks 🙂
Post # 11
I moved to Atlanta 2 years ago. It’s a beautiful city and there’s a lot going on here. Housing prices definitely depend on the neighborhood. Where I live, in Lake Claire, it’s rare to see a home that doesn’t need extensive renovation for under $400K. Candler Park, Virginia-Highlands, and Inman Park are very trendy neighborhoods right now and home prices have skyrocketed. That terrible housing market everyone talks about does not apply to the good neighborhoods and we had a tough time finding a decent house to rent for under $2K a month. Once you get into the suburbs though, I hear it’s much more affordable, but the disadvantage is that you’re away from the best the city has to offer and then it begins to look more like Anytown,USA.
Traffic is kind of bad, but I moved from LA so it’s kind of laughable to me. If you’re a foodie, this is the city for you. There’s so much happening right now with Atlanta cuisine (farm to table and variations on southern cuisine are very “in” right now) and it’s super affordable. Buckhead has great shopping, Lenox mall is amazing, everything from Macys to a Prada store. All in all, it’s a very cosmopolitan city, you’re going to love it here.
Post # 12
I’ve lived here for 5.5 years. The first 2 in Buckhead, the last 3.5 in Duluth. It’s a nice area. Feel free to keep in touch! My whole group of friends are people who’ve relocated from the Northeast!
Post # 13
We are also conisdering relocating to atlanta (from NY).
We are hoping to both secure a position before moving (or at least one of us).
Is the job market in Atlanta really as bad as some of the blogs/forums make it seem?
Post # 14
@Linz1231: Welcome to the A! The best neighborhood fit for you is going to be driven by you and your husband’s personalities, what you like to do/resources you like to be close, how tolerable you are to commuting and your budget. I am a real estate agent here and have seen first hand how much the market is shifting and prices are rising for not only home buyers, but renters as well! Dunwoody is quite different than Duluth, for someone working in Dunwoody I would reccommend checking out Chamblee, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, N Buckhead, and Decatur/Oakhurst.
If you are an intown city girl, I would recommend totally different communities. Here is a link to a wiki map I send all of my relocaters:
If you are looking for just an apartment, I would go make a quick appointment at Promove and they will take awesome care of you (and stalk you). Craigslist, georgiamls.com, and Listingbook (I can send you a log in if you’d like) are also great for helping with residential rentals. I hope this helps!
@TaurusBrideNY: I think that depends on what industry you are in for sure. My FI works in corporate for the big box home improvement retailer here, and they are always hiring for *something*. I like Craigslist for employment searching in Atlanta, you get to skip the middle-man and connect with real people (though do beware those sketchy ads that want your social and first born child) 🙂
Post # 15
@atlbride2013: Hey, I was just thinking about you today now that the Final Four is here. I would be so bitter!!
Post # 16
i agree with all the above mentioned 🙂 good luck