We're thinking of moving to Atlanta, Georgia, and we'd like to know where the best schools are in the surrounding areas -- elementary through high school. What neighborhoods should we be looking at so we don't have to battle it out in school lotteries, etc.?
I liked the Druid Hills area near Emory University in Dekalb County. Old part of town, good schools, easy access to most places but has a suburban-ish slash urban-ish feel. Or nearby Inman Park. Buckhead is the elite part of Fulton County and probably has some good schools--if you can afford to live there.
I live in the douglas county school system. I still go to school and ive been here sincle elementary school. I prefer my Douglas County to other school district just because of its security and also the education.Douglas county is 20 minutes away from atlanta but, it has its perks.
We've been looking at real estate in the suburbs of Atlanta. If it's money that takes moving into a good neighborhood, we'll have a fair amount when we move from California where house are substantially more expensive than in Atlanta. I've seen nice homes there in the 100K to 200K region that would sell for 600K to 800K here. And in Marin County where I grew up, you can't buy a garage for 100K. We're looking at the 450K to 500K range in GA.
I hate to sound like the bitchy Californian moving in (or as I've been called affectionately by southern belles, "a Yankee bitch") but to be blunt, what kind of schools will those neighborhoods buy for our kids? and where are those (higher end) neighborhoods? We're sick of CA budget cuts eating away our schools.
I grew up and live in Atlanta....but trust me...I am not the poster-boy for a tried and true product of any school system!
Depends really...even within each county you can get some rather shady areas. Alpharetta is fairly good area...Roswell...Marietta.....but again each county has differing areas that I would not recommend.
Living outside of Atlanta, my recommendation is either Athens, Walkinsville area (by University of GA), We live by Lake Oconee, new developing area, There are some wonderful neighbors down around Piedmont Park (old and new neighbors) good schools too. It depends on what you are looking for and how close you want to be to the City. We live out farther in a smaller town because of the school systems and it's more "rural" and developing. Marietta is wondeful but find the area that works best for your family, it's a booming town. However, whereever you pick, everyhting is close enough to get around too. Good luck, big move for you guys.
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