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The best, most affordable suburbs for Atlanta millennials, according to Thrillist

You don’t have to live ITP (inside the Perimeter) to enjoy millennial living in Atlanta.

In fact, according to food, travel and entertainment media site Thrillist, metro Atlanta’s smaller towns offer low-cost living, a diverse palette for foodies and lots for folks looking for some culture or a vibrant nightlife.

In partnership with the National Association of Realtors, site analysts sought to highlight the five best suburbs in nine different cities — Atlanta being one of them — “perfect for young urbanites who may be looking to buy a home.”

“Once nicknamed Terminus, since the city acted as the ending point of a railroad stretching north to Tennessee, Atlanta has surely come a long way from its beginnings as a sleepy southern city,” Thrillist writer Nneka Okona wrote in the special Atlanta feature. “Today, its suburbs are bursting with character and offer a draw away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown areas. More greenery. More space to live. Lower cost of living. A chance to build true community.”

As metro Atlanta, which is currently experiencing the third-largest population gain in the country, continues to grow, millennials looking to put down roots may want to consider a move to Smyrna, a Cobb County city less than 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta.

The “Jonquil City” features 33 acres of parks and green space and a lively restaurant and bar scene and, as the moniker suggests, several blossoming jonquil flowers during the spring and summer months.

DeKalb County’s Avondale Estates/Scottsdale came in second on the list of nine suburbs for a variety of reasons, including its local eateries, the popular Your DeKalb Farmers Market and outdoor PATH trail.

The up-and-coming suburb of Brookhaven, another DeKalb city, also earned the honors. Home to sprawling parks like Blackburn Park and Murphey Candler Park, the neighborhood is the perfect place for nature lovers.

Gwinnett’s Duluth suburb, situated about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, came in fourth in Thrillist’s list. This neighborhood is best known for its tight-knit immigrant community and global eateries.

And last but definitely not least: Roswell. The North Fulton town oozes historic charm. With the Alive in Roswell street festival, the family-friendly Chattahoochee Nature Center, it’s a prime spot for young adults.

But these five neighborhoods aren’t the only Atlanta suburbs that have received some well-deserved recognition for being attractive options for millennials.

Niche.com recently ranked the metro’s suburbs using factors such as access to bars, restaurants, cost of living, crime, safety and more and lited DeKalb’s North Druid Hills the 10th best suburb for millennials in America. Others of note: Vinings, North Decatur, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Decatur and Peachtree Corners. Both Brookhaven and Smyrna also made Niche.com’s list.

The five best Atlanta suburbs for millennials, according to Thrillist:

Smyrna (Cobb County)
Avondale Estates/Scottsdale (DeKalb County)
Brookhaven (DeKalb County)
Duluth (Gwinnett County)
Roswell (North Fulton)

See article on AJC.com.

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Living Near Top Schools May be More Affordable than Buyers Think

Atlanta (Aug. 28, 2018) – According to the real-estate experts at RE/MAX Georgia, purchasing a home in a quality school district is almost always near the top of buyer wish lists. In addition to the promise of a good education, homes located near well-rated schools tend to increase in value over time, making it a solid investment.

RE/MAX is not alone in this assessment. The 2018 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that 40 percent of buyers aged 37 and younger rank school quality as a factor influencing their home-buying decisions. Also, a recent realtor.com survey of people who closed on a home this year found that 73 percent said buying in a good school district was “important” in their search.

Even for homebuyers without young children, school quality should be a consideration. Great schools often mean great neighborhoods, according to RE/MAX. Often there’s a correlation between high-performing school districts and safer communities, better shopping and transportation and great public amenities like parks. All of these factors increase the desirability of the neighborhood, which translates to higher home values and a better deal for the buyer when it’s time to sell.

But, what exactly does it take to purchase a home near a top school? RE/MAX Georgia recently examined the latest rankings from Niche to determine the best school districts in the Atlanta area. RE/MAX Georgia then analyzed the current median home sale price for each of these communities. The following are the findings according to their ranking:

Niche Ranking School District City July Median

Home-Sale Price

1 Buford City Schools Buford, Ga. $298,800
2 Forsyth County Schools Cumming, Ga. $354,611
3 Decatur City Schools Decatur, Ga. $262,500
4 Bremen City Schools Bremen, Ga. $154,000
5 Fayette County Public Schools Fayetteville, Ga $439,835
6 Carrollton City Schools Carrollton, Ga. $148,200
7 Cobb County Schools Marietta, Ga. $328,500
8 Cartersville City Schools Cartersville, Ga. $192,900
9 Cherokee County Schools Canton, Ga. $301,250
10 Gwinnett County Public Schools Lawrenceville, Ga. $238,000

“The good news for buyers is that buying a home in a top district doesn’t have to break your budget. There are a wide variety of price points available,” said John Rainey, vice president, RE/MAX Georgia. “Buyers need to think long-term about their purchase and homes near good schools tend to hold their value, even in times when the housing market is slower.”

About RE/MAX Georgia

A leader in Georgia real estate, RE/MAX Georgia knows the local markets – from Metro Atlanta, Northeast Georgia and Augusta to Savannah, Albany and Columbus. With more than 1,300 sales associates and 100 offices throughout the state, RE/MAX Georgia has helped thousands of Georgia families with their home buying and selling needs. For more information, visit www.remax-georgia.com. 

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Where is the affordable housing in Atlanta according to RE/MAX?

As metro Atlanta home prices rise steadily higher, that push has produced an equal and opposite worry: people with modest incomes might be priced out of the market. Sales prices of metro Atlanta homes have been steadily climbing since 2012 – the core five counties of the region have seen a 21 percent rise during the past three years, according to Re/Max Georgia.

That brought the median price to $254,900 – that means, well over half the homes sold are now far out of reach for households with the region’s median income of about $63,000. But people with limited means shouldn’t forget the flip side of the equation, said Jenni Bonura, president and chief executive of Atlanta-based Harry Norman Realtors: many homes are still within reach.

“There are definitely opportunities,” she said. “I think it comes down to, what do you want as an individual?”

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Restaurants: Top 100

Three of the nation’s top 100 restaurants area in Atlanta, according to the reservation service OpenTable. The list, which is in alphabetical order includes Bones, La Grotto, and UMI. This list of 100 Best Restaurants in America reflects the combined opinions of more than 12 million restaurants reviews submitted by openTable diners for more than 26,000 restaurants in all 50 States including Washington DC. Stop by and see why Atlanta remains a great place to relocate for affordable living and also amazing restaurants!

Check out these delicious menus:

http://umiatlanta.com/menu/

http://lagrottaatlanta.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/La-Grotta-Menu.pdf

http://www.bonesrestaurant.com/menus/?m=dinner

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Path 400

Nick Huston, of Sandy Springs (pictured above),  jogs on the Path 400 trail along Ga. 400 in Buckhead. Sandy Springs has scheduled two public meetings Oct. 25 to provide information about extending the trail from Loridans Drive to the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

PATH400 is quickly becoming Buckhead’s favorite spot to get outdoors. Whether you’re looking for a great place to take your little companion for a walk or a new trail to work into your exercise routine, PATH400 is perfect for you. The GA 400 corridor is being transformed into PATH400, a 5.2-mile multiuse trail that will unify and improve the community, and that also forms the backbone of a visionary plan for increasing parks and greenspace in Buckhead. This gives the Beltline a bit of competition for North Atlanta residents! Come on out and play!

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It’s official: Atlanta will gain 744 acres in 2018

Emory and CDC annexation marks largest expansion of the city in more than six decades.

On Jan. 1, Atlanta will celebrate more than just a new year, as the city marks its largest footprint expansion in more than six decades.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta City Council has paved the way for the annexation of Emory University and the CDC campus along Clifton Road, with a unanimous vote.

The 744-acre expansion has been in the works for more than a year, requiring lengthy negotiations (and a cash payout) to DeKalb County.

The move means the city’s population will instantly grow by more than 2,000 residents. But the impact is much greater than that.

Annexation paves the way for a long-planned MARTA expansion along Clifton Road. By joining the City of Atlanta, the corridor will now be eligible to receive funding as part of last year’s vote to expand MARTA within city limits.

It’s unclear when a Clifton Road light rail line could come to fruition, but the proverbial foundation for physical tracks will be laid in just a few weeks.

Link to Original Article HERE.