Neighborhood shopping

So my wife and I are seriously considering moving from our suburban confines (Smyrna) into the city.

We both work in Midtown and have a ton of friends and co-workers ITP, so the move makes sense.

Plus, we’re expecting our second child and the current homestead in it’s present configuration isn’t going to fit all four of us. Upgrading makes more sense (potentially) than updating and perhaps pricing ourselves out of our neighborhood or not recouping our investment.

So I’m asking for your help. What neighborhoods in town do you like the best? Not necessarily for shopping or eating or live music, but for living.

We’re most concerned about schools, wide open spaces (for the kid(s) and our dog) and young, urban professionals. Dear Lord, we’re yuppies!

In any event, we have friends who have a great place in Kirkwood and we really dig Oakhurst, but we’re open to suggestions. Basically, if it looks remotely Craftsman, has a good elementary school nearby and we can walk to the park, I’m already sold.

Anybody want to offer some advice to an ex-urban OTPer looking to move? Leave a comment, please and thank you.

UPDATE: Yes, I realize Annie blogged a similar meme this week, but I’m intimately interested in places to live because 1) my wife is pregnant, so we’re on a schedule and 2) I’m not so much concerned with “hip” as I am with finding someplace I’ll enjoy living. I gave up on hip a while ago.

10 Comments so far

  1. jolomo (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Not sure what your price-range is, but I’d say stick to the East (ie, you won’t have to drive into the sun going to or from work) north of the old Georgia RR: Candler Park to Lake Claire; south of the tracks: from Edgewood to just a little east of Agnes Scott. There are still bargains all over the place that you can move into without renovation, you just have to look on the side streets. Good Luck!

  2. steve (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    Ansley Park is it. Go the extra mile, buy more than you think you could ever afford, and get on down here.

  3. Alex (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 11:47 pm

    Don’t know how old your kids are, but I believe that Ashford Park (Brookhaven) has a fairly decent elementary school. Brookhaven is getting more expensive by the day, but it’s still relatively affordable. Maybe not as “in town” as you would like, but a good place to live.

  4. Jim V. (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 5:51 am

    My wife and I are looking for a house as well. We ultimately decided on Grant Park. While we don’t have kids yet, we like the fact that it has a charter school.

    Another neightborhood that we really liked is Loring Heights.

    We considered Ormewood and EAV, but there’s too many Libertarians there.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 7:31 am

    Yes, many Libertarians here in EAV — all the more reason to love it.

    I’d say that most any ITP neighborhood is cool. My only suggestion is to find out the property taxes on the houses you are interested before buying.

  6. Scott (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    Hey there! Former Metblog Atlanta Author here (now writing for Vienna Austria Metblog)

    I recommend East Lake. In fact, I’m selling an awesome house that’s walking distance to Oakhurst Village.

    We love East Lake/Oakhurst and would continue to live there but my job requires that I move to Austria.

    I sent you an email.

  7. Hello (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    Kirkwood all the way! It’s a hidden pear! Lots of parks, very central location, close enough to Dec. to reap some of the benefits w/out the overwhelming taxes, sense of true community, dog friendly, kid friendly, and it’s got a lot of heart.

  8. Doug Quance (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

    Of course, it all depends upon how much space you need… and how much you want to spend.

    I’ve got a great MLS search engine that you can use that pulls listings from both listing services. It has maps and directions, too.

    If have any questions, feel free to ask. I love to help.

  9. Margaret - UGA (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    I’ve lived 15 min. from the City of Decatur all my life. It’s an awesome child and dog friendly city that’s small (you could proably walk everywhere you need to go), got great schools, and as always, nice people. Oakhurst is right down from Decatur and it’s not as green friendly as to get most anywhere, you have to drive.

  10. Seth (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

    Thanks for all the comments and suggestions.

    My wife and I are still in the early stages of deciding about our living arrangements, but this has been extremely helpful.

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