Is Atlanta in your future? I actually moved to the Atlanta area from Seattle with a move with my husband’s job at Amazon. We were excited to move to Atlanta from Seattle because of the big draws of a family friendly culture, affordably-priced homes, a bustling economy, good food, diversity, and an amazingly mild climate! Here the top 5 things to think about when moving to Atlanta.
The Atlanta real estate market is HOT HOT HOT! It is a sellers market – but the good news is – compared to other major cities in the country, Atlanta offers great value. I was stunned to find really amazing homes at great prices with great schools just 20 minutes outside the city. The best way to start is to figure out which part of Atlanta you want to live in. There is some lingo you will want to know when looking at real estate in Atlanta:
ITP and OTP Neighborhoods
ITP will almost always have an Atlanta address.
- Ansley Park
- Virginia Highland
- Chastain Park
- College Park
Short commute times, more cultural opportunities, walkability and sophisticated dining and shopping are some of the reasons why people choose ITP neighborhoods.
OTP neighborhoods encompass the outlying Atlanta neighborhoods and suburbs, and some even use it to refer to the entire Metro Atlanta area.
- East Cobb
- Sandy Springs
- Johns Creek
- Cherokee County – Woodstock & Canton
These are all popular OTP places to live. Reasons why people choose these areas include lower taxes, great schools, less traffic and an overall quieter lifestyle.
Which is Right for You?
So, if you are moving to Atlanta, which one do you choose? Well, it all comes down to personal tastes and needs. Of course, you will want to live close to work, but these days, many of Atlanta’s big companies are settling into the suburbs. If you have kids, you want them to attend great schools. ITP private schools are some of the best in the nation, while Cobb County, which is OTP, is home to some of the best public schools in the country. If you live somewhere like Buckhead or Midtown, you can catch a play or concert, dine at a fine restaurant or shop at a world-famous designer boutique every day of the week. But cities like Roswell and Marietta are always revitalizing their own downtown areas to incorporate theaters, restaurants and boutiques.
Weather you live ITP or OTP life in Atlanta can be a great place to be!
If you are thinking about moving to Atlanta – call me or text me. I want to be your friend on this side of the move. Lets discuss your move plans – I would love to send you some houses in your target areas – take a look at the market.
All my best,