Originally Posted by ezkcdude
I'm glad to see there's such a good group of guys in Atlanta. I'm starting as an Assistant Prof. at Georgia Tech in January, so I look forward to attending some future mini-meets. I'm actually going to be in Atlanta on the 11th - but it is a short trip just to look for housing. BTW, can you guys recommend me some areas? I leaning towards Buckhead/SandySprings (basically North of GT).
Welcome to Hotlanta!
Meyvn gave you some pretty good advice. It depends on whether you're a suburbanite and don't mind commuting, have a family and are interested in the schools, or whether you prefer being in town. Generally speaking, suburbia is outside the perimeter (I-285). North is preferred, although there are many pockets of nice areas South such as Peachtree City (IMHO). The area you indicate runs along the GA 400 corridor, which is horrible. Other choices include along the I-75 corridor, which is horrible and along the I-85 corridor, which is also horrible. Welcome to Atlanta traffic, IOW.
Hwy 78/Stone Mtn Fwy as Meyvn mentions is OK if you're going to Decatur or DeKalb county (Emory Univ., CDC, etc.), but it sucks for downtown and GA Tech. There's just no good way to get there once you hit I-285 from 78. This is, of course, the outbound route to Snellville and Loganville - the site of the meet.
There's quite a bit of new stuff in-town. For instance, the entire Atlantic Station development is only blocks from Tech. I've been to IKEA a few times, but can't speak for the condos and how much they must cost. The Emory area in DeKalb county is nice and pretty close in, but that may cost a fortune, too - I know the condos do.
A lot of Buckhead and Sandy Springs is the center of nightlife in Atlanta, but I'm afraid the apartments and condos nearby will be priced accordingly.
Anyway, good luck!!