I will be starting the nursing program at Emory this fall (2014) and now I am looking for affordable areas to live. I'm not looking for an apartment but a house that is not crazy far since from my understanding ATL traffic is horrific...help!
North Druid Hills is really nice, my brother lives there and attends Emory for his graduate degree. He said traffic is not bad & it is a safe neighborhood. Not to mention I loved the area when I visited.
I will definitely check into those areas. I was initially looking close to the school which was pretty expensive. I have a middle schooler so hopefully I find an area that is relatively close enough to Emory where it wont take an hour to get home and within a good school district. Thanks for your help! If you have any more suggestions keep em coming
City of Decatur schools. Not Just 'Decatur'. About a 5 sq mile area. Great schools. Inside the perimeter. High socio economic area and people don't send the kids to private. High tax rate. . Very close to Emory. Lots of Emory folks here. About a 10 min car ride to Emory and on the cliff shuttle.
City of Decatur schools are great and are some of the best in the area. But the housing prices are quite pricey. If you're not willing to rent an apartment then you'd be hard pressed to find a single family home for a price that I would consider to be affordable. I would expect to spend at least $1500 a month for a house in the City of Decatur.
Druid Hills Middle (in the Dekalb Co. school system) seems to be a popular choice for folks of more moderate means. It hasn't always been good but I've heard good things about it recently and it's located near Emory. The areas that are zoned for that school are pretty spread out ... from the Emory area to Druid Hills to Scottdale.
Also Inman Middle (City of Atlanta) is a very good school but I can't really speak to the housing prices for the areas that it's zoned for. I do know many of the areas are quite pricey however. I think it primarily serves Candler Park, Inman Park, Virginia Highland ... all of which are close to Emory. It might be worth a look though.