Moving to Peachtree City

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 10:18am
By: Midwest Gal

Our family is moving to Peachtree City from Minneapolis sometime this fall. My husband will be working with Delta. We have two boys, 7 years and 15 months. We would appreciate any information about good family neighborhoods. We were looking at the Chadsworth subdivision and Planterra Way. From past posts, there was an issue with the traffic on Planterra Way. Is the traffic still an issue in this area? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Submitted by hall on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 1:27pm.

About the traffic I don't think you should worry too much, things are pretty much calm in the area. It depends on the type pods carry your stuff with, if the tonnage is too high then I think you need some instruction on the ideal route to drive in the city.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Fri, 07/10/2009 - 6:37am.

Finally, we are moving into our new home next week! Can't wait. While we are waiting to get into our new home, we will have time to look around. We were thinking of visiting Callaway Gardens. I hear the best time to go is in the Spring. Is it worth going in the summer?
What are your thoughts?

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Submitted by rogger on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 11:07am.

I am very glad for you, a lot of people dream about moving into a new home and start a family life. You should enjoy that. I was excited too when I had to move, I wanted everything to be perfect in the very first day of living in my new home so we hired Dallas movers to take care of all of our things, it really helped knowing them around. All I did is enjoy the move.

Submitted by ptcmom678 on Fri, 07/10/2009 - 7:17am.

Callaway is absolutely beautiful! Check out Stone Mountain too, and Google the Atlanta City Pack - you get a reduced rate for some of the most popular city attractions. Check out the link below for some good deals. Welcome to PTC!! Did you guys bring the bike? The nearest store is a H-D in Coweta County, but there's a good mechanic in Fairburn called Phil King - see second link. Very good with Harleys.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 07/10/2009 - 7:07am.

When we came out here we treated our first month like a vacation and visited all the sights. So go!
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Submitted by Kimba on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 11:00pm.

The traffic problems were alleviated by the completed widening of Hwy 54 plus the addition of speed bumps. I run and noticed a VAST difference when those speed bumps went in -- no more cut throughs. Planterra Ridge has a pool and homogenous look (which is good for real estate). We moved here instead of more expensive neighborhoods bc we assumed more parents would stay home at least part of the time which seems to be the case. People of all ages live here - it's a big neighborhood. They've cleared trees for Lake McIntosh along our edges...can't be bad for home values (and some folks have already tried to include that lake view in their asking prices!). It's a relatively central part of town - easy access to WalMart, The Avenue, and for further shopping easy out to Newnan. It's on the path system, 5 min jog to Lake Peachtree, 10 min golf cart ride to Kroger. The neighbors are like family - some you like and some you don't, but you're stuck with 'em. What's not to love?

Submitted by mlc2028 on Sun, 06/28/2009 - 8:14pm.

Please be careful as to where you buy a golf cart. There is one company i will not mention in the paper that is notorious for selling you something and delivering something else. No one warned us when we got here 7 years ago and a thousand dollars and two years later we finally had a well running cart. When you get here you will wonder why there are so many maroon colored club cars, even though most of us chose another color at purchase. There's only one person I trust with my golf cart purchase or service and that is John Stern.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 10:14am.

I was wondering if there is a Community College or Tech. school where someone could take a class on welding? I would love to learn for my art work and was wondering if there is any place in PTC or near it without going into Atlanta. We are moving down in Mid July! Can't wait!

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Submitted by ptcmom678 on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 9:50am.

Griffin Tech is at the most 30 minutes away, very easy to get to, and my son loves their welding program. The instructor, Mr. Wiley, is great - very patient with new welders and questions.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 11:16am.

Try Griffin Tech

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 1:43pm.

That rocks. Thanks.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Mon, 06/08/2009 - 10:49am.

As we drove through this neighborhood, we liked the area. Lots of younger families with children. Can anyone tell us a little bit about the subdivision and HOA. Can you decorate the front of the house on holidays, are they too strict, do you need permission to plant flowers etc. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Can't wait to move. The weather stinks here. Rainy and 55 degrees today. IT'S JUNE!

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Wed, 06/10/2009 - 6:16am.

Thanks everyone for the information on Wilshire Estates. It puts my mind at ease. You all have been very helpful. We are looking forward to moving soon and starting a new chapter in our book!

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Submitted by JGF9148 on Mon, 06/08/2009 - 11:25am.

Hello Midwest Gal, I've lived here for 5 years and can honestly say it's a great area. There is an HOA and dues are currently $400 annual. The rules have relaxed a bit over the years and yes, you can decorate for all the major holidays. Unless you plan major changes to the landscape, add a fence,shed, pool, etc which would need to be approved, flower planting is more than welcome. The kids go to the campus schools off Redwine from K-12 so thats a plus. You can go just about anywhere in town by golf cart from here which is great. Good Luck!

Submitted by boo boo on Mon, 06/08/2009 - 11:23am.

Try this web site..

If this does not work go to google search put in Wilshire Estates+PTC, Ga. Looks like you should be able to find out all you want to know.

Yep, going to be HOT!!!!! today..enjoy the coolness up there while you can, you will probably wish you were there part of the Summer anyway. 55 and rain ummmm sounds good to me..just that below zero I don't like. Oh and bring some of that rain with you when you make it down here. We are still on water rationing(for the last 20 or so years) so we can use all the rain we get.

Submitted by g8trgrl on Mon, 06/08/2009 - 1:44pm.

The covenants are just boiler plate - no strict enforcement of anything not reasonable. You would be zoned for Peeples Elementary & Rising Starr Middle - a couple of the top schools in county!! Kids are EVERYWHERE in here. Right on cart paths, next to Publix. Can't be beat. Not much yard - but I think that is a good thing. You can look it up by googling Atlanta MLS. Good luck!

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Sat, 06/06/2009 - 2:34pm.

When we visited PTC, we drove through Wilshire Estates and loved the fact that we saw tons of kids playing and adults socializing. After reading the HOA covenants, it seems like you can't do anything in the subdivision without permission. You can't even have a bird feeder in the front yard. Are they that strict?

Submitted by Bonkers on Mon, 06/08/2009 - 2:26pm.

Be cautious of those who say rules or laws aren't enforced!
They probably are or could be.

Also check to see if recommender is a home salesperson!

I don't know much about Wilshire except to say it is 69 miles from the center of PTC! Many golf carts would not make it to Walmart and back for instance.

If you want to make an investment and live in a 400+ neighborehood (formerly 450-550+) check out Kedron and PTC Parkway. Large land tracts. I am not connected with anyone!

The center of town is about at State 54 and PTC Parkway, or maybe at 54/74 intersection.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sun, 06/07/2009 - 4:14am.

You are in the right part of town and doing your homework before you get too involved. Wilshire Estates was built by a large national builder and those covenants are just boilerplate that allow the HOA to be as strict as they want. Haven't heard anything about that particular HOA being unbearable - like some are, but seek out one of the directors and have a frank discussion.

Good school situation there as well. I think you go to Oak Grove for now and then to the campus in south PTC where PCDC used to bait the fields for VIP quail hunters.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Fri, 06/05/2009 - 8:32am.

Well we have been here in PTC looking at houses for 3 days and it is a beautiful city! The more I'm here driving around, the better I like it. One more house to view today and then it is back to Minnesota! Can't wait to find a place we can call home.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 06/05/2009 - 8:36am.

Getting that feeling that you're a kid in a candy store. Enjoy your visit.
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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 4:20am.

Can be had for less than $350,000 and has lots of space, lots of land and good schools close by. You will especially love Oak Grove Elementary School which is walking distance or a short golf ride from this house.. MLS listing #2621212.

Ask the Realtor for a free golf cart - especially if it is a he and he's representing you. Happens all the time after the sale that a Realtor drives up in a golf cart and hands it over and then asks you for referrals. You have clout being with Delta/Northwest -use it.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Thu, 06/04/2009 - 6:31am.

Hey Robert. I love that spanish patio, but we found an area we love. The lots are bigger for our boys to play. I'm starting to really like PTC! What a beautiful city and weather! Keeping our fingers crossed that we can find a house with a floor plan that we like today.

As for the golf cart, thanks. (wink) We just might do that. There are several hundred families that are getting ready to look at homes in Fayette county. We would have many refferals.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Mon, 06/01/2009 - 9:43pm.

Moving to PTC----- Fayette County is still great. The heavy traffic is 50 miles away on the northside. I really do not think that the traffic is all that bad here. Minn is a good place but so is it here.

Submitted by Gary Roberts on Mon, 06/01/2009 - 8:21pm.

Hey Minneapolis family I am an Agent here in Peachtree City for Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate, I am currently working with a couple of families that's moving from up in the Mid West area and I would like to work with your family too! You can go on my web site

Submitted by ed_elmptc on Mon, 06/01/2009 - 3:45pm.

I just saw your post as I just am starting to advertise our home which we are going to sell. If you are still in PTC, and would like to see the house, we have a 4br,2.5ba. two story with full basement, in the Pingate Sub-division which you might like to take a look at.
Pingate is a highly desirable area in Peachtree City, with most homes in the 260-350K range, and is a solid, mature neighborhood, with large lots, mature forest, off the main thru-ways, close to all schools and golfcart paths etc.

Please feel free to contact me (Ed - 678-457-9489)if you are still here. It sounds like your timeline for the fall may be a little long for our sales cycle, as the homes in Pingate move pretty well, and there are not many for sale at the moment in the neighborhood. Nevertheless, let me know if you would like to see it.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Wed, 05/27/2009 - 2:48pm.

Well, the house hunt is on. We will be looking at houses next week in PTC!!! I hope we find a nice place where we can call "home".

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 4:02pm.

We are looking at neighborhoods that are 250K-325K and looking at those, such as, Ardenlee, are priced now at 260-280K. On the other hand, some neighborhoods to the south in Morallion Hills, the Retreat, the Marks South, are about 10 years older, but command the same price or slightly more for the same size house. What advantages are there to these neighborhoods in the Braelinn area? Why are newer neighborhoods, such as Ardenlee, or Chadsworth, which we also seem to like, the same or cheaper. Are there reasons why the houses in some of these newer northern area cheaper? All things being equal what are the advantages to the Braelinn areas to the south that cause the values to be nearly the same?

Submitted by Gary Roberts on Mon, 06/01/2009 - 8:39pm.

The reason I find that northern homes a little less in price is it has to do with the lots being smaller in the newer subdivisions and homes are a little closer together. You can find out more about Peachtree City living on my web site

Submitted by ed_elmptc on Mon, 06/01/2009 - 3:58pm.

You might want to check the proximity of the sub-division to the railroad tracks. For my tastes, I would view the proximity to the railroad tracks as "a little too close". And you already know about the small lots.

Submitted by fluffybear on Sat, 05/30/2009 - 7:20am.

You tend to get more property for the money. With many newer developments, you tend to get yourself a postage stamp for a yard. This is great if you don't want to do yard work but if you like being outdoors then you really want to consider a slightly older development (such as the three you mentioned) with larger property.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 7:27pm.

Listing #2498807
They will eventually take $350. Go get it.

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Submitted by mudcat on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 7:10pm.

Live north - kids go to Sandy Creek HS.

Live south - kids go to McIntosh HS.

Nuff said.

Submitted by thrifty on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 5:04pm.

Welcome to the area, Midwest Gal!
We moved here in 2006 and were focused on PTC too. While PTC is definitely nice, the lots were smaller than we wanted. We expanded our search to northern Coweta County and built a house on a 1.3 acre lot that backs to county woodland in a 100+ home development near Canongate golf course. It is much closer to the interstate for the commute to downtown (maybe too close) and Northgate High School is excellent. We love it and our community is very close knit and the HOA dues include pool access. The only builder left in our development in Jeff Betsill. It is close to PTC but there is no shopping right around the corner. And the middle school is currently a 20 minute drive away but that might change by the time your kids are old enough for middle school.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 4:56pm.

I'm debating on whether or not to bring the motorcycle or sell it before we move. I have a Yamaha cruiser. Are there any groups to ride with down there? I'm just leary because this is a whole different area that I'm not familar with. I would hate to sell it and then get down there and say, "I wish I had my motorcycle!"

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Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 7:03pm.

Don't come down here bikeless and miss out on some supreme riding opportunities just South of us toward Pine Mountain, Warm Springs, FDR State Park and not to mention within two hours of PTC there is the North Georgia Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway and the infamous Dragon's Tail.

Of course if you dump the bike up there it gives you an excuse to stimulate the economy of your new hometown and state via the purchase of a new ride. Smiling

Definitely bring the bike...You're gonna love the rides....

Don't Spread My Wealth.... Spread My Work Ethic

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 4:58pm.

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Submitted by Evil Elvis on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 5:47pm.


(Godfather I reference.)

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Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 7:07pm.

She was talking the type of bike you wear leathers with. Not those stretchy butt exposin' skit tight spandex thangs.... Cool

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 8:27pm.

I do have an extra pair; that is, if you're intersted. Smiling We still need to do lunch before my 3 week fishing safari.
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Submitted by Git Real on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 7:04am.

This week is decent. Just as long as you don't wear your stretchy shorts...

3 week fishing safari Hmmmm..... you might find Bob from Account Temps has redecorated you cubicle and removed your name plate after that length of time.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 7:18am.

Well, I run the assigment schedule even from the beach. Old Bob doesn't stand a chance.
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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 10:43pm.

with those mental images.....Cool

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Fri, 05/22/2009 - 8:09pm.

Well the house sold in 9 days!! Now what do we do? We will be heading down there soon to look for houses or a rental house. Does anyone know of a nice place or good deal for a young family?

Submitted by boo boo on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 3:03am.

You might like to check out to look at real estate and prices. Also newspaper/homes put in the zip codes you are looking at. Sometimes they are not as accurate as they could be but are pretty close. There are all sorts of properties for sell in Fayette Co. almost anything you would want. I think the market will be pretty slow for a time here so take your time and pick just what you want.
Make sure you pick a house on high ground, yes it does flood here in some areas. You want to be sure, go to the County Court house and check out the area you want to buy in. Make sure no future roads or buildings/churches which have lots of traffic will be going through/close to the property you want to buy.
Have fun and hope you enjoy the area when you finally arrive.
Oh, and get a map of Fayette Co. if a realtor is taking you around, some of them don't know where Fayette Co./PTC/Fayetteville/Tyrone/ borders begin or end.
Oh, another OH, don't throw your Winter coats away, when we first moved here 1984 and were here only a few weeks, it got down to 8 below...yep, so it do get a might chilly down here sometimes. At the time I told my spouse...maybe we moved to the wrong place. The cold snap only lasted a week or so..right now we are getting so much rain...I'm not going to complain is lush and green and just for your arrival, probably the humidity will reach its peek...

Submitted by mira on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 1:34pm.

HI Midwest Gal. I know what your going through. We moved here from Il almost 2 years ago. It is hard if you do not know where you are. It was very hard for me. I still do not know where everything is. I have not meat any friends. Do not get me wrong, the people are very nice but they keep to their own. We live in Brooks. It is very nice,but secluded. My sister has been looking at homes in PC and Senoia. Ivy Ridge subdivision has some new homes under 300. They are beautiful. You are only few miles from PC, and I think the taxes are a lot lower.If you need help let me know.

Submitted by boo boo on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 2:12am.

Mira, you sound very unhappy. You need to get out and join some groups, take some classes at the rec center in Fayetteville. They have different classes you can take from Dancing, Painting, on and on. You don't have to just hang around Brooks. Brooks is kind of off the beaten track and kind of a quiet area although I do like it because it is like where I grew up in the Midwest. I believe you will have to travel to PTC or Fayetteville for excitement or to take a class or join a group. Volunteer somewhere if you have the time. My friend volunteers at a battered women store, they always need help. You have to get out there and do things and not wait for something to come your way. Moving is a difficult process and it takes time to get adjusted, you will, take it from a former Midwesterner by way of the West. It took us a lot longer than 2 years but now this is home. Get a map of Fayette Co. and go down every road, it won't take long to find your way around. PTC library or Fayetteville library or if Brooks has a library they might have one...or go to and they have maps there you can check out. Fayette is a Jewel and we all need to enjoy what is here but unless we get out there and check things out we won't find the happiness we seek. Oh, if no one else has told you this...Welcome to Georgia and Fayette Co.

Submitted by mira on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 9:36am.

You are the only one that that welcomed us. THANK YOU> I have tried to volunteer, never heard from them. I will look into taking some classes. Thanks. Do not get me wrong I do like it here. It would be nice to have a friend to go see a movie,shopping or lunch with.I guess I was just missing my friends back in Minooka. Thank You . Mira

Submitted by USArmybrat on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 7:59am.

First, for selling your home there so quickly and secondly, for moving to PTC! My family has been here almost 13 years and I wouldn't live ANYWHERE else. From my experience, the people are mostly as friendly as I am to them. There's way too many nice ones here to worry about the few silly snobs you find. With the ages of your boys I definitely would get a neighborhood that has alot of young children. Our neighborhoods are planned with alot of cul-de-sacs; try to find a home in one. You will appreciate the less traffic with your little ones. I have had my kids in Huddleston, Kedron, Crabapple, J.C. Booth, Bennett's Mill, and McIntosh. All are good schools. Definitely get a golf cart. Your kids will love it. It made a big difference in how my kids accepted the move years ago. I would really suggest doing abit of searching on your own for your home. There are many homes that are for-sale-by-owner and you won't be shown those by a realtor. If you get here and have more questions, just post it. There really are alot of good people on this site. Good luck in your search and your move. WELCOME!

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 6:39am.

Outstanding!! So get on down here with all the rest of us transplants. You will enjoy it.
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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 4:15am.

There's already enough advice on here already, but what I would do is go on-line and get info on all the houses in your price range and drive through those neighborhoods, talk to the people who live there and be sure you know which school your kids will go to and do all this BEFORE you get involved with a Realtor.

Don't rent. Buying now is the way to go. Mortgage rates and home prices are both very low right now - both will be going up around the end of the year.

A stop at city hall to talk to the PR person is always a good idea,

And insist on a home inspection before you get committed. There are lots of things you can't see that will cost money - the polybutl (or blue) pipe is a huge nightmare. Old HVAC units are another. Get a basement - be sure it is dry. We had a lot of rain lately, so checking that out will be easy.

And of course, get a golf cart right away.

You will love Peachtree City.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 2:49pm.

Can anyone tell me a little about the Sagamore Subdivision? I believe it is near a school. The types of families that live there, quiet, neighbors, etc. Seems like a nice location.

Submitted by YourGoodPalMike on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 5:47pm.

Sagamore is a nice neighborhood, and feeds into one of the top three elementary schools in the county, Kedron Elementary. I have friends who work there, it's literally a half-mile from the neighborhood, and it's a fantastic school.

The neighborhood is in an excellent location. You can get to most of the important parts of PTC in a golf cart in under a half-hour.

Sagamore has no pool complex that I know of, but right next to Kedron Elementary is a city-run pool complex that has two large pools.

You can't go wrong with Sagamore. The houses are about ten years old, and you'd have to look individually at each one to see the quality based on upkeep.

I'd recommend the website and do some research. It's the best local website for real estate research.

Susan Fitzgerald is the hardest-working agent in PTC.

Submitted by YourGoodPalMike on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 1:00pm.

Someone mentioned some negatives about Centennial (the trains). Yes, that's true. Much of the neighborhood is up against the train tracks and the trains come through often (although not as often as they used to at night).

I live in the section that's further from the tracks and I don't even notice trains anymore, be it at night or in the daytime. I know they run, but my mind has completely filtered it out. But the trains do park on the tracks sometimes for a few minutes, in order to let another train go by in the other direction (there are two sets of tracks next to the subdivision for this purpose), and sometimes those trains carry toxic chemicals in tanks. If an accident were to happen it could be bad for us (toxic cloud or smoke). However, the prevailing wind is from the west (southwest this time of year and northwest in the winter) so most likely the toxic cloud would go to the east, affecting the businesses and homes east of highway 74.

And we've been through the Wynnmede debate before. It's not as bad as people think.

Crime: Yes, there is crime here in PTC, but statistically we still have the lowest crime rate in the entire nation for a city our size (roughly 35,000 people). So, you can point out specific examples of crime, but that happens everywhere. It just happens less often here.

The national crime index puts the average at 100, like an IQ test. Cities with a number above that have a higher than average crime rate. For example, in the zipcode of 30326 (part of Downtown Atlanta), the crime index is 485 which is five times the national average. Worse is that the personal crime index (bad stuff) is 712. Yikes and double yikes.

However, Fayette County is much better. While half of Fayetteville has a crime index of 123 (higher than average), most of Fayetteville has a crime index of 37. This is a combined property crime (theft, vandalism, etc.) and personal crime (assault, murder, etc.). Usually personal crime rates are lower than property.

Peachtree City has a crime index rate of 18. For property crimes it's 27, which is a fourth of the national average (remember, even a golfcart theft goes in this category, along with grafitti, stolen bikes, etc.).

Peachtree City's personal crime rate (assault, murder, etc.) is 6.

That is one-twentieth of the national average, which means you are 20 times LESS likely to be assaulted in Peachtree City. Plus, most assaults and other violent crimes are done by people you know, not complete strangers.

I think the only city in America safer than Peachtree City is probably Main Street USA in Disneyland. But PTC is better because the food and t-shirts are cheaper.

By the way, those who say the most negative things about PTC are usually those who don't live here. They call us snobs, which most PTC residents are not (trust me, I lived in SoCal. I know what snobs are). Yes a few are here and there, but they're everywhere.

The biggest negative for me is that there aren't as many things to do as when I lived in San Diego: big zoo, Sea World, beach, mountains and snow, warmer winters, desert, etc.

But it's still a great place to live.

If you can afford 400k or more, look at Kedron Hills, Stoney Brooke and Smokerise. Good neighborhoods.

For the best VALUE, look to the older neighborhoods. I like the Hip Pocket area, Braelinn, and more. There are a ton of good neighborhoods in PTC, and every single one of them (along with every school, church, store and restaurant) are on the cartpath system.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 8:34pm.

Spyglass, Edgewater, McIntosh Corners and for the really upscale - Sweetwater Oaks - this is really the best one, but very few resales ever come on the market.

Glenloch Village is great because no matter where your house is you are only a short golf cart ride to the boat docks and the cart paths are always kept in great shape. The actually widened the main paths in Glenloch from 8 ft to 10 ft and it makes a real difference.

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 2:27pm.

MG, I live in the 30214 zip area, closest to Tyrone but spend most of my time in PTC. Contrary to what some may say about N. Fayette, we've found the entire county to be a wonderful place! I'll just chalk some of the less than complimentary comments about this end of the county as community pride! There are fewer new subdivisions up this way but older homes tend to have larger lots. Either way you look, this is a great place to be and you'd be welcomed wherever you chose!

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Submitted by christi on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 6:59am.

I'll admit that Peachtree City is a great little city. The golf carts, the educated, upper class folks, etc. But it also has more than it's fair share of self-centered, uppity, better-than-you, elitists. They will get in front of you at a store when you're trying to look at something, stand in the aisle and ignore you if you're trying to get by, haggle with you over the price of your service as they sit in their 1/2 mil. $ houses. Stuff like that. I've heard that people search for and move here because of the prestigious high-status appearance. Maybe you're like that? I hope not, we don't need any more snobby rude "yankee" types. If you're not, and you can appreciate that you're not 'above' other people because of your money (Or appearance thereof) then come on down. Maybe you can teach these elitists a thing or two about how there is more to care about, and ways to make a difference out there than what they find in their own "little bubbles".

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:44am.

Well, you don't have to worry about us being snobs or rich. We are just an average family with good values, value education and just want somewhere we can call home. We are very social and get along with almost anyone. Believe me, if we didn't have to move, we wouldn't. So if you are worried about us adding to the snobbery, don't. We are above no one. Just a good ole family from the midwest.(smile)

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Submitted by Git Real on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 1:32pm.

Average family.... good values.... Welcome to our area. Hey, Christi is right. There are a bunch of snobs. But there are also some wonderful people in PTC and the surrounding areas. Cept it gets real ugly in parts of Union City and Riverdale.

Oh... and that part she said about "high style appearance"? I can assure you her appearance is VERY easy on the eyes. And she's not near as gruff in real life. Smiling

We can't wait for you to occupy a home here so there will be less room for the snobby ones to move into.

Don't Spread My Wealth.... Spread My Work Ethic

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Submitted by muddle on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 4:34pm.

That's what they call it.

Yah, sure, you betcha.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 1:47pm.

Folks from Texas make certain people on here.. Mainstream, Dano etc.. bowels weak.. They be all scernt and such of Texans.. They think for themselves too much. To Independent.. Mainstream and Dano just hate Texans.. unless you are slobbering Liberals then I guess they will approve then..

I will not lower my standards.. So UP YOURS.. Evil


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Submitted by ionizd on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:15am.

people (and you can keep the wealth envy, thank you!) over having a 17 year old gangbanger stick a gun in my ear for whatever is in my wallet any day of the week.
"All I ask for is a little common sense. Apparently that's too much to ask for."

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Submitted by Main Stream on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:12am.

"They will get in front of you at a store when you're trying to look at something, stand in the aisle and ignore you if you're trying to get by, haggle with you over the price of your service as they sit in their 1/2 mil. $ houses."

Oh yes..those people...

Those are the Repub bible-thumpers that mudcat was talking about. Laughing out loud

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Submitted by ionizd on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:31am.

What are you, twelve years old? You can't seem to paint with a fine brush, can you? Do you ever actually leave the house and meet any of these people you cast aspersions on?
"All I ask for is a little common sense. Apparently that's too much to ask for."

Submitted by Aurora on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:11am.

Must the snobs always be "yankees"?

Get used to it Midwest Gal. Some Southerners are all nice and polite until they find out you are a "Yankee". Then they blame you for all that is wrong with PTC or the South. Oh, and you will be a snob, too.

People are people, Christi. They can be rude and elitist no matter where their origin or whatever their social status. Please don't lay it all on Yankees.

And Christi, if you are trying to get by someone in a store? Just say, "excuse me". Sometimes people simply don't realize someone is trying to get by.

People don't move to PTC for high status appearance. They move here because of the high quality of the school systems, the great amenities, and yes, the tremendous value of homes.

There is nothing wrong with working hard, accumulating wealth, and being able to afford nice things. Being rude or elitist shows a lack of character, but those are not traits that always have to be associated with Yankees or upper income people.

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Submitted by christi on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 3:11pm.

I didn't say snobs are always yankees. Some yankees are great people, some are rude. The rude part is what I was referring to. The abrasiveness is what I've experienced from "some" yankees that rubs me the wrong way, not snobbery. (no pun intended)I guess I do have a bias where northerners are concerned because of the way I've been treated by a lot of them. But that's my problem and still my opinion.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 8:30am.

and if the people who lived there were nice. He said, if the folks were nice where you came from, they will more than likely be nice here.

Submitted by YourGoodPalMike on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 6:10pm.

My wife and I moved here (with our two kids) four years ago. We absolutely love our neighborhood, the schools (PTC Elementary) and the town.

We moved from California in 2005, and never thought we'd get an ideal situation like we had in California (friendly and social neighborhood, nice town with educated people, etc.).

But we found it here. We looked in many different areas of the country and settled here. The reason we left CA was that our house appreciated dramatically (we bought a house there in 2001 for 195k and sold our second home in 2005 for 760k). Crazy! But we timed the market right (I knew the real estate crash was coming--to me it was crystal clear). So we sold our house, pocketed about 300k after all bills were paid, and bought our house debt-free in PTC. We bought in Centennial, which is a great neighborhood (but not without its negatives).

Long story short: I came out in the spring of 05 and got a job teaching here in Fayette County (note: ALL the PTC-serviced schools are good--all of them, from the elementaries to the three middle and two high schools--all of them).

We love Centennial for many reasons: First, there are a TON of little kids from babies to a few middle school students. Literally HUNDREDS of kids the age of your kids. No, not dozens, but HUNDREDS. Also, the neighborhood is very social. We have parties centered around almost every holiday. And crime is extremely low in our neighborhood (and the town) because we are isolated by car (but not by golfcart). The only negative (other than the 800 per year HOA fees) to our neighborhood is the small lots (which I think is a positive). Privacy is an issue, but it also makes for a social experience. Get a culdesac house. You won't regret it and you won't have to worry about cars. Forget the row houses if you have kids under 8. Cars go fast down the longer streets.

Riding around on a golfcart is a dream. We've been doing it for four years, and it's still fun for me, like being at Disneyland. In the summer we often go weeks without using a car. Seriously, weeks.

The schools, as I mentioned, are all good. You can't go wrong with any of the schools that service PTC residents. Oak Grove, PTC, Braelinn, Crabapple, Kedron, Peeples, Huddleston are the elementary schools; Booth, Bennett's Mill and Rising Starr are the middle schools; McIntosh and Starr's Mill are the high schools. They are all good. You won't have problems at those schools and all the teachers are under the same curriculum. We all know each other and work together.

Crime is a very small problem in PTC. We have the lowest crime rate in the entire USA for a city this size. Think about that. The major problems are petty theft and a little grafitti. The big crimes (murder, assault) are not only rare, but are confined to families and people who know each other. Random violent crime doesn't happen. Extremely rare.

It is a very conserative town. If you are a Republican and wholeheartedly support anything the Republican Party does, you'll like the politics here. If you're a liberal, well, you'll be vastly outnumbered and might just have to suck it up at dinner conversations. It's no big deal, though, because people are still nice, even if they noticed your Obama sign in the yard last fall.

This website has the most radical of community members (in terms of politics), but don't let that frighten you. They aren't like that in person. Everyone is nice.

The nickname of Peachtree City is The Bubble, because we are surrounded by Georgia (Remember, PTC isn't in Georgia. It's in Peachtree City). What I mean is that to the west and south we have rural areas, and to the east and north it's urban (or they act urban). It's no big deal, but outside of town is a totally different scenario.

When you get to PTC you'll notice that people are well-dressed, speak clearly and smile with a full set of teeth, and are generally very well educated. It's a good example for the rest of the state to follow. Georgia has other little bubbles too, like Oconee County, St. Simon's Island, Buckhead, etc. But most of Georgia is under-educated and probably prefers it that way. Generational poverty is very difficult to turn around, especially when most Georgians are unwilling to take advantage of the excellent educational system they have. If they all were eager to learn they would all succeed. Oh, and remember, your kids get free college if they graduate high school with a B average. Yep, totally FREE college for four years. Not one other state has that offer....not one. Georgia is serious about education, even if most the residents of the state are not.

I wouldn't recommend Fayetteville because they don't have the cart path system. Otherwise, it's a nice area, but you cannot beat PTC for family. It's easily the best family town in the entire Southeast. Kids are well-educated, very active (you'll notice that most PTC kids are in great shape--that's a big indicator of education on the part of their parents and an active lifestyle). We have tons of sports, recreational opportunities, an amphitheater, dozens of soccer fields, basketball courts, public pools, etc.

We have movie stars, professional baseball players, singers, professors, pilots, engineers, Olympians and more who live here and send their kids to the public schools. We have a couple really good private schools too.

The shopping here is pretty good. I'd call it a B+. We don't have a Nordstrom, but other than high-end department stores, we have a lot of really good shopping. The food is marginal. We mostly have Chilis, Ruby Tuesday, Outback, Longhorn, and other similar cookie-cutter restaurants, but there are a couple locally owned gems here and there (not nearly as many as there should be). You have to explore.

I'd say that the bottom line is this: Your kids will be raised in an environment that values EDUCATION (the cure for poverty). Kids here go on the ivy-league schools. The kids here are going to lead the state (heck, they already do) and lead the nation. We are the NUMBER ONE school district in the state of Georgia.

And as former mayor Steve Brown said, "Life is so much better at 19mph." Or something like that. People here wave at each other as they drive by in their golfcarts.

Yes, the town has negatives, and some here think it's the end of the world. They have been chanting for twenty years that "it's not like it used to be." But, hey, the world is full of negative people, and some live here and post on this website. Don't worry. PTC is an outstanding place to live. I don't think I've met anyone who regrets living here, but have met many people who regret having to leave (for jobs, etc.).

Good luck on your move. Feel free to ask any questions, and try not to let the crazies on this website scare you. Most of them just like to argue, rant and rave about little problems they think are big. They make mountains of of molehills.

They're pussycats. They love PTC too.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 3:57am.

Centennial is nice, but stop gushing about it, you sound like a real estate ***** [[deleted]]

Actually the rest of your analysis is right on and completely honest. This is the best place we have ever lived and that counts some upscale communities in North Atlanta and San Francisco and Boston.

And your point about politics is spot on. Mean spirited dialog is confined to these blogs. Never once in 20 years have I been confronted in any social or business setting by any hostility from bleeding-heart impractical Liberals or jack-booted bible-thumping Conservatives (whoops, I slipped a little).

Life is better at 19 miles an hour was not a Steve Brown invention. Full disclosure - Steve is the only legitimate source of political irritation in PTC and that only lasted 4 years. First of all it was 14 miles an hour and that was from an ad campaign in the 1970's which was approved by Joel Cowan and Phipps Land Company shortly before Equitable took over. I don't think the ads ran that much or even worked because we were so far off the beaten path back then. The old brochures and newspaper ads are in a scrapbook at the library and in City Hall. Interesting reading - especially the old brochure with real residents like John Weber, Don Smith, Sallie Satterthwaite and others.

You are right Mike - best place to live, good housing value, great people who mostly value all the advantages you outlined. It would be good to hear from Mid West Gal after she relocates.

Submitted by mysteryman on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 7:42pm.

And pocketed all the money, last i heard with the pending EEOC litigation, ole J.W. probably headed to the Caymans, way offshore if ya know whats i mean...BLESS

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 8:12pm.

Wieland is not a coward or a thief. He will defend his EEOC suit and win. He did sell the 101 homes and gave it all to his lenders. He wants to avoid the hiding assets game because he is an honorable person.

Submitted by mysteryman on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 8:46pm.

Thats why he such a success, after all these years... An oak if the ever was one, but then again im sure there is wood in the trash hole that our good friends Mikes house is built on, but hey it wont show up until 10 years from now when the walls start to crack and the roof starts to sag....BLESS...

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 7:19pm.

I'm shocked!!!! Main, carbon, sniffles, diva was it yours? Smiling
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:17am.

I wouldn't put up a Dem sign in this town for fear of having my house vandalized. I get my political jollies from blogging instead.

Submitted by Spyglass on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 9:03pm.

That being said, if we all agreed, that's no fun either. Smiling

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 7:31pm.

It could have been mine Cyclist. I ended up keeping one in the window because they must have become collector's items judging by the way they kept disappearing from the yard.

It's not easy being the carbonunit

Submitted by mysteryman on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 6:43pm.

Daylight brazen armed robbery....

Carjacking at knife point....

12 tons drugs seizure...

Assualt at nightclub....

Cart Jackings.....

Naw these are just petty things....

Hey Midwest Gal, nevermind that helicopter flying around 24/7 as you move in, its just "HOCK ONE" keeping as eye on all the good little boys and girls here in Disneyland... PEACE...

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 7:09pm.

You are ranting again. Smiling
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Submitted by mysteryman on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 7:38pm.

Could it be i should try to count to ten first like Sky does???? BLESS...

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 9:41pm.

I don't count to 10 anymore. It doesn't work.

Funny how the mikey-the-pal guy didn't mention the trains that rumble through that neighborhood 24/7. It sounds like mid-town atl when they rumble through.

Anyway to each his own. GA has many great places to live. PTC is nice. There are many nice places to live in GA. There is something for everyone in this great state. I love the weather, I will never go back north.
Midwest gal said they were moving here because of her husbands airline job they may want to live in a fly in community so they can hangar their plane at the house. Mallards Landing sounds like it would be perfect for them.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 11:32am.

What are your thoughts on a basement? I'm told my husband I wanted to have a basement if he was moving me halfway acrossed the USA. He does not seem to think we need one. Anyone have any thoughts on this? I'm not one for loving storms like he does!! He would be on the roof watching! :*)

Submitted by Aurora on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 11:27am.

We moved from the North to PTC and my husband also did not see the need for a basement until we experienced our first "Tornado Warning."

When the sky darkens, the sirens scream, and the tree branches hit the house, a basement is a comfort worth paying for.

Finish it, rent it, store stuff in it. It will not be wasted space.

Submitted by fayetteparent on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 7:41pm.

Fayetteville is great too, many nice subdivisions and great schools.

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Submitted by Evil Elvis on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 7:43pm.

An ever-blurring line between Riverdale. Don't forget to mention that!

Fayetteville got FLAVA!

Submitted by ATLtoPTC on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 12:14pm.

1 - resale value is better with a basement - many people won't even consider looking at homes without a basement.
2 - yes, we get bad storms, and I feel better knowing we have a basement to go to.
3 - basements give you storage and expansion options.

On the negative side, basements can have moisture issues and critters, but the pros far outweigh the cons.

Also, don't let the crazy people on this website scare you away. I have lived several places, and Peachtree City is by far one of the nicest. The schools are wonderful, and we have made many good friends in the area. Probably the one thing I would like to change is the summer heat - blech, but otherwise I love it here!

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Submitted by mudcat on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 6:15am.

Not so much for storms or storage, but for a game room or home theater. Yes resale value is dramatically increased, but you are buying when prices are at a 5 year low, so you will make out just fine at resale time - although you won't want to leave. Peachtree City is a great place to live. I know of at least 10 people who passed up transfers, some even quitting their jobs so they could stay here.

Basement leaks would be obvious now with all the rain we got last month - get a good home inspector. Moisture is not a problem if the basement is on a separate AC zone - if not figure out a wy to make that happen.

There's a couple of real good deals in Interlochen. I know one has a finished basement not sure about the other,

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 04/17/2009 - 6:34am.

Neighbor in Bradford Estates e-mailed me the house on the corner sold to an out of town family? I'm in Philadelphia all week and a little out of touch.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 11:08am.

Nope..not me. We are still here in Minneapolis. Hopefully soon though. I can't wait to get our house sold so we can move on down!!! I can use a change!! Winter is dragging on here. I'm ready for warmer weather.

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Submitted by mudcat on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 5:36am.

If you move in this month, you'll have your 6 months in at year-end and can run for mayor. So far we only have 2 tired old council people running and we could use someone fresh and new.

It is going to be 84 this afternoon.

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Submitted by Midwest Gal on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 12:14pm.

Hummmm... I've never thought of that. Yes, someone new just might be the key. (wink) I better hurry up and sell the house.

84 is better than 63 for today. I'm ready!!

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