I can relate to your Athens - UGA experience. Those people are as radical about U GA as the Penn State fans... I guess that's true of any University.

Were you looking at Atlanta because of the trees ? Climate? I get the house prices, and they are pretty cheap in GA. Several people at CDC retired in N. FL, but that was too hot for us. There are several nice areas around Atlanta - far enough out you're not too congested, but close enough you can take in sports and other events. We lived in Gwinnett Co.- taxes sure were cheap there !
Were you looking for a subdivision like housing area or one more rural ?

How about Birmingham or Auburn, AL? That's a nice area but AL isn't the most up to date state ! Course I think you'll find that about anywhere in the south ! When you come down here, you go through the "redneck time warp" - kinda like going to the Twilight Zone but banjo music is playing !! wink
David (OFI)