Commuting on GA400 can be &^%$@@!

For many homeowners in North Atlanta, commuting on GA400 can be as frustrating as trying to take the lid off a jar of pickles! This business corridor is one of the most active in the entire southeast and serves as the umbilical cord to thousands of jobs. No matter how many times state and federal funds go toward expanding this highway, the flow of traffic just keeps getting stronger and more congested. 

Every new exit planned and then built promises to relieve traffic on the currently clogged ramps.  Nice try, but those promises never seem to materialize as more and more commuters choose to live and work along GA400.  Major corporations and world-class organizations can be found located off every exit:

  • Northside Hospital
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
  • Newell Rubbermaid
  • UPS
  • Siemens
  • AT&T Mobile
  • Cox and their Autotrader subsidiary 

Families moving to North Atlanta are in awe at all the new Public Schools and their expansive structures; until they find out that their children will be working from trailors parked behind the building.  No matter how good the planners become, nearly every new school opening along GA400 has to shuttle in trailors to accomodate the influx of students.  Since 2000, no less than seven new High Schools have been built in North Fulton and South Forsyth Counties! Parks and biking trails can't be built fast enough.  Publix, Kroger and Whole Foods supermarkets keep cropping up on what seems every corner or intersection. 

Not for a moment do I profess that this area is the Garden of Eden; there are still a lot of vacant lots and strip centers that were built just in time for the real estate collapse.  I just want to point out that there are still pockets of strong development where the schools are good, the neighbors are friendly, the shopping is pleasant and the job market is a little more solid.  There are still subdivisions in North Atlanta where children can actually ride their bikes and neighbors actually speak to each other.

If you or someone you know is planning a move to North Atlanta and needs assistance or simply has a question; please contact me.  I specialize in these Executive Communities along the GA400 Business Corridor:

  • Alpharetta
  • Buckhead
  • Cumming
  • Dunwoody
  • Johns Creek
  • Milton
  • Roswell
  • Sandy Springs

Comment balloon 3 commentsJohn H. Mason • January 30 2012 02:25PM


My office is in that area and more than once I have been stuck on 400 trying to get to 285 to head west.  For a city the size of Atlanta it is disappointing that there isn't a better mass transit system.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) about 6 years ago

I know the commute can be brutal and often is but there are such beautiful communites throughout that area.


Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) about 6 years ago
Looks like the SPAM bots had fun with your old post.
Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 5 years ago