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Atlanta Real Estate: OTP vs. ITP


If you are an Atlanta, GA, transplant, you may not know what the term “OTP” means. Here in the NYC of the South, it means outside the perimeter, or Highway 285, which circles the metro Atlanta area. Although being OTP can mean literally anything not in the direct heart of Atlanta, we typically focus on the general outlying communities, rather tham those all the way up in mountains of Dahlonega or the plains of Pike county.

Directly OTP of Atlanta are the following counties and corresponding cities:

  • Cobb – Marietta, Kennesaw, Smyrna, Powder Springs
  • Cherokee – Woodstock, Canton, Holly Springs
  • North Fulton – Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs
  • Gwinnett – Suwanee, Norcross, Buford, Duluth, Snellville
  • Dekalb – Tucker, Lithonia, Stone Mountain
  • Clayton – Riverdale, Jonesboro
  • South Fulton – College Park, Union City, Fairburn

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Characteristics of Living OTP:

  • Usually known as the place to “settle down”
  • Suburban life
  • School ratings tend to be higher
  • Less traffic, although not much (hey, it’s still Atlanta)
  • Less expensive housing

Counties and major cities ITP are:

  • Fulton – Atlanta, Midtown, Atlantic Station, Vinings, Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Buckhead
  • Dekalb – Decatur, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Emory, North Druid Hills

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Characteristics of Living ITP:

  • More entertainment, shopping, dining
  • Fast-paced
  • A TON of traffic
  • Urban environment
  • More expensive housing

There are many pros and cons to both areas around Atlanta, but it honestly depends on what you value must in your local environment! Click below for current listings:

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