Who’dve ever thought I was going to spend quality time apartment hunting in Atlanta?  Do you have any idea how many different types of apartment homes are available in this, oh, let’s call it “teeming metropolis?”

Yes, my newly minted college grad needs a place near her newly minted job.  And her mother (that would be me), is ALL OVER the place looking at safety and security and costs and floor plans and “amenities” and service and recommendations, reviews, neighborhoods, leases, drive times – you name it!

Whew!  Takes me back to my post-grad days – but this time with a huge difference!  We’re apartment hunting in Atlanta, Georgia.  Really, do you know how many different apartment communities are located around Atlanta (and Roswell and Alpharetta and and Sandy Springs – to infinity and beyond-land!)

Make an appointment, do a drive-by at all hours of the day and night, investigate the surrounding neighborhood, check the drive to and from work during rush hour, look for the nearest grocery store, Starbucks, mall, so many things to consider!

Anyway, consider yourself warned.  I will probably be mentioning apartments here in the next couple of months – because once we find “The One,” we have to decorate the darned thing – buy some furniture, snatch up the linens and get this show on the road!

I’ll also probably get into apartment decorating with you, too.  It’s going to be fun – almost like starting over myself! 🙂  New furniture, shiny new pots and pans, rugs, towels, color schemes, good values, and of course, budget ideas for getting it all done without breaking the bank.  Suggestions anyone?

We’ve already run across one apartment community I’d love to tell you about, mostly because of the super-friendly staff we met during our little apartment-hunting detective work.  It’s called Manchester at Mansell Apartment Homes.  This little jewel of an apartment community was my find – since I drive by it on the way to work every day.

Here’s my thinking – Manchester at Mansell is located off a major thoroughfare right on the line between Roswell and Alpharetta, Georgia.  BUT, it’s set far enough back from the road as to almost seem secluded from the hustle and bustle surrounding these vibrant, upscale Atlanta neighborhoods filled with restaurants, shopping, nightlife – all those things a young professional likes (in my mind at least). And it’s right off Georgia 400 (for the uninitiated, that’s the Atlanta Autobahn – multi-laned, well-maintained, and it’ll take you to the heart of downtown fast – or straight up into the Georgia mountains on a weekend getaway – the best of both worlds!)  Also, it’s a good commute for the daughter (the new job is in mid-town ATL).

And the staff!  They greet you at the door and you already feel like you’re at home, visiting with the neighbors.  This place has a great clubhouse (yes, imagine me – checking out the clubhouse), two (count ’em – two) beautiful pools.  There’s even a gym (I know – I’m supposed to be thinking floor plans but what fun!)

My daughter re-focused me away from the spring-blooming shrubs and flowers (make note to plant some of my own soon – the landscaping here is lovely) to the model apartment.  Floor plan time!

I was mentally prepared to feel a little claustrophobic in an apartment – but what a nice surprise – the apartments at Manchester at Mansell are spacious!  Homey, comfortable, but open enough to feel like there’s plenty of room to move, to entertain, or snuggle up with a good book and relax after a long day at work (reminder to self – stop the “me” thing – lol!).  Manchester at Mansell gets a big check mark and a smiley face in my new list of potential apartment homes in Atlanta.  I’ll keep you posted as we keep moving along on the hunt.  This is going to be apartment-fun!

I’m putting Manchester at Mansell’s website in my favorites in case you’re looking, too.  For the short-term, it’ll make it a little easier for you to find if you want to see more.  I’m all about sharing good news!

Celebrating apartment hunting in Atlanta, Georgia today.  Please remember to celebrate something everyday!