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Jasmine Harris

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If you’re new to Atlanta, you may hear natives reference where they live as either ITP or OTP:

ITP = inside the perimeter / OTP = outside the perimeter

What’s the perimeter? Interstate 285 (I-285) encircles Atlanta and is often referred to as “the perimeter.” The phrase “Inside the Perimeter” refers to the area encircled by the I-285 beltway that surrounds the heart of Atlanta. Within this urban boundary lies a tapestry of neighborhoods, each offering its own unique character and allure. If you live ITP, you more likely to have an Atlanta address. Some popular ITP neighborhoods include O4W (Old 4thWard), East Point, Inman Park, Candler Park, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Midtown, Buckhead, and Poncey-Highland. When you hear OTP, think Atlanta suburbs - cities like McDonough, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Johns Creek, Duluth, Braselton, Cumming, and Alpharetta. These cities offer a charming blend of modern convenience and a slower pace of life. Families are drawn to OTP neighborhoods for their excellent schools and family-friendly amenities.

Is one better than the other? No. They both have pros and cons. Cobb County is OTP and boasts some of the best public schools in the country, while City of Atlanta private schools are arguably some of the best in the nation. The close proximity to major business hubs, such as Downtown Atlanta and the Midtown financial district, makes ITP an attractive choice for professionals seeking a short commute. If you choose to live OTP, it’s more than likely because you’re looking for larger lot sizes, parks and green spaces, and spacious homes. Whether it’s the allure of city living within the perimeter or the tranquility of suburban life beyond it, Atlanta offers a rich tapestry of neighborhoods, each with its own story to tell.

If you can’t decide whether ITP or OTP is best for you, I can totally help! Just fill out the contact form and I’ll be in touch! 

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