Ill pony up my $.02. Ive been stationed at Robins AFB in Warner Robins for a little over 3 long years now. Warner Robins is about 15 minutes south of Macon.
You can do and see everything of value in Macon and Warner Robins in the span of about two weekends. Like they said above, North Macon is where to live. South is "less desireable". Schools in Macon SUCK. Definitely recommend private. There are some little historical areas in Macon such as Vineville and Ingleside with some really nice older homes, but they are super close to the ghetto and it is slowly encroaching.
Customer service in the Middle GA area is non existent. Quality of the restaurants are horrible. I grew up in Houston, TX, which we pronounce the correct way of Hews-ton. We have a lot of the same chain restaurants in Warner Robins/Macon that we had there, but the wife and I both agree that the quality is not there. We have stopped going out to eat because of the constant disappointment.
Like the above said, Houston Co school district in Warner Robins is the best for public schools. Dont know what your housing budget is, but for the $100k-$200k range, be prepared to see endless neighborhoods of homes that look identical to the ones on either side, and where the dominating feature is the forward facing garage door. We decided to live on base based on the lack of unique homes in our range.
I will say one positive thing. If you like watersports, Lake Tobesofkee in Macon is pretty nice, but small. Its good for skiing and fishing and such.
However, if you desire a mulitude of activities to take up your time, and like me, cannot stand it when everything is closed on Sundays and you cant get anything done (including you cant buy alcohol on Sundays, not even in restaurants), I would seriously reconsider moving somewhere else. Everyone says Atlanta is close, but driving 1.5 hours every weekend just to get stuck in traffic gets old.
Just my opinions, of course.