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Old 02-20-2013, 07:08 PM   #16
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Northern California -- but only if we also made a loooot of money We visit there often, and just love it. We love the weather, the landscape, the cities, the activities and the culture.
I have to agree. We love it there and I hope to be able to retire from anywhere from Monterey to further Northern California.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:52 PM   #17
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I just asked this today on facebook. I can't stand where I live so I won't recommend it. My parents are in Atlanta and I wouldn't go there either (traffic is horrible). If you really want to stay on the east coast, I'd go with Charleston, SC or Asheville, NC but once you see the west coast, I bet you'd love to live there. We moved here from the west and are looking to go back every day!
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:08 PM   #18
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How about an Atlanta suburb? That way you'd be close to the culture of a larger city, but still be in a less-populated area.

We lived on the western side (Austell and Marietta) in the early 1990's -- enjoyed it.
I grew up in the metro Atlanta area, Smyrna actually, so I recommend it also. My mother and some of my father's family still lives there so I love going back "home" to visit. The Savannah area is nice too and close to lots of vacation and recreation opportunities. The airport though is smaller and would likely require connecting flights to get to much of the US.

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Old 02-20-2013, 09:33 PM   #19
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I live close to Nashville and I love it here. The counties of Rutherford and Franklin just south of Nashville are ideal places to live, in my opinion. As for me, I would love to live in Hilton Head too, as that is one of my favorite places. I love the trees and landscape and close vicinity to the beach. However, when I retire, I am moving to Hawaii.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:58 PM   #20
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Hilton Head, SC! It is the most beautiful place I have ever been and one day we will live there!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:21 PM   #21
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DH and i often joke about moving once DD15 is in college, but we probably never will. we've discussed many places, and the winner always seems to be southern georgia, or extreme northern florida. we can't stand the cold (lived in alabama all our lives), so going north is out. and we don't want to go too far south, to avoid the hurricanes.

as i said though, i doubt all this talk ever amounts to anything. DH owns 75 acres of family land here, and his parents are here, and their health has deteriorated a good bit in the past 5 years, so they're really in no shape to move.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:23 PM   #22
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Well I do love Hilton Head for a vacation, but I wouldn't want to live there with kids. You would pretty much have to put your kids in private school. Most of the year round residents are retirees.

I am a bit partial to Charleston
We have great beaches, great history, great culture, great people, some great schools, and great hospitals. If you do a general search of our public schools they probably will not rank very high. That is because we have a consolidated school district. We have some very highly nationally ranked schools and probably some terrible schools, but you can pretty much figure that out when you are looking at real estate.

We live in Mt. Pleasant (10 minutes to downtown, on the river and 10 minutes to the beach). All the schools in Mt. Pleasant are fantastic. We are 15 minutes from the airport.

Did I mention that Conde Nast named Charleston "Best City in the World" this year?

And we provide comic relief to those who move from up north. If there is even a chance of a snowflake falling within 100 miles of here, the store shelves are emptied of milk and bread.

ETA: I forgot to mention that it is an easy 6 hour drive to Disney!
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:31 AM   #23
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Nashville TN. People even kids are very respectibly. Will hold doors open for you - even the kids will do this. You will still have winter but nothing like 8-12 inches of snow. Housing market seems to be priced fairly good. Easy to get around on the streets and highways.
First place I thought of, although my friends there all send their kids to private school.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:37 AM   #24
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Another vote for the San Francisco area, if only money were no object We live in Portland, which we do like a lot. I don't mind the rain, but DH gets tired of it.
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We vote for Savannah, Georgia. It is amazing there!
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:14 AM   #26
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I'm easily a strict East coast gal. LOL.
I do hate the winter and as I get older I'm getting less and less tolerant, that being said I need, love and crave variety.
I need theater, small or large. I need restaurant variety, I once lived in a small town where folks thought olive garden was good italian. I thought I was going to slit my wrist.

I love cities, I love not having to drive to get some thing or some where.

So it looks like I'm stuck. LOL. I actually like Jersey except for the high property taxes. I'm surrounding by NYC, Philly, Baltimore and DC. I've got Jersey and Maryland Beaches, excellent universities and hospitals, great culture and shopping.

I'm thinking of checking out Charleston or Miami for a winter home.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:22 AM   #27
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I would love to live in Charleston, SC.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:39 AM   #28
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Me too. Beautiful town, nice people and great food.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:53 AM   #29
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My initial response was Scotland and then I saw that it had to be in the US so I was going to suggest several cities in California, but then I saw you wanted the East side of the US...so I have no idea Good luck, what a nice gift to be able to move wherever you want!
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This is the view from our neighborhood dock taken last week at sunset. Just imagine yourself sitting out there watching the dolphins play in the tidal creek as the egrets perch on dock posts. We really do love where we live.

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