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I'd like to relocate from Upstate New York but where? No.Carolina?So.Carolina? Virginia?

I'd like to relocate from Upstate New York but where? No.Carolina?So.Carolina? Virginia?

Old Oct 7th, 2006, 08:32 AM
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I'd like to relocate from Upstate New York but where? No.Carolina?So.Carolina? Virginia?

Hi,I'm looking for a nice,quiet place to relocate.Some place where the cost of living is a little less expensive and the jobs are abundant.Well,not exactly but you know what I mean.
A safe place where rent isn't sky high.A quiet residential area where the commute to work doesn't mean 30 minutes on a highway.
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old Oct 7th, 2006, 09:01 AM
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It would help to know what you do for a living.

Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area are booming. I'm not really crazy about either one. I would choose either the coast or the mountains. I find the flat areas in between quite boring in the states you mention.

I love Charlottesville, VA, Asheville, NC, and Charlston, SC.

Wilmington, NC is supposed to be quite nice, although I have no first hand knowledge.
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Old Oct 7th, 2006, 11:42 AM
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I'm in the medical field and would probably be looking at the hospitals in the area for a job.I am not a nightlife person.I'm looking for low rent and fairly descent wages.If that kind of place exists.I have been looking at other relocation posts and they do mention Austin,Texas,Scottsdale,Arizona and Seattle,Washington.I prefer somewhere on the east coast but I'm willing to look a little further if necessary.
I just want a safe,quiet place that's not going to cost me a fortune to live and someplace where I don't have to commute 30 minutes to work.
Does any of this help?
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Old Oct 7th, 2006, 11:48 AM
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I just looked at Charlottesville,Virginia and the rent looks like it's pretty reasonable in that area.Any particular section of town I should look into?
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Remember that Charlottesville is a college town, so the apartments you looked at may cater to students. That may or may not be a bad thing. Just be careful as you probably don't want to be in the midst of an endless frat party. Or in the type of dump that some students live in. I personally would like to be in the center of town (near the university) so I could walk to shops, restaurants, etc.

Even though I'm not a big fan of the area (I got my masters at Chapel Hill), Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill has lots of hospitals and research facilities associated with the major universities there (UNC, NC State and Duke), as well as Research Triangle Park. So there would probably be a lot opportunities for you in that area. I didn't love it there, but many people do. There are quiet residential areas, and the costs are relatively low. Again, lots of students. It might be just the place for you. Kind of sounds like it.

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Old Oct 7th, 2006, 12:20 PM
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Thank you for your reply.It does sound like a place I would like as long as I'm careful about where I decide to live.They show an apartment in Central Charlottesville and one in North Charlottesville.I know these are just generalized areas but I was wondering which I might want? Does it matter?
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Forbes Magazine just issued its 10 Best Places to Work and Live... I believe the list included Fayetteville,ARK, Raleigh NC; Durham,NC; Nashville Tenn: and #1 was in New Mexico... try their website or look for the mag... It should help... good luck!
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Hi Debbie,
I grew up in VA, went to college in Charlottesville, and grad school in Durham. My brother currently lives in Raleigh. As long as you're not next to The University in C'ville you should be okay as far as housing goes. But keep in mind I haven't lived there for almost 10 years!

My own personal opinion is that Durham is not the place you want to live. Crime is a real concern there, especially in certain areas of the city. Chapel Hill and any of the communities surrounding Raleigh will give you want you want in terms of work and lifestyle, however, some are more expensive (like Cary) and some parts of Raleigh are (much) better than others.

You may also want to look into Harrisonburg, VA which is just across the mountain from C'ville. I recently read it had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, its even less expensive than C'ville, its quiet but in two hours you can be in Richmond or Washington, D.C., there's a hospital and several smaller colleges in the area, and the Shenandoah Valley is spectacular.

Best of luck with your move!
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How about Richmond? I have never lived there but I hear about it more and more these days.

Where do you consider "upstate" NY? Watertown? Hudson area? I now live in expensive California....but I would trade and move to the Finger Lakes general area - in a heartbeat. I can't imaging that the South will be cheaper in the nicer cities. And it gets mighty HOT! I agree that Charlottesville is lovely...but the Carolinas are really hot and humid. Just something to consider since you come from the best weather that in not in the West, in my opinion.
New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Washington are all nice. Austin is HOT! But good luck because it is always fun to move and experience new people and areas.
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 01:58 AM
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Thank you for your replies.I will definitely look into Harrisburg and Richmond!
I live 50 miles North of Albany,New York
and 10 miles South of Lake George,NY.
I'm just in the planning stages right now.Looking into a few 'possibles' but I definitely want to visit these areas before I decide to relocate there.
Is relocating like buying a house?...You just know when it's right?
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 03:53 AM
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Whoops,I think that's Harrisonburg!
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 04:27 AM
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Is weather a big concern?
I live 2 hours east of Albany and I tell you I would not move south for love or money. Our daughter lived in the Raleigh Durham area for 5 years and the heat and HUMIDITY was a killer. At least in Central NY it cools down at night if we have a heat wave. 11 pm and you still can't breath in N.C. Winters bring a chilling dampness. 30 degrees chills you to the bone.
My sister and her family moved to Salisbury, N.C. area..thought they would escape CNY winters but all I hear is complaints.
Where ever you decide, I suggest you rent for awhile before buying a home.
 
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Charlotte has true world class medical care. Good quality of life. Lots to do on all fronts.
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 05:51 AM
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Well I just went to Find Your Spot.It takes into consideration all your preferences as far as a place to live goes and here's where they suggest I live:
Edenton,NC
Paris,TN
Salisbury,NC
Murray,KY
Myrtle Beach,SC (no way)
Clayton,GA (NOPE)
Winterville,NC
Any comments about the places above?
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 06:59 AM
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They are all very small towns with the exception of MB.
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 07:44 AM
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Seriously, please do rent first. You are moving away from one of the finest areas in the entire country. Your weather is excellent. Cost of living moderate. Amenities, both cultural and geographical among the best anywhere. You will not believe the summer weather elsewhere! And the mentality is going to be different....for better or worse, I am not saying, but different.
If you are looking for cheaper housing you will only find it in very small towns...and they are cheap only because there is no industry and no culture and no way to make a living for most people.
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 08:12 AM
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cabo, I am curious what there is that is so culturally rich about the Lake George area. And if you dislike cold weather, would you still classify the area as among the best in the country? I'm not challenging the validity of your opinion. This is genuine curiousity. Thanks.
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 09:14 AM
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cabo,I do plan on renting anyplace I decide to relocate to and a I also plan on visiting the area a few times before deciding if it's the place for me or not.
Like Suki I'm wondering why you think this is the best area in the country to live? We do have the change of seasons here.We have the beautiful Adirondacks right out our backdoor.It safe and quiet
but it's also on the expensive side and employment is not readily available in this area except in the summer when tourist season begans.
Have you ever lived here?Or just visited this area?
As I look at my list that www.FindYour Spot.com gave me according to my preferences I think the towns listed are too small.Most are from #7,000 to #19,000 residents.I think I'm looking for a little more people and more to do.
As other posters have listed their suggestions I am definitely looking at them very closely and so far I like what I read and see about these places.
I'd rather look into a place that someone suggests thru personal experience than a place that a computer generated.
Any other suggestions are certainly welcomed!!
I look at quality of life,rent,jobs available in the area,cost of living....
Thanks for your suggestions.
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Hi, Suki

I think that's a great question. I am obviously very pro New York State, so bear that in mind

And I am racing off to work...so maybe I'll have other thoughts during the day.

They are not far from Glimmerglass Opera, all the many, many happenings in the FingerLakes region, Albany, and not too far from Manhattan. There is a lot going on in NYS.

The cold is true cold. So if you don't like cold at all, come and live where i live now - California - or Florida, I guess. But I always had a yearning, based on hear-say - to move to Charlottesville or Charlotte. They both sounded fabulous - and indeed, they are. But not for me. Too hot. Charlotte seems way too boring now that I have spent a little time there. But I never did actually end up moving to either city, so I am just doing what we do here....putting in my two cents, and not trying to be negative at all.

I love the cold and snow. I love the Rockies, the Sierra, and the central New York true winters. The cold and damp winter of the South eastern states is grim and gloomy and difficult and uncomfortable, to me, and I can't see a positive side to it.

The summers in New York state are glorious, as compared to most of the rest of the world.

I do now live near San Francisco and it has its own glorious weather and culture, but I would move to NY in a heartbeat, given the opportunity.

Happy to discuss further

have a great Sunday!
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 09:21 AM
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Hey Cabo,You and I posted at the same time!Wow.I had an opportunity to visit SF a few years ago.We stayed at the Monticello Inn right near the Cable Car turnaround.We loved visiting such a high pace,busy city.So many things to see and do.
Thanks for your feedback.
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