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We want to relocate to cooler, non-hurricane climate...

Old Jul 20th, 2005, 01:29 PM
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If you are in real estate, I can't think of a better place to relocate than to the Asheville region. Friends who live in Columbus NC and Hendersonville both comment on the vibrant marketplace and the booming sales. I noted that I-26 is becoming increasingly heavy in traffic at all hours of the day and night too.

Picking up and moving on can be a wonderful experience. Generally, we tend to live a long time in the same place for various reasons -- inertia for one after we happened to land there at some point in our lives. Carefully selecting the area and the criteria which are really important can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Go for it, and good luck!

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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 06:24 AM
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Hi Houmom...I understand your feelings. I grew up in that area and know what the heat/humidity is like. Cool mountain air surely sounds appealing right now...It's already 83 with a heat index of 94 in Pensacola and its not even 10 a.m. yet!
Wayne and birgator...we're going to be looking at Hendersonville and several other communities in that general region. The search is just beginning so it will take some time. Thanks all for your input.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 06:42 AM
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What about exploring Charlotte?
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 06:56 AM
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Here are places that you DON'T want to move to .... not that these cities don't have their upsides. Rather this is Forbes' top ten list for 2005 for most overpriced cities. Criteria evaluated was cost of living, job growth, housing affordability, median income growth -- complete text of online artice >>> http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/...5.asp?GT1=6706

OVERPRICED CITIES
1. Seattle, WA
2. New York City, NY
3. Portland, OR
4. Chicago, IL
5. San Jose, CA
6. Bergen-Passaic, NJ
7. San Francisco, CA
8. Middlesex, NJ
9. Denver, CO
10.Los Angeles, CA
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 07:06 AM
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Just a note on living inland and getting the remnants of hurricanes....I live in the suburbs of Richmond va and we live pretty far inland. Since I have lived here, 7 years,we had Floyd come through and close our schools for high winds, Gaston come through and demolish downtown with 10 inches of rain in a couple of hours, and the worst, Isabel. Isabel knocked down trees on homes and power lines. We were without power for more than a week. Schools were closed for three weeks. Many of my neighbors had 10 trees on their homes. We were fortunate to have no damage.
On the good side we have usually the nicest and longest falls here. Winters are generally mild with the occasional snowstorm we all long for. Summers are hot and humid! Inland NC will still feel major effects of hurricanes and power goes out quickly. The ice storms are much worse than any snowstorm and people often lose power in the winter(and it is cold!). I would consider looking at other areas of the country as well.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 07:54 AM
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We may take a look at Charlotte, but the summers there seem to be as hot as they are here. Really looking for cooler summers.
JBX, fortunately, none of those cities was on my radar! Thanks for the list.
girlonthego, I understand the danger of hurricane remnants. Hopefully we can find an area where that threat is less severe. We don't mind some snow, but not crazy about the idea of ice storms on a regular basis. While we're focusing on the NC region, we're certainly going to look at other areas including the Flagstaff and Colorado Springs regions. Thanks again.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 08:07 AM
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How about the Austin Texas area? We don't get hit by hurricanes, if anything we welcome the rain if we get it. We have no state income tax here. Summers are hot, but late fall, winter and spring are glorious. We have lots of cultural activities, live music and beautiful scenery. You are very close to the hill country and San Antonio. I guess I could go on and on. Some cons, our traffic can be frustrating, but the housing is very affordable compared to other parts of th country. A very nice median home can be found for around $140-160,000. I must say though if you want cool weather, Asheville is a gorgeous place.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 09:15 AM
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ilovetulips--As a Texan, I know the Austin area and Hill Country although I haven't been there in several years. I think that area would be too hot for my tastes. Austin has a lot going for it, but I'm ready to cool off. The Schlitterbahn sounds really inviting right now!
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 09:16 AM
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This area has only been mentioned in passing but Louisville, Ky. is another great 'smaller' city. I have lived there prior & it is one of the few places I would consider moving back to (I currently reside in Charlotte if you opt for that route).
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 09:18 AM
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I lived in NC for 11 years. Raleigh specifically, which wasn't my cup of tea. Who knows, it may be yours - but I'd very carefully research. I have friends that moved from Raleigh to Roanoke Virginia. They really love it. I have a friend who is a realtor selling properties on a large lake in S. Carolina (sorry, forget exactly where) but it looks lovely - rolling hills, etc. And they are very happy. She did extremely well in Colorado real estate, so I assume the market is strong and incomes high. The area seems to be developing a lot of lovely first and second homes, golf courses, etc.. I own a house just off lake Michigan west of Traverse City. I go there about every 3rd July to celebrate the bird bath melting. Seriously, I've had my nose freeze shut in the winter. I can't imagine living there year round unless I was terribly in love with frigid weather and tons of snow.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 09:34 AM
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julie, where are you now and what do you think of it?
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 10:14 AM
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Julie ... Please also comment why you weren't so fond of the Raleigh area. That area comes up over and over again on recommended places to live for cost and quality of living.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 10:27 AM
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Let me preface all of this by saying it is my opinion - some of my friends love Raleigh. For me, I was dissappointed in the schools. My kids went to private school after some painful public school problems. The weather is very, very humid. My husband has terrible alergies and had to have sinus surgery every 18-24 months. We could rarely open our windows due to heat and humidity (to be honest, we never bothered to put screens on our windows, there were so few open window days. Not a day goes by that you don't hear a Yankee story - neighbors, TV, radio, whatever (yes, I'm a Yankee). The traffic is pretty bad for a smaller city - and you have to drive "2 hours to the beach, 2 hours to the mountains" to be in a pretty area. I was also warned when going to Falls Lake to swim (about 10 miles north of Raleigh) that I should be careful as "the area gets full of those black people". I left and never looked back. As I said, others love it.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 10:30 AM
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Oops.. didn't see the other question.. . I'm in Evergreen, Colorado and we LOVE it. I could not be happier. We get tons of sunny weather, little snow, temps that are much higher than most realize, great schools, great community theater, 25 minutes to downtown Denver (sports, big city stuff), endless hiking, etc. opportunities. However, it seemed so far from where you are today, I didn't mention it.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 10:36 AM
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Awww, pcola, aren't you enjoying the threat of a hurricane hanging over you for months? and don't you delight in the wet heat and bugs that come with it?
LOL~ I know how you feel and we have done the same thing, we are getting outatown!
We are moving to Portland Oregon. We lived in NYC prior to this past year in Florida.
Oregon has none of the extremes of the NE or the SE. So many people still don't have a/c!!
It is friendly, the city itself is very people friendly, dog friendly and up and coming with galleries and new neighborhoods.
Our family is in the NE also, and in the SE, but we can fly and so can they, so it is not a consideration.
But I will say that while growing up in NC, Asheville was lovely, my dad lives in West Jefferson. The mountains are nice, cool in summer but they do get big rains and big snowy winters.
Good luck with your decision, we made a mistake when choosing Jax but happily we can correct it. All the best, Scarlett
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 10:52 AM
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How about Tampa? I'm only kidding but truthfully, we've not been hit by a major hurricane since 1915, I believe it was. I feel badly for all the folks up in the panhandle, including my brother. They've evacuated and returned only to find they had to evacuate once they got home. It sounds hectic.

Best wishes for wherever you choose.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:08 AM
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Thank you for the kind thoughts.
Julie--when you say temps higher than most realize, do you mean summer or winter? And how big is the city?

Scarlett & Tandoori, some areas of Jax and Tampa are pretty nice. But both are hot and subject to hurricanes. And we want cool! lol!
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:13 AM
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I second Wayne's "nominations" of either Auburn, Al or Aiken, SC - both pleasant small towns (except AU on game day - then the 2nd largest city in AL). Both suffer minor inconveniences when hurricanes move thru - short power outages and tornado warnings - but nothing one can't deal with! The climate is relatively mild - a few really hot days and a few really cold days. Aiken is consistently ranked high on the "places to retire" list various groups put together.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:17 AM
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Yes, they told us before we moved to Jax that there were never hurricanes here.
The first summer here (last summer) there were 4.
We will be in Portland Or in 2 weeks
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:21 AM
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Lucky you Julie_C, I Drove through and around Evergreen a few years ago and thought, "what a perfect place to live". I was out in Denver and had some time to just explore. What a neat little town. Also have distant relatives in Nederlands which I also though was very very nice although a little further afield.
If money were no object, I'd be seriously looking at the these and other places in Colorado.
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