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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:23 AM
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Scarlett, I worried about you moving to Jax. It's hard to take the city out of the girl. I think it's very difficult for people who aren't used to the South to move here.

And then I sent those hurricanes up your way! I was just joshing with you! I didn't mean to scare you away all the way to OR!

pcola, I love the Highlands area in the summer. Beautiful and cool.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:37 AM
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Wow, this post quickly generated a lot of interest. I lived in Beaufort for a little over a year and was evacuated once and they threatened evacuation 2 other times. You couldn't pay me to live on the coast again! I don't know how you Floridians have coped these past couple of years.
Now I live in Asheville, NC, and yes, we do get the remnants of your hurricanes - high winds which down trees, flooding - but no where near the devastation thank goodness.
Asheville is a small city proper - under 70K I believe but the county is well over 100K now or perhaps even bigger. There are some nice communities surrounding Asheville which also bear examination - Waynesville, Hendersonville, Black Mountain. If you want a larger city you might try Greenville, SC - although it will be more muggy and humid.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:45 AM
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After even more research recently, I have moved another place to the top of my own personal list for moving away from Florida. It's the northern region of Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains. If you get up in altitude a bit, the summers are never too hot. And the winters are never too severe. The countryside is beautiful, the people are for the most part of the old southern genteel nature, and the real estate is reasonable in price.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:55 AM
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I second Wayne's proposal--the same goes for the Ozarks just over the border in southern Missouri
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 12:10 PM
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Wayne, have you seen this thread?

http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...1&tid=34594448
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 12:45 PM
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After living in Florida I can sure understand your feelings (the humidity is what was really getting to me as well). Although we're having a heat wave right now, I love the climate in Southern California. It really is moderate most of the year and so you'll be able to do the same type things Floridians do year around.

San Diego is rated #1 for the best climate of anywhere in the USA. If you're concerned about earthquakes than you may not want So. California. Knock on wood, we've never had a bit of damage from any....it does seem that every few years there is one we feel with slight rolling that last about 30 seconds. We have just learned to live with them and don't bat an eye. I also loved living in both Utah and Colorado for the mountains and beauty.... but now living in So. Cal, I can't imagine a better place than here. I love it all except the traffic can be terrible! (my sister says Houston is even worse) Good luck in your relocattion!
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 01:20 PM
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Both Evergreen and Denver are hotter in the winter and summer than most people think (example - today it is 105 in Denver... very rare - but it happens.. with very low humidity of 5%). Evergreen is always a good bit cooler- and being in the mountains typically has a breeze. We have very little snow on the ground (not like the midwest where you don't see grass all winter). And while we get cold weather, highs below freezing are rare. With our very low humidity, the sunny cold days feel good. We get a few huge dumps of snow(1 to 2 feet in a storm) per year... but beyond that is it sunshine - and the snow melts in a few days. We can drive to much more snow and great skiing in about 1 hour or less. No homes have air conditioning - we don't need it and we open our windows most every month of the year. The town is about 30,000 people - with a little old west downtown. The town is unincorporated and the land mass is large.... so it is never obvious where everyone lives. We have a big lake in downtown which is open as a ice skating rink from Dec. to March (they spray the top of the ice every night as most of our lakes don't freeze)... on the lake is a beautiful large log cabin that serves for skate rentals, hot chocoloate in the winter and jazz and art festivals in the summer. Above the lake is a public golf course (a Denver city park).. And Jefferson County has bought literally thousands of acres as protected open space. If you like elk, we've got them everywhere (not always good news). We have a very active community theater in a funky old barn. We have ZERO bugs (they just can't breathe at 7800 feet) so I keep my doors open in the summer and get a wonderful breeze. As corny as this sounds (which is very) when I come home from a business trip I am sometimes so happy when I see the mountains I cry. The very big negative is the homes are HUGE (hard to get anything under 4000 sq feet - which I think is awful)... and they can be expensive. I read last night that the average household income in Evergreen was $147,000 in 2004 - Willie Nelson had a home here (til he had to pay his taxes), the drummer for Chicago, some famous basketball player from Texas just bought here, lots of wierd and eclectic people. Net, affordability is an issue. You can get a beautiful 3500 square foot town house for around $500,000... so not outrageous, but a stretch for many families. Our taxes are quite on everything - including property. The rich and famous live in mountains up in the mountains that you can't see.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 01:32 PM
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This indeed has turned into a great thread.
San Diego is nice, I know. But sorry, it's still in CA. (No offense.) Evergreen sounds great too, but real estate sounds very pricey. Julie, whats today's temp in Evergreen?
Wayne, the Ozarks are on my list now, thanks! Where in Florida are you?
Leah, we will be looking at the towns around Asheville. What are housing prices like around there?
Thanks all!


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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 01:34 PM
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that's the taxes are quite low compared to some states... an $850,000 home pays around $4500 in taxes.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 02:03 PM
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Here's a question for all who are following this thread, and, then another location for pcola to consider.

There are a number of groups out there who exchange homes for vacations. One you can find if you Google seniorhomeexchange. Getting involved with one of those groups might help us all "test drive" some possible retirement areas. Or, we could swap homes with each other. Just a thought.

Pcola, have you considered Roanoke or Blacksburg, Virginia? Blue Ridge Mountain locations, VA. Tech sports, wonderful hiking, boating on Smith MT. lake, excellent theater productions, vital arts scene, a variety of ethnic restaurants, and, property cost much less than some of the other places mentioned. We moved here in 1977. Our plan was to move on after my husband got his degree at VA Tech. We're still here! Summers can be hot and humid, but, Blacksburg, in the New River Valley is generally 10 degrees cooler. Winters usually are pretty mild with some very cold days in the mix. Most winters there is little snow. However, about every ten years we have a humdinger of a blizzard (for this area). The last big one was in 1996...30" of snow. I personally live for spring and fall. Both are glorious. Beautiful wildflowers and blooming dogwood and redbud trees in spring seem to go on forever. While fall offers crisp, clear weather. Some years the fall foliage rivals what you would see in New England. Ok. I'll get off my soap box now. Good luck in your search.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 02:28 PM
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cactushugger, Roanoke has popped on the radar before, but not Blacksburg. I think I saw something about high summer temps in Roanoke and probably dismissed it. But will check into both..thanks. And there's nothing wrong with being on the soapbox for your town!
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 02:47 PM
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pcola - prices in Asheville area depend to a certain extent on the age/condition and location. I would say it it is averaging around $135/sq ft...desirable areas of town (Biltmore Forest, N. Asheville, Beaverdam, Montford) - can be $150-$175/sq ft. Since you are in real estate you will be well versed in looking up areas on the internet...A lot will depend on the amenities that you are looking for close by - let me know if I can be of further help.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 04:03 PM
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OK.. temps today.. it was 104 when I left work (Boulder)... 102 in Denver (a record)... 99 as I started up the hill in Golden... and 88 when I pulled in my driveway. The down side, when it is 70 in Denver in January... it is 60 at best in Evergreen.
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Have you considered Prescott, Arizona? (I saw you mentioned Flagstaff, but Prescott, about 75 miles to the south, has a more moderate winter climate.) Prescott (and its surrounding communities... Prescott Valley, Chino, etc.) is only 90 miles north of Phoenix.

The summers are beautiful with temps generally in the 70s and 80s (very occasional lower 90 days) and the winters are relatively mild. There is some snow fall, but it doesn't last for too long.

The area is beautiful. It's in the middle of the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world. It's a true 4 season climate. Skiing is only a short drive to the north in the winter.

The people are friendly and welcoming to new-comers. Over the past 3-5 years more and more Californians have moved to the area for the relatively moderate housing prices and down-home attitudes. You should be able to make a great living in real estate right now due to the huge influx of people coming to the Prescott area.

No natural disasters whatsoever... no earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides.

Best of wishes to you.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2005, 05:11 AM
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Kennedy3...Prescott is now on the list, thanks!
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Old Jul 27th, 2005, 07:36 AM
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San Diego or even south Orange County should be on your list. Best weather and friendliest people. Biggest mistake I ever made was moving away from there. Now I can't afford to move back again.
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Old Jul 28th, 2005, 06:58 PM
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golfer...lol, that's why it's not on my list now!
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