What is most appealing about living in AL? (Birmingham, Montgomery: shoppers, to move)
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Everyone talks about Northern Alabama but how about Baldwin County? How is it like living there? Are the bugs as bad? Anyone relocate from Florida and how does it compare living in Alabama. I wanted to live in Florida but Hubby has a job in Mobile and Fla too far. I would like to hear from people living in Baldwin both pros and cons.
You will see a lot of movement in Baldwin County. It has been discovered so to say over the last couple of years and the ThyssenKrupp project in Mobile will not only bring jobs but talent and money. Naturally real estate will go up. Just talk to a banker in Fairhope or Mobile.
I really enjoyed living in Bon Secour, which was then (1974-1975, 1986-1999) a semi-rural area in Baldwin County six miles north of Gulf Shores and six miles south of Foley. Would be living there today if my inlaws and parents would have moved down where I could keep an eye on them. South Baldwin County is a very interesting mix of natives, expatriate yankees, beach-loving vacationeers and southerners, and retirees. There is little opportunity in the white-collar arena, but the aging population offers many opportunities in the professional fields. The bugs can get bad at times, but you soon learn how to deal with them. I hate heat and humidity, both of which are abundant in Baldwin County, but I was more than ready to put up with that in order to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and casual atmosphere of that part of Alabama. Fishing and hunting opportunities also abound if that is an interest. The beaches and Gulf are gorgeous--some of the best you'll ever find. Cost of living is a bit higher than where I live now (Huntsville), due to higher energy costs and the relatively small market area that Baldwin County represents to the larger chain operations, but freshly grown produce and freshly caught seafood is abundant. The one winter I worked construction there, I wore a jacket to work only 20 days, and shed the jacket by mid-morning most of those days. Shorts and tees are entirely possible for periods in November-March, and pretty much expected April-October. I'd move back in a minute if I could ever get my spouse to finally retire.
We just moved here - yes on purpose - from outside Philadelphia, PA and we love it. The people are great, the weather fantastic, seafood is excellent, scenery beautiful. So, there are bugs here - at least there's no SNOW! Forget the cold weather - that's all behind us now! We could not have picked a better place - Spanish Fort, Alabama!
Are there many northerners in Spanish Fort? I am moving from New England and little scared but my husband works in Mobile. I love that area but a little nervous for my kids who are middle school and high school age children.
The best place to live in Alabama is Daphne. South East AL. Hometown feel, great schools and wonderful weather. You are 45 min. from the sugar sands of Gulf Shores. Down town Mobile is just far enough across Mobile Bay and the Casinos in Biloxi are about an hour and a half west on I-10. Fairhope is just south of Daphne and is also a very beautiful place but a little more pricey than Daphne. Daphne is Hight Quality living in a Southern Way. It has been called the cith of Parks and also Jubilee City see The City of Daphne, Alabama, located on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay..
Which is a better town to live in? I have two children middle school age and high school.
well we have been here 4 months now. I can say what I love...the weather, scenery outward politeness of people in general, taxes and cost of living etc. etc. what has been hard and I'm just saying this for people considering a move with children it is a HUGE adjustment for a middle school child! I don't want any responses saying how perhaps it's our childs attitude etc I've already heard all of that. Our daughter has been a community volunteer, tutor to her peers a good student and I've been told by other parents in this area what a polite and sweet child I have, but the other children just are not liking the "new kid" from up North. It just breaks my heart and that was our biggest fear moving to a smaller school system. That is what she had back home so we thought it best to keep her in a smaller school here. I guess you blame yourself as a parent. I don't know what to do for her. She has one friend that will go to Wednesday church with her, but on any other day this girls old friends don't want her spending time with the "new girl". We all know how girls can be at this age no matter where you live. Any tips would be taken seriously. My husband and I have settled in and just want our daughter to be happy, she feels very alone down here and it has me questioning southern hospitality.
I am a Mobile native who has been living in Tampa, FL (Hillsborough County) for the past 21 years. This part of Florida is interesting because of the diversity. When we first moved here, I was enthralled by the diversity and felt that my family would benefit from the "culture". After all, the only people that live in Alabama are red-necks, right? Now, we are at the point in our lives where we are thinking about retirement. The only thing we know for sure is that we want to retire to a small southern town. I raised my children with my values and cultures that I learned through my southern heritage. But I found myself fighting against all the "culture" to do so. I am ready to get back to a place that is so "backwards" that the children aren't covered in tatoos and body piercings and don't allow half their underwear to show over the top of their pants. I like those "backward" children that say "Yes Ma'am" and "No Sir". I long for the day to be back in a place where even people you don't know say hello and will give you a hand if you need it. I don't know if Mobile/Baldwin county is our future retirement destination. What I do know for sure is that it will definately be someplace north of Tampa back in the real south.
Yes, property taxes are almost non-existent in AL but don't you think that the result of this benefit is the generally poor educational system in AL?
I have lived on the Eastern Shore (Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope) all my life and I wouldn't live anywhere else. There is alot to appreciate here minus the insects and humidity. Everywhere you live, you have to deal with something. I think I would rather deal with insects in the summertime than worried about crime that is escalating. My twin girls, who are 18 now, have been to school here their whole life and it is one of the best school systems in Al, my son who is 6 is doing great in Malbis school. The quality of life here is second to none. You are midway between Mobile and Pensacola right on 1-10. The beaches are less than 45 minutes away. The only negative I can think of right now is the threat of hurricanes. You do kind of worry when one comes up in the Gulf but I always go north and hope for the best.
I'm a native and lifelong resident of Tuscaloosa. I'll have to say that I agree with much of what Lodger said earlier. I have traveled around the country a bit and have spent a good deal of time in the Atlanta area. As a small business person, it's truly frustrating to visit more progressive areas and get good ideas about what the hot new items are in those areas and then try them in Tuscaloosa. More often than not, a total flop.
People here generally like the same things over and over again and getting them to change or try something new is like pulling teeth. Many brands and styles that do great elsewhere just won't fly here. I've finally figured out that "Tradition" is the watchword in Tuscaloosa. Most people want to relive the glory days of Alabama football. Football is almost a religion.
Speaking of religion, I also agree with Lodger about the 'Christianism". I do believe in a higher spiritual power that I choose to call God. My beliefs are far different from most of the Christians that I know. I resent having thier more judgemental, more fundamentalist version shoved down my throat.
Sunday liquor sales are a good example. What gives anyone the right to tell me that I can't have a glass of wine with my meal because of thier ridiculous beliefs?
All that said, I do acknowledge that Tuscaloosa isn't the worst place to live. Any small town in the southeast outside of a major metro area would probably be much worse.
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