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Old 02-22-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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I have an option to transfer to N.Charleston with my job but my wife and kids (esp. My teenager) are not always open to change. We currently live in Connecticut and my wife and I are tired of the winters and living in the tax-you-to-death state.

We also are looking for a fresh start so when this opportunity came up, it is an easy decision to at least check it out with the family. My commute will be to approx. Exit 14 off of I-526. So in looking for an average commute time (30 minutes) with traffic and good school systems for my 3 kids (ages 15, 10 and 5) where would be a good place to look?

We are townhouse/condo lovers and would be looking for a 3 bedroom condo/townhouse in a safe neighborhood in a rural area in the range up to 175k. Or there-abouts. We are more country lovers rather than city-dwellers.

Also, to make this as interesting as possible for the kids in making it a vacation, what would you recommend that we do, visit or tour while we are there? We will be going sometime in April.

Thanks in Advance!
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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The beaches are a hit with my kids. They are into fishing, crabbing and sand so that was a huge draw for us. We moved out of the north east without regret....7.5 years ago. We lived in the Charlotte area until this past July. We miss family but our quality of life seems so much better here. My kids are now 14, 10 and 8. Good luck with it all!
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:34 PM
 
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I moved here from MA a year ago and it is so much better! Tell your wife she will never have to open a door if a man is around. You could take the kids to the beach, on a harbor cruise, carriage ride, Patriot's Point, and just walk around downtown. There is so much more to do around here than in the northeast.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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Fishing Charter, just ask Captain Rick...
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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The 175k price point, 30 minute commute, top schools, rural and condo/townhouse are not a standard combo in the charleston area. Mt Pleasant would be the top schools but that price point is going to be tight.

Summerville could give you good schools & the other attributes but commuting from closer to charleston to outer summerville for the rural aspect will give you a brutal commute.

Your best bet might be West Ashley in the Glenn McConnell/Bees Ferry area. It will be compromising on all fronts but not majorly so. That also gives you a decent variety of nicer/newer townhomes.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Windsor Hill, North Charleston, SC
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Your best bet would be the Dorchester District 2 school district in North Charleston or Summerville..

Meets your price point, lots of new homes being built as well as nicer established communities, and it is the best school district in the state.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Summerville
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Your best bet would be the Dorchester District 2 school district in North Charleston or Summerville..

Meets your price point, lots of new homes being built as well as nicer established communities, and it is the best school district in the state.
Not true....

The best overall school district in this area yes, but not in the state, that would be Lexington County...
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Here are the links to the greatschools.org ratings of Dorchester 2 school district (Summerville) and mt. pleasant school district. You can see for yourself. There are also great community feedback ratings/comments as well. Its a great comparison when trying to decide which district is the better choice for your family.

Dorchester 2 School District

Dorchester 02 School District in Summerville, SC | GreatSchools

Mount Pleasant School District

http://www.greatschools.org/search/s...ls=h&st=public
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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I live in Goose Creek and couldn't be more happy with my childrens' schools. Berkeley County is hit or miss (maybe even GC is hit or miss) but we found a nice fit.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Windsor Hill, North Charleston, SC
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Not true....

The best overall school district in this area yes, but not in the state, that would be Lexington County...
I meant ONE OF .. I would go back and edit it if I could.


To anyone reading .. my post above quoted by OTC should read "... Meets your price point, lots of new homes being built as well as nicer established communities, and it is ONE OF the best school districts in the state."

My apologies .. it was like 530am when I posted it and I was only starting my first coffee.
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