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Old 07-10-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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Hi all!
I wanted to solicit some opinions... (also posted this on Charlotte forum)
My husband was just offered a teaching position in Charleston making the same as he is here in Concord, outside of Charlotte. I've had an interview during which they stated the could match my salary (I am a PT). Then he was just offered a position in South Charlotte.

So would you go or stay? We've been to Charleston but just briefly, and have never lived on south side of Charlotte.

About us: 45 and 39, no kids at home, have tried to have one more child but no luck so far. We've been in Concord for one year but don't have any strong friendships or community ties here (unfortunately). Have one or two casual friends but that's all. Most people at meetup groups seem younger or older than us (we don't have a problem with that, but sometimes other people do).

As a PT and school teacher, don't make a ton of money...so know that we would be living 30-45 minutes out of Charleston since it's so expensive at the coast....so will not be on the beach.

I appreciate any advice you can give. Charleston is beautiful, but am concerned about the ?higher cost of living, jobs in the future (as we are all set for this year) and trying to buy an affordable house (150K) there.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:19 PM
 
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Well there are relatively inexpensive parts of Charleston proper, like West Ashley. It really just depends on if you want to live in a larger metro or smaller metro, with everything that both entails.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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We moved from just south of Charlotte but my husband worked in Charlotte. We lived there 7 years and moved to Charleston a year ago. We like change and do have children. We are from Coastal Maine originally so we prefer the coast so my preference is the Charleston area.

It is such a personal preference decision. We live 20-30 minutes inland and it is affordable.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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It's good to hear from someone who has made the move and is happy. We are originally from Rhode Island so I miss being closer to the coast as well. I'm glad to hear it's affordable as well...I think the rent prices scared us, as we rent a very nice house 1600 sq ft with 2 car garage and fenced yard in very safe area for 950.00..but the housing prices seem better than the rental prices..we may just rent at a complex or townhome for 6 months and then start looking to buy a house.
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:22 AM
 
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We just moved here from New England (and I lived in RI for many summers). We looked a lot in the Charlotte area before (eventually) settling here in Charleston. We love it here. Reminds me a lot of New England with it's charm. I can't live ON the water but I need to live near it as well. My thought is that you are going to love it here.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:12 AM
 
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I am a Charlotte native, and live on the outskirts of Charlotte currently. Hands down, no questions asked CHARLESTON.
And one day, we hope to live there.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:46 AM
 
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We live near Charlotte and my son lives on James Island. We have thought about moving to the Charleston area but there are a couple of things about Charleston that aren't so great.

Parking is a BIG issue. You really can't go anywhere without having to hunt for a place to park. We do know of some places that others visiting might not know about but it's still a pain sometimes. But maybe if you lived in Charleston you wouldn't be going downtown as much as when visiting.

The other issue would be the flood plain. I'm not sure what insurance costs would be.

We are lucky that we can drive down to Charleston anytime we want. We still think about living there but the traffic is much worse than where we live now.

On the other hand there is a lot to do in the Charleston area
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Parking is a BIG issue. You really can't go anywhere without having to hunt for a place to park. We do know of some places that others visiting might not know about but it's still a pain sometimes. But maybe if you lived in Charleston you wouldn't be going downtown as much as when visiting.

The other issue would be the flood plain. I'm not sure what insurance costs would be.

We are lucky that we can drive down to Charleston anytime we want. We still think about living there but the traffic is much worse than where we live now.
Side note: I've never been to Charlotte.

We don't go downtown very often because of the parking ...

The flood insurance varies depending on what zone you're in... ours is less than 400/yr
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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We just moved here from New England (and I lived in RI for many summers). We looked a lot in the Charlotte area before (eventually) settling here in Charleston. We love it here. Reminds me a lot of New England with it's charm. I can't live ON the water but I need to live near it as well. My thought is that you are going to love it here.
I went from Maine, to Charlotte, to Charleston......I realized my soul needs the coast....
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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joys of having a parking pass downtown <G>........worth it!!! There is all kinds of inexpensive parking around the city because I sometimes can't use the pass because someone else is using it. Mind you --I've lived in the greater Atlanta area and the greater Toronto area where parking for four hours can cost you $20.
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