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Old 01-01-2018, 08:22 PM
 
Location: North Potomac, MD
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A little about me and what I'm looking for in a place to live...

My wife and I originally emigrated from Long Island, NY to the Washington Metro area for employment and to raise a family, far away from the crime ridden and filthy New York City and vicinity. That was 1977. Gaithersburg was a small town, known mostly for the "National Bureau of Standards" (NIST), and IBM. The major interstate into DC was 2 lanes each way, and there was barely a rush hour. Now, the kids are grown and starting their own families. I'm 63, retired from IBM almost 2 years now and strongly considering relocating away from the East Coast, Gaithersburg, MD specifically, heading further inland and South to either North Carolina, Tennessee or South Carolina.

What I'm trying to get away from: The COLD, SNOW, Sanctuary Cities and Counties, increasing congestion, loss of rural / farm areas, large towns where people don't even look you in the eye anymore. Out of control land development is rampant, just for the sake of increasing the tax base. Old farmers are dying and in their stead are signs that read "GRAND OPENING! THOUSANDS OF LUXURY TOWNHOMES" with undersized garages and inadequate parking as far as my aging eyes can see.


What I am trying to find:
  • Warmth, in both climate and the people.
  • Water, lakes, fishing (sometimes),
  • Small towns, where you recognize neighbors and they talk to you.
  • Where the rule of law prevails; No "sanctuary" towns, cities, or counties that harbor gang members and felons (can you tell I'm disgusted with Maryland?)
  • not needing to own a gun to protect myself, but enjoying the right to own one if I choose.
  • Open roads.. I enjoy (quiet) motorcycling through the rural countryside, seeing barns, horses, cows, streams, located between old historic down-towns.
  • NO major commercial corridors that will draw millions of new job seekers.

I don't care anymore about access to museums, theater, ballet, operas or orchestras.. or gyms (look at my picture). A reasonable drive to an airport would be nice, so I can threaten the kids with an occasional visit.

I'll probably add to this as I think of more. So tell me, do I have any hope of finding my refuge in North Carolina?
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:36 PM
 
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If you’re too close to Charlotte I think that’d be a lot of what you don’t want, so I’d say no to Lake Norman. I’m not terribly familiar with them, but maybe areas near Badin Lake or Lake James could be worth a look.
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:46 PM
 
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A little about me and what I'm looking for in a place to live...

My wife and I originally emigrated from Long Island, NY to the Washington Metro area for employment and to raise a family, far away from the crime ridden and filthy New York City and vicinity. That was 1977. Gaithersburg was a small town, known mostly for the "National Bureau of Standards" (NIST), and IBM. The major interstate into DC was 2 lanes each way, and there was barely a rush hour. Now, the kids are grown and starting their own families. I'm 63, retired from IBM almost 2 years now and strongly considering relocating away from the East Coast, Gaithersburg, MD specifically, heading further inland and South to either North Carolina, Tennessee or South Carolina.

What I'm trying to get away from: The COLD, SNOW, Sanctuary Cities and Counties, increasing congestion, loss of rural / farm areas, large towns where people don't even look you in the eye anymore. Out of control land development is rampant, just for the sake of increasing the tax base. Old farmers are dying and in their stead are signs that read "GRAND OPENING! THOUSANDS OF LUXURY TOWNHOMES" with undersized garages and inadequate parking as far as my aging eyes can see.


What I am trying to find:
  • Warmth, in both climate and the people.
  • Water, lakes, fishing (sometimes),
  • Small towns, where you recognize neighbors and they talk to you.
  • Where the rule of law prevails; No "sanctuary" towns, cities, or counties that harbor gang members and felons (can you tell I'm disgusted with Maryland?)
  • not needing to own a gun to protect myself, but enjoying the right to own one if I choose.
  • Open roads.. I enjoy (quiet) motorcycling through the rural countryside, seeing barns, horses, cows, streams, located between old historic down-towns.
  • NO major commercial corridors that will draw millions of new job seekers.

I don't care anymore about access to museums, theater, ballet, operas or orchestras.. or gyms (look at my picture). A reasonable drive to an airport would be nice, so I can threaten the kids with an occasional visit.

I'll probably add to this as I think of more. So tell me, do I have any hope of finding my refuge in North Carolina?
How warm do you want the winters to be?
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:58 PM
 
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I'd recommend you look at the Mobile, Alabama area. Warmer temps, smaller metro area, and less of the stuff you dislike. Charlotte is a booming city like the Washington DC area with apartments going up everywhere, thousands of newcommers, and increasing congestion. Mobile could be a good fit. It is also on the Gulf so checks the water box.
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Old 01-01-2018, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Tega Cay, SC
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The west side of the lake is pretty rural. Couldn’t tell you what the people are like though.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:46 AM
 
Location: North Potomac, MD
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Thank you all - We're routing through Lake Norman on the way back home today, looking at a couple of places on Virgina St.; but not holding any hope based on what I'm hearing. Maybe it'll at least be warmer.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:11 AM
 
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Thank you all - We're routing through Lake Norman on the way back home today, looking at a couple of places on Virgina St.; but not holding any hope based on what I'm hearing. Maybe it'll at least be warmer.
It is only going to be 4 degrees warmer in the Charlotte metro today than Washington DC. Currently 12-13 degrees F in the Lake Norman area. It is unusually this bitter though due to how far south the cold front pushed.

Traffic is light today though. Most area schools start tomorrow so some people are still on vacation with their kids.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:29 AM
 
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I think the suggestion of lake norman is way too close to charlotte but lots of lakes in NC

badin was a good suggestion

lots of lakes in the southeast NC ..waccamaw.. bay tree.. http://baytreelakes.com/ for example
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Davidson, NC
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Lake Norman is probably going to be a bit a busy for you if you stay on the southern or east side of the lake. The western or northern side might be a good fit. Lake James or maybe some of the ones closer to Asheville like Lake Toxaway also might be a good option to look at.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:43 AM
 
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Troutman on the east side of the lake or just north of Denver on the west side of the lake.
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