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Old 02-07-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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Hi. My family and I currently live in NJ and over the past few years had fallen in love with the Charleston area in SC. I've got the opportunity to move south with my job to work from home, but my company will only from home workers in select states. NC made the cut, SC didn't. Can anyone suggest an area that might have a similar feel?

Specifically here is what we liked about Charleston in general and Mt Pleasant in particular:

- Friendly people
- Close to the beach
- Affordable housing (compared to NJ/NY area)
- Warmer weather
- Access to a decent sized city
- Decent schools

Thanks
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Unfortunately most of Eastern NC is pretty lacking when compared to Charleston. I might however suggest you check out Wilmington. It's a pretty decent sized city with enough to do and it's right on the beach.

I think it meets all of your points, except maybe a decent sized city... I will note that Wilmington is probably the largest city in Eastern NC. The job market is lacking, but since you are working from home, it might not concern you.

Good luck!
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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Hi. My family and I currently live in NJ and over the past few years had fallen in love with the Charleston area in SC. I've got the opportunity to move south with my job to work from home, but my company will only from home workers in select states. NC made the cut, SC didn't. Can anyone suggest an area that might have a similar feel?

Specifically here is what we liked about Charleston in general and Mt Pleasant in particular:

- Friendly people
- Close to the beach
- Affordable housing (compared to NJ/NY area)
- Warmer weather
- Access to a decent sized city
- Decent schools

Thanks

Have they ruled out Georgia? I cast my vote for Savannah ! lovely.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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I have considered Savannah, but hear the beaches aren't very good.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: NC
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Wilmington, maybe... its the largest city right on the beach, and there is a lot to do.

New Bern has more charm (imo) but maybe be too far from the actual beach for you, and also is not very big (compared to Wilmington) LOL
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:05 AM
 
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Hi. My family and I currently live in NJ and over the past few years had fallen in love with the Charleston area in SC. I've got the opportunity to move south with my job to work from home, but my company will only from home workers in select states. NC made the cut, SC didn't. Can anyone suggest an area that might have a similar feel?

Specifically here is what we liked about Charleston in general and Mt Pleasant in particular:

- Friendly people
- Close to the beach
- Affordable housing (compared to NJ/NY area)
- Warmer weather
- Access to a decent sized city
- Decent schools

Thanks

hi,

Mount Pleasant is, in my opinion, similar to the areas of Wilmington that are just around Wrightsville Beach -- Greenville Loop Road, Landfall, Mayfaire, Ogden, all the way up the waterway towards Hampstead. When you put all that together, it has a similar mix of housing and retail that you find sprawled along 17 in Mount Pleasant, along with similar types of people, similar (maybe better) quality schools.

the Wilmington area is comparable to Charleston in many ways, but about half the size. In terms of downtowns, Wilmington's is more like 1/4 of Charleston's, though. Wilmington's downtown has its bright spots, but the local mentality here is that we are a "beach town," and downtown takes a back seat. Charleston is the opposite, where the peninsula is where all the action is.


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I have considered Savannah, but hear the beaches aren't very good.
I agree. Savannah doesn't have good beach access. Tybee Island is tiny and crowded.

Savannah is "lovely", but the wheels aren't on very tight down there, either.

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Old 04-06-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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How about moving to Wilmington, NC with no job? How is the market? Tired of my long hours and long commute and long winters in DC. Appreciate any info - thanks.
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