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Old 05-14-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: OH
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We just got home from a trip to South Carolina and checked out Lake Murray. Is this area pretty exclusive with regard to cost? The area was beautiful but how are the winters? We will be retiring and would like to be with others our age and enjoy the water and community. For those of you that are near that lake you are very lucky!
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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What do you call exclusive? Winters are mild overall. Occasional snow and winter temps ranging from 40-65 degrees normally with some colder days and a few warmer ones mixed in.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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The worst things about the winters is the wind. It can cut to the bone at times.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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L. Murray can be exclusive or not exclusive, depending on tastes, income, etc. Certainly the southern and eastern parts of the lake are affordable for most folks, from what I can tell. We've hung out on a few parts of the lake, although I like the quiet areas off U.S. 378 south of Lexington for R&R.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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We just got home from a trip to South Carolina and checked out Lake Murray. Is this area pretty exclusive with regard to cost? The area was beautiful but how are the winters? We will be retiring and would like to be with others our age and enjoy the water and community. For those of you that are near that lake you are very lucky!
Depending where you are coming from, cost of living here is very affordable - especially the midlands. Winters are very mild. Snow is a NON issue if it even happens.

You will not be the only retired individuals on the block, that is for sure.
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:34 AM
 
Location: WI
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while we didn't move here ( from WI ) as retirees the lake was an important part of our relocation. Winters are far milder then the midwest, deep snow and sub zero temps a thing of the past. Though the snow they do on occasion get hampers travel more so then the north due to minimal equiment, driver experience, even down to the tires on vehicles.

As for costs, compared to what we could have looked at back home this is far less for both property on or near the lake as well as overall expenses. One thing we did notice ( again compared to lakes at home ) is there are many lake neighborhoods on Murray, most with lake access for boating, etc...
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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As for winter snow, except for every five years or so it's here today, gone by noon.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:01 AM
 
Location: WI
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As for winter snow, except for every five years or so it's here today, gone by noon.
and schools would still be closed an extra day
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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Thanks for the info; where would be the best area for seeking out real estate in the not to ritzy areas? If course we would like lake access if that isn't out of sight economicaly.
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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Thanks for the info; where would be the best area for seeking out real estate in the not to ritzy areas? If course we would like lake access if that isn't out of sight economicaly.
as it's such a large body of water and there are a couple main areas ( Lexington on one side, Irmo-Ballantine-Chapin on other ) to look at, i'd recommend also considering what other needs you may have as well. There are plenty of lake neighborhoods, which can have boat access, some with pools and or tennis courts, and prices can vary greatly. We saw homes in "lake hoods" in the 100's and there are those in the 300k to 1m price range as well. And all would be in or near the above mentioned communities and 15-25 mins from Columbia if "the city" was needed.

When we came down before our relocation 2.5 yrs ago we worked with an agent to not only see some 'hoods and communities but to also help us learn the areas and points of interest. I'd highly suggest that route, let someone with local knowledge lend the helping hand.

I'll add that now living in a lake neighborhood with it's ammenities was our goal and has been a wonderful option for us that we did not have back home.
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