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Old 03-09-2013, 03:51 PM
 
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Hi all,

My family and I have been in the Chattanooga, TN area for nearly a year now and we really don't like it here. We are originally from Jacksonville, FL and while it is an ok place we want something new. What we are looking for is a nice place that is within 1 hour (driving) from the beach. We need a place with a reasonable cost of living (the lower the better) and somewhere with good shopping, restaurants and great schools. Of course as most people would we also want to find a place with low crime. Please let me know of any suggestions.

Thanks
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Hi all,

My family and I have been in the Chattanooga, TN area for nearly a year now and we really don't like it here. We are originally from Jacksonville, FL and while it is an ok place we want something new. What we are looking for is a nice place that is within 1 hour (driving) from the beach. We need a place with a reasonable cost of living (the lower the better) and somewhere with good shopping, restaurants and great schools. Of course as most people would we also want to find a place with low crime. Please let me know of any suggestions.

Thanks
Try Summerville, SC. What about work?
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:39 PM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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We need a place with a reasonable cost of living...
You won't find that in ANY east coast city.

You can sorta approach it in some places... but it'll be tough.
The real key being how much INCOME you can earn there.

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Old 03-11-2013, 09:15 PM
 
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You won't find that in ANY east coast city.

You can sorta approach it in some places... but it'll be tough.
The real key being how much INCOME you can earn there.

Do your homework:
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It depends on what you consider East Coast and parts of the Northeast are around the national average in overall cost of living, give or take. I agree with Summerville or Mount Pleasant near Charleston SC.

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Old 03-12-2013, 11:36 AM
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It depends on what you consider East Coast...
I suppose it also depends on what the person asking considers a city.
Let alone what "great east coast city" means to them. Maybe they'll come back and let us know.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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As stated in my op. I am from Jacksonville, FL (well the outskirts.) We lived about 45 mins from the ocean. Jax was ok except there were bad areas and the schools blow. I know there will be bad areas in most cities but I want something new. Everywhere I go I compare it to jax. I want a place with shopping. I don't care about unique shops restaurants etc. I want super target, kohls, publix or something similar. I want good schools. Our budget is small due to my husband being on ltd for an illness. So I was hoping for something not so expensive. Is it
really that hard to find this on the southeastern coast? I doubt it. Anyway, there you go. I'm not gonna up and move to the west coast since all my family is in the south and I'm not moving to the north cause I cant take the snow. Also like I said I don't have to be right on the ocean. An hours drive would be fine.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:04 PM
 
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I'll check out mt pleasant
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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So, I checked out Mt. Pleasant on bestplaces.net. Wow, the cost of living is much higher than Jacksonville. Perhaps I am wishing on a hopeless dream
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:45 AM
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You really need to say what you think is "reasonable" or "expensive". Are you looking to rent or buy?

Problem with much of the east coast is that places that are close to the ocean (even within an hour) are either really rural or they are tourist meccas which make them expensive.

What do you live off, your DH's disability? Is getting a job a factor at all?
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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So, I checked out Mt. Pleasant on bestplaces.net. Wow, the cost of living is much higher than Jacksonville. Perhaps I am wishing on a hopeless dream
Mt Pleasant is one of the more expensive towns to live. Check out Summerville, SC. It has all the stores you mentioned in two shopping centers, has good schools, and the cost of living is less than MT P.

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