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Old 10-18-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Hello, my parents are planning a move in the future down south. We are currently in Connecticut. We have been to many areas of the south and enjoy the hospitality, slower pace, southern culture, etc. They don't want a cookie cutter house, rather a house on a couple acres or more somewhat in the country or in a smaller town, but close to a decent sized town/city with lets say a Walmart.

There are lots of nice places outside of Charlotte and Atlanta far enough to where it somewhat rural, but close enough for amenities, but these areas seem less southern and are "overgrown"

So my question is, what are some more original and untouched cities or decent sized towns of the south that will offer amenities but are much more traditional?

Any opinions/advice appreciated.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:48 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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You're right in that many of the small towns surrounding both Charlotte and Atlanta are fast becoming exurbs of these cities. There is a very marked transition from rural to suburbia/exurbia in the Atlanta metro town in which I live.

I'm a bit more familiar with the Charlotte area towns since I lived in that area for several years before moving to metro Atlanta, and I'd look into towns like York, Lancaster, Monroe, Statesville, and Kannapolis.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: NYC/Orlando
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You might want to look at Savannah, GA.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Greater Nashville, TN
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Savannah & Charleston.
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I hate to sound like the mean one here, but the reason the areas around Atlanta and Charlotte seem "less Southern" is because so many Northerners (like your parents) have relocated there.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:46 AM
 
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You're right in that many of the small towns surrounding both Charlotte and Atlanta are fast becoming exurbs of these cities. There is a very marked transition from rural to suburbia/exurbia in the Atlanta metro town in which I live.

I'm a bit more familiar with the Charlotte area towns since I lived in that area for several years before moving to metro Atlanta, and I'd look into towns like York, Lancaster, Monroe, Statesville, and Kannapolis.
To the OP, I strongly recommend the latter part of this post, as I am also familar with Charlotte. Especially York and Lancaster. Fort Mill is also nice. Mooresville is extremely nice too.

I also strongly recommend Charleston.
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I hate to sound like the mean one here, but the reason the areas around Atlanta and Charlotte seem "less Southern" is because so many Northerners (like your parents) have relocated there.
I understand...I feel were not like most of the transplants though. We don't exactly fit in here...We might not have a southern drawl but we aren't into the hustle bustle and extreme liberalism that exists here.

And thanks for the help everyone.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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The city proper of Charleston and Savannah don't fit the OP's criteria, but smaller towns in those metros might work.
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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Hello, my parents are planning a move in the future down south. We are currently in Connecticut. We have been to many areas of the south and enjoy the hospitality, slower pace, southern culture, etc. They don't want a cookie cutter house, rather a house on a couple acres or more somewhat in the country or in a smaller town, but close to a decent sized town/city with lets say a Walmart.

There are lots of nice places outside of Charlotte and Atlanta far enough to where it somewhat rural, but close enough for amenities, but these areas seem less southern and are "overgrown"

So my question is, what are some more original and untouched cities or decent sized towns of the south that will offer amenities but are much more traditional?

Any opinions/advice appreciated.
I'd avoid suburbs altogether if you're wanting a more "traditional" Southern town.

Check out Cookeville, Tennessee. It's an hour from the Nashville airport. It's a small town (30,000) but has 2 symphonies, a dozen art galleries, several museums, a quaint downtown with a courthouse square, and is a very Southern town with gorgeous countryside, four beautiful seasons, and low cost of living.
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Maybe Dothan, AL.
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