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Old 07-28-2007, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Default Best lake cities/towns

I googled this, and didn't really get what I was looking for. You're a bright, knowledgable bunch, so I thought you would have some ideas.

I want information about nice lake communities that are within a 20 minute drive of a sizeable city (100k+). I want 4 seasons, things to do, job opportunities (this can be in the city), a very pretty enviornment with friendly people who are active outdoors. Oh, and of course affordable. I also want a state or areas within the state that are doing fairly well economically. (I don't want much, huh)? Now I know most, if not all, lake communities are going to be pricey, but I don't need to live right on the lake.

What about places on the great lakes, or possibly Lake Wylie and Lake Norman in the Carolinas? I definitely can't afford the Lake Tahoe area in NV/CA, plus this area isn't close enough to a big city for me. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:35 PM
 
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The only place I could recommend is not even in the United States, and that is the Golden Horseshoe region in Ontario. You are DEFINITELY going to need to narrow your criteria a little bit, or you will be in for some disappointment :/.

Well, the Chicago area has some possibilities...
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:45 PM
 
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what about minneapolis/st. paul, MN? remember, it's the land of 10,000 lakes there, and the urban areas are no exception. there's lake minnetonka, lake calhoun, lake harriet, white bear lake, etc. all nearby. and lake superior, one of the great lakes, is only a couple hours north, near duluth.
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Well if you want a major city. You can't beat Chicago with this question.
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Old 07-28-2007, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs,CO
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Sandusky,Cedar Point is close,its affordable,and its not far from Cleveland or Toledo.Its right by Lake Erie too.
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Old 07-28-2007, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX
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Lake Conroe in Texas is somewhat close to Houston, depending on where in the city you're working. I can't say that it's GREAT because I've only been there for a weekend once, but it was a very pretty area I thought. Houston is a really large city of almost 5 million, with all the conveniences and a low cost of living. The job market is really good and housing prices are low. We're known for our friendliness (except while driving) and we have more outdoor activities than most places because it's so warm here. As long as you're not into mountain climbing or skiing you're set.

Now for the 4 season thing, will mild winter and varying degrees of hot do?
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Old 07-28-2007, 07:29 PM
 
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You'd probably like Charlotte, NC. Lots of people live near Lake Norman and then go into the city for work or recreation. We live in Atlanta but were in Charlotte a few months ago and were amazed at how great the city layout was compared to Atlanta. Great shopping and theater districts, restaurants, pedestrian areas...all easily accessible. Affordable housing abounds and people were as friendly as could be! If we had to do it all over again, I think we'd have chosen Charlotte.
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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What about places on the great lakes, or possibly Lake Wylie and Lake Norman in the Carolinas?
The Lake Norman area (Mecklenburg, Lincoln and Iredell counties in NC) and Lake Wylie area (Mecklenburg and Gaston counties in NC, York county in SC) have everything you are looking for.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:03 AM
 
Location: AZ
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Madison, WI, Chicagoland, IL, MPLS-SP burbs too.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:27 AM
 
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I would go with Madison and Chicago for sure.I did not care for the lakes around Charlotte,,very "thick" and chocolate brown..I know its because of the clay/mud,but its not very refreshing to swim in.I also think its hard to compare with such a huge lake as Michigan,it reminds one more of an inland sea
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