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Old 08-03-2012, 05:25 AM
 
Location: NC
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If you don't have to be an a large city then Charleston all the way. Me personally, I love larger cities, I would choose DC.

But, if a smaller metro that is beautiful (the city....suburbs are sprawling like crazy in Charleston) AND you want your money to stretch A LOT more with a family, Charleston wins....
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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May all your choices in life be this "hard!" Congrats - both job offers sound good.

Charleston is beautiful and the cost of living is lower. It's less congested and has lots to offer a family. There - that's my opinion on Charleston.

But I lean toward the DC assignment - because you have kids. My family moved to the VA Beach area when I was 7 years old, for my dad's job. I LOVED THAT WHOLE CHESAPEAKE AREA. Oh my gosh - you will NEVER run out of interesting things to do with the kids. There is so much history between Boston and the Outer Banks of North Carolina that you may not even be able to see and do everything if you live there ten years! Besides that, the culture and "feel" of the Chesapeake Bay region is so unique and intriguing. I credit the time my family spent in that area for my current love of history, which has greatly enriched my life. I remember distinctly the first time I stood on that Atlantic seaboard at age seven, looking across that ocean, and thinking, "Wow. This is the ocean that the Pilgrims crossed to settle the New World. That way - ENGLAND." History grabbed me right then and there. The idea of getting in a wooden boat and sailing across such an expanse of water to come to a completely uncharted land blew my mind.

In fact, it grabbed me so hard, that I've taken trip after trip to that area. I am headed that way again next week, to revisit DC, Mount Vernon, and of course - VIRGINIA BEACH! It never seems to get old.

Within a half days' drive you would have great beaches (take your pick), Philly, NYC, Boston, mountains, Amish country, historic battlefields like Antietam, Williamsburg, Monticello, Mt Vernon, plantations, the most quaint town in the world (Annapolis), Jamestown, Yorktown, Arlington Cemetery, amusement parks, beautiful national parks and wildlife reserves, and some of the best seafood you will ever put in your mouth. Not to mention the sights in DC and Georgetown.

Expensive? Yes. Crowded? Can be. Worth it? Absolutely.

Anyway, that's my opinion.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: NC
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May all your choices in life be this "hard!" Congrats - both job offers sound good.

Charleston is beautiful and the cost of living is lower. It's less congested and has lots to offer a family. There - that's my opinion on Charleston.

Within a half days' drive you would have great beaches (take your pick), Philly, NYC, Boston, mountains, Amish country, historic battlefields like Antietam, Williamsburg, Monticello, Mt Vernon, plantations, the most quaint town in the world (Annapolis), Jamestown, Yorktown, Arlington Cemetery, amusement parks, beautiful national parks and wildlife reserves, and some of the best seafood you will ever put in your mouth. Not to mention the sights in DC and Georgetown.

Expensive? Yes. Crowded? Can be. Worth it? Absolutely.

Anyway, that's my opinion.
You have a very valid opinion. It is hard because within a half day's drive from Charleston you would have even better beaches. SC is famous for each beaches....

Jacksonville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Myrtle Beach, Asheville (Biltmore), Appalachian Mountains, Savannah, Tybee Island... Charleston has PLENTY of historic battlefields, granted SC was the first to succeed. Carowinds in Charlotte and seafood, SC coast can definitely match. I think Charleston does pretty well in matching with DC, especially if you don't like crowds and traffic...What does win is the closeness to Philly, NYC and Boston, and the public transportation!!!

I think the poster needs to spend a week in each city and come to their own conclusion because this is a hard one!
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Bishkek
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You have a very valid opinion. It is hard because within a half day's drive from Charleston you would have even better beaches. SC is famous for each beaches....

Jacksonville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Myrtle Beach, Asheville (Biltmore), Appalachian Mountains, Savannah, Tybee Island... Charleston has PLENTY of historic battlefields, granted SC was the first to succeed. Carowinds in Charlotte and seafood, SC coast can definitely match. I think Charleston does pretty well in matching with DC, especially if you don't like crowds and traffic...What does win is the closeness to Philly, NYC and Boston, and the public transportation!!!

I think the poster needs to spend a week in each city and come to their own conclusion because this is a hard one!
I agree, you need to see both places. I think your money will go farther in Charleston, weather is better in Charleston, and traffic is better. Course I hate big cities, and too many people, but Charleston can match up with any city when you want something to do or see.
For a small city it has anything a large city has, just on a smaller scale. A very livable place.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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You have a very valid opinion. It is hard because within a half day's drive from Charleston you would have even better beaches. SC is famous for each beaches....

Jacksonville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Myrtle Beach, Asheville (Biltmore), Appalachian Mountains, Savannah, Tybee Island... Charleston has PLENTY of historic battlefields, granted SC was the first to succeed. Carowinds in Charlotte and seafood, SC coast can definitely match. I think Charleston does pretty well in matching with DC, especially if you don't like crowds and traffic...What does win is the closeness to Philly, NYC and Boston, and the public transportation!!!

I think the poster needs to spend a week in each city and come to their own conclusion because this is a hard one!
I totally agree! I wouldn't make the decision without doing so - and without cruising around with a real estate agent for a day or two.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: WASHINGTON, D.C.
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Charleston is not so "small town" anymore and there is so much to do in Charleston. Apparently you have not been there lately.
Charleston is Mayberry compared to DC lol
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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Charleston is Mayberry compared to DC lol
Actually, the Charleston metro is more spread out than a lot of people probably realize. From downtown, along I-26, the suburban developed area spans about 25 miles to the northwest.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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Charleston is Mayberry compared to DC lol

Well then give me Mayberry any day over the mess in DC. Charleston is a great place to live. Beats anything I have ever seen anywhere. People that live in places when you F### 300 people smell it don't know what living is. You live like ants in a crowed ant hill.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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There's nothing wrong with preferring either Mayberry, Charleston, OR DC. What's wrong is to ridicule others for their own personal choices - which aren't a moral choice as much as they are simply based on personality, lifestyle, and interests.

The OP asked for feedback and information about both places - not criticism of those who prefer a faster or slower pace of life.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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The good thing here is that both cities are among the best in their size categories. It just really boils down to if you prefer a large metro or a small one and cost of living. That will be the deciding factor.

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Charleston is Mayberry compared to DC lol
Nothing wrong with that if one doesn't mind a smaller city, especially since "Mayberry" has some of the best cuisine, most historically important sites, nationally ranked golf courses, and a world-renowned performing arts festival to its credit.
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