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Old 04-28-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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Hey everyone,

My wife and I are considering move from europe to a small coastal town in the states.
We are in our early 30s and after many years living in different countries in around the world we want to settle in a small town on the coast and enjoy the friendliness, warmth and values that we have experienced while traveling and living around the states.
We trying to put a short list of towns that we could visit this summer and would love to get some suggestions from local guys. The criteria are rather standard:

- Small town feel
- Ocean is a must (sailing, surfing)
- Work (IT, Logistics, Museum, Archeology or History related) commute is fine.
- Affordable houses
- "Nightlife" bars, restaurants, museums, galleries needed
- Preferred warmer winters ( we lived in CT and my wife wasn't a big fan of the winters there)

I hope you could help us to find the perfect place as we are going thru various "TOP 10" lists and we are getting more confused each day and we need to start to plan our trip for this summer.

We really appreciate any tips.

Thank you
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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For starters, I'd say consider:

Wilmington, NC
Charleston, SC
Savannah, GA
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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Cape May, NJ; Annapolis, MD; maybe Newport RI.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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Gloucester, or Salem, MA. Portsmouth, New Hampshire or maybe Newport RI.
Doesn't seem like those areas would have warmer winters than CT.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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California really has the best coastal towns. Too bad they are in no way affordable, especially since they contain inflated housing costs with a limited job market.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:24 PM
 
Location: 406
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California really has the best coastal towns. Too bad they are in no way affordable, especially since they contain inflated housing costs with a limited job market.
Yeah, I usually wouldn't encourage anyone to seek residency in CA, but the state's coastal towns like Crescent City, Eureka and Ft. Bragg definitely came to mind (yet I don't think any of those really meet all of the OP's preferred criteria).
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:11 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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My hometown of St Simons Island might fit the bill. Population of about 18,000, it offers a remarkable variety of entertainment options for a community its size. It also possesses a thriving arts community. It's a very charming and friendly place.

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Old 04-29-2013, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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For starters, I'd say consider:

Wilmington, NC
Charleston, SC
Savannah, GA
Those were the first three I thought of as well.

Charleston is the largest and is more of a city (city population is about 125,000, metro population is about 700,000). It has a ton of history and great culture. The low country food is excellent.

Savannah has a similar city population, but the metro is smaller. It is a lovely town with an old southern feel.

Wilmington is the smallest by both measures and is also very nice.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Fairhope, Alabama - on the eastern shore of the mobile Bay. It's historic and artsy, but allows for a commute to employment in mobile, and a short drive to the gulf beaches.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Shocked no one has mentioned the Pacific Northwest. I don't know much about it, but surprised no one else mentioned it. Am the winters aren't as brutal as the NorthEast.

What about Brunswick, Ga?? Or North Myrtle Beach, SC? Or even Cape Hatteras?
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