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Old 12-30-2014, 11:24 PM
 
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After spending several days on Chebeague Island in September and seeing various stories about island living or in some cases very remote, small town Alaska towns (though not sure I could handle Alaska...), I'm wondering if anyone has any islands they can suggest? I'm wondering if there is any place that is a small, close knit community...safe, self sufficient, not expensive like I know owning a private island would be...etc. We do have children preschool to almost high school age so small town feel vs. isolated would be awesome. I'm just wondering if places like this truly exist.
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:44 AM
 
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Deer Isle, Maine, which you must have heard of. Has its own school system, not isolated, very artsy, two small towns on the island.
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:36 AM
 
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Perhaps Wellesley Island in the 1000 Islands region of NY may work. Wellesley Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:33 AM
 
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Check out the San Juan Islands and Anacortes off the coast of NW Washington near Bellingham.

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Old 12-31-2014, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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My son lives on Guam and loves it. However, if you don't want to live somewhere where it is always 88 in the daytime and 78 at night, you better not move to Guam.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I loved my former home of St Simons Island, GA. It is just as the OP describes.

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Old 12-31-2014, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I have friends who live on Washington Island (Wisconsin). It's in Lake Michigan. I also know some folks on Madeline Island, which is the only inhabited island in the Apostles Chain. It's in Lake Superior. Both are quite remote, and very tight communities. I know a lot more about Washington Island, as I grew up in northern Door County and we used to play them in sports occasionally (like, every kid went out for every sport on the island, and they'd get creamed). Great Scando/Icelandic history on Washington. Summer tourists. My friends absolutely love it. I'd go nuts, personally!
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:04 AM
 
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LovinDecatur, why did you leave there?
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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After spending several days on Chebeague Island in September and seeing various stories about island living or in some cases very remote, small town Alaska towns (though not sure I could handle Alaska...), I'm wondering if anyone has any islands they can suggest? I'm wondering if there is any place that is a small, close knit community...safe, self sufficient, not expensive like I know owning a private island would be...etc. We do have children preschool to almost high school age so small town feel vs. isolated would be awesome. I'm just wondering if places like this truly exist.
So basically...these places do exist throughout different regions of the country.
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Old 01-01-2015, 10:44 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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LovinDecatur, why did you leave there?
Only because of family obligations. My middle daughter bought my home there, making her the fourth generation to own it. She moved there from the Douglaston neighborhood in Queens, NY. Her husband can work from anywhere and is a big golf enthusiast; she wants to raise her children away from the city. I won't say I don't miss it like hell.
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