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Old 05-14-2015, 09:54 AM
 
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I'm looking to move, but I'm not sure where. What I'm looking for:

-Near a big city (within 20 minutes tops). My "big" i mean at least 100k
-Very close to (ideally i'd like to live on) a nice lake
-Green, leafy, beautiful, "hilly" preferred. I live in TN right now and love the topography, but am open to anything as long as its gorgeous!
-Warmer climate, no snow, hot summers, very mild winters. I really don't want it to ever be under 40 degrees but now I'm just being picky
-relatively low to average cost of living preferred. california isnt out of the question but i'm not sure if i'm comfortable with living expenses in most areas i am familar with

I am from Chicago, currently living in Nashville. While I feel like I'm much closer to what I want, I don't know if this is my "forever home". My biggest challenge has been finding a big city near the water. I really want to live somewhere where people actually live on the water, not just for the summer or for part of the year. I am open to other TN cities and am taking a trip to Chatanooga soon.

Thank you in advance!!

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Old 05-14-2015, 11:42 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:35 AM
 
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The south end of Lake Lanier in/around Buford or Cumming GA might be worth looking at too. It's around 30 minutes to the booming northern suburbs of Atlanta like Alpharetta and Johns Creek.

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Old 05-15-2015, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Check out Chickamauga Lake down near Chattanooga. I think it would fit the bill quite nice.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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New Orleans is on a lake so big you cannot see the other side.

Dallas is close to lots of lakes. Well, now that I think of it, basically any city in the Southeast would work.
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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New Orleans is on a lake so big you cannot see the other side.

Dallas is close to lots of lakes. Well, now that I think of it, basically any city in the Southeast would work.
DFW ticks off most everything on the OPs list except terrain. For all intents and purposes it's flat as a board (as is New Orleans).
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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The Orlando metropolitan area has numerous lakes with significant residential development, including some large ones. It meets your criteria for a big city, green environment, warm climate with minimal winter conditions, and low to moderate cost of living. The topography is pretty flat but with some gentle hills in certain areas.

Other areas in Central Florida like Lakeland (between Tampa and Orlando) may also be worth considering.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:49 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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