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Old 01-20-2008, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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It seems like you see the same cities and towns on these "best places" lists over and over....What are some towns that are under the radar screen that you think are nice places to live?

I'll get the ball rolling by mentioning Aiken, SC. Has grown much in the last 20 years, so has a lot of shopping and restaurants, but still small enough not to feel too busy. Housing prices have gone up too, but still pretty affordable. Public schools are probably not wonderful, being South Carolina, but great place for retirees. Pretty upscale for a small Southern town. Great, thriving little downtown with quaint shops, restaurants and historic homes. Three hours or less to several larger cities (Charlotte, Atlanta, Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, Augusta) and about three hours from the beach.
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:43 PM
 
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Yes, I've been to Aiken and it's definitely nice, and also often overlooked.

Another "undiscovered" place is Boone, NC. It's a small college town in the NC mtns that you rarely see mentioned. Also, Guthrie, Okla - the whole downtown area is in the Nat'l Register of Historic Bldg's.
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Coastal South Carolina
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Summerville, SC.

Small, friendly town with a fantastic public school system. We have an azalea festival in spring when the whole town is in bloom. Lots of history here, huge live oak trees with spanish moss, palmetto trees and beautiful historic homes.

But the best part is the fact that it's a half hour to Charleston and the beaches.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:26 AM
 
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regarding the first two posts------Aiken SC and Boone NC--HAVE-- had their time in the spotlight as both have been featured and covered in retirement books and retirement magazines.
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Old 01-21-2008, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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regarding the first two posts------Aiken SC and Boone NC--HAVE-- had their time in the spotlight as both have been featured and covered in retirement books and retirement magazines.
I've seen Boone mentioned on the best places lists--Aiken not so much. My parents live in Aiken, and I find that almost no one has heard of the town outside of South Carolina.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:08 AM
 
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Trkstop Tina----------I'm from Minnesota and I immediately recognize the name--Aiken- from the many,many times it has been listed .

The book------"Where to Retire" by David Savagu--250,000 copies sold and "Where To Retire " magazine has featured Aiken many times in their publications.-
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Scranton! Scranton! Scranton!
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Coastal South Carolina
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Trkstop Tina----------I'm from Minnesota and I immediately recognize the name--Aiken- from the many,many times it has been listed .

The book------"Where to Retire" by David Savagu--250,000 copies sold and "Where To Retire " magazine has featured Aiken many times in their publications.-
Just curious, do you ever recall a mention of Summerville SC?
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:15 AM
 
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Huntsville, Alabama. Strong economy, nice arts scene for a smaller town, lots of things to do.
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Coastal South Carolina
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Huntsville, Alabama. Strong economy, nice arts scene for a smaller town, lots of things to do.
I personally think Alabama is going to see a definite surge in interest, especially as more and more families are looking to leave the more urban areas and seek out more rural ones.
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