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Old 06-18-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Right, but the heat of the Gulf Coast is nothing at all like the desert. Most years it is incredibly wet and verdant. The OP is from Jersey so I know they're no stranger to humidity.
Yup, I've had my share of humidity in NJ. Even here, when it rains and during monsoon season (which just happens to be during our hottest months July-Sept). 105 degree and humid is no picnic. It isn't always a dry heat like everyone thinks.

The problem with Florida is, I don't think I would care for summer all year round. Do kids even pick I pumpkins around Halloween there?

I am willing to give up my flip flop year round weather and take on a colder winter (inches of snow, not feet) to be closer to the ocean.
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:53 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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The problem is unrealistic expectations.
The OP wants low cost of housing, great schools, history, culture, woods, farms, beaches, low taxes, a mature neighborhood, access to a big city and less snow? Many of the things on that list are in tension with others. For example, "great schools" are seldom successfully paired with low taxes. Seriously, something(s) is going to have to give on that list or the budget is going to need to be ramped up. If the OP quadrupled her housing budget, she could consider some areas north of Los Angeles

As some others have stated and by my own assumption of what the OP means by big city, I'm guessing that somewhere between Richmond and Hampton Roads might be as close as one gets to all of the requirements but the housing budget is still low.
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The problem is unrealistic expectations.
The OP wants low cost of housing, great schools, history, culture, woods, farms, beaches, low taxes, a mature neighborhood, access to a big city and less snow? Many of the things on that list are in tension with others. For example, "great schools" are seldom successfully paired with low taxes. Seriously, something(s) is going to have to give on that list or the budget is going to need to be ramped up. If the OP quadrupled her housing budget, she could consider some areas north of Los Angeles

As some others have stated and by my own assumption of what the OP means by big city, I'm guessing that somewhere between Richmond and Hampton Roads might be as close as one gets to all of the requirements but the housing budget is still low.
Honestly, all of that sounds exactly like Virginia Beach.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Honestly, all of that sounds exactly like Virginia Beach.
Thank you, I never thought of that area. I will certainly check it out!
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Okay, oops, I didn't process "low cost of housing". Military housing allowances have inflated housing prices to being slightly above average, if I may be honest.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Yup, I've had my share of humidity in NJ. Even here, when it rains and during monsoon season (which just happens to be during our hottest months July-Sept). 105 degree and humid is no picnic. It isn't always a dry heat like everyone thinks.

The problem with Florida is, I don't think I would care for summer all year round. Do kids even pick I pumpkins around Halloween there?

I am willing to give up my flip flop year round weather and take on a colder winter (inches of snow, not feet) to be closer to the ocean.
Well I didn't recommend Florida but did suggest Texas and Louisiana. And yes, they do get cool enough to enjoy some of your typical autumn activities to include picking out pumpkins. You even get a little late fall color during the holiday season.

I understand that most people don't know much about the Gulf Coast, but if proximity to the coast, the big city and culture are truly priority, Houston and New Orleans should not be underestimated
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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The little part of Virginia that is connected to Maryland but not mainland Virginia.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The Eastern Shore has barely anyone in it.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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There may not be many people but there are wild horses on the beach haha.
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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That's only in Chincoteague, and there aren't many left, unfortunately.
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