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Old 11-10-2015, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Palos Verdes, CA
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We are currently in Southern California and are looking for a horse property, can be small, just need trails to ride on, a barn and a pasture area for grazing. We want to be within a 30 minute commute to larger city with ammenities, shopping, dining, airport, and good university for our son. Also need to be in a highly rated school district for high school years. Sons very involved with our local 4-H Club, and we'd like to continue that. We've considered homes in Southern California (Fallbrook/Bonsall & Poway) & Sacramento, Ca, San Antonio & Austin, Tx, Nashville, TN, Tampa, Fl, and Northern Virigina (Loudan County area) as well as Charlottesville, VA. We are worried about all the flooding we've been seeing in the areas we've been researching in Texas, and don't want to jeopardize our family or the horses. We'd like to feel the seasons change, but Virginia is about the coldest we can tolerate, as we just don't enjoy weather much lower than 30 degrees. Would love to be in the Bible belt if we could find a place that's relatively safe from the devastation of hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods. We don't mind a little heat (under 90 if possible), just mainly want to avoid tornadoes and floods going through our home.

We are searching for areas that have lush, green pastures, gently rolling hills, safe town for horses and us human companions, etc. Here are a few links of photos that represent the type of areas we're searching for (since I can quite figure out how to insert a photo):

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Can anyone give us any feedback on where might be good areas to look into? Our budget needs would be to keep it under $800,000, and preferable much lower than that if possible. We are middle aged, with sons heading off to college soon, so a good family town where we could lay down roots and stay awhile, but with good employment options so our sons won't have to go far for their career needs and we can continue building up for our retirement needs.



Thank you to each and every one of you for your suggestions! We truly appreciate it!
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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You were made for Richmond, Kentucky--home of Eastern Kentucky University, where the blue grass meets the Appalachians.

You'd be about 25 miles from Lexington, a city of a half million people, which offers great restaurants, music, and shopping. You'd also be a quick jaunt from Cincinnati and Louisville, about 90 minutes from both.

Richmond, Kentucky isn't prone to flooding--it's not on a river. And besides the occasional thunderstorm, you'd be free of natural disasters. Being in Kim Davis's backyard, it certainly typifies the Bible Belt too.

So, what are you waiting for?
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:46 PM
 
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Lexington KY is horse country and is a beautiful city with a good university.

While it's not large you aren't that far from Cincinnatti , whose airport is even in KY. You are also close to Louisville which has a notable restaurant scene.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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nvm you aren't looking at all up north. my mistake.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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In Jax you can get a small horse ranch for pretty cheap or even acreage out in the rural parts, also for relatively cheap. It's definitely part of the bible belt, yet we generally avoid damage from hurricanes. UNF is a pretty good state university and as far as FL goes it can get pretty cold.

But we don't really have a real change in "seasons" other than just a drop in temp, we do have to watch for flooding particularly during hurricane season, and there are no rolling hills.
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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My mother was an equestrian and a southerner from loudoun county, its heaven in certain parts but northern virginia is a mess traffic wise. Probably the worst in the country, I66 was just rated the worst in the country but if you don't have to travel far its an amazing horse area. Unbelievably expensive though but you are from california so it may not be as much of a sticker shock

I definitely think kentucky like london or lexington would be amazing to live in but it may get a little cold at times for your taste. I love charlottesville , jefferson and virginia country, has an amazing equestrian scene and great schools I would look at aiken south carolina , beautiful old southern town and very horse oriented, , only about a few hours from hilton head and savannah too. Ocala florida and southern pines nc as well. Southern pines is right near pinehurst good schools and very affordable and about an hour from duke,unc,nc state and triangle area, very close to the beach too. More trails than you can imagine as well.

aiken

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southern pines

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Old 11-13-2015, 09:36 AM
 
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If you can afford it, Santa Barbara would be a perfect fit. Nice weather year round, mountainous geography, one of the best universities UC Santa barbara is located there, and it has excellent suburban ranch areas like Hope Ranch - perfect for horse property and homes. The Santa Barbara area in general has several other amenities like vineyards, beaches, plenty of downtown amenities and and nightlife.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Baldwin County, AL
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The Mobile, AL area could also be a fit. It doesn't have much in the way of seasons changing, and there aren't many rolling hills, but it fits most of you other criteria. Hurricanes aren't really that big of a deal unless you are right near the water, so as long as you don't have an irrational fear of them, they shouldn't be a deciding factor.

Baldwin County has plenty of land for sale for decent prices, and the schools are very good. You would be plenty close to Mobile or Pensacola for bigger city amenities, and you would have the added benefit of the beach being nearby. There are plenty of great seafood places to eat at, and plenty of other restaurants. There is an airport in both Mobile and Pensacola as well. You have the University of South Alabama in Mobile, as well as private colleges like Springhill College that are good, as well as the University of West Florida in Pensacola. It is a nice, safe area for the most part, and definitely fits into your Bible belt request.

Otherwise, Nashville could also work for you. We have some friends that have a large plot of land not 20 minutes from downtown Nashville (Ashland City), in an area that you would never believe was that close to a large metro area. This would also fit the majority of your criteria, while giving you the rolling hills, good schools (both high school and college. Vanderbilt anyone?), great restaurants, and other things to do.
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:37 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I think a lot of areas in TN could fit, although Nashville is best in terms of having a decent airport. That area would include Cookeville and a few other middle TN towns that would be close enough to Nashville to take advantage of their amenities.
In west TN you might check out Germantown, it's just outside of Memphis and is very 'horsey'
East TN doesn't get much in the way of natural disasters, so Knoxville or Johnson City might be worth looking at too, though they have smaller airports.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/9787126-post194.html
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Baldwin County, AL
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I think a lot of areas in TN could fit, although Nashville is best in terms of having a decent airport. That area would include Cookeville and a few other middle TN towns that would be close enough to Nashville to take advantage of their amenities.
In west TN you might check out Germantown, it's just outside of Memphis and is very 'horsey'
East TN doesn't get much in the way of natural disasters, so Knoxville or Johnson City might be worth looking at too, though they have smaller airports.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/9787126-post194.html
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In the Memphis area, I would also suggest Lakeland/Arlington, or the Mississippi suburbs like Olive Branch, Southaven, and Hernando. Having lived in Memphis for 14 years, I can tell you that it is cheap, has good schools in the suburbs, safe in the suburbs, great food, fits the Bible Belt request, and has several good Universities nearby as well. The people are friendly and the weather isn't terrible, and the seasons do change. You may see some thunderstorms and ice/snow every now and then, but nothing too terrible. It obviously has an airport as well, but it is a pretty expensive airport. Even made the list of the most expensive airports in America a few times.

Overall it isn't a bad area, regardless of what you hear on the news or read online.
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