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Old 04-21-2016, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Are you considering Florida at all? Because that would open up a lot of towns - St. Augustine, Jupiter, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Naples, etc. If not, how about the Savannah area?
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:12 PM
 
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You might consider Fernandina Beach, FL. It's just to the north of Jacksonville near the Georgia border and a beautiful, historic beach town similar to St Augustine minus the hordes of tourists. The school district (Nassau County) is the #2 rated school district in the state of Florida (out of 67). It's affordable, family-friendly and has the lowest hurricane strike probability of any coastal area south of NC due to the strong offcoast pull of the Gulfstream current.

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Old 04-21-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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FL was off our radar, mostly because of the heat but also because of hurricanes.

On our trip last summer, we almost made it to the FL/GA line as we went to Jekyll Island and St. Simons GA and they were beautiful places. Driftwood beach is not something I think I'll ever forget.

Kyle9125, I like hearing about Fernandina Beach. I'll check out some of the houses around there. Is it unbearably hot in the summer though? Or does the ocean keep you cool?
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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You might consider Fernandina Beach, FL. It's just to the north of Jacksonville near the Georgia border and a beautiful, historic beach town similar to St Augustine minus the hordes of tourists. The school district (Nassau County) is the #2 rated school district in the state of Florida (out of 67). It's affordable, family-friendly and has the lowest hurricane strike probability of any coastal area south of NC due to the strong offcoast pull of the Gulfstream current.

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I went to Amelia Island for the first time this past winter. It's a beautiful town! I would love to spend more time there next time I'm down in Florida.
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:56 PM
 
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I'll have to look a little more into Delaware and the schools.

I think moving back to MD's eastern shore would be the most comfortable move for us, since we've lived there and know what to expect. But it is very rural and jobs are a concern.

Looking at NC a little bit, Wilmington certainly seems to have the better schools and some affordable houses. Thanks for that tidbit.
It actually forgot to mention Wilmington. I have a cousin who lives there and an aunt and uncle who live in Carolina Beach (over the bridge from Wilmington). The island that Carolina Beach is on is beyond awesome to me and my family. We can boat or kayak on the Intercoastal Waterway, Cape Fear River, or Atlantic Ocean, you can drive vehicles on certain parts of the beach, there is Carolina Beach SP (with gorgeous Spanish oaks, jogging, biking, and boat/kayak launches), Ft. Fisher SP that's on the ocean (stunningly beautiful), Masonboro Island that can only be reached by boat or kayak (totally unspoiled nature surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Intercoastal Waterway. It's about 20 miles in circumference), Ft. Fisher Museum, and a ferry to Southport; ALL on that little island. Schools are good as well. It's a joy to be there. A tad pricey for homes, but might be in your range. Southport is really nice and beautiful, but it is definitely pricey. But we love to visit. Sorry for rambling, lol.
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