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Old 04-22-2016, 07:07 PM
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I apologize in advance for this long post, but I think the more info, the better when it comes to these sort of things...

I'm looking for a new place to call home. We are leaving Southern California because it is very expensive for what you get. We also are getting killed on state and property tax. We have 3 children and I am young enough that I may even have more in the future. Could you please help me narrow down our choices? Here is some information about our needs/wants....

We are looking for a climate with little to no snow at all. No shoveling snow. Humidity is ok since we have family in CA and can come back for the summer (We are self employed and work from home). But most months of the year, the weather should be mild. We would like to minimize exposure to tornadoes and hurricanes but understand you can't avoid all bad weather...

We work from home and do our business all online and can work anywhere, so we do not need to find a job. However, we have children who will be entering the work force in the next decade and would like an area that is growing and has a good economic future. Ideally, our children would not need to move far away from us to find a decent job. The area should be able to support a growing real estate climate with many multi-million dollar properties. A high income net worth area would be desirable for our business interests.

We plan on homeschooling our kids but I would like a good community college nearby where they can take classes when they are older. I would like to live in a state with good universities.

Outdoor activities:
Our favorite activities are walking and swimming. We would like to swim most months of the year, and swim indoors in the winter if necessary. We would like to walk on trails or in a pretty town. I do not want to be near mountain lions/pumas, or any other dangerous animals. I would like the kids to be able to play on our own land unsupervised. I would like to be in a place with a nice country club with an indoor pool.

Kids Activities:
My son does boy scouts and my daughter takes dance lessons. I would like to be in a place where they can take piano, violin etc. or join other clubs and activities.

We want to be in a rural or semi rural place. We want to have around 5 acres. I do not mind driving up to 15-20 minutes to do basic shopping, but I would like a grocery store within a 10 minute drive. I could drive up to 30 minutes for a Target/Costco/Walmart run. I would like to be 1 hour drive to a major town or city with nice shopping/ culture/ restaurants. I want to be able to buy good fruits and vegetables so a decent grocery store is important. I would like to be near a historical town/ area. I love historical architecture. Not too far from an airport.

Safety: This is important!!
I want a place safe enough that if you left your wallet at the grocery store, someone would turn it in without taking anything. (I have done this several times in Orange County over my lifetime and have never had anything stolen). I want a place safe enough that my pre-teens kids could be dropped off at the movies, walk around town to get an ice cream, while I go shopping and I don't need to worry. I tend to give my kids a lot of freedom and I'm kind of free range with them because we have always lived in a super safe city. I want a place safe enough that if we locked up the house and went to CA for two months, it would be fine- and the neighbors would look out for any funny business when we are gone.

Domestic help:
I want to be able to have full time domestic help since I work from home and home school. So affordable and reliable domestic help is necessary.

We are Catholic, so I don't want to be in an anti-Catholic environment. My husband is from the middle east, but was raised in Europe. We have traditional family values.

I would like to be in a place with quality people. Not fake friendly. I don't mind if it takes a little while to make friends as long as the people are good honest people when you do become friends. I would like a socially conservative but welcoming place. I would like my children to make friends somewhat quickly through church and their activities. For my business interests, I would like to live in a high income/net worth area but for me, it should be without flashy people, down to earth types, and not one of those ultra competitive places where children get ulcers applying to college. I like places where the people have a reputation for good manners and civilized behavior- even the teenagers.

Where we are thinking of:
We have been randomly looking at properties online. We found pretty properties in Hill Country, TX, Eustis, FL, Savannah, GA, Calhoun, GA, Moultrie, GA, Rougement, NC, Milton, GA, Natchez, MS. I really love the Beaufort- Charleston area of South Carolina. But I don't know where to concentrate. I really don't know anything about these areas. I took a lovely vacation a few years ago and visited Lake Oconee, Madison, GA, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Charleston and Savannah and loved every second. I was very impressed by the beauty and the kindness of the people. However, I know vacation is different than real life. Please give me some guidance.

Thank you in advance for helping me out. I really appreciate it.
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:05 PM
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Of the places you mention, we L-O-V-E Charleston, SC. Just a stunning area. Plenty of multi-million dollar homes, but still nice homes in all price ranges. Lots to do. Beautiful beaches. History. Some really nice rural areas. Great people. We visit there regularly and even honeymooned there.........Beaufort, SC. Our oldest son is stationed at the Marine Air Station there and he (and we) love it. It's ranked in several publications as the #1 small town in America. It's like a mini-Charleston. Beaufort's affordable, but it's close to Hilton Head Island, which is very affluent. Those would be great choices. Good luck in your search!
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:03 AM
Location: Florida
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Before the OP even mentioned Charleston I was thinking that would be a good fit!
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:42 AM
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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If I did move from SoCal (did it once, was able to buy a 2500sf house on a lake Near Saint Louis, Missouri for under $250K)
I hated living there so much, that I moved back to Southern California after 2 year.

That being said, Charleston is a good place, as is Myrtle Beach. I also like Savannah, Georgia (not sure what home prices are like)
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:00 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Myrtle Beach isn't a good choice. It has terrible crime problems.
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:23 AM
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South Carolina is a good choice but would urge you to also consider Columbia, the state capital. It's more or less an undiscovered gem in that part of the country that's becoming noticed for it's location (center of the state) and offerings as not only the capital but as the home of the University of South Carolina. Unlike the coast it doesn't suffer the seemingly increasing odds of tropical weather like hurricanes and has a moderate four season climate otherwise with snow a rarity. The northern suburbs of Columbia around Blythewood in Richland County offer great schools and fits your criteria well.

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Old 04-23-2016, 10:52 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I don't know how well it might fit all your needs, but Franklin TN popped into my head when I read your post.
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