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Old 04-06-2017, 07:43 PM
 
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So I'm relocating to work in the southeast, traveling to visit clients in FL, AL, GA, SC, TN, NC, KY, and VA. Only requirement is that I live in the territory, but I'd like to minimize travel time somewhat. Meaning ideally a city that allows me to drive a good portion of the territory, and has access to a good regional airport for getting to the rest.

I'd prefer to live outside a major city. My wife and I are into gardening/landscaping projects so we're looking for a half acre to an acre to play with. Still want to be in a neighborhood though so kids have friends nearby. Schools matter, but we're not rich. I'm not looking for the cheapest either, maybe the best overall value for a large family.

Atlanta suburbs seem like an obvious choice. I was looking at the Conyers/Covington, GA, area for instance, but I know nothing about it. It looks suspiciously low-priced! Other southeastern cities to check out or to avoid? Thanks!
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Old 04-06-2017, 08:02 PM
 
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Greenville SC is extremely well located for driving but may be too small for you.

How much do you expect to drive vs flying.
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Old 04-06-2017, 09:03 PM
 
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Thanks, I've seen Greenville mentioned before on "best cities" lists for various things so I'm interested. Housing looks relatively expensive though. I'd certainly drive everything you can reach in 3-4 hours by car. Any experience with the Greenville airport? I'm noticing there aren't direct flights from GSP to Orlando or Louisville or Birmingham, for instance.
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Old 04-06-2017, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Atlanta and Charlotte make the most sense, giving you a good radius within driving range and also being airline hubs for those areas farther out. I'd imagine they both have plenty of good value towns nearby, though I wouldnt know about the school quality.

Jacksonville is another option, good place to raise a family and in both Clay County and Nassau you can find acreage for low prices with good schools. St Johns County is the best school district in the state and may work as well but it is relatively more expensive. Check out Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, Julington Creek and Yulee. The latter would put you a bit closer to the airport. Primary issue with Jax as I see it is the difficulty in getting to KY, western TN and Virginia. There are direct flights to Nashville, DC and Cincy, but then you'd still have to drive a few hours to get to parts of your territory. Allegiant had service to Memphis and Richmond as well, but those routes seem to have been pulled (even though they still advertise them)
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Old 04-07-2017, 07:07 AM
 
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Check out the SC suburbs outside of Charlotte. The Clover SC area has one of the best school districts in SC (#5) and new build construction homes on larger lots for well under 200K. https://www.niche.com/k12/d/clover-school-district-sc/ The area is a pretty easy 30 minute drive to the Charlotte airport. Also the Ft Mill, SC area has top-rated schools (#2 in SC) and is 20 minutes from the airport. Home prices are higher however not excessive with desirable newer builds in the 225K range and generally closer/more convenient to amenities than Clover which is still largely undeveloped. https://www.niche.com/k12/d/fort-mil...l-district-sc/
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Old 04-07-2017, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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that is a huge patch. Would being next to a major airport help (Atlanta).
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:31 AM
 
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Jacksonville is another option, good place to raise a family and in both Clay County and Nassau you can find acreage for low prices with good schools.
I see what you mean. I'm surprised Jacksonville is that affordable, but being 5 hours from Atlanta probably makes this a no go. Hoping to hit more of this territory by car.
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Old 04-07-2017, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Atlanta and Charlotte would seem to make a lot of sense. Both are fairly central to the states you mentioned, big cities with nice suburbs and top 10 airports (Atlanta obviously #1). Since your territory goes all the way up to VA and KY you could also look at Raleigh and Nashville which would both be driveable to a lot of the areas and each has a decent airport.

Greenville is nice but the airport is a bit small. You could also consider Richmond and Louisville, but you are getting pretty far towards the northern end of your territory with those two.
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Old 04-07-2017, 12:59 PM
 
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Another vote for Atlanta (1st option) and Charlotte (2nd option).
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Old 04-07-2017, 01:04 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I think that Charlotte is going to be best bet for being centrally located to the entire region. Your biggest challenge with Charlotte (and Atlanta for that matter) is traveling to the southern half of Florida. Columbia, SC might work as well but it's a smaller city with a smaller airport.
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