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Old 05-18-2017, 10:51 AM
 
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Thank you for this idea, while I realize geographically FL is in the south, I hadn't really thought about the state at all before as though it's technically south, it isn't what I think of when I think of The South, meaning more along the lines of southern hospitality/southern culture. But I will do some research on its other amenities.

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The Seminole Heights area of Tampa would be a good fit with a nice selection of housing stock, a good food scene, plenty of arts/culture and a lower cost of living (considering the size of the metro area). While there's crime it's not of the rampant variety and traffic can be bad out on the interstates, but in-town it's manageable via varying surface streets largely laid out on a grid.

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Old 05-18-2017, 10:54 AM
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There are beautiful period homes in Northern Rockingham on US Highway 1.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Rockin...-Carolina.html

http://rchs-nc.net/

www.zillow.com--I asked for homes for sale in your date range and got nothing in NC but there were other choices in other states popping up. One in Macon, Georgia, was $25,000. You may want to try your own search.

I also looked for images of historical districts. Monroe, N. C. has a good selection too.
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...l+nc&FORM=IGRE

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Old 05-18-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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Default Hadn't thought of FL as the South

Hello, Well that's a new idea to consider. While I realize FL is geographically in the south, I guess I never really think of it as The South. I think of the historic homes in towns/cities that were settled pre Civil War, etc. I also think of the south in terms of southern hospitality/culture/history and the state of FL always seemed like a place of modern tourism and influx of people from the north coming for the sun and beaches, but maybe I need to dig around and do some research.....Thanks

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The Seminole Heights area of Tampa would be a good fit with a nice selection of housing stock, a good food scene, plenty of arts/culture and a lower cost of living (considering the size of the metro area). While there's crime it's not of the rampant variety and traffic can be bad out on the interstates, but in-town it's manageable via varying surface streets largely laid out on a grid.

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Old 05-18-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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Default The Chimes

Hi,

I have been to Baton Rouge, the university was a client of mine years ago. I remember eating at The Chimes and really enjoying it. However, I was concerned/confused by what you wrote, "The murder rate is quite high but crime is an after-thought in BR." Not sure what you meant about crime is an after-thought? High murder rate sounds scary, I wouldn't have lumped that in with places like Detroit, New Orleans, etc...

I will check out some of your other suggestions - thanks.

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The Seminole Heights area of Tampa would be a good fit with a nice selection of housing stock, a good food scene, plenty of arts/culture and a lower cost of living (considering the size of the metro area). While there's crime it's not of the rampant variety and traffic can be bad out on the interstates, but in-town it's manageable via varying surface streets largely laid out on a grid.

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Little Rock may be a good place to check out. It's a really underrated city, low COL, it has historic homes close to downtown but I'm not sure how big the historic districts are. Food scene will be in the middle, not too sure on art, the big school is in Fayatteville but there is a Little Rock campus there. I don't think crime is much of an issue.

Baton Rouge has a decent stock of historic homes, many can be had under $200k. Our food scene is very good being in between two famous culinary destinations. The murder rate is quite high but crime is an after-thought in BR.
Art is something I crave, we have only a couple galleries in BR but LSU is also there so cultural activities are well covered. `
COL is low outside of flood insurance and car insurance. I've never had to evacuate, I wouldn't consider it a reason not to move here. Big enough for everything you need and New Orleans is nextdoor, especially for art and culture.

I would seriously recommend Lafayette but it has a really small historic housing stock. New Iberia might be ok though, a suburb of Lafayette so you're close to all the real Cajun food and UL. I know it has a real downtown but not sure how many historic homes it has.

Maybe Mobile too, I know it has historic homes and a decent food scene being on the coast.

Edit: The Mississippi gulf coast might be a good place too. Lots of historic homes, look into Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis. I'm sure you know NOLA is nextdoor.
Natchitoches might be worth a look too, oldest settlement in Louisiana, low COL, and is famous for meat pies.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:04 AM
 
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Well there is an expression about the wisdom of crowds, so I am hoping to get some guidance from this forum.

I want to move to the South, but am having a hard time figuring out the right place for me. Just a little background, I have lived on the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest and the South (New Orleans and Texas) as well as Europe, Asia and Central America, so I am a pretty adaptable person. I am single with no kids, so I don't care about school districts, but I also don't need someplace with a big dating scene as I am happily single. So I don't need a place with lots of bars and such. I am also not worried about the job scene where I go, I do work that can be done remotely, and I hope to retire young anyway within the next five years. I also don't care about lots of shopping with the exception of antique stores. Nowadays, I can get anything shipped such as by Amazon, I just don't buy a lot other than the necessities.

Why did I choose the South?
*Friendly people/slower pace of life
*Historical homes - in other parts of the country, these are torn down to build big ugly McMansions or multi-family,but I appreciate great architecture
*Cost of living
*Proximity of other interesting places to visit within driving distance

I currently live on the West Coast and there is too much traffic, too many crowds, unfriendly people, too much constant construction, politics I don't totally agree with (I am liberal on some issues, but very very conservative on others), too expensive. I do love the temperate climate, but will have to give that up to get the other things I want.

HISTORIC HOME - What I want. I really really want a historic home, doesn't need to be on the scale of Tara as I live alone and don't need anything too large, but I love historic details such as transoms above doors, extremely tall ceilings, nice baseboards and molding, etc. Basically I want a home built between 1880-1935.

FOOD SCENE - I don't need hundreds of restaurants like I have now, but if a town only had a diner, some fast food places and one decent restaurant, that's the other extreme. I would also like some variety, such as at least a few ethnic restaurants.

CRIME - I currently live in a very large city, but it doesn't have proportionally high crime, though it seems to be changing in that direction. I realize from having lived so many places that unfortunately we live in an age where it's everywhere, but it's in different degrees in different places. As a single woman I want to feel safe, but I am also savvy enough to be aware of my surroundings, not do silly things, etc. There is also a difference between personal safety and property crime. I hate the idea of someone breaking into my home, my sanctuary.

ART/CULTURE - I love the arts and want to find a place that at least has some arts/culture, whether that is a small playhouse, art galleries/walks, book readings, lectures, etc. It often helps if there is a university, even a small one brings cultural offerings.

LOW COST OF LIVING - My dream is to sell my current home and use the profit to buy my next home in cash and never have another mortgage - to do that I want to keep the price under $180k

SIZE - I am not going to limit myself by saying a certain size of town or city, because there are small towns out there that can have the amenities or vibrancy of a big city, conversely a big city with lots of amenities might have some of the factors I am trying to get away from, so I will remain open.

I have researched and visited southern towns and cities on business, vacation, and simply on trips trying to find my next home, but someone who reads this post may say, "My town/city sounds like a good fit for her!" and help me consider a place that hasn't even been on my radar yet. Here are places I have been and what I liked/didn't like about them:

Raleigh/Durham, NC - too expensive and traffic getting bad
Winston Salem, NC - lovely people, low cost of living, but for the 'City of Arts and Innovation' it didn't seem to live up to that slogan. Also, no food scene. Like would be pleasant, looking for something more.
Greensboro, NC - Don't know why exactly, but just didn't like it
Atlanta - Too big and sprawly, plus bad traffic, though I like visiting, especially some of the areas just outside like Roswell, etc.
Augusta, GA - Vacant downtown - could be great in 10 years if it revitalizes. Historic neighborhoods a little dodgy as surrounded by bad areas. Not much food scene.
Aiken, SC - Pleasant, but might not have enough in terms of restaurants and things to do? I only spent a day there.
Charleston, SC - great city in many of the ways I care about, but I think I am priced out for want I want in housing.
Savannah, GA - I have been there as a tourist years ago, great history and food too. It's also arty because of SCAD. However, the Savannah forum has a lot to say about bad crime. Also, although I will have to acclimate to the heat in any southern town, it sounds like Savannah is especially humid (and lots of bugs)
Texas - I lived there and it was fine, but don't have any big desire to go back.
New Orleans - Great food scene, Cajun food is my fave. Great art and history too, a really vibrant city. However, also has major crime issues and I don't want to be in the path of a hurricane. We lived there when I was young and had to evacuate.
Birmingham, AL - quite a surprise as it's so green and has a great breeze, great food scene, lots to do, but doesn't really have the historical homes, there are some, but much bigger and more expensive than my price point. I would have to give up my dream of ideal home, but I do like the city very much.
Louisville, KY - Love the homes, especially shotguns. Great food scene, arts, etc. However, it's a grittier more industrial city than for example Birmingham, even in the neighborhoods. Also, people there seem to talk a lot about crime (I explored for a week last fall) and home market is going crazy and getting close to pricing me out.
Montgomery, AL - Absolutely loved the historic neighborhoods and great prices. However, I feel some disquiet that even though it's the second largest city in the whole state, it doesn't even have its own forum on here, wonder why that is? For some reason people outside the city itself don't have much great to say about it, I don't know why. As the second largest city and state capitol, surely it has some life to it? The people I spoke with when I was there were nice. I wish I could have spent more time there to get a better feel. I did notice it only had a small food scene, but as long as there are some good options/variety.

There are states beyond the list above, so I am completely open to hearing about other states or other cities and towns in the states above. So hoping some great people on this board will share their ideas. perceptions, and experiences with me... advanced appreciation to anyone who does...
Greenville SC. I think it meets all your criteria.

In my view, it is more quaint than many of those that you listed above. It is near the Blue Ridge mountains. It has a beautiful tree lined Main Street packed with restaurants, retail and bars, and a 30 foot drop waterfall with a massive pedestrian bridge over it and a beautiful park around it.

It has many older homes near the downtown area, North Main, Overbrook, Cleveland Park area.

Here's a website with a ton of info on Gville. http://www.visitgreenvillesc.com/
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:18 AM
 
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Default Wish I could have fit Hunstville in while in AL

I have heard that Huntsville is the fastest growing city in AL now. I wish I had time to fit it in when I did my recent southern road trip, but after flying into Atlanta and doing Augusta and Aiken I drove back through ATL to Birmingham and then down to Montgomery and back out of Atlanta, all that in 8 days minus two travel days for flying.

I do like the sound of forested mountains because it sounds like it would be less hot than some other southern cities. I was so pleasantly surprised by the nice breeze Birmingham had, whereas I was literally melting when I was in Augusta.

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I would suggest Huntsville, AL, which is quite different from Montgomery despite having a similar population. Huntsville has a generally suburban character, but there are some picturesque historic neighborhoods in the central part of the city, I think just east and south of the downtown. It is much safer than Alabama's other major cities and has an active cultural and food scene that measures up well for a medium sized metropolitan area. There are many transplants from other areas of the nation and beyond due to the abundance of federal and high-tech jobs, so fitting in as a newcomer should be easier than many other places. It's also a nice area from an outdoor perspective, with forested mountains at the edge of the city, and about 2 hours drive to Nashville and Birmingham, and a little over 3 hours to Atlanta and Memphis.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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Have you ever thought about a little artsy town?

Here's an historic home close to your price point in Eureka Springs, AR.

11 Kings Hwy, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 - realtor.com®
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:31 AM
 
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Default Fresh ideas

Thank you, I have never heard of Rockingham or Monroe, NC, so will check that out.

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There are beautiful period homes in Northern Rockingham on US Highway 1.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Rockin...-Carolina.html

Richmond County, N.C. – Historical Society – "Those who don't remember their ancestors don't deserve to be remembered!"

www.zillow.com--I asked for homes for sale in your date range and got nothing in NC but there were other choices in other states popping up. One in Macon, Georgia, was $25,000. You may want to try your own search.

I also looked for images of historical districts. Monroe, N. C. has a good selection too.
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...l+nc&FORM=IGRE
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:35 AM
 
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Default Love artsy towns

Hi,

Actually, Eureka Springs was on my original list, but when I ran a realtor.com search for homes under 180k and of the age I want, nothing was coming up. Now that it's spring and prime real estate time, I will keep an eye on this and see if there are more listings, but I suspect ES might be out of my budget...

Thank you for the listing!

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Have you ever thought about a little artsy town?

Here's an historic home close to your price point in Eureka Springs, AR.

11 Kings Hwy, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 - realtor.com®
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:37 AM
 
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Columbia, SC and Lexington, KY would be places to check out based on the list. Both aren't overly expensive for housing and have decent food and arts scene. I am not sure on how old the housing stock would be.
Lexington would put you in close proximity to Louisville, which has an outstanding food scene, lots of variety, while also not having to live in Louisville. Louisville does have a lot of crime, but primarily on the West side of town, so don't let the crime deter you. The housing market there is very crazy right now, so price could be an issue, but not so much in Lexington.
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