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Old 12-31-2018, 12:07 PM
 
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I see so many threads from individuals from North East (NY, NJ, CT) who are tired of the cold, high taxes, etc. wanting to move South. But lately, when I read the NE forums, I see more and more people missing the NE and are looking to move back. Many haven't been able acclimate to the Southern slower paced lifestyle, including getting used to the heat, and making new friends wasn't as easy as some would have expected.

As I am getting closer to retirement, I too have been exploring the possibility of moving back to NE. Although I live in VA and do love it here, so I will probably stay here as the cost of living is so much better and the climate isn't as harsh. Although the last summer it was very hot, almost the entire summer. And I do love snow, but we don't much of it in Northern VA. So I think I could deal with the weather up north, but paying high taxes and dealing with the high COL, that's another story. Still, I do miss the New England Coastal and small quaint towns. Maybe once I retire, renting a place in a coastal town for two or three months during the summer would be a good solution.

Just wanted to see if any other "Northerners" have "buyers remorse" and/or are thinking about moving back "home".

Thank you in advance for your feedback!
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Murica
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Everyone I know here in NC from NY or NJ can't afford the real estate up there.. You also have all the dirty cops and retired criminals who have been going to FL for decades..
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Old 01-01-2019, 01:07 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I see so many threads from individuals from North East (NY, NJ, CT) who are tired of the cold, high taxes, etc. wanting to move South. But lately, when I read the NE forums, I see more and more people missing the NE and are looking to move back. Many haven't been able acclimate to the Southern slower paced lifestyle, including getting used to the heat, and making new friends wasn't as easy as some would have expected.

As I am getting closer to retirement, I too have been exploring the possibility of moving back to NE. Although I live in VA and do love it here, so I will probably stay here as the cost of living is so much better and the climate isn't as harsh. Although the last summer it was very hot, almost the entire summer. And I do love snow, but we don't much of it in Northern VA. So I think I could deal with the weather up north, but paying high taxes and dealing with the high COL, that's another story. Still, I do miss the New England Coastal and small quaint towns. Maybe once I retire, renting a place in a coastal town for two or three months during the summer would be a good solution.

Just wanted to see if any other "Northerners" have "buyers remorse" and/or are thinking about moving back "home".

Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Considering NY alone lost 50k in 2018, it doesn't seem like many are making that move. NOVA is barely "down south".
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Old 01-01-2019, 01:27 PM
 
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Considering NY alone lost 50k in 2018, it doesn't seem like many are making that move. NOVA is barely "down south".
Right, I didn't mean to imply NOVA is "down south". The only area that "feels" Southern to me in VA is Richmond. But the point I was trying to make is I do miss some aspects of New England. Especially quick drive to the beach and small quaint towns.

Interesting about NY losing 50k people in 2018 alone. I read recently that since 2010, NY lost around 1.2m people. Although I'm not sure how true that is. Even if some do move back, it doesn't appear that NY's population will increase any time soon. At least not without immigration.
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Old 01-01-2019, 02:19 PM
 
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Considering NY alone lost 50k in 2018, it doesn't seem like many are making that move. NOVA is barely "down south".
I was going to say, you aren’t living in the South if in Northern Virginia. It’s like a cleaner NJ.

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Old 01-01-2019, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I was got to say, you arenít living in the South it in Virginia. Itís like a cleaner NJ.
That depends on where you are in Virginia. Much of VA geographically is still culturally Southern. The thing is that relatively few people live in those areas.
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Old 01-01-2019, 02:26 PM
 
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It's a widespread phenomenon here in Florida. They're called "halfbackers" who move down here thinking it's going to be all that, only to realize it's really not. Then rather than move back home choose a more moderate location climate/location-wise in states like GA, SC or NC. In my opinion it's indicative of Americans in general, operating from one extreme to the other...with little regard for moderation.
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Old 01-01-2019, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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Guilty. I'm from Chicago, moved to Atlanta and then moved back to Chicago. I much prefer the North with the change of seasons and a real winter w/ snow. I was miserable down south with the never ending heat/humidity. Plus, it never felt like home. Much happier now that I'm back North.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:30 PM
 
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That depends on where you are in Virginia. Much of VA geographically is still culturally Southern. The thing is that relatively few people live in those areas.
I live in Northern VA, aprox. 20 miles from DC. So no, I'm not in the "South" but mid-Atlantic area. But you're right, NOVA is different from the rest of VA. Yrs. ago I used to date someone from Fredricksburg, which is about an hr. south, and he used to refer to NOVA like it was another state. Since I live in the DC Metro area, my transition from North was easy. However, when I recently visited Richmond, I think I would have difficulty getting acclimated to that area. Although I don't think I would have any issues living in Williamsburg or Cape Charles, VA, which is about 3 hrs. south from me. So I'm thinking weather one's move from North to South is a permanent one, it all depends on the specific city/town one selects to move to.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:42 PM
 
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It's a widespread phenomenon here in Florida. They're called "halfbackers" who move down here thinking it's going to be all that, only to realize it's really not. Then rather than move back home choose a more moderate location climate/location-wise in states like GA, SC or NC. In my opinion it's indicative of Americans in general, operating from one extreme to the other...with little regard for moderation.
I agree with that sentiment, in most cases people go from extreme to another. I think those who make gradual moves are probably much happier with their decisions.
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