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Old 02-18-2009, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Charleston

Savannah

New Orleans

Williamsburg, VA(and the Tidewater region)

Wilmington, NC?
Yes- I agree about Colonial Williamsburg- excellent choice !
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:54 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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To me, none of these cities have lost their Southern charm...it's still there, but there is also a lot of addtional charm from other regions/countries to go along with it. Adding new or different people and traditions to the cultural mix doesn't make the local culture disappear - it just gives the area some new dimensions.
Perhaps, but if the OP visited Atlanta and felt it was just another big city, I'm pretty sure he would feel the same about most of the other cities on that list I referred to. If he's looking for less of that "additional charm" and more old-time Southern charm, he will have to head to smaller cities and towns to find it.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I just spent 2 weeks in Oxford, Ms and cannot extol its charms enough! World-class bookstore and literary scene, great food, Ole Miss is just a stones throw away, antebellum homes, and a slower pace of life.
Having spent half my life here in the South, and being disappointed with a lot of areas, Oxford gets my vote!
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:41 PM
 
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For cities with a larger population I would put Charleston & Savannah at the top of my list. I love Williamsburg,VA--and it is on my list of cities to consider when relocating. Richmond is also way up there.

Madison, GA is a really nice town--but it is small. Lots of beautiful antebellum & Victorian homes.

I agree with above posts that many of the smaller and mid-size towns retain a great deal of Southern Charm, hospitality, and refined genteel manners.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I would also say Oxford, but it is expensive to live in.

I agree with Williamsburg. What a wonderful area when I last visited.

I'm not sure how large Natchez MS is but it does have lots of antebellum homes.

Memphis has become very crime ridden, most people are moving way out to get away from the crime.

Savannah is a wonderful place with the squares. I have not been there in many years, but fell instantally in love with it on my first visit.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I would also say Oxford, but it is expensive to live in.

I agree with Williamsburg. What a wonderful area when I last visited.

I'm not sure how large Natchez MS is but it does have lots of antebellum homes.

Memphis has become very crime ridden, most people are moving way out to get away from the crime.

Savannah is a wonderful place with the squares. I have not been there in many years, but fell instantally in love with it on my first visit.
Natchez has been totally ruined, I first started visiting there in the late 60s, and it is just not the same. I didnt think Oxford was expensive at all, much cheaper than here in Fl. Did I miss something?
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Rent for this part of MS is pretty expensive in Oxford. I'm sure it being a college town might have something to do with that though. There has been a huge boom in not only college housing but huge nice mcmansions being built in the past few years as well as upwardly trendy shops and it has driven the local economy up.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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what is expensive rent? You cant touch a decent 2/2 apartment here for less than $900, which I think is ridiculous, its Ocala, for crying out loud! No one makes that in this economy, houses and condos are going for about 750, is that cheap compared to Oxford?
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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That is expensive as all get out for our area. The cost of living is a bit cheaper than where you live. Most of the apartments that are pretty decent go for around 600 to 650. When you get above that, you are singling out a great many people who simply cannot afford that type of rent. The pay in the area will not support that type rent. Home prices are out of most our league! I'm sure there are some that are reasonable, but the area of town and sq footage will not be the best.

Oxford is higher than Tupelo and where I live as well. Their gas prices are 10 to 12 cents higher than us, and they are less than an hour away.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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aiangel, that is insane rent for our area also...... we have the some of the lowest wages in the state of Florida, its just completely nuts here.
I just had to ask, to get a comparision, my BFF just moved to the area, thats why I was there for the 2 weeks that I mentioned.
Thank you soooo much for telling me, as always, you are a bringer of light and truth!
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