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Old 03-26-2009, 01:41 PM
 
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Mayberry is exactly what we want

As long as the "build up" is a few miles away that would be OK. In an areial of Franklin it looked like the town proper was surrounded by neighborhoods and not "stuff" - but maybe that was misleading ??

New England is too cold and expensive for us...although we love visiting! We LOVE northern California but the state politics might put my hubby over the edge.

We currently live in a town of about 10,000 - perfect for us - but could go either way as long as everything else fell into place. Schools are very important - so that will be a deciding factor. Anything over 50,000 would probably be too big.....but it all depends on how it's laid out. If the 50,000 were spread out over many miles but there was still a town center with the lovely old homes surrounding it that would be good.

Another concession we have to make is work - my hubby is an independant contracter in the IT field and usually those jobs tend to be in the popultated areas - however we live in the middle of nowhere right now and the company he works for is 1500 miles away - telecommuting is a great thing! Unfortunatley that contract is over next month......

I'll get to checking out the other suggestions! Thanks again!
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:19 PM
 
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Mayberry is exactly what we want

As long as the "build up" is a few miles away that would be OK. In an areial of Franklin it looked like the town proper was surrounded by neighborhoods and not "stuff" - but maybe that was misleading ??

New England is too cold and expensive for us...although we love visiting! We LOVE northern California but the state politics might put my hubby over the edge.

We currently live in a town of about 10,000 - perfect for us - but could go either way as long as everything else fell into place. Schools are very important - so that will be a deciding factor. Anything over 50,000 would probably be too big.....but it all depends on how it's laid out. If the 50,000 were spread out over many miles but there was still a town center with the lovely old homes surrounding it that would be good.

Another concession we have to make is work - my hubby is an independant contracter in the IT field and usually those jobs tend to be in the popultated areas - however we live in the middle of nowhere right now and the company he works for is 1500 miles away - telecommuting is a great thing! Unfortunatley that contract is over next month......

I'll get to checking out the other suggestions! Thanks again!
Yeah I'm not sure if Franklin TN is someplace you would like, either. Franklin has 57,000 in its city, up from 42,000 in 2000. It's a very fast-growing city with a ton of suburban developments all around it. While its downtown is quaint and historic, the rest of the town is very much Suburbia.

Jonesborough and Rogersville TN might be worth checking out. They're both a few miles outside of larger towns and in the Tri Cities area which has over 500,000 in its metro area but whose largest town, Johnson City, has only 60,000. It's a very spread-out area with lots of small towns, mountains, lakes, and farms.
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Old 03-26-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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Actually, Mt. Airy, NC is the town that Mayberry in the Andy Griffith Show was based off of.



mayberry days rfd in mount airy, north carolina - the andy griffith show nc

Mount Airy, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

City of Mount Airy Website
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Murfreesboro is a fast-growing city of over 100,000 (up from 70,000 in 2000) and is home to a university with over 23,000 students. I would not classify it as a "quaint historic small town."

An aerial view of downtown Murfreesboro:




Franklin could maybe qualify, but it's also one of the most expensive cities in Tennessee, has the largest shopping mall in the state, and is home to dozens of suburban office parks including the new headquarters for Nissan USA. It's probably more "quaint" than Murfreesboro, though.



What has happened to the Tennessee I knew in my youth? God, I feel old.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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I know I already posted (I was the one who suggested looking into South Pasadena, CA) but I think in many ways it is because South Pasadena is located within a larger metro area (Los Angeles) but still very closely definined and really does feel like a smaller town. The smaller places just have more room for the sprawl to spread out. I used to live in a smallish Southern town with 12,000 people, and South Pas feels more like a community (like a Mayberry) than that place did. If you do decide that you need to be within or near a larger city with more jobs then I'd seriously give South Pasadena a look. Also Sierra Madre, another town in the LA area - it's in the foothills, has its own downtown, and feels quite quaint.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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What has happened to the Tennessee I knew in my youth? God, I feel old.
haha It's ok. I definitely liked Murfreesboro when it was still a small town. I'm sorry to see what it's become, too.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:47 PM
 
Location: PDX
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Petaluma, CA
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Petaluma, CA
petaluma is 50k... Sebastopol perhaps And, he can commute down to the bay...

but, the north bay has a lot of small towns like that... (tis where I am moving)
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: IN
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Mayberry is exactly what we want



New England is too cold and expensive for us...although we love visiting! We LOVE northern California but the state politics might put my hubby over the edge.
New England is not really cold compared to the Midwest. Check out Moultonborough with a low tax rate next to Lake Winnipesaukee. Being next to the lake keeps the temps more moderate. Average houses can have property taxes at 2K or even less.
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:19 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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I grew up in a town like that and it's on this list: Texas Historical Commission You might try searching if other states have similar programs. Never mind, I did it for you: http://www.mainstreet.org/content.aspx?page=3564&section=15 (broken link)
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