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Old 07-20-2009, 12:44 AM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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anywhere in new england...
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:26 AM
 
Location: alive in the superunknown
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Staunton, Va. or Lexington, Va. Both have well preserved historic downtowns. Staunton actually fits all the criteria except for the concerts downtown. Actually there are some in the summer, I never go though. There are the big box stores nearby but not downtown. The downtown of both cities are like enclaves, there is no one major big road that just ends up passing through, you actually have to find the downtown areas. I wouldn't say we are a warm climate area but also not a cold climate area either. We get the best of all four seasons with not too much excess in summer temps or snow. By the way I called them cities, just because they are zoned as such, but are much more like small towns.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:24 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Keppela - I just revisited this thread and thought the same thing....warm = no or minscule amounts of snow and cold

Not that some of the cold weather towns mentioned don't look great - but alas if I wanted cold I woould stay put

Would like to hear more about Athens if anyone has good intel....
Actually, when I reread you requirements again, I wondered why I didn't mention my summer home of St Simons Island, GA. It pretty well fits your description of what you want, and its' nickname is "Mayberry By The Sea"

www.explorestsimonsisland.com
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Hendersonville, NC
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I love Madison GA. I've considered moving there myself as I have a sister in Athens. It might be a little too quiet though for DH and myself at this time in our lives. I don't know what it's like for a family.

They don't have a movie theatre or Target, but they do have a WalMart and Lowe's, and downtown has boutique and antique shops and such.

There are multiple home tours each year and I go to every one. I love the homes and styles. This September will be a tour of "Cottages and Bungalows" which I'm really looking forward to.

It's very historic and peaceful there with a few new residential developments. But it's not over done like in other areas such as Athens and the 'burbs of Atlanta.
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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Absolutely in New England. Travel anywhere outside of the main cities of New England, and you will find yourself in a small and most likely historic town, with a pretty center and colonial architecture and a town common if you are lucky.
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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I'm glad this thread got revived again! I'll check out some of the new suggestions! We're heading to Tennessee next week to check out some potential areas there. Now that we have sold our house we are planning on taking the next year to check out lots of areas and hopefully get it right this time around!
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:49 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Try New Bern, NC.
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