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Old 10-01-2009, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Fairhope AL (very close to Mobile and many other wonderful places) check it out!
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:44 PM
 
Location: San Angelo, TX
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Sophisticated cities in the South that meet your criteria: Austin, TX; Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham, NC; Gainesville, FL, and Huntsville, AL.
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:41 AM
 
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Houston (inner loop) area is perfect for what you desire. If Houston though, it must be inside 610 because that is where the is little of the subdivisions and strip malls that you will find further out
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Chapel Hill, NC. You can be in a college town yet near two cities: Raleigh/Durham within minutes that have all sorts of amenities (including two very large performing arts centers). Heading South out of town, you are in the woods and countryside almost instantly.
Agreed. Chapel Hill or possibly Durham. The Durham Performing Arts Center is pulling in some top-notch acts so far. I live in Durham, 10 minutes from downtown, yet my house borders Eno River State Park with miles and miles of hiking trails through the woods and a nice river for fishing, swimming or canoeing.
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:41 PM
 
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Not sure myself. I would lean towards Charleston or Savannah. Its NOT Fayetteville, AR. The entire NW Ark metro (yes folks its a metro of about 400K) has been "Wal-Martized". there is very little left of that hometown feel, despite what they tell you. Strip malls line I-540 from exit 93, down past Fayetteville. They have driven out the mom and pops that make the area you describe. Wal-Mart corp offices sit in such a way, you cannot miss them as you come up from Rogers and past Bentonville. Branson, MO maybe, but its too touristy for me.
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