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Old 03-18-2008, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Ya the high salary thing might be a limiting factor. I am from NE TN. We are trying to move back there, but the IT jobs do not pay as well> We have decided we want to move anyway so we are going to just try to sell our house & even if we have to start over essentially being happy & broke in the mountains is better than being not as happy in the city. Plus everything is more expensive in the cities. Anyway...I am from the Tri-Cities area they have some gorgeous mountains. Chattanooga might be a nice alternative for you. They have some nice mountains & you are close enough to go down to North GA for a day trip or shoot over on 40 to Gatlinburg & the Smokey's easily. :-) My brother lives there & loves it. Best of luck in your decision. I miss my mountains too. :-(
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:22 PM
 
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GA -- Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties. TN -- Hamilton and Bradley. The beauty of these area is you are not far from a good sized city, which is Chattanooga.
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Alabama
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luvsthe beach and antiquesmountainapache are 100% correct in my opinion! We are moving to Rock Spring GA (about 15 miles from Chattanooga)in about a month and simply cannot wait!!! The people on this forum are amazing when it comes to information, ideas and simple honest helpfulness and they really will tell you the unvarnished truth!

Honestly, this area is truly beautiful and the people are friendly and welcoming!

Good luck!

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Old 03-27-2008, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Alabama
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Should have added that one of my major prerequisites was that I wanted to relocate somewhere that was beautiful (mountains, etc...) and live in the country, but also wanted to be somewhere that was close enough to enjoy all the perks of a big city! I feel so fortunate to have found THE place! Country living, with the city to "play" in!

I joined this forum a year ago in February, and have done my share of research (aka asking lots and LOTS of ques - just ask these guys LOL) and I know you will find your "perfect" place also!
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:38 PM
 
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So many of the towns mentioned are great places to live... but if you want to live in a real "city" smack dab in the middle of the mountains.. then there just isn't a better choice then Asheville, NC
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:41 PM
 
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Here are some of my recommendation options: Dahlonega, Helen, or Blairsville, GA; Ashville, NC; or Gatlinburg, Knoxville, or Chattanooga, TN.
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Old 03-28-2008, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Thanks for all the great ideas guys!

We checked out Asheville...there is just no commerce there!! I don't know what people do for a living...
It is also very expensive to live there...the housing prices amazed me...and I come from FL....where everything is inflated!!
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:04 PM
 
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Gatlinburg is nothing more than a tourist trap.. same for Helen.
Dahlonega and Blairsville are lovely small towns.. but they are not cities.. so don't expect the amenities and culture of a metropolitan area.
Chattanooga and Asheville are both very nice.. but Asheville is more mountainous..
Chattanooga is in more of what you would call a "ridge and valley" landscape. I am actually quite fond of the Chattanooga area, but people wanting a more traditional mountain landscape may prefer Asheville. Asheville is also a very artsy city.. and it's also a bit more expensive.
Knoxville is another consideration.. it's a pretty sizable metro area.. over 500,000 ppl and home to a major university and only about 30 miles from The Smoky MOuntains National Park..
The Bristol/Johnson City area is also a good choice.
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Old 03-29-2008, 02:39 PM
 
Location: West Seattle, WA
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Thanks for all the great ideas guys!

We checked out Asheville...there is just no commerce there!! I don't know what people do for a living...
It is also very expensive to live there...the housing prices amazed me...and I come from FL....where everything is inflated!!
Yes, Asheville has become pricey; however, the prices drop once you get out of the city...I have friends that live about 20 minutes away and built pretty cheap.
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Old 03-29-2008, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I still suggest Bristol/Johnson City/ Kingsport area - the Tri-Cities of TN and VA. Between the three, there are plenty of jobs, shopping, great hospitals, entertainment, beautful mountains and LOTS of outdoor activities....also the housing there is very reasonable - about 1/3 of the cost of homes here in Charleston (SC). I recently bought some land up there and look forward to building on it in the next few years. It is definitely worth checking out!!!
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