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Old 02-26-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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what town are you in?? And I am reading some info recently posted and do get alarmed when I read more about the overcrowded schools and no plan in sight to address growth. Do you hear about that and is it as daunting as what I read? In addition what is your take on the "water issue". Bad drought huh? It is nice to get local real perspective on this as it is somewhat hard to trust what we might see in a magazine or newspaper article.
i think the best thing to do is go online and read the town's newspaper and the news from the nearest city's paper. it will show you what every day life is like here.
yes we had a drought for about 6 months. our town actually didnt get any restrictions until december i think and we are coming off of it soon.
it's raining today!
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Clemmons and Lewisville are good towns. Those towns, as well as north Davidson County, are the main focus of our house-hunting. Great schools being one of the main reasons.
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:12 AM
 
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Clemmons and Lewisville are good towns. Those towns, as well as north Davidson County, are the main focus of our house-hunting. Great schools being one of the main reasons.
Keep in mind North Davidson is country yet and Clemmons - Lewisville area are more city type areas. Lived in North Davidson for 9 years. If I moved back I would choose Clemmons.
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Yep. I love both the country and the small city areas.
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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For people saying to stay away from this city or that city, well ... almost all cities have good sides and not-so-good sides (i.e., seedy areas and nice clean safe areas). Durham has some very nice areas to it. I cannot speak about Fayetteville because I've never been there, but I do know it is mostly a military town. I have been to Jacksonville and I wasn't too impressed with it (it is a military town as well), but just outside of it are some very quaint coastal towns. I have lived in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Greensboro, Durham, Morrisville, Burlington and outside of Asheboro NC and I have worked in or near Raleigh and High Point and I can tell you that all of them have some seedy areas to avoid, but all of them had some nice areas too. Some have higher crime rates than others, but usually those high rates can be mapped to certain areas (and usually the ones you want to avoid). So I guess the point I am trying to make is don't rule out a city without weighing the pros and the cons whether it be related to safety, job growth, school systems, etc. I realize that most of you know that, but I've just seen a lot of city-bashing on these forums in general (not just this one) and when it is a city I've lived in and know isn't bad as a whole, I like to speak up! Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail near S. Charlotte
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Default Moved from Southeastern MA to WS, NC

We just recently moved to Winston-Salem, NC from MA, so here is my story to give you another perspective:

I was born and raised in Southeastern MA (15 generations from the Pilgrims and with the last 4 generations of New England bred ancestors, I was entrenched in MA), ), went to school in Brockton, College in Amherst (loved UMass), Grad in Cambridge, and both my husband and I had good jobs.

I grew up in the more liberal Protestant church of my ancestors, lived as an adult in a house that had been my family's for 85 years within 1 mile of my g-g-g-g-g-g-great (etc) grandfather's farm, now part of a golf course and housing development. The city I grew up in and the town I finally moved to a few years ago, Bridgewater, have become crowded with houses and the streets are crowded with cars. My 10 minute commute gradually lengthened to 20 minutes most days, and that was just in the last 4 years. The last 2 winters (2006 and 2007) we paid between $480 to $550 a month for heat alone! All our money was going to the schools, town was talking over rides, and then they were talking about a casino 5 miles from my home.

I was given a great job opportunity here in May, took it, sold my beloved Cape style home in 5 days over Mother's day weekend, and moved to the NW corner of Winston-Salem, NC. Bought an incredible new "starter castle" that is extemely efficient (even though it is 2800 sq ft), on 1/2 acre, and there are ponds and a pool in our neighborhood. Our mortgage is almost nil, and we paid our heating bill happily this winter. Our taxes are just a little cheaper than MA, because we pay both city and county taxes, but at least we get free trash pickup! If you buy outside the city, taxes are cheaper.

Since moving here, we have a very active social life. People are friendly, and yes, I have been invited to several churches and have gone to check out 2 of them. I consider that as part of the warmness of the culture here. (in another post someone from MA who came here complained about "religious rights", but I saw plenty of that in MA too) Yesterday, we ate in downtown WS an outdoor cafe, exchanged pleasantries with passersby, and talked with neighbors when we got home.

The summer? Yes, it was hot, but absolutely not as humid as my summers in Brockton and Bridgewater. Most homes have CA here, but I spent almost every night out on the screened porch, enjoying what I never could "back home". Yes, I miss MA, but I have come to love my new city very much. I see many advantages, and the greatest one is the feeling of community and neighborhood we have here that we used to have in MA that has just disappeared over the last 30 years.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:27 PM
 
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Ragdoll, that is great to know you love Winston-Salem so much. I am thinking of a move to WS from Chicago. This has been a horrible winter and I have a dog that enjoys being outside, I'd like to enjoy it too! I don't mind the cold at times but it has dragged on too long.

My one concern is the hot summers, as my dog does not like heat and humidity. We have very hot humid summers here too, so it may just last a bit longer in NC.

You said you liked the social scene..is it mostly married couples? I am a single woman in my early thirties, I don't need a big bar scene but would like to know that there is some ability to meet men with whom I would share common interests. Are there things to do in Winston-Salem? Is it a safe community? I'm considering Charlotte too, but reading about the crime in the city really concerns me. I'm ok with a slower pace of life as long as I can afford a backyard for my dog, enjoy the outdoors, find a social network, etc.

Any info is appreciated, thanks!
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail near S. Charlotte
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Labsrule, Of all winters, this seems to have been a good one to miss up north! Would your dog spend all day outside? The evening of course is cooler, because you don't have the sun beating down. I can't deny it was hot - over 90 for more than a month, but everyone said that was unusual. I was in cool AC all day at work, and the heat doesn't bother me unless I am doing something very physical. As I said, I found it more humid in New England, because we lived about 20 miles from the ocean.

The summer lasted a long time, and that is why I love it here. I adore summer. The weather was grand from May until late October, even into November. Don't know about April. This one will be my first here.

The social atmosphere for me has mostly been married couples. We've done downtown concerts, mountain concerts, cookouts, walks in parks, eating out, but as couples. One of my fellow employees is a 30 something single, and she says she will never go back to Michigan to live. She is sold on this area. She lives in the south section of town called Ardmore. Homes there are quite affordable, but the area is also fairly safe. I live in NW WS (Pfafftown) in a community, and it is very tight knit here, neighbors watching out for each other. From what I understand, Charlotte is the place to go for a more metropolitan, modern, and social atmosphere. WS is more artsy, old money, established, and family oriented.

Will you have a job here? If not, Charlotte seems to have a bigger choice, because it 3x the size.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:28 PM
 
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Hi Ragdoll, thanks for the info! My dog is an indoor dog, he wouldn't be outside all day, but he does like to go for long walks. As long as I could get out in the early morning/late evening to walk him, I'm sure it would be ok. Let me tell you, it can't be worse that putting on a snowsuit at 6am to go outside when it is -10. That has almost brought me to tears!

I can work from home, and actually, I like the more artsy, established way that you describe W-S. I'm sure Charlotte is great, but my wild and crazy days are over.

I'm going to check out boths cities soon and get a better feeling for them. I appreciate the advice, thanks so much!
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:44 PM
 
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For people saying to stay away from this city or that city, well ... almost all cities have good sides and not-so-good sides (i.e., seedy areas and nice clean safe areas). Durham has some very nice areas to it. I cannot speak about Fayetteville because I've never been there, but I do know it is mostly a military town. I have been to Jacksonville and I wasn't too impressed with it (it is a military town as well), but just outside of it are some very quaint coastal towns. I have lived in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Greensboro, Durham, Morrisville, Burlington and outside of Asheboro NC and I have worked in or near Raleigh and High Point and I can tell you that all of them have some seedy areas to avoid, but all of them had some nice areas too. Some have higher crime rates than others, but usually those high rates can be mapped to certain areas (and usually the ones you want to avoid). So I guess the point I am trying to make is don't rule out a city without weighing the pros and the cons whether it be related to safety, job growth, school systems, etc. I realize that most of you know that, but I've just seen a lot of city-bashing on these forums in general (not just this one) and when it is a city I've lived in and know isn't bad as a whole, I like to speak up! Thanks.
Thank you for posting this, alzora. I just read a post where someone suggested that Burlington was a city with a exceptionally high rate of crime?? I don't know where she got this info but I live in Burlington and it is no worse than any other moderate sized city in NC. I'm a realist and I'm cautious to a fault, however, if I forget to lock my doors at night I wouldn't fret over it.
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