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Old 01-21-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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I thought I'd create a specific thread to answer this question. We are a young family relocating to the WS area due to my husbands job. I want to know how other people who have done the same feel about the move. The idea of moving to a warmer climate that has a better cost of living is why we think this will be a great move for us. But...the grass is not always greener as we are leaving friends and family. New Englad is a hard place to leave but not an easy place to live so it is a catch 22!

So honest feedback and help from anyone in the same position would be so valuable.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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We both grew up in CT, married in CT, then had to transfer from CT to upstate NY due to our jobs. We lived there for three years before I was able to land a job in Winston-Salem. That was in '96. There have never been any regrets concerning the move.

Winston-Salem, like most NC cities, is a beautiful place to live. The whole Piedmont Triad area is great. Lots to do, places to go, great scenery, and in close proximity to other areas for those times when you want to get away or do something different.

The cost of living in NC will be about the same as CT or MA or RI, probably a bit higher than VT, NH, or ME. Salaries should be comparable or better.

If think you'll notice that the Piedmont Triad area will feel very "New England-ish" to you, since there are a lot of similarities of the land and the architecture and similar cultures historically.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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Default thank you but where is everyone else???

Thank you for your feedback superk......but perplexed that no one else has jumped in.

Maybe it is the cold outside. Just remember....it is so much colder up here which is why we want to get down there!
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail near S. Charlotte
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Thank you for your feedback superk......but perplexed that no one else has jumped in.

Maybe it is the cold outside. Just remember....it is so much colder up here which is why we want to get down there!
I've answered this question several times, so I'll see if I can track down some of my other notes. My husband and I are not a young family, but my ancestors go back 14 or so generations to the Pilgrims for both my mother and father. I was FIRMLY entrenched in New England!

I agree with the other poster about how New Englandy it seems to us. I was surprised that King and Rural Hall reminded me so much of Maine, including all the single wide trailers on tracts of land, which is not allowed in MA.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail near S. Charlotte
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Here's a post I had from 3/28 of this year.

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 02-02-2009, 07:24 AM
 
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Wow...thank you for that info and overall sentiment Ragdoll. It gives me more comfort to know a true " native " of New England has enjoyed another part of the country. I continue to say this is one of the best places on earth to live but it can be exhausting and draining. I will leave a big piece of my heart here but bring a huge open heart with me as we make this move. Thank you.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:37 AM
 
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Default Geeze....I really thought there would be more feedback from the Transplants!!!

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Old 02-06-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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I don't think that there's a large grouping anywhere in particular of transplants from New England, although I'd be willing to bet that most would tend to head to the coastal areas. I've run into only a few in 13 years of living in the Piedmont, and they've been almost entirely former residents of Maine, usually after they tried Florida. I don't get the impression that NC is the first choice for New Englanders looking to relocate.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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I think they tend to relocate to the Raleigh area instead.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail near S. Charlotte
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Well, there are lots of New Englanders here in Pfafftown, but I don't think any of them are on the forum. There are several from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and lots of New Yorkers in my sub-division, Lochurst.
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