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Old 02-03-2018, 06:52 PM
 
Location: North Potomac, MD
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Although I don't live right in the area, I and a few friends often go through there to drive our sports cars. I've always encountered a warm open attitude, prevailing in all of the surrounding areas. Hard not to have a sense of community when the community itself is so small. For the most part, you are likely to be easily accepted as long as you are open, engaging and friendly.

Can you get off on the wrong foot?... oh hell yeah. Being a small community, everyone knows everyone or is related to them. It can become quite cliquish if you come into the picture with a sense of superiority or a rude attitude. If you come with a mission to help the locals see the error of their ways, you will wind up more isolated than a Maytag repairman. Offend someone and you could be offending a large segment of the community. Be sure you know what you're getting into before you make the choice to try small town life. It can be a purely delightful experience, but it can also be a bit hellish if you screw it up.
Thank you. I think my wife and I are going to plan a few days at one of the AirBNB places to see what it's like, and if it works out, maybe do a long term "winter escape" rental next Winter. It's running about 10 - 15 degrees warmer than where we are now. If it were just about 1,000 feet lower in elevation it would be even better, but it seems to be the warmest small town in that area of Western NC.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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What I am trying to find: Warmth, in both climate and the people. Rule of Law, Small towns, where you recognize neighbors, and they talk to you. Water, lakes, fishing (sometimes), the right to not feel guilty about owning a gun and use it if need be to protect myself. Open roads.. I enjoy (quiet) motorcycling through the rural countryside, seeing barns, horses, cows, streams, located between old historic down-towns. NO major commercial corridors that will draw millions of new job seekers.
I recommend the Seneca-Clemson-Pendleton-Anderson area, sometimes referred to as the foothills, if lakes are important to you. Three great lakes near the Blue Ridge mountains.

Pendleton's entire downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places and probably was the most significant town in the western part of SC in the early decades.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:23 AM
 
Location: The South
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We were at a Super Bowl party last night with 4 other couples — all native Southerners. One had an interesting description of Tryon — even more Yankee than Cary or Hilton Head.
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Old 02-05-2018, 01:05 PM
 
Location: North Potomac, MD
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We were at a Super Bowl party last night with 4 other couples — all native Southerners. One had an interesting description of Tryon — even more Yankee than Cary or Hilton Head.
Well, that's too bad but I guess at least I'd fit in and relate. What do they think about you and your husband? At least you were invited to a party! :-)
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:20 PM
 
Location: The South
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Well, that's too bad but I guess at least I'd fit in and relate. What do they think about you and your husband? At least you were invited to a party! :-)

I think we’re fitting in fairly well. We purposely chose an older, established neighborhood so we would have mostly Southern neighbors. That’s what we were seeking. We didn’t want a gated, country club atmosphere with a lot of transplants. Several different neighbors have already invited us/me to a ladies’ luncheon, out to a restaurant for dinner, a pizza party, to the Super Bowl party last night. We have really made an effort to get out an meet people. Husband does some volunteer work with Civil Air Patrol, I transferred into Junior League. We’re also regular church goers and have joined the Wednesday night parish dinners and small group Bible Study. Husband has joined a sports group at the YMCA. We also both shoot skeet so we’ve met people through the local gun club, too. The only thing I’m still seeking is a garden club.

We have been attending music performances at the two colleges, wine tastings at a downtown wine bar etc. Anything to get out to see and be seen. People have been very welcoming.

We also have SC connections — our son and his family live in a small town near here and our daughter & her husband are both University of South Carolina graduates. The children also attended a southern boarding school so we were pretty familiar with the manners and mores.

I tell you all this because I think we have a reasonable amount in common with our community. You’ll have to decide if you are trying to get away or be with other transplants; I just thought I pass along the info.

Last suggestion — we sold our house and rented an apartment for for several months while neighborhood/househunting. It was really helpful — we could check out areas and work with a realtor without pressure.

Best of luck.

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Old 02-19-2018, 04:19 PM
 
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It sounds like Pickens County would be right up your alley. I have a job that brings me into people’s homes and gives me the opportunity to get to know families very well. Pickens County is friendly, anti-sanctuary and pro gun. Tryon and Landrum tend to be more moneyed folks from the north. About 50% of my patients are from Michigan, Philly, etc., since changing jobs to Landrum.

It is a very beautiful part of the state with mountains and surprisingly low housing costs.

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