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Old 11-28-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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Hi There: I'm sure I am asking for too much but here it goes. We are very active early retirees and looking for a new area to call home that would offer the following: crystal clear water, mountains, tax friendly, kindly people, artsy nearby community with decent access to airports, normal shopping from supermarkets to Home Goods and a climate that is moderate. Whew! I understand the higher up in altitude the cooler in the summer but then there's that darned thing called snow. Thanks so much. Jean
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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Greenville-Spartanburg is near the mountains, but not in them. You seem to be describing Asheville, NC.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Easley, SC
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Have you looked into the Seneca/Oconee area specifically Lake Keowee or Lake Jocassee. It will be a little further to the airport but seems to have most of what you are asking for. There are quite a few retirees that have chosen to call it home. Shopping, you can find most of what you need in Seneca but Anderson SC is nearby as well. It is about 40 minutes to Greenville also, depending on which area of Seneca you are in of course.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Greenville-Spartanburg is near the mountains, but not in them. You seem to be describing Asheville, NC.
Yep. Look into Asheville:

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Old 12-04-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Plano, Texas
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Have you looked into the Seneca/Oconee area specifically Lake Keowee or Lake Jocassee. It will be a little further to the airport but seems to have most of what you are asking for. There are quite a few retirees that have chosen to call it home. Shopping, you can find most of what you need in Seneca but Anderson SC is nearby as well. It is about 40 minutes to Greenville also, depending on which area of Seneca you are in of course.
I second all of the above...I would recommend you check out Seneca as it sounds close to what you are describing, and it's true that a healthy number of retirees seem to be moving there.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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I would second the nod for Oconee County, SC. Oconee County is about 45 minutes-1 hour west of Greenville, SC and abounds with beautiful, mountainous natural splendor. Much of the area is dedicated to State Parks, National Forests and other public areas to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The Northern and Western parts of Oconee County tend to be the most mountainous, and are replete with waterfalls, rivers and valleys that typify a mountain community. The climate, however, is more moderate than our brethern in Western North Carolina as we generally sit at lower altitudes. I would suggest looking around the Lake Jocassee Area or in the Tamassee Area (try Cheohee Valley Road) if you want to get a feel for the landscapes here.

The nearby small town of Walhalla offers suprisingly good basic shopping and groceries. A little further away, Seneca is a larger town with all of the shopping "modern" men and women require. For special and high-end dining and shopping, Greenville is generally less than an hour away.

Overall, this is a very nice area to live in. Please come, enjoy a hike to a waterfall, and see what you think.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Anderson, SC
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I also agree that Oconee County is an area that should suit you. I would look at Westminster and Salem also.
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:43 PM
 
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Thank you all so very much for taking the time to help us out. We're thinking we'll check out Oconee County. We've been to Ashville a few times and some how don't "feel" that town. We absolutely love Greenville, SC but if we can be a bit out of town with altitude and clear water that would be great. Thank you all again. Jean
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