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Old 07-21-2007, 01:05 PM
 
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I'll be retiring in 3 years and am planning to move out of Michigan. Here's what I'm looking for:

Smaller to medium town, probably with a population under 50,000. Within an hour and a half drive to a larger metro area.

Good school options that may include a decent Catholic school, or some other non-evangelical private school, or just good public school options. I'll have one girl starting high school and one in grade school.

Ability to get a house with a basement, 2000 square feet minimum on an acre or so for under $500,000.00. I'm not really looking for a gated or master planned community.

Fairly mild Winters.

Near a college town? Not really necessary, but I just threw that one in.

Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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You just rang the bell in Oldham County. Look at Welcome to OldhamCounty.com! Lots of information there.
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Far Western KY
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I lived in Hopkinsville (pop 35K) for many years and as with any towns it has it's issues, however it have some excellent private schools (Catholic and others), the public schools there are lacking, it has a number of very nice neighborhoods on or off a golf course, it's near Clarksville TN which has ample shopping and it's only 70 miles from Nashville TN (1+hour away) if you need more, a straight shot down I24. In most of KY you can buy A LOT of house for $500K a 2000 sq ft house in most nice areas can be had for under $300K in Hop-town $250K range and that with many high end features. It's near the LBL and has a nice state park in the county, it is a growing community with many people from many areas so it's not as much good ol boy as many small town tend to be as Ft Campbell is partly located in the county there is diversity.
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Old 07-22-2007, 07:22 AM
 
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Thanks all.

What's the difference between Jefferson and Oldham as far as crime and schools??? Sorry if this stuff has been covered already in another thread, there's just a lot of info. out there to sort through.

I don't really need a "diverse" or "liberal" area, but it would be nice not to be an "outsider" for more than a couple years. If we end up there, I'll be reversing the old migration pattern, as my family originally came to Detroit from Lynch, KY via Europe almost a hundred years ago.....
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Old 07-22-2007, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Oldham has crime, this there is no doubt, but it's generally more of quiet type of crime than Jefferson County. One of the big differences in Oldham County is the availability of alcohol. We have a moist law which restricts alcohol to restaurants. This doesn't seem to make sense, but in reality, there is less bang-bang shoot'em up type crime here. The greatest thing about OC schools is the parents. In JC, parents are forced into dis-involvement simply because their childs school may be 45 minutes from home. OC schools are true neighborhood schools and there is a very high ratio of educated parents vs JC. This by no means is a slam on JC, but facts are OC has a higher ratio of graduate degrees across the county and this affects schools because the parents know how to learn and therefore their kids come to school a step ahead.
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:13 AM
 
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Oh my God....You mean I can't buy beer to take home there??!?!?!!? While I'm no Homer Simpson, I DO like beer!!! The school situation sounds better though......How far would I have to go to buy beer to take home? Can I buy beer somewhere else to take home, or will the revenuers get me if I take it home in my car??
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Package liquor stores abound along the eastern Jefferson/western Oldham County line. Very competitive. Beer is available in JC groceries and most large box stores have a separatated "hard liquor" store attached at their front doors where wine and other spirits such as bourbon, vodka, gin, and the specialty liquors are available. Oldham County does have a "keg" law which prevents transport of whole kegs of beer by private auto, but heck, I don't know the last time I heard that law being enforced. There are a lot of Catholics, Episcopalians, and even a few non-tee-totalling Baptists(I am one of those) out here. Heck, I might even do a little dance occasionally.
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:29 AM
 
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We buy beer where we buy our groceries in Meade county but live in Breckinridge county where property is cheaper and so are taxes. We live 20 minutes from the grocery store and just stock up once a week. We were used to being 5 minutes from the stores in Florida but we have adjusted quite nicely here. Much better living here than anywhere else. We bought a beautiful brick home with a walkout basement and 20 acres for under $250,000! Where else can that happen???
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:32 AM
 
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OK, that sounds like something I could live with. I was a little worried there for a minute!!
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:31 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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Thumbs up Try Murray KY

Check out Murray KY...just what you're looking for!
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