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Old 03-29-2015, 08:52 AM
 
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I may be looking at a promotion at work that would take me to Mississippi. I grew up in NC and we've lived in Charlotte since 2008 and we love it. It's going to hurt leaving this area. Although the traffic stinks at times we're close to a large airport, a beautiful lake, plenty of golf, 1.5 hours to the mountains, 3.5 to the SC beaches and plenty of eating from fast food to very high end. We live in a large, very social neighborhood with mostly young families with a large pool, basketball courts, soccer field, and tennis.

We are set as far as employment goes, wife works from home and I will need to live so that I can easily make driving trips to parts of Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana. I'm going to list what's important and would love to hear some suggestions.

*We're a social family, would like a neighborhood with younger families looking to make new friends. Homes don't have to be huge 1700-2000 sq ft. is fine.
*We have a 3 year old daughter who loves her gymnastics classes. Good schools a MUST.
*We can't wait to explore the gulf communities so we can't be too far from those.
* I. Love. Golf. I need to be able to play some decent courses.
*We appreciate the cute downtown scenes with shops and cafes.
* I NEED to be close to a commercial airport. 60 min tops.
* Low crime
From the research I've done it seems that Jackson is not desirable however the towns north of there like Clinton, Ridgeland and Madison are quite nice. Supposedly there's a reservoir there for boating?

So with that information, where would you live? Open to suggestions from the whole state.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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Ocean Springs. All of your reasons fit. The one downside is hurricanes, so you will have high insurance on the coast.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:31 AM
 
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I love Ocean Springs also. It's my favorite city (of any size) in Mississippi. It's a very charming town with an artsy, laid back vibe. It's also in relative close proximity to New Orleans, Mobile and the Alabama and Florida beaches. But, it's a long drive from Ocean Springs to Arkansas.

You will be leaving a very nice city and area. Charlotte is such a clean, pristine big city. I have a close friend who lives in Davidson.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:58 AM
 
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Wow! I actually live right outside of Davidson and you're right, it is a nice area.
The Jackson suburbs seem to be the right fit proximity wise, but, there is something attractive about the laid back vibe of Gulf Coast living. Growing up in eastern NC, we had our fair share of hurricanes in the 80s and 90s. Seems to have calmed a bit in the last 15 years or so, not as many have hit shore.
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:37 PM
 
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The closest you will get to those shiny, new Charlotte suburbs is Madison.

For the home size you listed, there are many to choose from but a few larger ones with tennis, swimming, golf, etc include Cypress Lake, Annandale, Northbay, Lake Caroline (some parts in Madison school district). Reunion is another one but most of the houses are larger than what you listed, but it has a country club with pool and golf course, a small lake, horse stables, etc. Annandale also has a golf course and pool.

Lake Caroline has a big lake, with golf course, pool and tennis courts but to get into Madison schools you might have to pick adjacent subdivisions. Cypress Lake has a YMCA branch and small lake with tennis courts and is the closest to very nice shopping (2 minutes, e.g. Apple store, Fresh Market, Brooks Brothers).

Wrights Mill is another one with probably larger homes than you listed but there are other nearby subdivisions with smaller homes and the good thing about this spot is you are two minutes from the Jackson Yacht Club. Lost Rabbit is stunning, right on the Reservoir - most homes are larger but adjacent subdivisions would be great. To keep it simple, everything in the city of Madison is nice and pretty much fits your description.

I only listed Madison, but across the Reservoir in Rankin County there are many nice subdivisions also, including an area called the Northsore (along Northsore Parkway), among others. Most people refer to this area as "Brandon", which actually encompasses a big area going from the Reservoir to the actual city of Brandon.

Other options in Mississippi: Ocean Springs as noted above is nice, with a lovely small downtown area, great community beach for walking, jogging, volleyball, etc and well-regarded schools. They have a great yacht club right on the bay. It's not quite as wealthy overall as Madison but lovely overall. Another possibilty on the Coast would be the city of Diamondhead, which recently incorporated as a city but started as basically a very large subdivision with golf course, marina, and easy access to NASA and New Orleans. It's fairly quiet but in a great location near elegant Pass Christian and ultra-charming Bay St Louis.

Hattiesburg is another good option, best loved for its location near New Orleans, the Coast and Florida. Canebrake and Lake Serene to the west of town are lovely residential areas on large lakes, full of lush forests and elegant homes. USM has a college of arts which brings in lots of performances. The schools here are well regarded (Oak Grove).

Oxford is fabulous and would be a lovely place to live and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Lots of new homes, professionals and activities related to Ole Miss. Memphis is an hour away. You would be 50 minutes from Tupelo's airport.

Come to think of it, Tupelo is a lovely smaller city (about 40,000 people) and is considered by many to be the state's most livable town. It's home of the new billion dollar Toyota plant and overall has a clean, new feel to it.

DeSoto County is a booming suburban area just outside Memphis. The entire county is growing but Hernando is particularly charming with its historic town square and solid schools. DeSoto Central and Lewisburg schools are also good and the whole area is dotted with new subdivisions. The advantage here is Memphis' large airport just minutes away.
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:18 PM
 
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Thank you so much for this well written synopsis of your home state.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:27 PM
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If you need to be near Arkansas, it'll have to be Jackson. Depending on your tastes, Madison, Northwest Rankin County, or the Fondren/Belhaven area. If you don't mind losing Arkansas clients, then Hattiesburg might be good for you (you said you didn't want hurricanes).
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:24 PM
 
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I would look at Ashbrook in Gluckstadt. Lake Caroline Golf Couse is across the road. If you're into swinging, Reunion is the place, based on you sq ft desires, it may be out of your price range though.

I wouldn't buy in Clinton, or especially Ridgeland, they are fine, but their peak is in the past. Madison/Gluckstadt are still peaking, although some Gluckstadt residents are worried about smaller houses being built.

If you are the do gooder/hippie/hispter type and can live with a high possibility of crime, Belhaven/Frondern may be worth considering.

As Gloria says, live in the best neighborhood you can, even if it's in an attic.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:57 PM
 
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From the research I've done it seems that Jackson is not desirable however the towns north of there like Clinton, Ridgeland and Madison are quite nice. Supposedly there's a reservoir there for boating?

So with that information, where would you live? Open to suggestions from the whole state.
Take this promotion chance and moving on to somewhere else a few years later...You will feel a fallout from Charlotte to Jackson area..
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Old 04-11-2015, 01:43 PM
 
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Madison Cty is nice. Ridgeland is a good area. Sure, gulf living is laid back but hurricanes are not a trivial issue. I'd rather have to drive a couple hours to the beach than have my house destroyed and possibly be killed by a hurricane.
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