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Old 08-21-2006, 02:29 PM
 
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North Carolina is at the top of our list for relocating to. I was briefly at UNC many many years ago and that's about as far as my personal experience with it goes. But I hear wonderful things. I've been reading posts around here and will continue to do so. But was wondering which towns/ cities people woud most recommend?

Here's what we're looking for:

- Four seasons, but mild weather. Summers not too humid (can handle heat but that wet feeling bites); winters not too cold (but a little snow is nice here and there). We'd be coming from just north of NYC, so that's our frame of reference (I hate the winters here and the fact that spring lasts about 2 seconds).

- Job opportunities in computer graphics/ animation (for DH) and in academia or mental health settings (for myself: psychologist).

- Good public schools and child-friendly communities.

- Gentle, slow pace with short commutes for our everyday lives; with access to a bit of urban fun when the mood strikes. (Fully self-contained towns/ cities would be great if they can do both).

- While I love my car and enjoy using it a lot, I hate *having* to use it all the time, even to just get a gallon of milk or take the kids to the park (baby and toddler). I'd be nice to live somewhere where walking places is a reality but driving my car and parking it is not an issue either.

-On the same breath, my husband loves going for nature walks and we both would love to get into more biking and hiking.

- Nice view. We love the mountain views and hate seeing just flat horizon all around us. However, we currently live ON a mountain and it makes it very hard to do anything outdoors (even kids playing in the yard) because it's literally THAT sloped everywhere (we're not athletic enough to bike mountains )

- We love food and in the NY area that's one thing that is not lacking. We can find any ethnic food we want and it is GOOD. My husband is under the impression that other parts of the country are lacking in this culinary diversity. Is that so?

- Speaking of diversity, I am Latina, my husband is white and our kids are biracial. So it's important to us to live in a diverse area that is middle class and up and that our kids go to schools with diversity.

I know that's a mouthful but thought I'd put out there as much of what we've been thinking about and hoping for so that those of you in the know will be more able to help. I know no place is perfect and I know we will need to make compromises on some of our wants, but jsut thought I'd list them and see how close we can get to our ideal.

Thanks for ANY help you could offer ... and the more specific, the better since I know nothing about NC.
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Asheville is what you have described.
Farther East will be too humid for you and Boone will have a little more winter than you want.
I lived in Western NC for 5 years and now live in NYC, so I have a good frame of reference.
Stay close to the city. Smaller towns are less open to outsiders.
Good luck.
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Upstate SC
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I'd say Asheville except for the jobs situation. I live here and this is not the place to be looking for a technical position such as you describe for your husband. Other than that, I think it has pretty much everything you are looking for.

I work for a software company and if I were to lose my job, I would have to move to find something comparable. Those jobs just are not available in this area.
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Snow Hill, NC
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Asheville or at least closer to the mountain areas or the end of the Piedmont area going from coast to the mountains. If you hate humidity, stay out of the eastern part of the state.
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Hickory probably would not be to bad either
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