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Old 05-03-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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Okay, here is what I'd like to do in the future. When this economy gets straightened out, my husband and I will move to some area of NC that has some tourist traffic but is still out in the country. A farm of about 5-10 acres that isn't so far off the main roads that no one would go to it. The farm would have a nice barn, lots of blooming trees and things for my bee to make honey on, some land for my sheep to graze, a 3 bedroom home with a basement. We want to open an herb and produce farm, sell honey and eggs, etc. Being near a town that has farmer's markets and well-kept shops would be wonderful. A town we could be proud of!

For awhile, my husband and I will still need to work. I'm an RN and would prefer a smaller community hospital, and my husband works in IT. Living about a half hour or 40 minute's drive from jobs would be good. I know right now NC is experiencing a downturn in jobs, but I'm looking at 4 years or so in the future.

We also have two children who will still be in school, and nice schools would be wonderful.

Okay, NOW that we've asked for the world, anyone have any places in mind? I love the country life, but don't want to be so far out in the sticks that no one would come and buy my honey and herbs. We'd like to have an attractive town nearby that tourists come to. Maybe one day, if there was enough traffic, we could open a small shop in that town.

Yeah, well....a person can ask, right?? I am a believer in possibilities, and what's the harm in asking.


Thanks everyone, love this website!
Cara

 
Old 05-03-2009, 07:24 PM
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Location: Heart of TEA country--Livingston County, MI
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Default The more things change..

The more changes things see..

May have to wait until that future gets here. The way things have been and could be again it might be harder to find such a spot in the unspecified future.
 
Old 05-03-2009, 08:14 PM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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West or NW of Winston Salem.
 
Old 05-04-2009, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Efland
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Hillsborough, Efland, Mebane. These are outside of Durham and Chapel Hill.
 
Old 05-04-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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I suggest you visit NC over the next 4 years when you can. Visit the western, eastern and middle of state.

There are a few areas that would give you what you are looking for.
 
Old 05-05-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Sanford, NC
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Lightbulb You might consider Sanford

Sanford may be a good fit for you based on your description.

Sanford is almost equidistant from Raleigh/Durham, Greensboro, and Fayetteville 30-40 minutes away and centrally located in the state, so trips to the mountains or beach are an approximately equal ~3 hours.

At 30k population, Sanford is a mid-sized city/town so has just about everything you "need", and within a short to drive to the larger cities, convenient to everything you might "want"

We've got a great small town vibe, where the mayor probably knows you by name, and city council and staff actually return your calls and emails personally. But we've also got a lot going on with development and investment such as the new Cracker Barrel restaurant going in this September and downtown revitalization.

Housing is very affordable, and Sanford has everything from downtown historic districts, golf communities, to rural farmland.... all within 10 minutes of each other. So there really is a little of something for everyone, but not built out like a "mega-lopolis"

If you are in the area, come check out our historic downtown and surrounding community.

City of Sanford, North Carolina | Official Government Website

Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce


Good luck with your search!
Al
 
Old 05-05-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Sanford may be a good fit for you based on your description.

Sanford is almost equidistant from Raleigh/Durham, Greensboro, and Fayetteville 30-40 minutes away and centrally located in the state, so trips to the mountains or beach are an approximately equal ~3 hours.

At 30k population, Sanford is a mid-sized city/town so has just about everything you "need", and within a short to drive to the larger cities, convenient to everything you might "want"

We've got a great small town vibe, where the mayor probably knows you by name, and city council and staff actually return your calls and emails personally. But we've also got a lot going on with development and investment such as the new Cracker Barrel restaurant going in this September and downtown revitalization.

Housing is very affordable, and Sanford has everything from downtown historic districts, golf communities, to rural farmland.... all within 10 minutes of each other. So there really is a little of something for everyone, but not built out like a "mega-lopolis"

If you are in the area, come check out our historic downtown and surrounding community.

City of Sanford, North Carolina | Official Government Website

Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce


Good luck with your search!
Al

Al, based on your posts alone I want to visit Sanford

That is the one corner of the state I am least familiar with and therefore I always read your posts with great interest! Thanks for posting such great info for all of us
 
Old 05-05-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Dream...reposting in better spot!
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