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Old 01-13-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Santa Clarita Valley, California
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I am from SoCal and live in a suburb here about 35 miles from los angeles. I am considering a move currently to Colorado or Idaho but have never been to either so I am not set on those places. Additionally, I used the website ****.com and Blue Ridge? came up as a place in North Carolina as a place for me to consider so therefore I wanted to inquire about the econemy, environment, culture, neighborhoods, schools, etc.

I have a girlfriend and she will be bringing her 12 year old daughter so schools, safety and activities are important.
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:19 PM
 
Location: NC
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How close to the Blue Ridge are you thinking of? I don't know what you do for a living, but how close to a city do you need to be if at all?
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Everybody has a different definition of "What the best place is", so it would be more helpful if you would describe more of what you are looking for besides "the best place". Do you want mountains, coast, or in between? Urban, rural, suburban, or what? What sorts of things are you wanting to be near and what sorts of amenities do you not care so much about having within reach? "Good places to live" takes on many meanings, depending on the person.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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I read through some of your other posts, so I have a little information about you and your situation. (You are a real estate agent, you are used to paying rent $1700/month, you will have enough money set aside to pay basic expenses for a year, your gf hopes to get a job w/a dentist lined up before the move.) It still isn't clear to me why you want to move or what you're hoping to find.

North Carolina can be divided into three main sections: mountains, piedmont, and coastal plain. The only place in the mountains that meets your needs is probably the Asheville area.

Anywhere in the eastern part of the state will have hotter summers than you want. The temperatures are not as high as what you are used to, but the humidity makes it seem much worse. (I say this as someone who lived in Southern California for 37 years.)

The piedmont might be what you want. The western piedmont is closer to the mountains and is not quite as hot as farther east. However, the Hickory-Morganton area has extremely high unemployment, and there probably aren't a lot of people buying houses. You also might want a bigger city. That leaves Winston-Salem, the Triangle, and everything between.

Is your gf planning to go to school? Find out where those are.

Post some more about what you want, and maybe someone can direct you to the best sub-forum, as more people actively post in those.
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