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Old 05-23-2011, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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"unravel" and "unseamly"...great pun!

LOL - just figured I'd throw some water on the fire with a little humor.
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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I've lived in Englewood for most of my life, but also spend lots of time in the western Carolina mountains...

Asheville = downtown Sarasota. Artsy, mix of cultures and classes, lots of things to do and see. Good shopping, galleries, and restaurants. Not too touristy.

Highlands = Longboat Key/ St. Armands. Home of the wealthy, beautiful scenery, expensive shops and restaurants, great downtown for people-watching, etc.

Cashiers = Venice. Cute little downtown area, good shopping and restaurants. Great scenery and natural resources.

Cherokee = Port Charlotte. Not sure how to expand on that one. Let's just say both these areas leave a lot to be desired.

Franklin = Englewood. A very small "cute-ish" downtown, mix of people and classes, some rednecks and some very wealthy. Casual, not pretentious. Beautiful hiking/scenery/beaches on the outskirts.

Waynesville = Punta Gorda. Quirky, fun to get to. Good for exploring around by boat.
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Western NC
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I've lived in Englewood for most of my life, but also spend lots of time in the western Carolina mountains...

Asheville = downtown Sarasota. Artsy, mix of cultures and classes, lots of things to do and see. Good shopping, galleries, and restaurants. Not too touristy.

I just know someone will jump on me for this, but Asheville is dirty, lots of homeless, lots of drugs and crime. Some decent cultural activities, many arts and crafts, lots of talent, have to give it that. Asheville is a lot smaller than Sarasota and does not have any high dollar shopping except in Biltmore Village. The Asheville Mall is an embarrassment.

Highlands = Longboat Key/ St. Armands. Home of the wealthy, beautiful scenery, expensive shops and restaurants, great downtown for people-watching, etc.

Cashiers = Venice. Cute little downtown area, good shopping and restaurants. Great scenery and natural resources.

Cherokee = Port Charlotte. Not sure how to expand on that one. Let's just say both these areas leave a lot to be desired.

Hmmm.. have to say that I would not compare Cherokee to Port Charlotte... that's a bit of a stretch ... Cherokee is an Indian reservation, very poor and downtrodden, mostly good people, uneducated for the most part, and they rely on proceeds from the Harrah's casino gambling there and Indian trinkets for income.

Franklin = Englewood. A very small "cute-ish" downtown, mix of people and classes, some rednecks and some very wealthy. Casual, not pretentious. Beautiful hiking/scenery/beaches on the outskirts.

I would classify Franklin as very redneck, recliner on the porch with the Coors in a cooler or a fridge on the porch. Downtown: so so. It's improving, but a bit on the "Deliverance" side of things. A few nice subdivisions. Many mobile home parks; lots of poverty in Franklin. They try to improve it every once in awhile... what medicore impression I got of Englewood was they need a good city manager, and a good cleanup. Lots of trashy stuff along 775.

Waynesville = Punta Gorda. Quirky, fun to get to. Good for exploring around by boat.
Did you forget Hendersonville? I'm thinking that Punta Gorda is a few steps below Hendersonville as well.. where does it fit in for you? Hendersonville has a beautiful downtown, the Flat Rock Playhouse and so forth.

I agree about Highlands, Cashiers, Lake Toxaway. Very high end, nice to visit ... tourist area. Lots of wealth and famous people live up there. Too remote though and more of an "enclave". Many end up moving out and down to Kenmure or gated communities in Hendersonville or Asheville. Some have had (or are tryiing) to sell because of the economy, you would be surprised how many are under water up there.

I don't think Venice is anywhere near the high dollar comparison of Cashiers or Highlands though, not at all. Longboat Key maybe, but not Venice.
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