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Old 08-08-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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Just curious - You mention months and months of summer weather (which many would consider a plus). Have you ever endured really cold weather for months and months at a time? There is a reason that far more folks are moving from cold to warmer climates, rather than vice-versa. Instead of making your relocation scouting trip/s of Pa and Va in August, try October/November to March/April.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Compared to CA, TN is humid in the summer. Is it as bad as FL, or other coastal areas? NO. Not at all. It takes some getting used to, but it is typically around 55% humidity in the hot afternoons of July and August, but temps usually top out at high 80's to low 90's in August. April, May, June are great, and the Fall is incredible. Winter, nighttime lows get down to the teens and a couple small snows (2-3 inches) per year. Usually the snow is melted by noon. Of course with polar vortexes, etc, anything can happen.

I love CA's geography, scenery, and weather, lived there all my life until now. But after living there for over 50 years, the life we lived and loved no longer exists. Suburban sprawl has eaten most everything that was good about it. Small towns are still nice and fun, but the government, taxes, price of housing & utilities, traffic, gang violence, etc, drove us out. We love eastern TN and where we live, but for some the lifestyle change from city to rural might be an issue, so it's great that you love rural. You will find plenty of rural in eastern TN.
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Compared to CA, TN is humid in the summer. Is it as bad as FL, or other coastal areas? NO. Not at all. It takes some getting used to, but it is typically around 55% humidity in the hot afternoons of July and August, but temps usually top out at high 80's to low 90's in August. April, May, June are great, and the Fall is incredible. Winter, nighttime lows get down to the teens and a couple small snows (2-3 inches) per year. Usually the snow is melted by noon. Of course with polar vortexes, etc, anything can happen.

I love CA's geography, scenery, and weather, lived there all my life until now. But after living there for over 50 years, the life we lived and loved no longer exists. Suburban sprawl has eaten most everything that was good about it. Small towns are still nice and fun, but the government, taxes, price of housing & utilities, traffic, gang violence, etc, drove us out. We love eastern TN and where we live, but for some the lifestyle change from city to rural might be an issue, so it's great that you love rural. You will find plenty of rural in eastern TN.
I see where you are SW of Knoxville. Is the weather in Jonesborough/Johnson City not cooler in the summer?
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:44 PM
 
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I agree about the heat and humidity for someone from California, which is why I cringed at the North Carolina, Georgia thoughts. Coming from Maryland we ruled out NC, with the exception of Ashville, for this reason. This is why we have focused on NE Tennessee. Not sure I buy the thought that the lower the cost of living the less you want to live there. But then again I have not moved to TN, yet. But I do know the weather looks about perfect: lower heat/humidity in the summer, shorter less mile winters but still with a bit of snow which I like.

Interesting enough I was playing golf (I'm on vacation at the beach) with a guy from NY, an hour north of the city, who is contemplating a move to TN at retirement as well
We have a lot in Fairfield Glade on a 3 acre pond/lake that is maintained by a golf course for their irrigation. It is on the Cumberland Plateau. The weather there is moderate during the year because of the increased elevation.

Unfortunately, we are not moving there due to the rural nature of the area and are selling it. I can tell you that the area is beautiful and people are friendly. And the lot has a neighbor that moved there in 2012.
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I won't be retiring for several years but am always looking and researching. I live in Northern Va. which is expensive, has gotten crazy as time goes on for everything, and terribly expensive for a single person, which I am. Having said that, I am thinking of Staunton, Va. as a retirement place. Compared to NOVA it seems very affordable.

It's all relative.
We did several trips (3 or 4) to Harrisonburg and Staunton, VA several years ago, with a realtor showing us homes. We really liked that area. Staunton has a really nice downtown with a revitalization of the arts, and also a beautiful city park.

We went on from there to Charlottesville, and while charming in many ways and with a great senior center, that city didn't feel right for us. Too many students and downtown congestion (with students).

One place I'd like to see in VA is Abingdon. Perhaps next summer.
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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What made you choose PA and VA?

I might suggest a bit more south like NC, west to TN and south from there. I say this for taxes, mild winters, etc.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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hi everyone... I am on my trip and wanted to check in. I so appreciate everyone's response and conversation; I really do, it is so helpful.

I am concentrating this trip in Virginia. I got lost the first night as i discovered my GPS is on vacation somewhere else, and wont give me directions! so the first night after driving around for 5 hours.... I ended up at a hotel in New Jersey!! what a night.

I then went to the area around Lancaster PA, and went to some places I've been before, but as many of you know thats a tourist draw. I did get to a couple shops I wanted to, spent the night, but felt I really needed to explore Virginia.

I finally realized I had to turn my phone off and on and at least it is working and it has a map app, thank goodness.... (I've tried updating my GPS and it still wont work, keeps telling me everything is 184 miles from me.... any way, on with the trip news.

I found a Wegman's store that I'd heard reference to online, so that was a great store to experience !! wish there were more of them along my travels.

I went to Charlottesville, however I spent the night in Waynesboro; both very nice but more costly for housing than I can afford.

Made a quick drive to Dillwyn as it was real close from the turnoff to Farmville. I really liked Farmville, lots of land, green every where (well all I've seen is green since I arrived), but definitely Farmville has the feel of open space and land between everyone. I've seen a manufactured home I'd love to have.

I've driven to Lynchburg, because I feel I just need to explore as many areas as I can; so I'm meeting with a realtor to look around.

To answer the question about why someone from California would be looking in PA or VA is because a friend told me about a relocation specialist, that worked with information pertinent to me and so I felt a consultation would be good for me. So he was "spot-on" about many things about where I currently am and recommended the Virginia (and PA) areas I'm visiting.

Is anyone interested in further updates? I don't want to bore people.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I see where you are SW of Knoxville. Is the weather in Jonesborough/Johnson City not cooler in the summer?
I've never been to Johnson City, but after comparing the average temps (available right here via the City-Data home page) I see that it might be about 2-4 degrees cooler on average in the summer. Not enough to make much of a difference. Humidity is about the same also.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Is anyone interested in further updates? I don't want to bore people.
It's interesting to hear your impressions of Virginia as I match them with our impressions of the BR Mtns when we explored down almost to Abingdon including Wytheville (nice). Farmville would have been way too far in the middle of the state for us.

Now that we decided to stay put in WMass, we're taking another little trip up to Maine soon b/c that's where our car insists on taking us. LOL.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:57 AM
 
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We have a lot in Fairfield Glade on a 3 acre pond/lake that is maintained by a golf course for their irrigation. It is on the Cumberland Plateau. The weather there is moderate during the year because of the increased elevation.

Unfortunately, we are not moving there due to the rural nature of the area and are selling it. I can tell you that the area is beautiful and people are friendly. And the lot has a neighbor that moved there in 2012.

Question. My father purchased and sold a couple of properties at FFG over the years. he made money on one and lost on the other.

There is some guy who has been harassing him for years to join a lawsuit to get the money "he was defrauded." Is there any big litigation going on currently or is it someone who has too much time on his hand?
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