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Old 08-30-2014, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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We recently spent some time in coastal GA (St Simon's, Brunswick, St Mary's area). We loved the place and we got kind of excited about the prospect of spending at least part of the year there after retirement. That is still some years off, but we are looking for an area that is both beautiful and affordable, but that has lots of opportunity for year round outdoor fun.

Do any of you have experience living there during the off season (non tourist-y) months? How is the weather in winter, do hurricaines cause problems there, is it an area that has access to some decent medical centers, etc? We would appreciate some insight from people who have experience here.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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We recently spent some time in coastal GA (St Simon's, Brunswick, St Mary's area). We loved the place and we got kind of excited about the prospect of spending at least part of the year there after retirement. That is still some years off, but we are looking for an area that is both beautiful and affordable, but that has lots of opportunity for year round outdoor fun.

Do any of you have experience living there during the off season (non tourist-y) months? How is the weather in winter, do hurricaines cause problems there, is it an area that has access to some decent medical centers, etc? We would appreciate some insight from people who have experience here.
You're looking at Saint Simon's Island and not Brunswick.

About the best climate in all of Georgia. December, January and February are a little chilly but it hardly ever freezes.

March, April, May, September, October and November has beautiful weather but June, July and August can be hellishly hot. It is south Georgia after all.

But they do a great job of bug control, very few biting or stinging insects. Lots to do and see on the island with some very good restaurants around.

As far as I know has never suffered a direct hit by a hurricane, I am told it has to do with the way the land curves in but I don't know how plausible that is.

South side of the island the homes can get pretty expensive but north side is very nice and much more reasonable.

Travel three miles father east and you are in Sea Island, Georgia which might come as a surprise to learn is the third richest zip code in the United states.

A little dated but according to Forbes The Most Expensive ZIP Codes

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This partially explains why the most expensive ZIP code on our list includes Jupiter Island, Fla., where the median home price came in at $5.6 million. Jupiter Island, which is a winter escape for some of the U.S.ís oldest and richest families, isnít the only island: the ZIP which includes the five-mile-long enclave of Sea Island, Ga., also meets the requirement for the most expensive ZIP codes, thanks in part to its natural beauty, Addison Mizner-designed buildings and famous golf links.
One of my favorites restaurants is a place in Brunswick called "Maggie Mae's" which is sort of a hole in the wall but has the best Brunswick Stew you could ever have. If you like Brunswick stew you gotta try it if you are ever near. Great on a chilly January day. Caution: you will not be impressed when you drive up but it is worth it.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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Thank you, Nicet4....it sort of confirms what we saw down there. Brunswick was not our main focus...we liked St simon's. Definately will warrent another visit.
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:53 PM
 
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Thank you, Nicet4....it sort of confirms what we saw down there. Brunswick was not our main focus...we liked St Simon's. Definitely will warrant another visit.
Very nice area of the country and as far as friendly to retirees Georgia is one of the friendliest states. All retirement income to $65k is exempt from state taxes. Might even be higher than $65k but I know it is at least that for a couple.

Property taxes also very low.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:19 AM
 
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A friend of mine is considering a retirement move to Georgia, a state I know nothing about. Are there areas of the state that are NOT hellishly hot in summer?
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:30 AM
 
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A friend of mine is considering a retirement move to Georgia, a state I know nothing about. Are there areas of the state that are NOT hellishly hot in summer?
Yes. In the far north, near the border of Tennessee, the area is at a slightly higher elevation which moderates the summer temperatures. My cousin claims the highest temperature in the eight years he has lived there is about 85 degrees. In the winter there is snow, but only a few times a year and it does not stick long. It is a wonderful four-season climate - by that I mean winter and summer are both mild. The specific town near which I have spent a few days on two different occasions is Blue Ridge, Georgia. Real estate prices are still somewhat depressed there since the 2008 crash, so bargains should be available. But we are talking rural living.

Atlanta is only a hundred or so miles away if one wants museums, etc.
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:47 PM
 
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Yes. In the far north, near the border of Tennessee, the area is at a slightly higher elevation which moderates the summer temperatures. My cousin claims the highest temperature in the eight years he has lived there is about 85 degrees. In the winter there is snow, but only a few times a year and it does not stick long. It is a wonderful four-season climate - by that I mean winter and summer are both mild. The specific town near which I have spent a few days on two different occasions is Blue Ridge, Georgia. Real estate prices are still somewhat depressed there since the 2008 crash, so bargains should be available. But we are talking rural living.

Atlanta is only a hundred or so miles away if one wants museums, etc.
I am thinking about relocating to Blue Ridge.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:52 AM
 
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Yes. In the far north, near the border of Tennessee, the area is at a slightly higher elevation which moderates the summer temperatures. My cousin claims the highest temperature in the eight years he has lived there is about 85 degrees. In the winter there is snow, but only a few times a year and it does not stick long. It is a wonderful four-season climate - by that I mean winter and summer are both mild. The specific town near which I have spent a few days on two different occasions is Blue Ridge, Georgia. Real estate prices are still somewhat depressed there since the 2008 crash, so bargains should be available. But we are talking rural living.

Atlanta is only a hundred or so miles away if one wants museums, etc.
Helpful info. thanks.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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I am thinking about relocating to Blue Ridge.
Really and what part and why?
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:00 AM
 
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Very nice area of the country and as far as friendly to retirees Georgia is one of the friendliest states. All retirement income to $65k is exempt from state taxes. Might even be higher than $65k but I know it is at least that for a couple.

Property taxes also very low.
Actually it could be higher than that. This is non earned income.


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