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Old 05-09-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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forget naples to pricey now
I've been to Naples, FL -- beautiful. BUT it's filled with cranky old rich people and snowbirds. Check it out first.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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Forget NC, SC is now the hot spot.
We considered South Carolina for a long time -- Greenville, Sun City Carolina Lakes, Summerville, etc. Trouble is it is SO conservative politically and religiously (and sometimes vocally). They are one of 2 states that chose Newt Gringrich! I live in the other one (GA) and there are lots of extremely conservative people here. I'd love to live someplace where people are middle of the road and tolerant of other people's views. Of course, if you move to a 55+, you will have a mix of people from many states, mainly northeasterners (in the SE 55+) from what I've been able to surmise. Sales people at 55+ won't give you the real scoop on the average age or where people are from. They say people are from "all over" and always say the "average age is 62."

South Carolina does have a much better tax structure for retirees than NC. GA is not bad tax-wise either and there's lakes, mountains, and the city of Atlanta for culture. Just not my kind of folks.

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:45 PM
 
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If it's significantly warmer winters you're after, imo go all the way to South Georgia or Florida. NC has deciduous trees and to me it looks like New England in winter, plus a few degrees. At least in New England we typically do not get ice storms. I was in Raleigh/Carey in the summer and nearly fainted from the heat (more so in Greenville SC). If you can take the heat there, you can probably take it in Florida, and gain better winters.
We love visiting Greenville, SC. It's such a quaint, unique town with its waterfall and lovely park at the end of Main Street. However, it is horrible for anyone with allergies--beware!
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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Love both myself, my profile pic was taken at Ocracoke. I live-semi coastal NC (Greenville, NC) I lived a year and 8 months ago. To me the beach areas I visited in the OBX are aesthetically more interesting than where I am now, even though the beach here was, but, I wouldn't switch areas for many other reasons. Presently I live in SWFL the beaches are fanatastic and love many things about this location; especially that I get to enjoy splashing about in the ocean more often due to lengthier warm seasons. For me this area of SWF is an all around better choice.
What is your opinion on the cost of living between the NC and Fla.?
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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We love visiting Greenville, SC. It's such a quaint, unique town with its waterfall and lovely park at the end of Main Street. However, it is horrible for anyone with allergies--beware!
Never been to Greenville SC, would like to know more!

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Old 05-10-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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What is your opinion on the cost of living between the NC and Fla.?
Very similar for most everything I've come across, groceries, utilities, clothing. I rent, so you'll have to ask someone else on the home owner taxes and such. Rents are higher here in FL, at least in SWF.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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Reasons I left to move back to Fl A nearly two hour drive to get to a nice beach and see pics below.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:07 PM
 
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Never been to Greenville SC, would like to know more!
I'd like to go back there in the fall and partake of the amenities without the heat and humidity. It has a wonderful art museum, where I took refuge from the outdoor heat. And lots of arts & cultural activities. It's also close enough to Asheville that you could enjoy both states easily.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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What is your opinion on the cost of living between the NC and Fla.?
Both are very large states with all kinds of communities that cost different amounts. About the only thing I could say in general is that the most expensive parts of Florida (like Palm Beach) are more expensive than anything you'll find in NC. Robyn
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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Default Greenville Site on City-Data

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Never been to Greenville SC, would like to know more!
You can learn a lot about Greenville on the city-data. The town has Furman Univ. and Bob Jones Univ., which has a wonderful art museum (fabulous, although religious, art). The restaurants are very good. The downtown is small but adorable, but the west side of it a bit rough. The have "Fall for Greenville" in Oct., I think. Food booths along Main St. and live music. Much info on-line and they will send you a book about the area. Simpsonville is one of the main suburbs. Lots of chains and all the needed shopping.

People are very conservative and I hear Bob Jones U. has prevented some venue from coming to town because they feel they were inappropriate. Big, conservative churches. It's in the "upstate" not too far from Clemson Univ. Great place to visit.
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