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Old 03-28-2007, 06:41 AM
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To those ACTIVE ADULTS that have made the move to the Carolinas, what was it that you were looking for and did you get what you wanted?

My Wife & I moved to FL 15 years ago from Ohio.
We will retire soon. Because of the Hurricanes, taxes & Insurance problems, we are ready for the Carolinas. We sold our home and are renting.
We are looking for a community of Active Adults. Whether it is a 55+ or not does not matter to us. A community with lots of retirees is fine.
We golf, bowl and travel. Home budget is $300,000
I have done a lot of research on the area, would like the following info:

What is your situation?
Why did you move to the Carolinas?
Are you happy with your choice of community?
Would you recommend it? What community is it?

Thanks for any input.

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Old 03-28-2007, 12:12 PM
Location: Prospect, KY
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They have hurricanes in the Carolinas - Hurricane Isabel comes to mind - terrible damage...maybe not as bad as Florida, but still pretty bad....unless you are thinking of moving to the western part of one of those states.
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Old 03-28-2007, 12:35 PM
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Yes I am aware of hurricanes in the Carolinas, thanks.
I plan on being at least 100 miles from the coast. I was 2 miles from the coast when Catagory 4 Hurricane Charlie hit Florida.
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:02 PM
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Hi jimboy, have you heard of Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach? It's at the top of Florida, just before GA. It is the most westerly point on the eastern seaboard, literally right under Pittsburgh on a map. It hasn't been hit with a bad hurricaine in 107 years, it's cooler than the rest of Florida, and it's still (as of yet) underdeveloped for a resort island. If you are more comfortable, you can live right off-island and for $300K, you can get a lovely home. The Carolinas have their unique wonderful attributes, but it's not necessary to leave Florida to experience more moderate temperatures and home costs, and feel safe from impending storms. We were driving up Florida's coast last summer during Ernesto. We stayed in Boca Raton for a week, put on/off the hurricaine shutters then drove up (through rain/wind//flooding) to Amelia Island, where we met misty, breezy weather. My thoughts only...good luck!
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:28 AM
Location: a nation with hope
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We bought a second home (for retirement) in the Raleigh NC area, some 2.5 hrs inland. We researched for a couple years before settling on this area and so far we think we will like it. We're close to shopping, restaurants, excellent medical care. Yes, it's less snow, but it's more icing that melts quickly so we can live with that. Food prices seem to be higher, but other costs are the same or slightly lower (not significant). Property taxes are greatly lower! about a 1/3 of what we pay up north. How long that will stay that way is anybody's guess, as the influx of people will also result in demand more services. We love the longer spring-summer-fall and shorter winters. Good weather for being active, and lots to do in this area!
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