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Old 08-29-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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I live in MN (suburbs of Minneapolis) and have a landscape business here, and as soon as I get my business here to near perpetual, I would like to move down to the south and get another business (landscape) going down there as well. Are there any good small towns 10-15 miles from the more populated suburbs? I would like to live in the country as, (even though I live in the suburbs (that's where I grew up, I'm only 19 btw) I would want a property with acreage so I could run my business out of it and also be able to have a couple motocross tracks as well) I have some great friends that live in the country up here that are very close to the more populated suburbs (5 miles or less) and that seems ideal, they own businesses within the same industry and keeping equipment at your own house/property is much easier than getting a commercial shop.

And don't worry, my political beliefs definitely coincide with most in the south lol.
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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Any more details on your likes/dislikes? The south is a big area with differences in weather, people, activities, countryside and yes, even political beliefs.

Given what you've told us, you'll get a blue million answers...

I guess you can make it down here in landscaping--it seems everyone and their brother with a pickup and lawnmower is doing it--as well as some big outfits.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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I'd prefer to not have any snow to deal with as I've got more than enough up here in MN. I love the heat and humidity. I'd also prefer some hilly terrain but where I live is mostly flat and I can deal with it, if anything it makes landscaping easier, but for motocross the more hills the better, but when I do make enough, thats nothing a Front End Loader and a D6 Dozer knocking down a lot of trees and piling them up and covering with dirt can't solve lol.
I don't want to sound like a racist bigot but an area where there aren't a whole lot of african americans or really anything except whites is what would be ideal, not being racist at all! I'm just used to that here.

It's the same up here, everyone with a honda civic has a "landscape company" but they can have all the picky price shoppers that want their acre lawn cut for $15, I pick my customers and provide excellent service at a price where I can make a profit. Those guys mowing with their 22" outta a civic are doubtful to get commercial properties due to a lack of liability insurance.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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You might consider towns outside of Atlanta, we have a very long growing season here. We are at the foot of the Apalachian range so we are "hilly" in the northern suburbs.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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Are they relatively safe areas? Because I know the ATL isn't exactly the safest area in the country.
I have actually learned from other landscape contractors from a landscape contractor's forum that GA is near over saturation of contractors, this is only from what I have heard from them, of course they don't want more competition but there are a couple guys whose opinion I do trust, but for a guarantee I'd have to visit and research the area myself, only problem is finding the time to get down to areas I'd be interested in!
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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Check out middle Tennessee. It is rolling green hills. Gets hot and humid in the summer, little snow in the winter.

Lots of small towns within a short drive to Nashville for your big city stuff. Of course, the further from Nashville the cheaper property is. Some of the middle Tennessee counties have been hit hard economically so property is even cheaper--but that would probably knock down demand for landscaping services. Property tax is well below the national average and there is no state income tax.

You might try realtracs.com for middle TN properties for sale.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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Check out middle Tennessee. It is rolling green hills. Gets hot and humid in the summer, little snow in the winter.

Lots of small towns within a short drive to Nashville for your big city stuff. Of course, the further from Nashville the cheaper property is. Some of the middle Tennessee counties have been hit hard economically so property is even cheaper--but that would probably knock down demand for landscaping services. Property tax is well below the national average and there is no state income tax.

You might try realtracs.com for middle TN properties for sale.
You got me very interested with the low prop tax and no income tax.
Thanks for the insight!
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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You got me very interested with the low prop tax and no income tax.
Thanks for the insight!
You'll find that in general, the South has property taxes among the lowest in the nation. There is one county I know of in TN that has a reputation for high property taxes in the state--Williamson, just south of Nashville. But it's becoming less and less rural on just about a daily basis.

Alabama has very low property taxes as well, but they do have a state income tax.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:50 PM
 
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You'll find that in general, the South has property taxes among the lowest in the nation. There is one county I know of in TN that has a reputation for high property taxes in the state--Williamson, just south of Nashville. But it's becoming less and less rural on just about a daily basis.

Alabama has very low property taxes as well, but they do have a state income tax.
I'm sure AL's inc tax is nothing compared to MN's inc tax?


What are the more high end cities/areas in and around Nashville?
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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Most any of the communities immediately surrounding Nashville has some high end areas...there's more money in Nashville than a lot of people realize.

Not country Davidson County, which includes Nashville and one of the richest communities in the nation, Belle Meade (Al Gore's home, dontcha know), the ones that are generally high end are communities in Williamson County such as Franklin and Brentwood. I'm much more familiar with the southern and eastern side of Davidson County, so I can't really speak to the other sides. In general, greater Nashville spills over into the surrounding counties as well. Personally, for country living and cost of living, I'd get a little more separation between me and Nashville.

You could get much more specific answers about the broader middle Tennessee area and other parts of TN by posting your questions in the Tennessee forum.
Be aware that there are "three Tennessees" (thus the three stars on the state flag)--western, middle and eastern TN, each with their own geographic characteristics. Generally speaking, western TN is flat with Memphis as the main city; middle TN is hilly and gets hillier and higher the further east you go with Nashville the hub city; and eastern Tn is the hilliest and has actual mountains, with Knoxville as main city. Economically, Middle TN is generally the better off, and has been for some time, although each area has pockets of good and bad.
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