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Old 01-17-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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Default Advice for relocating to SC

I currently live in MI and have a job offer in Charleston. We went down to visit 2 weeks ago and found the area very run down, a bit scary and very few homes with pools. The realtor said pools are not common in the area and that we were looking in Ladson, where the job is, and that area is a bit run down.

I had a job offer a few years ago in Columbia but I turned it down. I loved the area, homes were good price, lots of pools and an amazing realtor who made it feel like home.

Now I have to decide if I should take the Charleston job or turn it down and seek one in Columbia. I don't mind driving about 40 miles or so but I want some land. I hate cookie cutter homes in sub divisions. I want an inground pool as well.

Thoughts on the 2 areas? Thoughts on where we should be looking and better yet where we should avoid?

Thanks
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:45 PM
 
Location: The South
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I don't know much about Ladson but Columbia has some beautiful areas. Why worry about whether a house has a pool. Find the house you like and put in a pool.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:48 AM
 
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More info would help. Is the job in Ladson? Charleston? North Charleston? I have live in Summerville most of my life. Ladson doesn't offer much its not really a town/city just an area. Are you looking for a nice subdivision with large lots? Or acres of land?
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Donna,
I love your post.
Very few pools.
I really need that laugh! Thank you.
You will find what you want. I would lean towards Columbia, but that is just me.
You will find a beautiful home with a pool and enjoy it this summer.
LOL!
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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As another poster said, why not buy the house you really like and add a pool whenever you can? Honestly, even if you can't afford a pool straight away, you will survive without it! There are plenty of beaches in the area, OK it's not the same but it can do the trick for a while!
Good luck in finding your new place!
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Ladson isn't the nicest area. There are better areas. I would check out Summerville, some of North Charleston. What is your price range? Pools are not in as many yards here. Most neighborhoods have a community pool or you could add one later (as mentioned).
Have your Realtor show you/tour you through other areas. They should of done that during your last visit. I always tour my clients around the areas. Even if your job is in Ladson nothing is more than 30 minutes commute in our tri-copunty area.

Columbia is nice but there are bad areas there too. Make sure you find a Realtor that knows the area.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
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Pools aren't as prevalent down here as they are up north. I was kind of surprised as well. Many of the areas, however, have community pools if you're lucky enough to find a home for sale there. Also, since we are close to the ocean, people just go there instead.

I wouldn't worry about a pool at this point since there are many optional ways to cool off during the summer. Like I said, you can look for a home in a neighborhood that has a community one, if you so desire. Then you won't have to worry about the higher home owner's insurance, either!
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:12 AM
 
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Look in surrounding areas if the job is in Ladson, try Summerville, Goosecreek, North Charleston area off Dorchester Rd in the Wescott Plantation area. Travel won't be an issue if your coming from the Westcott Plantation area to Ladson because you'll be going against traffic up Dorchester Rd. There are pools if you look hard enough or subdivisions with community pools which many prefer because they don't have to upkeep. Even if not, you can always have one put in if that is your desire. If your looking for less cookie cutter look in Summerville and ask a realtor to show you houses not in subdivisions.

I don't know why people are telling you to look in Columbia, that's no where near Ladson where the job is.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, Nazi Jerky
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OP,
In your place I'd concentrate on finding a nice house in a good area with the potential for installing your own pool. Otherwise you may be restricting yourself unnecessarily.
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