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Old 10-24-2010, 05:26 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

My husband and I just got married a year ago, we currently live in California but we would like to move somewhere more relaxed I could say. We are considering the state of Alabama. We are in our early 30's and will start to plan a family. We like where people are nice and there is a lot of nature. Our budget to buy a home is 250k-300. I want somewhere with good schools and basically a peacefull town/city. I would like to get a horse so somewhere you can buy a nice modern home with a nice big backyard maybe 1/2 an acre at least and 1 acre max.
I am in the financial industry so I would look for a job at a credit union and he will bring his electronics business over there.

Now you guys know a little bit about us and what is on our wish list. Can you please suggest places that might fit these. Thank you so much.
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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A half acre to an acre lot with house and stable is not enough open land for a horse to pasture and exercise. It can be done with harvested forage and lots of exercise, but two acres of open pasture (not including buildings) is recommended. Note that you can get a couple of acres plus a house within your budget in Alabama.

However, you have conflicting desirements: land versus schools. Many rural / exurban school systems are not as 'good' as the urban / suburban school systems. Arab Alabama is an exception - it's Racking Horse (derived from the Tennessee Walking Horse) country with good schools and located fairly close to Huntsville (which has RFCU and several smaller credit unions). Depending on what you mean by 'electronics business' (retail? R&D? manufacturing? tinning?) it could be a good fit for your husband.

Relaxed, nice, nature, peaceful? Absolutely.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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A half acre to an acre lot with house and stable is not enough open land for a horse to pasture and exercise. It can be done with harvested forage and lots of exercise, but two acres of open pasture (not including buildings) is recommended. Note that you can get a couple of acres plus a house within your budget in Alabama.

However, you have conflicting desirements: land versus schools. Many rural / exurban school systems are not as 'good' as the urban / suburban school systems. Arab Alabama is an exception - it's Racking Horse (derived from the Tennessee Walking Horse) country with good schools and located fairly close to Huntsville (which has RFCU and several smaller credit unions). Depending on what you mean by 'electronics business' (retail? R&D? manufacturing? tinning?) it could be a good fit for your husband.

Relaxed, nice, nature, peaceful? Absolutely.
Been a resident of Alabama for about 4 years (Birmingham). I've never been to Huntsville but have read and heard great things about it. It makes a lot of those "top 10" lists as an affordable and good place to live. It is probably the most economically healthy and dynamic city in the state. I think living near there (with the ability to commute to jobs there) would be something seriously to consider.

I can tell you that your budget will buy you so much more in Alabama than you could ever dream of having in California or other expensive places. I moved here from the Washington, D.C. area, and was amazed at how much housing I could get here for my money.

Best of luck in whatever you decide.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:44 PM
 
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But having a big house is not everything, anyone who moves to Alabama has to accept the fact that this is a conservative (red) Southern state. You don't need to be religious to live here (I'm not), but if seeing a church every few miles gets on your nerves you won't like it here for long.

I've seen many people on these forums say they moved somewhere because of the cheap cost of living, only to complain about everything (lack of services, accents, too slow, too religious) once they got there.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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Thank you for the great information. please excuse my ignorance but what do you mean (Tennessee Walking horse??

thanks
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Thank you for the great information. please excuse my ignorance but what do you mean (Tennessee Walking horse??

thanks
Tennessee Walkers are popular across the South, they kinda trot along.
Tennessee Walking Horse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


this one "walks" a little more than most ,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kokt...eature=related
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:14 AM
 
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Tennessee Walking Horses are known for their comfortable ride and their "Running Walk" gait. Walking Horse country is centered around Shelbyville TN (about an hour north of HSV); the Racking Horse Association is in Decatur AL (30 mins west of HSV).

Tennessee Walking Horse

Be sure to note southernnaturelover's comment. IIRC we are 49th in taxes (or 2nd as I prefer to think about it - we're trying for #1). Search for 'zenjenn' to see comments from a Californian who moved to Huntsville (and loves it).

//www.city-data.com/forum/searc...rchid=24860758

Keep in mind there are other areas of the State that may meet your requirements - maybe someone will offer up more suggestions...
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:30 AM
 
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lack of services, accents, too slow, too religious
Yeah, but anyone who complains (in seriousness, not sarcasm or light-hearted jest) about is just a close-minded dick. The others are about preferences.
I am curious what the electronic business is. Does it require employees or a local customer base? In which case, choose carefully.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:33 PM
 
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It really depends on what you like to do for entertainment. S. AL is close to the gulf and Mobile Bay if you like the water. If you like mountains (hills really) then N. AL would be more to your liking. There are also several large lakes nearby. It is colder in N. AL too. It is hot during the summer too.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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Its a computer fixing business but over the years he has added many things. He also now sells cell phone/ipod/iphone accessories,fixes them as well.
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