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Old 04-28-2007, 01:14 PM
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I am a New Yorker in the true sense of New York. I was born and raised in Queens and my husband is from Manhattan. We now live on Long Island. My brother and his wife live in Ladson. I loved it there. The houses are beautiful and affordable and the way of life there seems to be a little bit slower than New York. We don't have kids yet but plan on it in the future. It seems to be a great place to raise kids.

I have been considering moving to Ladson for awhile now, but of course I am afraid I won't like it.

My husband and I both have very good jobs in Long Island but it is such an expensive place to live!!!!

Any advice on schools, employment, etc. would be very helpful.

Thank you.
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Old 04-28-2007, 03:31 PM
Location: Summerville
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There was an article about Ladson in the paper not that long ago. It more or less referred to Ladson as not really being a town but more of an area. I tend to agree. Ladson to me is an area that was neglected for a long time but has recently been discovered. There are some okay areas and some areas that are a bit iffy. It is changing for the better slowly but surely as land out there is becoming more desirable and expensive. Growth is pushing out that way. I think in time it will become a desirable place to live if it continues to make a turnover.

Don't really have info about schools but I believe Ladson is in Charleston County. As far as employment, I'm not so sure there is very much there, it seems the businesses out there are mostly industrial.

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Old 04-29-2007, 07:25 AM
Location: Charleston, SC
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I would visit the entire area with a realtor for a few days and get a feel for it before you do anything.
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:20 PM
Location: SC
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For schools it all depends what part of Summerville/Ladson you move to. Dorchester County parts are Dorchester School District 2, Charleston County would be Charleston school district, have no clue which one. Dorch. Dist 2 schools would be the better choice, much better ranking in the state.
I moved here from NY over 15 yrs ago. Excellent suggestion by madman29 on spending time with a realtor. May I also suggest browsing the Charleston Post and Corier online at www.charleston.net.
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Old 04-29-2007, 11:03 PM
Location: Dover, NH
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Just got back from a "scouting" trip ourselves (*looking to move from NH next year)

We were really impressed with the Summerville area. Some beautiful areas, rehabbed downtown (has a downtown!), and what appear to be good schools. As we have two small children, schools are important.

Check out GreatSchools.net for good info for comparison purposes

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Old 04-30-2007, 05:40 PM
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Ladson is definitely alot different than NYC. We relocated here from Michigan about 1.5 years ago. We are in our early thirties and have no kids yet. We did not know a single soul down here, and we sold our house in MI and quit our jobs to start new here. We love the weather and there are so many fun things to do on the weekends. It is a different feel than the North, but very refreshing. If you are thinking of moving because you want a change of pace, I don't think you will be disappointed. I would recommend spending a weekend or two getting a feel for some of the areas around Charleston other than Ladson. We live in Summerville and really like it. Nothing against the Ladson area, but you need to find an area that suits your personalities the best. Overall, I have to say that moving to SC was a great decision and I can definitely shed more light on it for you if you are interest.
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:59 AM
Location: Mount Pleasant SC
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Ladson can be hit or miss.... Mostly miss. I would really focus on Summerville.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:23 AM
Location: Thompsons Station, TN
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My mother worked her entire educational career in Dorchester District 2 as a teacher, then a principal, and finishing out as a teacher again. She said it was the best time in her life and she enjoyed all the people she worked with, taught, and just met in general through school. Now that was in '99 when she retired, so if things stayed the same way, you won't find a bad school in the area...
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:25 PM
Location: Summerville
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I heard some news last week about Ladson and if this source is correct and I believe they are, then Ladson is going to see big changes. The new roads that are being created from Dorchester Road through to Ladson is going to create whole new dynamics out that way. I hear a Publix is coming too.
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:42 PM
Location: Charleston, SC area
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Default Ladson Not So "Iffy" Anymore...

I concur with scjj. I live in Ladson, South Carolina. My neighborhood is great. I have a HUGE home for the money. I live across the street from an Assistant Principal and a Teacher and their two lovely daughters...

My personal opinion is that because of the phenomenal growth surrounding Charleston, Ladson has become an excellent choice to settle. Charleston, SC is rated 4-5th popularity for travel and relocation. We all can't live in the City...or afford to live on Daniel Island. So, the logical place to dwell in in the "Burbs".

I recommend Ladson and here is why. Property value, taxes, convenience and amenities. I love Charleston. I have an office on East Bay Street downtown...however, the parking and traffic down there is maddening!

Over the years, the traffic in nearby Goose Creek and Summerville has become outrageous and the competition to get on the Interstate is fierce. Fierce, I tell you!

Ladson has easy, central access to I-26. Very close to Goose Creek and Summerville Malls and believe it or not, plenty of fun stuff to do. We have the same as everyone else: bowling, fun park, rifle range, restaurants, churches, business owners, the Flea Market, The Fairgrounds...

There is a little place on College Park Road that just opened up. "Lanie's Kitchen and Bakery". Blink, and you'll miss THE BEST, inexpensive, home cooking, cakes, pies and calzones to die for! Little things like that make Ladson special.

I like to think of Ladson, not as an area, rather, a community. It is not so "iffy" anymore. And, for real, there is no community on earth that doesn't have an "iffy" spot or two...some more than others.

I told a friend we moved out of "The Creek" and into Ladson...expecting to get an "ooohhh"...what I got was a "...boy, that was smart"! Hum?

All in all, no matter where you settle in life, let common sense prevail. As for me, I recommend Ladson. It's a smart choice for families.

There is a new community feature going live on the 4th of July called: http://www.ladsononline.com. It will be filled with local business ads, stories and etc...even a Yard of the Month. That tells me we are growing as a community...and getting away from being an "iffy area".

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