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Old 12-08-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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My husband's job is going to be relocated to Salisbury in a year and we're most likely going to be moving to the area. My husband goes there for work a few times a year and doesn't think I'll like it there (I've never been to NC at all) but I am antsy for a change and I hate hate HATE the cold so I'm pretty excited about the idea of moving there. I have a few questions if anyone familiar with that area would be able to enlighten me-

I'm 25 and he's 32- we don't have kids and don't plan on having any for several years. Is this area fun for people our age? We just moved away from another city in Maine that was just awful, I called it Babytown USA, everything was centered around stay at home moms and children, nothing was open past 9 (even on the weekends), and there were no activities for people without kids. It was just miserable not being able to meet anyone and make friends. Are there things to do, restaurants/bars open at least until midnight, or is this just a bedroom community?

Is it possible to be vegetarian there? My hub says when he went out for work dinners there were no vegetarian options, but I think they bring him to the same 2 or 3 restaurants every time he goes there.

No offense, but how is everything so cheap there? Does everyone live like kings or is Maine just terrible compared to other states? We just bought a house in our new town (we didn't know his job would soon be relocating!) for $160,000 its 1200sq ft with one tiny bathroom, three tiny bedrooms (very little closet space), and .10 acres of land. Plus on top of our mortgage we pay 400 bucks a month for oil. When I look at houses in the Salisbury area there are TONS of houses under 50,000 that are bigger, nicer, on more land, have 2 car garages, fireplaces, ect... What gives? Are people actually living comfortably there, or is there some other expense or hardship that I don't know about? Is this not a desirable place to live in or something?


Thanks for any help! (so jealous of you for being 20-30 degrees warmer than me right now!)
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:13 AM
 
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My husband's job is going to be relocated to Salisbury in a year and we're most likely going to be moving to the area. My husband goes there for work a few times a year and doesn't think I'll like it there (I've never been to NC at all) but I am antsy for a change and I hate hate HATE the cold so I'm pretty excited about the idea of moving there. I have a few questions if anyone familiar with that area would be able to enlighten me-

I'm 25 and he's 32- we don't have kids and don't plan on having any for several years. Is this area fun for people our age? We just moved away from another city in Maine that was just awful, I called it Babytown USA, everything was centered around stay at home moms and children, nothing was open past 9 (even on the weekends), and there were no activities for people without kids. It was just miserable not being able to meet anyone and make friends. Are there things to do, restaurants/bars open at least until midnight, or is this just a bedroom community?

Is it possible to be vegetarian there? My hub says when he went out for work dinners there were no vegetarian options, but I think they bring him to the same 2 or 3 restaurants every time he goes there.

No offense, but how is everything so cheap there? Does everyone live like kings or is Maine just terrible compared to other states? We just bought a house in our new town (we didn't know his job would soon be relocating!) for $160,000 its 1200sq ft with one tiny bathroom, three tiny bedrooms (very little closet space), and .10 acres of land. Plus on top of our mortgage we pay 400 bucks a month for oil. When I look at houses in the Salisbury area there are TONS of houses under 50,000 that are bigger, nicer, on more land, have 2 car garages, fireplaces, ect... What gives? Are people actually living comfortably there, or is there some other expense or hardship that I don't know about? Is this not a desirable place to live in or something?


Thanks for any help! (so jealous of you for being 20-30 degrees warmer than me right now!)
Salisbury has a college, so your husband should look around town. You might want to look at Mooresville, but you also might want to ask on the Triad board.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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My husband's job is going to be relocated to Salisbury in a year and we're most likely going to be moving to the area. My husband goes there for work a few times a year and doesn't think I'll like it there (I've never been to NC at all) but I am antsy for a change and I hate hate HATE the cold so I'm pretty excited about the idea of moving there. I have a few questions if anyone familiar with that area would be able to enlighten me-

I'm 25 and he's 32- we don't have kids and don't plan on having any for several years. Is this area fun for people our age? We just moved away from another city in Maine that was just awful, I called it Babytown USA, everything was centered around stay at home moms and children, nothing was open past 9 (even on the weekends), and there were no activities for people without kids. It was just miserable not being able to meet anyone and make friends. Are there things to do, restaurants/bars open at least until midnight, or is this just a bedroom community?

Is it possible to be vegetarian there? My hub says when he went out for work dinners there were no vegetarian options, but I think they bring him to the same 2 or 3 restaurants every time he goes there.

No offense, but how is everything so cheap there? Does everyone live like kings or is Maine just terrible compared to other states? We just bought a house in our new town (we didn't know his job would soon be relocating!) for $160,000 its 1200sq ft with one tiny bathroom, three tiny bedrooms (very little closet space), and .10 acres of land. Plus on top of our mortgage we pay 400 bucks a month for oil. When I look at houses in the Salisbury area there are TONS of houses under 50,000 that are bigger, nicer, on more land, have 2 car garages, fireplaces, ect... What gives? Are people actually living comfortably there, or is there some other expense or hardship that I don't know about? Is this not a desirable place to live in or something?


Thanks for any help! (so jealous of you for being 20-30 degrees warmer than me right now!)
Bless your heart.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Lived in Salisbury for 8 years. There is nothing to do for adults..unless you like 4 wheeling, fishing and hanging out around bond fires in your neighbors backyard. I would suggest Mooresville or Charlotte and commute to Salisbury for work.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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Salisbury is a cute town and home prices are cheap with big yards because that is the way older homes use to be. Big houses with big yards, heck you don't have to pay more for a brick home or be restricted with an HOA.

For restaurants I dont know the few they have taken you to but I highly recommend Sweet Meadow Cafe, located downtown, they usually have a vegan option to choose from their daily menu which changes each day. You can view it here https://www.facebook.com/SweetMeadowCafe.

Your host must not the city, if they take you to places that there is absolutely no vegan option. Salty Caper has vegan pizza, heck there is vegan options at Cracker Barrel.

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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Thanks for all the replies and messages! I guess we will just have to set some time aside and go for a few visits to get an idea of all the surrounding areas. I'm especially glad to know there's veggie friendly restaurants, thanks SunnyKayak! Someone mentioned in a message that closer to highway 85 is not as safe, does anyone know if the neighborhoods around the colleges are safe? I think they are Livingstone and Catawaba.

I am fine with fishing and sitting around the bonfire with neighbors- its just a matter of being able to meet them! There were no options to meet anyone in the kid-centered town we just moved from (it would be pretty weird/creepy to go to the various 'kiddie karnivals' or 'children's concerts in the park' with no child). I'm not looking for a place with a wild night life, but it would be nice to go out for dinner and drinks every now and then and not be pushed out the door at 8:45pm.

And plenty of people four wheel in Maine- but our home-related bills are so high that we can't afford to buy one! I do love to ride my bike though, during the 4 months a year when it is warm enough to use it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:54 PM
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Salisbury is a typical small southern town. Most entertaining is done in homes where friendships are closer. Not much of a bar scene.. Not like the north. Coming from Maine you will be a bit of a novelty for awhile. Take advantages of early meet and greet opportunities. One thing northerners have trouble dealing with is that in the south "good" areas are often quite adjacent to "bad" areas. There is not a "side of town" thing.

West of Salisbury (west Rowan), the area around the hospital, some areas west of South Main Street, and near the country club wii be good.

The huge advantage to Salisburty is that you are close to both Charlotte and Greensboro , Winston Salem.

Good luck.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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Based on your description, Salisbury might not be a good fit. Mooresville might be slighly better but the community is still very family friendly and does not have much of a nightlife apart from a few bars and restaurants that are open later. Mooresville would be approx. 30 minutes depending on which side.
Something like the area around Birkdale (Huntersville) might be more appealing to you but that could give your husband at least a 45 minute commute. If you are comfortable with that distance, I would probably look towards some other options (Winston Salem, Greensboro, etc) that would give you a bigger city feel rather than just a suburb or a smaller town. I am sure someone can assist and give you details about those areas as well.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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Salisbury can be a good fit for anyone, it's disappointing how people peg it as one type of place but they don't live here do they? Yes, the originals here hang with the originals, meh...boring crowd. But there is a big group from elsewhere, amd there is lots of comeraderie. Same kind of exclusion could be found in any number of bigger communities. My guess is that Food Lion is the reason for relocation. Before buying a house, check out the neighborhoods, the same would be true in any medium sized city. Our neighborhood is prized by locals, but occupied by outsiders and we have a fun community. If you are disappointed then Charlotte is only 45 min away.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:22 AM
 
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i would recommend mooresville based on what you are looking for.
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