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Old 05-23-2017, 03:26 PM
 
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My husband and I are moving south for retirement, we were looking at Statesboro, GA. What kind of town is it and how friendly are the people. Just trying to find a friendly, safe place. Also considered Savannah, GA put they don't seem to have very many houses for rent. Can someone tell me about Statesboro. Thanks
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Old 05-23-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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You might get more replies if you post in the state of Georgia forum.
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Old 05-24-2017, 05:11 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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we were looking at Statesboro, GA.
Why?
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Also considered Savannah, GA .
Again, why?

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What kind of town is it and how friendly are the people.
Don't move anywhere, certainly don't buy there, without knowing these things personally.
That means spending time there.
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:04 AM
 
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Statesboro has grown up around GA Southern U, especially in the past few years. It now has more options for shopping and dining than it did 5 years ago, which is a plus. But the college can also add to lots of traffic and long waits for a table, especially when football games or large events are happening on campus.

Many of your fellow renters may/will be students, even in single family homes. That's something you should check out during the school year before signing any lease.
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Savannah, GA
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My husband and I are moving south for retirement, we were looking at Statesboro, GA. What kind of town is it and how friendly are the people. Just trying to find a friendly, safe place. Also considered Savannah, GA put they don't seem to have very many houses for rent. Can someone tell me about Statesboro. Thanks


Not personally familiar with GA (yet) but will be moving there this summer. Hence have done some research on rentals and there are a ton around Savannah area. Just type in homes for rent Savannah, GA and you have multiple options.
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Old 05-25-2017, 10:42 AM
 
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Savannah and Statesboro are two different towns and very different styles. Savannah is a tourist town with a varied selection of things to do to chose from. Statesboro is a smaller college town - think of your 'typical' college town.... Both are interesting - and both have pockets of not so nice areas - my BFF's daughter will be attending GSU for grad school in a few months and they struggled to find her a place to live that wasn't sketchy, or too fix-er upper.... Her dad is retired military and he worked extensively with the base locator services at Ft. Gordon and Ft Stewart and they both told him to be careful where he chose. They eventually found her a small house a little more rural than originally planned that they could buy for her - she's got 6-8 more years of schooling there and it made sense. She has a roomie that went to the same Univ. she did whose attending GSU too. Visit,and research. I can tell you from personal experience, Savannah is an expensive housing market and you'll want to be careful where you choose there.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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My husband and I are moving south for retirement, we were looking at Statesboro, GA. What kind of town is it and how friendly are the people. Just trying to find a friendly, safe place. Also considered Savannah, GA put they don't seem to have very many houses for rent. Can someone tell me about Statesboro. Thanks
I would recommend checking out the Brunswick, Woodbine and Kingsland areas in the Golden Isles section of coastal SE Georgia. It's much more affordable than the Savannah area, nowhere near as touristy and an easy 40 minute drive to the University of Florida Hospitals and Specialty Clinics in Jacksonville.

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Old 05-27-2017, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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One of the things I loved about Statesboro during the time I lived there (1989-~2001) was how you were never too far away from "country living". Drive five minutes from campus in any direction and you were in farmland. Every time I visit I am amazed at how things keep expanding and developing, but areas like Cypress Lakes (the country club/subdivision) still retain that wooded/rural charm. The GSU campus dominates the city of Statesboro, but five or ten minutes out of the city and you're in another world. Bulloch County still has smaller, village-type towns that are little more than wide spots in the road, but that's not a bad thing. One of my professors used to joke about the "thriving metropolis of Nevils," for example, and everyone knew the town of Brooklet for their Peanut Festival and their overzealous police department writing speeding tickets.

One of the fringe benefits of retiring to a college town, of course, is that after you reach a certain age you can attend college classes and events for free. Some of the best students in my classes were those seniors who went 'back to school'.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:43 PM
 
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I spent a work weekend in Statesboro for the first time a month ago. My brief first impression: Some very nice homes and properties just outside of town, the GSU campus is large, fairly nice looking, and expanding, and a lot of what I saw "in town" was really sketchy looking. The geography sort of seemed like a coastal plain, without the benefit of actually being on the water.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:04 PM
 
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Statesboro has a nice waterpark. It is an easy drive to Savannah. The University is expanding in Statesboro. You might have to make the drive to Savannah for more shopping options but Statesboro offers a nice daily qality of life. Home rentals will be much cheaper than Savannah
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