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Old 07-15-2019, 03:59 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I would give Watkinsville a look-see. It's a bedroom community just south of Athens and is served by Oconee County Schools, which have a very good reputation.

https://visitoconee.com/

https://www.oconeeschools.org/
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:04 AM
 
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I would give Watkinsville a look-see. It's a bedroom community just south of Athens and is served by Oconee County Schools, which have a very good reputation.

https://visitoconee.com/

https://www.oconeeschools.org/
It does look nice there, but still prefer being in the mountains or at least pretty close to them.
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:13 AM
 
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Varies from year to year as does the amount of "color" depending on the summer rainfall. Peak color usually occurs in way North Georgia (mountains) mid to end of October. It can still be pretty at Thanksgiving. As far as when we get leaves that too is different end of February to March but yet I've seen snow flurries in April. Two years ago we had a snowfall of a foot (although it didn't last at all)... this past winter, we got a dusting that lasted about two hours. The only weather you should base North Georgia on is rain. We are considered a temperate rainforest and believe it or not usually average more rain than Seattle. Although we also have a lot more sunshine than they do.
I googled the average annual rainfall for Blue Ridge. 60 inches. That’s about twice the amount in Seattle. I don’t mind rain. As long as there are plenty of sunny days. It says 204 sunny days. Thats perfect.

How mild or cold are the winters? Winter doesn’t last long either?
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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Winters in Metro Atlanta are basically mid December to mid March. Being further north and at a higher elevation, Blue Ridge winters would be a mite longer and colder. The North Georgia Mountains/ Valley and Ridge region also average more snow that Metro Atlanta's usual one or two occurrences a year. Last spring, I visited friends in Blue Ridge during Spring Break (first full week in April) My azaleas and tulips were in full bloom in Lake Spivey (Southside Atlanta suburb), but their azaleas had only buds and their forsythia (yellow bells) were in full bloom whereas mine had been past prime for two weeks. It kind of makes me think that they seem to be two weeks ahead behind us in the spring and their leaves seem to peak a couple of weeks earlier in the fall, so it must get cooler and have an earlier frost I would think. I hope this gives you a little better idea.
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