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Old 10-29-2019, 04:48 AM
 
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One more thing, some areas of GA can get tornadoes. The areas you mention you may want to ask around to the locals or look online for counties that get tornado activity. Also near the coast you can get hurricanes coming thru. The Atlantic coast is very very different than the Pacific Coast. I understand the cost of living is less here in retirement but there is so many factors to weigh as moving from one coast to the other is a huge move. CA is very different than GA I would visit in the wintertime and again in the hottest part of the summer and spend some time to see if it is something that you could tolerate. It sounds like you want to live near the Coast have you looked at OR or WA state? The coast there is rockier and colder at times but it is very beautiful and there is a lot of CA transplants up that way that truly love it. Plus there is a lot of beautiful farmland there too. A lot rainier that CA but you won't have the humidity that you get in GA.
I’ve lived in both OR and GA. I would take 3 months of humidity over months of the depressing gray skies of OR and WA any day. I recall one February where I saw the sun exactly once the whole month.

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Old 10-29-2019, 03:48 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,

My husband and I are thinking of moving to Georgia when we retire in 5 years. We are done with California and want a slower pace. We love the beach so being an hour or so away is pretty awesome.

Someone recommended Claxton to buy acreage. We want to have a small farm. What do you think of Claxton? Are there other cities east of Claxton that you recommend?
She also mentioned Statesboro. ?


Any advice would be extremely helpful for us. We are going to visit GA in a few weeks to see things for ourselves.

DON'T BUY - RENT FIRST


Renters can move if they don't get along with their neighbors. You can't exactly move a house, unless it's an RV.


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Claxton and Statesboro are at least 90 min from any beach. The closest is Tybee Island. Claxton is known for it's fruitcake, Statesboro for it's university.
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Old 10-29-2019, 03:49 PM
 
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We are used to getting charged crazy amounts for EVERYTHING! Our cities sales tax is 10/25% !!!

Thank you for all of the info! ( :

No CARB here. About the only place you'll find emissions are the collar counties around Atlanta. License plates are $20/yr
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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Like you, I am a native Californian. I retired in 2017 and spent 3 months testing out Georgia as a possible retirement home. It was most definitely NOT a fit for me, primarily because of the truly horrific humidity. I hope you have spent time in GA in the summer so you will experience first hand what I'm talking about. The traffic is also California-like all around Atlanta. Southern GA is still nice and has that wonderful Southern feel which many outsiders usually love.

Georgia has some wonderful aspects to it, but as a Californian, you will deal with significant culture shock and humidity which is beyond belief.
I think the culture shock as well as how bad the humidity and heat is depends on what part of California the op is from. The summer is hot, but from Atlanta on north it’s tolerable imho. I lived in the Bay Area all my life. I’ve been here for 4 years now and like it. I return to California fairly often and the more I do, the more convinced I will not move back.
As far as culture I thought I might have a hard time, but I feel like almost nothing has changed in my lifestyle from California. More businesses are closed on Sunday than in California, but that’s about it.
The only reservation I have is the op wants a farm and if that means working outside all summer in the sun, that would be brutal. If it’s just normal life, the weather isn’t that big of a deal. I talk to people in Ca and many say it’s too hot to go outside so really is ga summer that much worse?
I have found people here to be very friendly and happy which makes me feel good every day.
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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No CARB here. About the only place you'll find emissions are the collar counties around Atlanta. License plates are $20/yr
Yep, my registration was 80 bucks versus the 1800 it probably would have been in California.
When I left California I was paying 9.75 percent sales tax.
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Old 11-11-2019, 08:41 AM
 
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No CARB here. About the only place you'll find emissions are the collar counties around Atlanta. License plates are $20/yr
And only for gasoline vehicles. No emissions checks for diesel or other "alternative fuel" vehicles.
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Old 11-14-2019, 07:22 AM
 
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Be prepared to not bring the CA mentality to GA. Just be courteous, respectful and kind to others and you will be fine. Be prepared for humidity and bugs and other wildlife you probably haven't experienced in CA. You might want to make several visits before you decide and visit all the areas you are interested in. Spend a few weeks in each area or longer if you can. CA has near perfect weather so anywhere else will be an adjustment. Most CA folks who move into GA arrive with a generous retirement so maybe you are fortunate enough to look into the higher dollar areas of the state. Good luck to you
I'm curious why do you assume people from California, or any other state, for that matter are not courteous, respectful and kind? I've lived in George for 5 1/2 years, visited California and many other states. Rare is it that I come across the obnoxious. I will say some cities like NYC, Boston, and Philly have a higher ratio (no lol, "bless your heart") but that may be a function of fast paced, tight living conditions and frigid conditions. Get away from there and people can let their hair down. Even then, many a NYer were alright. I don't assume people are rough around the edges. I give them the benefit of the doubt they are alright until proven otherwise .
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:42 AM
 
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I'm curious why do you assume people from California, or any other state, for that matter are not courteous, respectful and kind? I've lived in George for 5 1/2 years, visited California and many other states. Rare is it that I come across the obnoxious. I will say some cities like NYC, Boston, and Philly have a higher ratio (no lol, "bless your heart") but that may be a function of fast paced, tight living conditions and frigid conditions. Get away from there and people can let their hair down. Even then, many a NYer were alright. I don't assume people are rough around the edges. I give them the benefit of the doubt they are alright until proven otherwise .
My experience (having lived quite a few years in the NE) is that people in general have a brusque shell and become very warm once you get to know them and break through that shell. Some of my best friends are NY'ers and once you're a friend you're one for life.

My wife's experience (having lived quite a few years in Southern California) is that people in general there are me-me-me focused, superficial, pleasant but there's no depth to it. Very transient.

Our collective perception of the Atlanta metro area in Georgia is that people seem more genuinely and outwardly pleasant but it takes some time to build a bond. This goes for both transplants as well as long-time natives.

No matter wherever I travel I always try and be pleasant, respectful and kind. If I don't get the same in return I just shrug it off.
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Old 11-30-2019, 06:42 AM
 
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Heck I'm just going to go ahead and say it : ‘We don't want no Outsiders who want to change Georgia!'
If you're a quinoa-eating, pot smokin, tree hugin fern-feelin, ,incense burnin, Far Easern religion meditatin Yankee from Oregon Washington or California ....just move to ATLANTA. :-)
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Old 11-30-2019, 06:54 PM
 
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Come on now, folks.
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