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Old 04-19-2010, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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Pine Mountain or Hamilton would be your best bet IMO, especially school system-wise and the towns being small and cute but not dead. Columbus isn't far, which is the best biggish city although Atlanta is best for some things, especially since you guys will be totally spoiled
Park Elementary in Hamilton is great (Harris County.) My parents have their house for sale on Kings Gap Road, which has a Hamilton address but is really a bit closer to Pine Mountain. The area is gorgeous and their property backs up to Roosevelt State Park--growing up out there was a lot of fun. It is a 3to 4 bedroom and I think priced somewhere around $150,000 so you guys should definitely be able to make your $$ go far. I don't know if I can put a link to their house on here but the street # is 2481...I was able to find it by simply Googling "Kings Gap Road house for sale", it was the first option to come up--you should check it out, it has a lot of character and a gorgeous yard.
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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If it is ok to post this, here is a link:
2481 KINGS GAP RD, None, Hamilton, GA - #2654231 - House for sale (http://www.estately.com/listings/info/2481-kings-gap-road#listings/info/2481-kings-gap-road--1 - broken link)
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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Pixie42 - I just came on to post something similar, so I had to write a note to you! We also live in the SF Bay Area (north bay) and are seriously considering a move to Georgia! We've lived here in CA all our lives, too. I wonder if a California person can make the transition to Georgia living?!?! Guess one or both of us will find out. :>) Best wishes in your search!
Yes you can. There are already many californians in Georgia, and in most every state now because so many are leaving. New York as well.

I bet you'll meet someone just like you within 3 months down here.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Don't shy away from LaGrange, one of the nicest small cities in Georgia. Definitely has the homeyness of small town Americana, but at 30,000 residents is still large enough to have the shopping and other amenities that tiny towns like Hamilton (pop. less than 1,000) and Pine Mountain (just over 1,000) and even West Point (less than 4,000) have to offer.

LaGrange College is an excellent private college and brings a bit of panache that a non college town doesn't have. The enduring legacy of the Callaway Foundation makes LaGrange a step above other southern cities of its size. The $300,000 range will buy you into any community in LaGrange with money to spare.

There have been other posts popping up in the past couple of years about people moving to the area for the Kia plant and I see a lot of replies saying to stay away from LaGrange, move to Columbus or Atlanta and commute. I think Troup County and LaGrange in particular is one of the nicest sections of the entire state of Georgia.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:04 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I think Troup County and LaGrange in particular is one of the nicest sections of the entire state of Georgia.
Just got back from a visit to Troup and Harris Counties and I would have to concur.
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:42 AM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Just got back from a visit to Troup and Harris Counties and I would have to concur.
It's one of those things that you don't appreciate in your youth, the thought that your own home is podunk, the grass is always greener elsewhere. However the more places I go and live in make me pine to go back. Sometimes it takes years and a few hard knocks to realize that what you once had and thought nothing was really a treasure to cherish.

It might take a few more years, maybe a decade or more, but there are a few acres coming to me just across the line into Meriwether that will be home once again.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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I have lived in both LaGrange (Troup Co) and Hamilton/Pine Mountain (Harris Co) and I attended school in both counties so I feel like I have a pretty good handle on both areas. I was in LaGrange for 13 years and Pine Mountain/Hamilton for 10. Harris County schools are FAR superior to Troup County schools, which would mean a lot to me as a parent. I would rather live in a cute, quaint community with character and good schools and have to drive a half hour to do major shopping. LaGrange doesn't have much personality in my opinion, and looks pretty much like every other small town in Georgia. Since you have kids, what you definitely DON'T want is Meriwether County, the schools are horrendous.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I have lived in both LaGrange (Troup Co) and Hamilton/Pine Mountain (Harris Co) and I attended school in both counties so I feel like I have a pretty good handle on both areas. I was in LaGrange for 13 years and Pine Mountain/Hamilton for 10. Harris County schools are FAR superior to Troup County schools, which would mean a lot to me as a parent. I would rather live in a cute, quaint community with character and good schools and have to drive a half hour to do major shopping. LaGrange doesn't have much personality in my opinion, and looks pretty much like every other small town in Georgia. Since you have kids, what you definitely DON'T want is Meriwether County, the schools are horrendous.
I am a product of both Meriwether schools and the former Hogansville city school system, now merged with Troup County schools. I graduated from a fine private southern university *** Laude and hold a Masters as well. My education in these systems primed me well.

Is the fact that Harris has a larger percentage of white students than Troup and Meriwether the least of the three have anything to do with your synopsis? If so, I find this very sad.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I am a product of both Meriwether schools and the former Hogansville city school system, now merged with Troup County schools. I graduated from a fine private southern university *** Laude and hold a Masters as well. My education in these systems primed me well.

Is the fact that Harris has a larger percentage of white students than Troup and Meriwether the least of the three have anything to do with your synopsis? If so, I find this very sad.
City-Data, you gotta be kidding me. I can't spell a common Latin phrase without getting bleeped?
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:04 AM
 
Location: California
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Auburn, Alabama would be best. The commute's probably about an hour though.
How do you figure it's a 1-hour commute??? The 30-mile drive down I85 can be done in half that time.
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