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Old 05-06-2013, 03:30 AM
 
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Making a line from Saluda to Greenville and heading west to the Georgia line from both towns to form a box, which areas would you consider the nicest to live? We've sort of defined our search area (for now) to that rectangle. Our next step is to take a few trips down and drive around a good bit. It would be very helpful to know about any areas with wow factors and those to avoid. Let your opinions fly please.

We are pontoon boaters, beekeepers, bowhunters, and pokey motorcycle riders who have lived in a rural area just outside the Baltimore area suburbs.

We've been in the same house for 29 years. OMG! I need a dumpster badly. I refuse to move and hold a yard sale upon arrival.

Thanks!
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:48 AM
 
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also, we are sick of hibernating through the winters in North Central Maryland. I do not plan to bring the snow blower
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:09 AM
 
Location: south of downtown Greenville, SC --> moving to Greensboro, NC
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I know very little re Saluda/Lake Murray area (in fact, I had no idea that there was a town named after the river). Questions re this area would be more appropriate in the Columbia, SC sub-forum.

My advice: investigate Lakes Thurmond, Hartwell, Keowee, and Jocassee. With the exception of Hartwell, all are in rural areas. I've been to Hickory Knob State Park (with Lake Thurmond) - very nice but extremely rural - about 45 minutes to Augusta, GA (again, check that sub-forum). Very little (if any) upscale/nice restaurants, shopping, grocers in the McCormick area.

You will never need a snowblower anywhere in SC unless you are one of the handful of people that live above 3,000 feet near Caesar's Head State Park/Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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Are you talking about Saluda, SC or Saluda, NC?

Those two are going to generate much different search boxes.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:17 AM
 
Location: south of downtown Greenville, SC --> moving to Greensboro, NC
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Are you talking about Saluda, SC or Saluda, NC?

Those two are going to generate much different search boxes.
I completely forgot about Saluda, NC - yes, this would change the search parameters. Interestingly, Saluda, SC has 5x the population of Saluda, NC.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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West side of Lake Keowee would be my recommendation.

Lake Keowee has a relatively stable water level vs Lake Hartwell. It is ~27 miles top-bottom, ~18,500 acres of water and perfect for pontoons. It is rural with decent access to Seneca for your run of the mill big box shopping needs. The farther north you go on the shore, the greater the wow factor for mountain vistas. Excellent access to the very large state park system at the north end of the lake.

State Rd 28 runs along the west side. It is a perfect road for bikers and sports cars heading north (in fact the road is known as Moonshiner 28) into the Tennessee mountains. Deals Gap, Blue Ridge parkway, SC 178, SC 130 (and their companion roads in NC) are terrific day trips for bikers. Be advised .... mountain driving rules apply down here .... if you're poking along on a cruiser and see a sport bike or sports car coming up behind you .... pull over to let them by at the first available pull off. Its how we do things in the mountains.

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Old 05-06-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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are you talking about saluda, sc or saluda, nc?

Those two are going to generate much different search boxes.

sc

Also, I am not looking to live on a lake. I want more house for $ and lake front always comes at a cost.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:22 AM
 
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headed down to Westminster SC next week to look around.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:05 AM
 
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Also, I am not looking to live on a lake. I want more house for $ and lake front always comes at a cost.
but to be a "pontoon boater" you rightly need some water.

SC has a lot of lakes but some places feature an extremely long drive to one. He was trying to tell you some of the more popular ones.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:29 AM
 
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but to be a "pontoon boater" you rightly need some water.

SC has a lot of lakes but some places feature an extremely long drive to one. He was trying to tell you some of the more popular ones.

Yep, understood and thankful

That's why we're starting off in Westminster to look around Oconee and Pickens Counties. Looks like in those counties you are real close to LOTS of water!
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