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Old 07-15-2019, 05:38 PM
 
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Hi I'm a first time home buyer. Driving through, I fell in love with the coastal mississippi area. I loved the air quality, humidity, sense of nature and tranquility.

I noticed Pass Christian appears to have higher home values and wondered, is the quality of life better than say, the often promoted (on the internet at least) Ocean Springs? Each town is managed differently and by different people. I wonder where I should settle for 30 years?

I like quiet and drug-free areas. People who do not engage in excess (I am not a new orleans person and I am told new orleans influences much of the gulf coast). I am not a party person. I will never go to a casino.

I want tranquility, trees, nature, humidity. A bunch of retired people around me. Cicadas. (Are there cicadas in MS?)

My life involves living like a sloth. I don't move for weeks at a time, and when I do, it's to get some food, preferably involving pasta.

Please, no New Yorkers hopped up on coffee ready to drive me off the road.

In terms of vibes, I was actually considering moving to the Naples, Italy area for a while.

Budget is 300Kish.

Basically, I don't want to buy a home, find out my neighbor is a chain-smoker or does some kind of stimulant substance affecting my lazy lifestyle. Or god forbid, has their kids riding noisy ATVs that can be heard from a 10 mile radius. Or is shooting animals. Or spraying gallons of pesticides.

I spend my life inside 24/7, on a computer, surrounded by nature, writing. Secluded tranquility is paramount.

Would a more rural property be suitable (in the forest?) to escape the urban washout of new orleans? I was actually considering arkansas at one point but the vibe in coastal MS was special.

The casinos and condos popping up are NOT my idea of community. I feel everyone should be on dirt roads living in the forest like hobbits.

I guess my question is, which area is the most environmentally-concsious? I'm not against development, I simply think development should look like hobbit homes in the forest, not condos and mcmansions. Nature should be the prevailing quality of a community and property, not plywood-built homes. Wood engraved signs. Old growth oaks.

Living in blacktop suburbia? nah.

At this point there are going to be people directing me to move out of the US (to say, the UK), as all of the US will eventually appear as an Atlanta suburb.

Anyway, have at it.

Thank you.

P.S. If this sounds stuck up I'm sorry. Just trying to be thorough as I'll be living here for 30 years. I value sleep and I have had many "ATV" and shotgun neighbors in the past, and worst yet, people using stimulants.
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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This is going to be a convoluted response probably, because I don't have much time but hopefully it's somewhat helpful.

While I can't get into fine details of Pass Christian vs Ocean Springs, as I am not a resident of the coast... only a fairly frequent visitor, both are nice. I think Ocean Springs may have more of an artsy vibe. I would be content with either. Do the research though.

There are quite, safe places on the coast. I think I would be looking somewhere just out of town maybe on or near a bayou somewhere, or on the Gulf. We almost bought a house on Belle Fontaine Drive in Ocean Springs a few years ago.

There are 3 types of 13 year cicadas, and Mississippi is the only state with all 3 types.

It isn't that the Mississippi coast takes culture from New Orleans. Both areas genuinely share that same culture. Keep in mind that the coast is not that far from New Orleans, and like New Orleans, the Mississippi coast was once controlled by the French. As a matter of fact, the French formed the first permanent settlement in French Louisiana at Fort Maurepas in what is now Ocean Springs. Biloxi was once the CAPITOL of French Louisiana before it was moved to New Orleans. The coast could be described as "cajun lite" since the culture is stronger in Louisiana, as a result of the capital being moved.

https://www.gulfcoast.org/about/gulf-coast-history/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biloxi,_Mississippi
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Old 07-15-2019, 09:34 PM
 
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I think I'm going to go to the different city halls and see who I like the best. I feel like the people who run city hall are the face of a community ... Plus knowing the tax assessor can help.

How's the drainage set up? I get worried seeing these smaller homes wondering if they get washed away every year.

Here in Alamogordo there are entire neighborhoods boarded up because the city has no idea how to set up a drainage system. Yet new construction continues...
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:48 AM
 
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Hi I'm a first time home buyer. Driving through, I fell in love with the coastal mississippi area. I loved the air quality, humidity, sense of nature and tranquility.

I noticed Pass Christian appears to have higher home values and wondered, is the quality of life better than say, the often promoted (on the internet at least) Ocean Springs? Each town is managed differently and by different people. I wonder where I should settle for 30 years?

I like quiet and drug-free areas. People who do not engage in excess (I am not a new orleans person and I am told new orleans influences much of the gulf coast). I am not a party person. I will never go to a casino.

I want tranquility, trees, nature, humidity. A bunch of retired people around me. Cicadas. (Are there cicadas in MS?)

My life involves living like a sloth. I don't move for weeks at a time, and when I do, it's to get some food, preferably involving pasta.

Please, no New Yorkers hopped up on coffee ready to drive me off the road.

In terms of vibes, I was actually considering moving to the Naples, Italy area for a while.

Budget is 300Kish.

Basically, I don't want to buy a home, find out my neighbor is a chain-smoker or does some kind of stimulant substance affecting my lazy lifestyle. Or god forbid, has their kids riding noisy ATVs that can be heard from a 10 mile radius. Or is shooting animals. Or spraying gallons of pesticides.

I spend my life inside 24/7, on a computer, surrounded by nature, writing. Secluded tranquility is paramount.

Would a more rural property be suitable (in the forest?) to escape the urban washout of new orleans? I was actually considering arkansas at one point but the vibe in coastal MS was special.

The casinos and condos popping up are NOT my idea of community. I feel everyone should be on dirt roads living in the forest like hobbits.

I guess my question is, which area is the most environmentally-concsious? I'm not against development, I simply think development should look like hobbit homes in the forest, not condos and mcmansions. Nature should be the prevailing quality of a community and property, not plywood-built homes. Wood engraved signs. Old growth oaks.

Living in blacktop suburbia? nah.

At this point there are going to be people directing me to move out of the US (to say, the UK), as all of the US will eventually appear as an Atlanta suburb.

Anyway, have at it.

Thank you.

P.S. If this sounds stuck up I'm sorry. Just trying to be thorough as I'll be living here for 30 years. I value sleep and I have had many "ATV" and shotgun neighbors in the past, and worst yet, people using stimulants.
I mean you're describing it a little differently than most who live here.. as I've never heard of living out in the backwoods away from everyone as living in a "hobbit home community"... But the premise is the same, you've discovered the entire appeal that anyone has for Mississippi.

Buy a few acres out on a back road that is surrounded by bushes/trees/a fence and cross your fingers none of your neighbors have kids that are of teenage age or younger and you should be good to go. My in-laws live on about 15 acres because she works nights and likes to sleep during the day. Back when the neighbor's kids were teenagers was the only time she had issues with kids on ATVs.

I don't think you're necessarily going to find a town that fits your lifestyle, any grouping of people is going to bring the type of people you do not desire. Just live in your own bubble and do your own thing. You'll fit right in with 90%+ of Mississippians and you'll be forgotten about the day after your moving truck pulls out of the driveway. Enjoy!
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Old 07-16-2019, 03:43 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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OP, have you poked around the backwaters and bayous north of Bay St Louis? I'm talking about Hwy 603 up through Kiln.
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:47 PM
 
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Wait a second, we have a contradiction in "drug free hobbit house". For the record hobbits are happy and heroic dope smoking fiends! What exactly do you guys think that "long bottom leaf" or "The Old Toby" was that Merry and Pippin took delight in smoking, the warning from Sauranon to Gandalf that his love of the Halflings pipe weed is clouding his mind (not to mention a Hobbits constant desire for "second breakfast").
These guys are stoners:

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Old 07-17-2019, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Exhibit A:

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Old 07-18-2019, 08:58 PM
 
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Try Hurley, MS (north of 10 on the east side of the state). You should find plenty of properties to fit your budget but stay several miles north of 10. You may also want to look in the Wiggins area.

The MS Gulf Coast is not a "play in the water" type of beach, the water is murky, with little wave action and has a stagnant smell. When Mississippians speak of "going to the beach" they mean Gulf Shores/Orange Beach or anywhere else in LA (Lower Alabama - from Gulf Shores to 30A).
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Old 07-24-2019, 06:55 PM
 
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2 post wonder.

Probably won't be back - but this was fun to read.
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Old 07-25-2019, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I was wondering how you could be, "inside 24/7, on a computer, surrounded by nature..." House plants?
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