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Old 06-14-2008, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Poussan, France
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My husband and I and our 2 standard Poodles are looking for a home in the central Piedmont or Western NC area. We currently live in southern France near Montpellier.

I have several questions and apologize if my post covers areas already discussed.

We are looking for a home with at least an acre of land part of which we would want to fence in, near a city in a dog friendly area ,and want to have our own pool. We are retired thus commuting is not an issue. We would prefer not to move to a gated community or belong to an HOA.

Because we are so far away, we do not have the ability to make many visits to NC. This forum has been a great help in getting a better idea of your beautiful state. But it has also made it much more difficult to focus in on a particular town and/or county.

Given our situation, I would appreciate suggestions on perhaps 3/4 areas to focus our search on.

MC
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Old 06-14-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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My husband and I and our 2 standard Poodles are looking for a home in the central Piedmont or Western NC area. We currently live in southern France near Montpellier.

I have several questions and apologize if my post covers areas already discussed.

We are looking for a home with at least an acre of land part of which we would want to fence in, near a city in a dog friendly area ,and want to have our own pool. We are retired thus commuting is not an issue. We would prefer not to move to a gated community or belong to an HOA.

Because we are so far away, we do not have the ability to make many visits to NC. This forum has been a great help in getting a better idea of your beautiful state. But it has also made it much more difficult to focus in on a particular town and/or county.

Given our situation, I would appreciate suggestions on perhaps 3/4 areas to focus our search on.

MC
Price range???
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Old 06-14-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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How large of a city do you want to be near. The largest city in Western NC is around 70 thousand. Too small? Everything else in the region is much smaller.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Poussan, France
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Price range???
Ideally our price range would be from 150 to around 400,000.

MC
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Old 06-15-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Poussan, France
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How large of a city do you want to be near. The largest city in Western NC is around 70 thousand. Too small? Everything else in the region is much smaller.
Given that we are retired, it would be good to have access to good health care for us and our two Poodles. Another factor would be to find an area that had reasonable shopping access and good restaurants.

The village where we live now is very small: 7,000. However, within 10- 25 minutes one can find just about anything one would need. We moved here from Washington, DC and are very comfortable with living in much smaller places.

MC
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Old 06-15-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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My husband and I and our 2 standard Poodles are looking for a home in the central Piedmont or Western NC area. We currently live in southern France near Montpellier.

I have several questions and apologize if my post covers areas already discussed.

We are looking for a home with at least an acre of land part of which we would want to fence in, near a city in a dog friendly area ,and want to have our own pool. We are retired thus commuting is not an issue. We would prefer not to move to a gated community or belong to an HOA.

Because we are so far away, we do not have the ability to make many visits to NC. This forum has been a great help in getting a better idea of your beautiful state. But it has also made it much more difficult to focus in on a particular town and/or county.

Given our situation, I would appreciate suggestions on perhaps 3/4 areas to focus our search on.

MC
I would suggest you stick with the piedmont or foothills areas in your price range and with your requirements.

In particular I like places like the little town of Taylorsville, just northwest of Statesville. Living in that part of the state is still affordable, unlike many places in and around Asheville - which is the only large city in western NC. I also think you should check out the Winston Salem area and some of the smaller communities surrounding it like Lewisville. Best of luck to you!
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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My husband and I and our 2 standard Poodles are looking for a home in the central Piedmont or Western NC area. We currently live in southern France near Montpellier.

I have several questions and apologize if my post covers areas already discussed.

We are looking for a home with at least an acre of land part of which we would want to fence in, near a city in a dog friendly area ,and want to have our own pool. We are retired thus commuting is not an issue. We would prefer not to move to a gated community or belong to an HOA.

Because we are so far away, we do not have the ability to make many visits to NC. This forum has been a great help in getting a better idea of your beautiful state. But it has also made it much more difficult to focus in on a particular town and/or county.

Given our situation, I would appreciate suggestions on perhaps 3/4 areas to focus our search on.

MC
Bonjour,

I was interested to see you lived in Montpellier. Years ago we rented a house near Lodeve and Clermont L' Herault and loved it. We visited your city many times.

As far as North Carolina, we live in Southern Pines, about an hour drive south of Raleigh / Durham. This town has about 16,000 people and is part of three towns that include Pinehurst and Aberdeen doubling that number.

Horses and dogs are more than welcome and I believe you could find a home in your price range with no problem. We live in the town and walk to everything, plenty of good restaraunts, shops and things to do. We moved from NY State and looked quite a while to find this place.

Here is a link to the local paper to give you some idea of the common activities and events.

Front section of the Southern Pines Pilot

I will check back to see if you have any more questions.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:20 PM
 
Location: NC
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In my opinion, the Mooresville area is pretty good. You can always live in Troutman or near there. It's a growing community and has pretty much everything you would need. What's not there is within driving distance. Although, if your looking for a place with at least an acre, you should probably try north of Statesville or northwest of it. It has a few more rolls in the terrain. The only drawback maybe that your most likely looking at an older home.
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