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Old 12-29-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Kennebunk Maine
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My friend and I haven been thinking about moving for quite some time now. We both are in the Kennebunk maine area which is a nice rural area, but not far from stores and some action (about a 15 minute drive) and the ocean. I like the seasons, but dislike great amounts of snow and super cold weather (its a whopping 17 degrees outside today! burr). We have pondered the carolinas, texas and Georgia. Any other ideas or suggestions? I have a love for the ocean and don't see myself moving somewhere where the coast would be more of a couple hour drive. I also cannot afford to live on the water either. I love mountains as well, and that is one of the reasons the carolinas are so attractive to me, best of both worlds with the ocean and mountains. I love Maine for its beautiful scenery and nice summers, but its definately time for a change, someplace warmer, rural, nice people, not too far of a drive to excitement, work or stores. Schools play a roll here too, my friend has a 5 year old boy so the school systems have to be good. I also read in a blog yesterday about the carolinas most places for employment not offering bennies or a 401K, and that is important to me as well. I currently work for the toll system up here as well as in the housing field as a counselor for cccs. A sense of feeling "safe" is a requirement as well for where we decide to land. I greatly dislike feeling like I am sitting on top of my neighbor, I would prefer a nice home with some land, a place to not worry about walking outside to get the mail in my pj's and be seen by the whole neighborhood. Any ideas on areas to explore? all suggestions are greatly welcome, and thank you all very much in advance
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Spartanburg, SC
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I'll give you the same advice I've put on numerous of these threads. The unemployment rate in the Carolinas is already pretty high and it's being strained by all the people trying to relocate. Get a job lined up FIRST, then worry about where in the area to live.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Kennebunk Maine
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oh well definately plan to do so, I am just curious for other areas to take a look at that might be of interest.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Neither is in NC, but check out Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. The "culture shock" may be a bit daunting for a New Englander (smack into "Old South" in many ways) but they're coastal towns with history as well as both rural and urban aspects.
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