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Old 01-20-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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Southern OH, Southern WV, Eastern KY, Eastern TN and maybe Western VA sound like where you need to be looking. All have beautiful lush scenery and temperate climates, and all are relatively close to the folks back home. Tax impacts might be your biggest factor in making your choice. Good luck in your seach.
Wow! Did you know that OH and WV made the GoBankingRates list for best places to buy a home in the U.S., along with 3 other states? (incl. Ark.) You might be spot-on

What part of Alabama are you from ?
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:40 PM
 
Location: plano
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SE Oklahoma near the Arkansas line is a place for you to consider. Its in the ouachita mountais and gets around 50 inches of rain a year. Water is something to consider, this area has more water than most parts of Texas. Land is not expensive, there are no major towns in this area clayton and antlers are probably the two largest. You are not too far from Dallas area or OKC or tulsa if you need a city fix or a commercial airport.

There is a thread on CD about living off the grid and one guy came up with this area being the one to consider for those needs. I know your needs are different but give this one a look.

I would second Tennessee as a good option. Eastern is where I find interest.
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:37 PM
 
Location: North Alabama
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Wow! Did you know that OH and WV made the GoBankingRates list for best places to buy a home in the U.S., along with 3 other states? (incl. Ark.) You might be spot-on

What part of Alabama are you from ?
No, I didn't know the information about OH and WV being among the best places to buy a house in America. Based on the times I've been in WV, I'm not surprised that they made that list.

I'm from the North Central part of Alabama.
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:59 AM
 
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Southern OH, Southern WV, Eastern KY, Eastern TN and maybe Western VA sound like where you need to be looking. All have beautiful lush scenery and temperate climates, and all are relatively close to the folks back home. Tax impacts might be your biggest factor in making your choice. Good luck in your seach.
I think of snow when I think of OH! And humid when I think of KY but maybe that's further inward (west). Tax impact will be a hue factor - thanks!


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Northeast Tennessee.....hits all of your buttons. Don't go on the Carolina side of the mountains, or further south. Hot and humid.

Private message me with any questions.
You're not the first person who's said staying west of the mountains is less humid. Thank you!



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SE Oklahoma near the Arkansas line is a place for you to consider. Its in the ouachita mountais and gets around 50 inches of rain a year. Water is something to consider, this area has more water than most parts of Texas. Land is not expensive, there are no major towns in this area clayton and antlers are probably the two largest. You are not too far from Dallas area or OKC or tulsa if you need a city fix or a commercial airport.

There is a thread on CD about living off the grid and one guy came up with this area being the one to consider for those needs. I know your needs are different but give this one a look.

I would second Tennessee as a good option. Eastern is where I find interest.
How's the tornado activity in the SE OK area? I don't think I looked at that area at all yet.

OK I really hope I can get this figured out before everyone else figures out that eastern TN is the place to be
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Old 01-21-2018, 02:25 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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You mentioned you want to spend a lot of time doing things like mountain biking. I'm assuming you mean on trails through the woods or fields or such, right? Not just street/road riding? What hasn't been mentioned here that I can see is a lot of these places mentioned have little to no public lands to access for outdoor activities like biking or hiking, and a culture that is very much "stay off my land" unless you're paying. Texas for example is rather infamous among hunters for the hunting lease culture where people pay literally thousands to be able to do a little deer hunting, or else there's no access to the land. And while that's hunting not hiking or biking, you wouldn't be anymore welcome to hike or bike on that property without paying or otherwise acquiring permission. Now if you buy land yes you have that but I would imagine wanting to see new places and go to new trails after a while.
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:35 PM
 
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Hill Country Texas. Yes lots of private land but also lots of state parks for riding, camping and other outdoor pursuits. Might be too hot in most of the summer to ride but the rest of the year is fine (just reverse your thinking - less outdoors in the summer and more outdoors the rest of the year). Near Austin (lots of culture, cosmopolitan). A nice change from right/left politics. Texas politics is a whole different animal and I think people are so difficult to pigeon-hole, people are just people.
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Old 01-21-2018, 09:19 PM
 
Location: plano
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I think of snow when I think of OH! And humid when I think of KY but maybe that's further inward (west). Tax impact will be a hue factor - thanks!




You're not the first person who's said staying west of the mountains is less humid. Thank you!





How's the tornado activity in the SE OK area? I don't think I looked at that area at all yet.

OK I really hope I can get this figured out before everyone else figures out that eastern TN is the place to be
Tornado activity is not common in SE Oklahoma. My mom is 96 lived there all her adult life. She saw one tornado over that time and no one was impacted by it. Tornado's are not something to plan ones life around to me. persistent water issues are.
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Old 01-25-2018, 01:44 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Stay outta tornado alley, and in an income tax free domicile. == NE TN or Hill Country TX (Tho you will not find me at my TX home from June - Sept...) I like 50F sleeping nights for summers, so flee to PNW mtns (tax free WA).

have rural places on each end, so I rent out the 'big house' and stay for FREE in detached cabin / guest home. (and I keep a shop / barn / garden in each location for toys and tools and a cheap car ($35 bio-diesel econo car))

tenants keep the mowing done, livestock fed, bills paid... I show up when I get the urge and the weather suits me. Deductible travel and food between locations (as per IRS rules)
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Old 01-26-2018, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Tornado activity is not common in SE Oklahoma. My mom is 96 lived there all her adult life. She saw one tornado over that time and no one was impacted by it. Tornado's are not something to plan ones life around to me. persistent water issues are.
Nevertheless, SE Oklahoma has tornado watches every year along with the stress and worry from wondering if a tornado is really going to happen until they expire.

This page shows an interesting map that just like staying west of the Rockies is how to escape high humidity, it works the same way with tornadoes, aside from Maine. https://stillwaterweather.com/stormwatchfrequencies
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Old 01-27-2018, 04:42 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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You mentioned you want to spend a lot of time doing things like mountain biking. I'm assuming you mean on trails through the woods or fields or such, right? Not just street/road riding? What hasn't been mentioned here that I can see is a lot of these places mentioned have little to no public lands to access for outdoor activities like biking or hiking, and a culture that is very much "stay off my land" unless you're paying. Texas for example is rather infamous among hunters for the hunting lease culture where people pay literally thousands to be able to do a little deer hunting, or else there's no access to the land. And while that's hunting not hiking or biking, you wouldn't be anymore welcome to hike or bike on that property without paying or otherwise acquiring permission. Now if you buy land yes you have that but I would imagine wanting to see new places and go to new trails after a while.
TN state parks are free (as are some/most? of the larger city parks) VA has some beautiful state parks and charges a nominal fee for parking
List of parks located in Tennessee
Baker Creek Preserve
https://www.singletracks.com/Tenness...trails_41.html
Don't know about the hunting since I'm not into that, but fishing is a very popular pastime in TN
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