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Old 02-27-2012, 06:56 AM   #11
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what part of the Coast?
We are in Jacksonville NC and it's nice here big Military town ,good schools and not many "gang bangers and shootings"
NE Coast near OBX. Notice I didn't say "all" of the coast. I still wouldn't live in Jacksonville. Many family members have come and gone through there.

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The S. Mtn area is the best! I've lived in Maggie Valley, Cherokee, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Kernersville (between G'boro and WS), and Canton. All those places were great, but Maggie Valley will always be my favorite!
I grew up in Franklin and have lived in Clyde, Sylva, and Asheville. I love it!

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Yep. Cary is nice - cost of living isn't the greatest, but, for the area, it's good. Holly Springs is another community in the same vicinity, and the cost of living is just a little better. Either way, you have great access to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill without having to actually live there.

Looks like there are lots of votes for the mountains, but if you don't like a lot of unpredictable weather in the winter and don't just love the mountains, I wouldn't recommend it.

Teaching positions are a little hard to come by in NC right now, though, so you might want to look into the availability of jobs before committing to move.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:11 AM   #12
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NE Coast near OBX. Notice I didn't say "all" of the coast. I still wouldn't live in Jacksonville. Many family members have come and gone through there.

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I've been in NC for a few years now, and my fav is Asheville If I had to retire in NC, that is where I'd be
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I grew up in Charlotte. Its a great place to live, but if, (WHEN, God willing!) we move back, I want to live either in the Maggie Valley area or head into SC. My mom and I dream about buying an old plantation in the country in SC to fix up and start a self sustainable farm. My sister lives in Mooresville, which is about 20 minutes north of Charlotte. Its a really nice area but growing all the time so pretty crowded.
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We live about 30 minutes from Cary and that would be my favorite place, hands down. I'm constantly driving up there to shop & run errands. We live in a middle of nowhere rural area right now, so Cary is like heaven to me.

If you want somewhere less built up and with a slower way of life, I have family in Morganton & Hickory and it is beautiful there.

Personally, I prefer a faster pace so if I had my choice of where to live in NC, my top 3 choices would be Cary, Asheville and Charlotte.
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what part of the Coast?
We are in Jacksonville NC and it's nice here big Military town ,good schools and not many "gang bangers and shootings"
DH lived in Jacksonville for a couple years, and it wasn't too bad. I only visited, but I loved the beach! The only thing I didn't like were all the barrack bunnies in town .
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I'd move to Greensboro in a heartbeat. Love that area! We lived in Jacksonville for 3 years and couldn't wait to leave. The only place near there I might consider moving to is Wilmington.
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I've been in NC for a few years now, and my fav is Asheville If I had to retire in NC, that is where I'd be
That is what everyone wants to do and why property values exploded and forced locals out. Not that I blame all the retirees...it is the best place in the world During college I worked in Highlands. People would drive up on the weekends from Atlanta during the summer and fall to escape the heat. It never got above 85 there; and we thought we were going to die of heat at that temperature

I would move back there in a heartbeat. Three times we have looked for jobs there but couldn't find any. Every other school system in the state was over a science teacher with my credentials. Schools in the S. Mtns. didn't even have openings because nobody leaves! My high school teachers (that haven't retired) are all still working at that same school.

The mtns might not be the best place to find jobs in either of your industries. Greensboro is great--lots of things to do but the traffic is not terrible like Raleigh or Charlotte. I have friends in Raleigh that love, love, love it, but I couldn't live there.
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Wilmington Its a nice and safe place to raise kids! The beaches are beautiful! Charlotte is nice too!
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I know that here in Hickory they have been hiring a lot of teachers lately and there are plenty of resturants with more being built at the time. Pretty good schools, good places to live for the money, and not to big not to small. I have lived other places outside of NC but I'm back here bc it's good to raise a family here.
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