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Old 03-03-2015, 07:13 AM   #1
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Thinking of moving

from Massachusetts to south carolina. maybe Longs, or further south.

looking at homes they seem reasonably priced from why i see here.
we are both retired and of course will need to be a reasonable distance
from hospitals and doctors.
we plan to visit SC this summer with the TT.

any info you have would be greatly appreciated.

Jim
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:00 AM   #2
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Haha. A bad winter and the Mass. exodus begins. Never mind that the taxes are high, unemployment is high, the mass transit systems are broken and they're trying to get the Olympics here to overwhelm the already broken transportation system. But taxpayers won't have to pay a dime (same thing they said about the Big Dig).

I'd look in the Myrtle Beach area if you need ocean and Asheville if you don't.

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from Massachusetts to south carolina. maybe Longs, or further south.

looking at homes they seem reasonably priced from why i see here.
we are both retired and of course will need to be a reasonable distance
from hospitals and doctors.
we plan to visit SC this summer with the TT.

any info you have would be greatly appreciated.

Jim

Good luck on the move Jim!
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:42 AM   #4
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I'd scratch Marquette Michigan of your list of contenders.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:47 AM   #5
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Why not FT for a year and travel to different places. This would give you the opportunity to see if you really like an area before committing to a permenant spot.
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I agree with Selah, spend some time there even if you rent for a year at first. Overall, SC seems like a good location and many folks who went south to FL went "half back" to the Carolinas after the 2004-2005 FL hurricane seasons.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:49 PM   #7
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I like the FT for a year idea too...makes good sense. However, if I had to move now, I've been to MA and been to SC, I'd be heading south.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:27 PM   #8
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I'm a son of The South, and have traveled every southern state extensively for work (out of Atlanta.)

If you're a golfer, Long, SC would be good. There are maybe 100 golf courses just south of there in the Myrtle Beach area. Myrtle Beach is a really hot spot in the Summer for tourism, but a little cold and quiet in Winter. It's Atlantic Ocean coastal flats, and not especially beautiful country.

My favorite place in South Carolina is the beautiful northwest corner of the state. They have the huge Blue Ridge mountain range to the north, with Asheville, NC over the mountain. From Greenville to the GA State line has a number of incredible lakes, and it's maybe the top mid size city economic climate in the U.S. The region has very nice society and a great medical community. Homes are reasonably priced.

That said, have you considered looking at Guntersville, Alabama for retirement. It's also extremely beautiful, close to a great mid size city, and the living is great. Taxes are as low as it gets. Guntersville's the Holy Grail of bass fishing, too.
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Jim,

We can relate to leaving Mass since the DW was born and raised in Whateley, MA. she still has family there.

The Air Force stationed us here in Warner Robins, GA and this is where we retired. It is called Middle Georgia because you can be in the mountains or on the beach within 3 hours.

The insurance and taxes aren't too bad and retirees get a break. We do have some tornadoes but not as many tornadoes or hurricanes as Florida.

Real estate is fairly reasonable if you look around and you can find lots to build on or houses with yards large enough to park your RV on as long as the HOA's don't restrict it.

We get an occasional snowfall that usually melts within a day or two. When I winterize our Class A coach all I do is drain all the tanks and open the faucets. I haven't had any problems with anything freezing up.

Plenty of golf courses, airport at Atlanta (90 miles up I-75), plenty of shopping malls, hospitals and about anything else you could ask for.

Good Luck,
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We lived on the beach in Orange Beach, AL, for ten years until we moved about 30 minutes inland to farm and horse country....a whole different lifestyle but close to either.

Whatever you do, don't come here. They say that weather is great, taxes are low, traffic is non-existant (unless you use the tourist road SR59), shopping is easy, hospitals are everywhere, cities like Mobile and Pensacola are within an hour's drive.
I just lost out on a house that was a 3/2 on an acre lot for $69,000, included koi pond and park your RV anywhere on the lot.

Don't come here. It's awful. Too many people at Lamberts and LuLu's already
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We lived 10 years in the upstate of south carolina. Make sure you check out Greenville, Easley, Powdersville and Anderson. 4 seasons, winter short spring, summer, long great growing season for backyard garden.
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thanks

thanks for all the replies


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Don't move to Arkansas... The weather stinks !!!!!
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What ever state you decide on be sure to check the cost of licenseing your RV, the Property tax on your RV, the insurance on your RV and the cost of plates on your RV.
Some states will shock you into rethinking how they charge for those fees.
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