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Old 05-24-2006, 04:22 PM   #1
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Now is your Chance to tell Jim where to go

I want your opinions. My wife and I plan to leave New Orleans in 2 years. Where should we live?

I can retire now so my job is not an issue.

Our family is in New Orleans so we do not have to go to where they live.

We donít like extreme cold.

We have a 12-year son who will start High School in 2 years. This would be the most important consideration.

Wife lost her job as a executive with a major department store, she would like to be employed (Sort of).

I do want to play radio, and use my RV. Willing to sell my boat. Rural or Urban ok.

Tell me where to go and why.

Thanks Jim

P.S. My wife just added another qualification, must be near interstate system so we can get the Airstream on the road, now you know why I married her.
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Old 05-24-2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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Well

Tennessee is a nice place to live theres always an interstate near by.Lots to see and do here.Winter.... well i think we may have had one snow this past year and its was mostly gone by morning.We walk around in short until nov. sometimes longer.But it is really hot and humid here.
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Old 05-24-2006, 05:01 PM   #3
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Jim, Jim, Jim... (sigh)

Jim,
This is why you have an Airstream. Sit down with your wife and make a list of the likely cities and/or states. You have two years to test drive the top five or six on your list.
P.S. Please don't test drive New Mexico. We have way too many nice people who come here and never leave.
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Old 05-24-2006, 05:09 PM   #4
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IMHO the Piedmont of NC is about as close to perfection as you can come 4 seasons, none of them are particularly nasty, and winters are mercifully short and mild. I work and travel most of the country and I like calling NC home

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How about the mountains?

We love the area around Ashville, N.C. If you get up in the mountains, the summers are nice and cool. Winters in the montians can be a bit rough, but remeber this is still the deep south, so it's relative.

My in-laws have a nice smallish home near Brevard, N.C. Schools are good there. The downtown area is being "restored" (if that's the right word). The old 100 seat movie theator is back in operation. Lots of "new" shops downtown. They have a GREAT Irish Pub. Brevard Music festival every summer (for the past many decades) It's close to Ashville (45 minutes). Neighbors are great where they live. A lot of retired folks there. But then, that's part of the problem. So many people have bought retirement/weekend getaway homes in the area that prices can be really high. You have to look around (like anywhere else, right?). In their community, home prices range from $150k to several million. (They have one of the lower priced models!)

You're only a days' drive from New Orleans there as well.

IF we are ever able to retire, that's where we're going. No question.

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I have to speak up for the NW. It's pretty nice all year around. It doesn't get ungodly hot in the summer, and it doesn't usually freeze hard in the winter. We only occasionally get snow, and when we do it rearely lasts more than a couple days tops. It rains a lot, but that just keeps everything green. The reward for the rain is these beautiful warm, blue-sky-puffy-cloud days in the most unexpected time, like the depths of February. Then I drop the top and go cruising in the converitble. But for Airstreaming, there's always the beach, or the mountains, or the desert, or the rainforests, or go see the volcanos. I love it here.

But if I was free to do so, I'd say home school the kid and hit the road!
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Old 05-24-2006, 06:02 PM   #7
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Jim,
This is why you have an Airstream. Sit down with your wife and make a list of the likely cities and/or states. You have two years to test drive the top five or six on your list.
P.S. Please don't test drive New Mexico. We have way too many nice people who come here and never leave.
How did figure out the plan?
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Old 05-24-2006, 06:06 PM   #8
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Keep em cominmg

I am glad everyone loves their home, my wife and I are enjoying reading the comments and looking up areas on the map.

Thanks Jim
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Old 05-24-2006, 06:55 PM   #9
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How did figure out the plan?
Actually, in 1996 my wife and I built our first retirement home in North Carolina on the Neuse River near New Berne. We got slammed by first one hurricane and then another the very summer we moved in.

Sensing we needed a break from NC, we bought a '76 Safari 23 and headed for New Mexico on a late summer trip that would last 40 days and 40 nights, an adventure of Biblical proportions. We returned to NC. where we endured another hurricance season. In 1997 we again sought respite in NM. Two weeks into our second Airstream Adventure we called the realtor in NC and told her to put the house on the market. We returned to NC, sold the house, endured one more hurricane, hooked up the Airstream, and moved to Albuquerque.

On our two trips out west we checked out many nice communities.
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You could try the mountains of North Central Florida. Say what??? The Gainesville/Ocala area has many largish hills and valleys, as well as some really nice horse farms. It is not as stifling as the far South part of the state where we are, as far as I know the temp has never topped the century mark, although the humidity has. Winters are mild, with an occasional frost and a few snow flurries. It seems to be far enough inland to avoid the worst of the occasional errant hurricane. I-75 runs right by the area, and the Florida Turnpike begins just South of Ocala, on I-75. US 301 will connect you via a virtually deserted 4 lane highway to I-10 and I-95 to the Northeast.
The best part is Bob's RV Salvage is about 30 minute Southwest of Ocala, for your Airstream renovation pleasure...
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Old 05-24-2006, 07:26 PM   #11
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I have to speak up for the NW. It's pretty nice all year around. It doesn't get ungodly hot in the summer, and it doesn't usually freeze hard in the winter. We only occasionally get snow, and when we do it rearely lasts more than a couple days tops. It rains a lot, but that just keeps everything green. The reward for the rain is these beautiful warm, blue-sky-puffy-cloud days in the most unexpected time, like the depths of February. Then I drop the top and go cruising in the converitble. But for Airstreaming, there's always the beach, or the mountains, or the desert, or the rainforests, or go see the volcanos. I love it here.

But if I was free to do so, I'd say home school the kid and hit the road!
Yeah, What Stef said !! we are soo close to so many different climates. I have been in a lot of cities/states and I still like the Portland Oregon best. Well almost, I would move to Bend, OR. given the opportunity.

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Ignore Chris and Steph, you dont want to come here. Bad place, bad, bad bad. We smell funny, drive weird, use tartar sauce on our fries and other wierdness.
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Old 05-24-2006, 07:39 PM   #13
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Ignore Chris and Steph, you dont want to come here. Bad place, bad, bad bad. We smell funny, drive weird, use tartar sauce on our fries and other wierdness.
Oh yea, what was I thinkin. I forgot about my mentor Tom McCall ( the Gov. who coined the phrase, have a nice VISIT ). Yea this place sucks, stay far far away.

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Old 05-24-2006, 08:04 PM   #14
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havent been to ashville in over 20 years....it was very nice back then.
if you want some land, and since you hate the cold, i would suggest southern illinois. got some nice airstreamers down there, and you are close to the mother road.
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