(Closed) Looking to Move – Anyone from/familiar with these places?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m very familiar with the Raleigh-Durham, NC area because it’s where I live.  🙂

Also familiar with Asheville, NC and I’ve vacationed there several times.

What specifically do you want to know?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@LadyBear:  My best friend’s boyfriend lives in Greenville. It is close to the beach and there are a lot of medical jobs. It reminds me of the Woodbridge/Quantico/South of the beltway on 95 stretch of towns. There are a lot of restaurants and shopping, housing is affordable, and the people are nice. It is way different from DC. If you love what a city has to offer (culture, activities, diversity), you will be bored. If you like house parties and a suburban way of life, it would be fine.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Raleigh-Durham resident here.  I’ve lived here for over 15 years and really love it.  The area is a good mix of younger professionals and families.  There’s a lot of job and higher education opportunities (especially if you’re in the tech sector).  Housing is also pretty affordable, but supply is starting to dwindle in certain areas (paticularly the Cary, Apex, and Holly Springs suburbs).  I live in Holly Springs, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh, and our 1800sqft house was $175k.  I also like Raleigh’s location because you’re only 4 hours away from the beach and 4 hours away from the mountains.

Asheville is also an amazing place – really beautiful scenery and attractions.  If you even remotely like craft beer, you’ll want to visit Asheville at some point.  The music scene out there is really good too; my Fiance and I go to an electronic music festival in Asheville every year.  I’ve heard the job opportunities are not as good out there and the cost of living is a little more expensive.  

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Born and raised in Alexandria, VA and just moved away after 25 years, so I definitely support this move.  (Although, I do miss Old Town)

I’ve been to most of these places. They’re all nice. Greenville is pretty college-y. Raleigh-Durham is a nice central location to mountains and the beach. But did you leave Charlotte off purposely? 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@LadyBear:  If you plan on having a family in Charlotte, just look into the schools first.  Mecklenburg county doesn’t have the best education system in certain areas, while other areas (i.e. Union and Iredell county) are much better.  I happen to live in a Charlotte community that offers a highly rated private school for it’s residents (we never plan on having kids, so I don’t know much about it).  There are plenty of good charter schools in the area as well.  It’s very affordable and there are a lot of job opportunities, but if you’re expecting a big city you won’t find it here.  My Fiance and I moved from large cities (LA and NY), so Charlotte has more of a small city/suburbia feel to us and we love it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I live in charlotte and have been to all four of the places you listed. I’d stay away from Athens, I didn’t find anything special about it, just home to uga. I love asheville over raleigh, but both are good places. Downtown greenville is quaint and nice. Cost of living, taxes, gas, etc will all be much cheaper in sc than NC.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@LadyBear:   The climate is great in North Carolina and you’re about two hours from the beach in the Raleigh-Durham area and less than four hours from the mountains.  Job opportunities seem to be picking up, depending on the kind of work you’re looking for.

Asheville is beautiful and offers a very outdoorsy lifestyle.  If you’re interested in tons of things to do and cultural type things more than outdoor life you might get a little bored.

Raleigh-Durham (LOVE Raleigh) is great and has made huge improvements over the past several years with downtown Raleigh and downtown Durham’s restaurants, museums, entertainment venues, bars, shopping, you name it.  Raleigh is known as the “City of Trees” and it’s very pretty in certain areas.  The crime rate in some parts of Durham and also Charlotte have historically tended to be worse than Raleigh.

Raleigh offers lots of cultural activities as well as parks, lakes, hiking, etc., it’s a well-rounded city.  Housing is nice in most places but the market is as sluggish as some other places right now due to the economy.  Things are beginning to pick up recently, though.

I’ll be honest about the cost of living in North Carolina – it is very high if you want to live in a nice city.  The rural and outlying areas are maybe a little less but you sacrifice the convenience of city living.  We live in a rural small town just outside of Raleigh and my commute to work is 35-45 minutes.  To me traffic is pretty bad in this area but nothing compared to D.C., Atlanta or Los Angeles, even though the way I gripe about it you would think so.

We have high taxes here.  High property taxes in almost all the counties, especially Wake (Raleigh is in Wake County) and Durham.  The gas tax is exorbitant.  Food is even taxed in NC and I hate it – it’s over 7% now, I think.  It is expensive to live here but depending on your kind of work salaries are generally good.  Luckily my husband and I combined make well over the median income level but it would be a struggle if you don’t.  Housing costs here are more reasonable than some bigger cities, though.  For example, my mortage payment is reasonable in comparison to some of the other Bees, but our electric bill and other utilities are crazy high and we live in a newer, well-insulated home.  Progress Energy, you gotta hate ’em. 

So this place is a mix of good and bad.  At least our new governor may help turn things around, but that remains to be seen.  It’s a conservative state in some ways but many, many of the people are liberal and we have lots of implants to help balance things out and show us how the rest of the country feels about things – which is refreshing.

I love North Carolina, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, but some things are tedious about it, I won’t lie.  It’s a beautiful state, though.  The coast line has some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen compared to anywhere in the entire world!  And we’re big beach people/travelers so that’s important to us.  🙂

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@LadyBear:   I think it’s the best option out of the given.   Most job opportunities, great accessible restaraunts and night life, affordable housing.  It’s overall a “young adult” city, so you still have a lot of great options as a couple without kids. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Sunfire:   She’s coming from Northern Virginia, sticker shock will DEFINITELY not be an issue, haha.   North Carolina is dirt cheap in comparison, in every aspect.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@bleusteel:   You do know you’re only 2 – 2 1/2 hours from Wilmington’s beaches from Holly Springs, right?  Smile  Hope that’s good news to you! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@KateByDesign:   True that!  My  dad lives in Northern VA.  🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

@Sunfire:  Oh yeah Wilmington is definitely the easiest beach town to get to, I used to drive there from Chapel Hill on weekends.  My Fiance really lakes Cape Hatteras though so I always mentally add another 1-2 hours to my beach trips.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LadyBear:  I live in Atlanta and do staffing. I’m not sure what industry you and your Fiance are in, but I know that people have a hard time finding jobs in Asheville, Greenville and Athens…although they’re all beautiful places! You best bet for finding jobs would be Atlanta (I know this isn’t on your list) or Raleigh.

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