(Closed) Moving South (SC) f/m the Big City (NYC) – any advice?

posted 9 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

haha all i can say is “im sorry”….ny is the best place ever

 

good luck!!

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Have you considered Charlotte, NC? It’s right on the border of NC/SC and is an AMAZING city. But if it must be SC, I would totally go for Charleston. It’s the only city in SC that I would consider living in!

Post # 20
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Newbee

I’m not quite your age (23) but I’ve lived in SC all my life (actually in the same house LOL) minus college.  Moving away for college definitely made me appreciate SC so much more!  I live in a little ol’ town called Chapin (with a long a) just to the west of Columbia.  I can’t vouch for any of the other places, but I’ll tell you what I like most about the Columbia area πŸ™‚

 

For one, the proximity is a big factor.  Columbia is perfect being around 2 hrs to the mountains, the upstate (Greenville, Spartanburg, Clemson), Charlotte for a bigger city, and to CHARLESTON (don’t even get me started on my love for there ha).  So although I love Columbia and it keeps me occupied most of the time, it is pretty easy to get anywhere else.  Some friends and I love to go to Isle of Palms (Charleston, basically) for the day to get in some beach time.  Isle of Palms is one of the best kept public beaches around.  Really clean, friendly, and fun with little shops right off the beach so you can get some ice cream if you would like.  Here is the website for that: http://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=60

 

If you like water at all, then you will LOVE LOVE LOVE Lake Murray.  I live on the lake and I couldn’t do without it LOL.  It is beautiful, large lake with lots of room to play (minus holiday weekends.. then it is ridiculous how many boats are out!  they also shoot off fireworks on two of the islands for 4th of July.  One of my favorite things to do).  Check out the south end of the dam for the public access beach.  I believe it is $3 to park.  Speaking of the dam, go across it at sunset and it will positively take your breath away!  You can also rent a boat to just hang out, ski, tube, wakeboard, kneeboard, etc.  Lake Murray Boat Club is a “boating country club”, but if you want just a one time rental then go for Better Boat Rental.  Here are their websites:  http://www.lakemurrayboatclub.com/ and http://www.betterboatrental.com/  Also, here are some other websites that are helpful:  http://lakemurrayfun.com/ (specifically about Lake Murray) and http://www.lakemurraycountry.com/ (about the entire area around Lake Murray/the Midlands)

 

Okay, so I hate that Columbia is infested with Gamecock everything but that is only beause I am a Florida Gator, and that aside, Columbia is a great city.  One of the things I like most is the southern history and if you like history at all then you will find plenty of it here.  There are plenty of historic homes and buildings and the State Museum is awesome (IMO).  The State House is also really interesting if you can get a tour, but it is also neat to walk around the grounds to see all the monuments and things.  Be warned, though, you will see a confederate flag!  *HUGE* debate there.  Until recently, it still flew above the State House.  Avoid 5 Points for the most part unless you want to go there for lunch or something during the day.  Crime and violence has been popping up a lot recently and at night it is mostly young college kids and high schoolers with fake ids.  If you want to go out, hit up the Vista.  That’s more of a young professionals atmosphere.  If you’re a club person, the Columbia scene just plain sucks.  I’m not that type so it doesn’t bother me but giving you a fair warning LOL  Also, be prepared to not move in traffic on a football Saturday.  The whole city practically goes to the games!  And know at least something about football.  The south revolves around it.  High school on Fridays and college on Saturdays.  SEC football is a way of life and southerners will put everything else aside for the games (trust me, this is coming from one who drives 6 hours to football games in Florida.  season tickets LOL).  Football is all you will hear about in the fall.

 

Side note:  be ready to go out on a limb for just about anyone.  Southerners will for you so just be ready to return the favor!  that was one of my biggest shockers/peeves when I moved away.  I would do something for some one and then when I needed something, it was like pulling teeth!  I was unaware the rest of the world didn’t work that way haha

 

I know I’m rambling, but thoughts keep coming up!  Riverbanks Zoo is also interesting if you want to check that out one weekend.  It is really well run and supposedly one of the best in the South.  However, I am not a zoo aficionado so I couldn’t tell ya the truth in that.  Floating down the Saluda River is a good time.  Inner tubes, drinks, cool water, and friends.  Put in at Saluda Shoals Park and take out near the Zoo.  You can also rent canoes and kayaks at Saluda Shoals.

 

If you like to golf, check out Timberlake Country Club.  It is out here in Chapin, but it is pretty good.  The Koger Center has a lot of performance arts if that’s your style.  Ballets, symphonies, etc.  The Nutcracker every year is pretty good.  I believe they have Broadway shows on occasion.  Beyond that, there are little hole in the wall places such as Trustus Theatre, Workshop Theater, and Longstreet Theatre (through USC).  There is also the Columbia Museum of Art if you like that.  The website Lake Murray Country that I pasted above as a good list of things to do in and around Columbia.  Definitely look at that.

 

For shopping, avoid Columbia Place and Dutch Square malls.  Not good areas.  Columbiana Centre Mall http://www.columbianacentre.com/directory and the Harbison area is probably where you will do most of your basic shopping.  Boutiques and such are going to be downtown and I think there are some at the Village at Sandhill.  The Village at Sandhill is pretty knew and really nice.  I don’t go there just because it is kinda out of the way for me.  Here is that website:  http://villageatsandhillonline.com/shop/  If you want more upscale shopping, you’re going to have to hit up some outlets out of town or Charlotte.  Some that I know that like higher quality shopping go up to Charlotte a couple times a year.  Columbia suits me fine but I’m not all that into fashion.

 

That covers just about everything I can think of that I know!  I personally love Chapin (most do!), but it would probably be hard for ya’ll moving here because there is not much to do other than the lake if you don’t have kids.  Most people move here when they are settling down with kids as it is a fantastic place to raise a family.  High quality of living, great schools, and a small town atmosphere with the amenities of Irmo/Columbia in your backyard.  Most boards you will see give Chapin a high rating.  I grew up here so I know most everyone and that’s why I don’t feel quite as isolated.  People are very welcoming, though.  A majority of the town commutes to Columbia so you wouldn’t be alone there.  So, if you’re not looking for something like Chapin, but not quite the downtown feel of Columbia, I would recommend Lexington.  I saw you were already looking into there and I think that’s a great place to start.

 

PM me if you have any other questions!  If I don’t know the answer, I can probably point you in the right direction πŸ™‚

Post # 21
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Newbee

Another thing I forgot to mention!  IDK if you’re into hockey at all, but NOBODY knows about it down here.  If you want to get involved/network with those that do like hockey, just check out Plex Indoor Sports Ice http://plexindoorsports.com/irmoice. I used to work there a looonnngggg time ago and loved it.  My brother got into playing, my ex plays/played (he is from Albany is actually playing up there again now), and one of my best friends also played (another NYer from Buffalo).  If anything, that is the place to meet people from up north, and mostly NY, if you’re getting homesick.  Just about everyone there is from NY.  It’s definitely a different atmosphere!

 

Of course, you can also just go there to skate haha

 

EDIT:  this posted before my other ridiculously long post so that’s why it is up first lol

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@futuremrsk18:  Welcome to the South!! I moved here last year with my Fiance from NJ… about 1 mile outside NYC right by the GWB… and we LOVE it. Greenville is amazing, night life, resturants, culture, art. It isn’t as amazing as these things were in the big city but it has been great. We are just an hour and 45 min from Charlotte and 2 hours from Atlanta so you have two big/great cities close if you need that recharge. 

I’m getting married on HHI next month and couldn’t be more excited. It is beautiful there! PM me if you need/have questions. There are lots of “Yankees” here… you’ll be in good compnay. 

 

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Helper bee
Post # 25
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Newbee

The post I wrote before has basically everything you would need to know for Columbia haha I wrote so much that it said it has to be checked to make sure it isn’t spam.  I’m sure it will come through tomorrow.

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Whoa.  That’s going to be a lifestyle change.

Be prepared for people to greet you and/or start random conversations with you.  We Southerners tend to do that.  And we tend to be more conservative and many are churchgoers (lots of streets will be church after church and oh look there’s another church.)  No alcohol sales on Sundays in most counties but most places are closed on Sunday anyway.

Small towns in SC really are small towns where everyone knows everybody’s business and there isn’t much to do once everything closes down at 9pm.  I would suggest looking into the larger cities like you seem to be doing (Columbia especially.)

As an attorney I would suggest joining the local bar and probably the loacl women’s bar association as well.  And be prepared for a very different style of law practice.  We know the lawyers from the big cities based on their attitude and style (New York and Miami especially) and some attorneys will probably be very judgmental since you’re a Noo Yawker.  I would spend a lot of your time paying attention to the other attorneys so you can pick up on the some of the Southern charm and style (and how much slower things tend to run down here.)  Oh and I’m not sure how much of a boys club law firms are up in NYC but there are few major firms down here with female partners.

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You are going to love Columbia! A big city (not NYC) with a small town attitude. You might be shocked with the difference… πŸ™‚ I lived in DC and now in Miami, so I felt the difference on the first time I went to Columbia. I visit it frequently and love the downtown area – very important for a lawyer – with all the museums and art galleries I usually stay at the Hampton Inn Columbia Downtown Historic District, which is walking distance from all the theathers, museums, galleries… I love it!

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