(Closed) Southern east coast bees…best places to live?

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Post # 3
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Well….Florida is warm all year round 🙂 I personally like the panhandle a little better than South Florida (I’m from South Florida but currently live in Northern Florida). Little gems like Apalachichola and other places on the Forgotten Coast are BEAUTIFUL. And less touristy. Therefore less expensive 🙂

Post # 4
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m from Maryland, and I think it’s a nice place to live, though I’m not sure it’s much warmer than PA/NJ. There are a lot of beaches in MD and DE – Ocean City, Bethany, Dewey, Rehoboth. I don’t think I’d want to live at the beach year-round, but it’s great that they’re so close – they’re about 2 hours away from Annapolis and 3 hours away from DC.


Post # 8
3537 posts
Sugar bee

@HappilyEverAfter54:  I was going to suggest the Savannah area, I love to visit there!

I haven’t ever lived on the East Coast, I have only lived strictly on the Gulf of Mexico but there is a lot of charm in south Alabama, FL Panhandle and into Louisiana. That may be too far south and too warm year round for you, but the cost of living  is wayyy cheaper and also there have been some big additions to the job industry in these areas due to how cheap it is to sustain a business there.

For example:  Mobile, AL just got a huge contract with Thyssenkrupp and also Airbus ( adding over 1500 jobs), and there are tons of awesome beach communities in Baldwin Co, AL and Escambia County/Santa Rosa County, FL.

New Orleans is on the up and up after Katrina and really has made a push to revitalize the city to bring in tourism and also residents.  There are a lot of really nice communities North of the city on the lake and a 30-45 minute drive to the beaches.

Ft Walton Beach is also a really nice community in the FL Panhandle area and ( in my opinion) is not as touristy as Destin and has more of a community feel to it and less “spring break” feel like Panama City.



Post # 10
3537 posts
Sugar bee

@HappilyEverAfter54:  haha… yes! I personally have not lived in NO… but I also probably never would. I would look into communities such as Covington, Mandeville, Ponchatoula, Slidell.

If you have any questions you can PM me and I will be happy to share any info with you! Alabama gets a bad reputation from movies and what not, but it really is a nice place to live ( my parents live outside of Mobile), with good schools and lots of stuff to do. I would move back there in a heartbeat!

Post # 11
5229 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@HappilyEverAfter54:  St. Augustine is pretty cheap, actually. I’d recommend anywhere along the coast of northern Florida. Once you get south of maybe Palm Bay it starts to get expensive. If you want to be in the city centers in Jax or Daytona, it will cost more, but for the most part, cost of living is comparatively cheap (and by comparatively, I mean compared to south Florida, urban west cost Florida, or the Orlando area).

Post # 12
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hi! I’m a Georgia girl. Born in Augusta and I have lived here until high school and I just moved back from Savannah about a month ago from college. 

Augusta is somewhat…boring? But it’s a great place to raise a family. A lot of my classmates from High School absolutely hated Augusta and couldn’t wait to leave, but I actually don’t mind it. But then again, I’m not one to go out and party all the time.

Savannah is so beautiful. I have always wanted to live there and I’m so glad I did it. Savannah sucks in the summer, it’s so hot and humid and we have gnats that bite the shit out of you. But, it’s so darn pretty and living downtown was really nice because I got to walk everywhere. If you are thinking about renting downtown, there are many different options but beware of the cheaper ones that run for less than 1,000. Usually, they are not well taken care of and there’s some severe sloping in the floors. I got lucky and was living in a detached house downtown, 2 bdrm, 1 and a half bath for just $1000 and just 3 blocks from Forsyth Park.

Buying a home downtown, I’m not sure how cheap they go for but I just know of the ones that are a million + haha 

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