Living in the Carolinas
What I love about living in the Carolinas is the weather, the people and the atmosphere....I'd be remiss if I not mention the BBQ? I have to admit, I'm a ketchup base person. But imagine a place where you get the changing of the seasons but without the snow plows.
I have a home in South Carolina and the taxes are low, the average price of gas is usually .20 to .25 cents cheaper than in our neighboring Charlotte area and if I want, I"m close enough to be in South Charlotte in less than five minutes. The culture here is different as well. I'm a native Michigander by birth, my wife's family is from the Carolinas region. We moved here over 14 years ago as of this writing. We were looking to buy a home our first for both of us. One thing I learned early on is everyone has their favorite shade of blue. You are quickly indoctrinated in the Carolina Blue or Duke Blue rivalry. Once the ACC tournament starts everything else takes a back seat.
Places to Visit while living in Carolina
The beaches are just four hours away as well as the mountains, maybe closer. Charlotte has a great location along the east coast and Charlotte Douglas International Airport can get you to most places in the world. People here can choose from a variety of lifestyles, from urban, suburban or rural...did I just hear that banjo strum? Little known fact that Charlotte, NC is the second largest banking hub outside of New York City. You can live in Uptown, or as I call it downtown charlotte and be at the center of what else, "Center City Charlotte". Home to a whole host of yearly events like the CIAA basketball tournament, concerts at the Spectrum arena and Speed Street!
Like to walk? Make sure you check out the Carolina Thread Trail where over 141 miles of a regional network that reaches 15 counties, crosses 2 states. Be sure to visit nearby Cane Creek Park for fishing, picnicking and horseback riding while in Waxhaw, NC. If you are looking for a great place to raise children and a family, then the Carolinas real estate is for you. Seeking a great place to spend your golden years? Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, SC is your place.
One of the things my wife an I were first alerted to when we lived in nearby Weddington, NC was the Waxhaw Furniture Outlet. This place has most major brands you’ll find in Hickory, NC home of most of the well-known furniture makers, such as Thomasville, Bassett, etc..but at a fraction of the cost. My wife and I still find occasion at least once a year to visit the outlet for a great piece of furniture.
In closing, Carolina living has plenty to offer, a small town feel with the amenities of a “big city”. If you are looking for a great place to live, with low crime rates, great shopping, newer homes and awesome schools, then the Carolinas should be on your list.
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