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Old 05-23-2020, 01:41 PM
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Hi all,

I'm hoping to retire in a few years and have been thinking about places to retire. Lived in NY all my life and would like to leave when I retire. The taxes, traffic and cost of living here are main reasons. Doing a lot of lurking here about different locations. Having been thinking seriously around the Lake Norman area. Can anyone recommend a nice area around the Lake? Mooresville? Any suggestions?
As of now I would prefer my own house with a 2 car garage (bigger is always better). I don't have to be right on the lake but depending on the house/location might work for me.
Was thinking 400ish.
Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 05-23-2020, 04:10 PM
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Go west
Coeur d Alene or Sandpoint Idaho.
Awesome lakes but maybe more winter than you want.
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I just moved from that area, and I will say the Charlotte metro is awesome, BUT itís growing like a weed. Mooresville is crowded, I would highly suggest looking a little south on lake Wylie, or even lake Murray.
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Originally Posted by hoodoo View Post
Go west
Coeur d Alene or Sandpoint Idaho.
Awesome lakes but maybe more winter than you want.
do you live out there?
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Originally Posted by Stuckonstupid View Post
I just moved from that area, and I will say the Charlotte metro is awesome, BUT itís growing like a weed. Mooresville is crowded, I would highly suggest looking a little south on lake Wylie, or even lake Murray.
Lake Murray is very nice and I think the real estate is pretty affordable. Another good option is Lake Hartwell. Itís a little
outside the major cities so real estate is significantly lower. Big, quiet, clean lake.

Lake Murray last summer:


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Thanks for all the suggestions.

Keep em coming!! It's appreciated
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Old 05-24-2020, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ToMorrow44 View Post
Lake Murray is very nice and I think the real estate is pretty affordable. Another good option is Lake Hartwell. Itís a little
outside the major cities so real estate is significantly lower. Big, quiet, clean lake.

Lake Murray last summer:

That does look beautiful. Is the lake usually that calm?
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Originally Posted by budd View Post
do you live out there?
I live in Sarasota but Iím in Priest River/Sandpoint a lot for business and vacation.
I spent a little time in New Zealand several years ago and Sandpoint reminds me a lot of Queenstown. Absolutely beautiful landscape and no crowds. The north Idaho winters may have something to do with keeping the hoards in check. Here in Fl winterizing means occasionally wearing long pants, but Iíll end up out there at some point, at least most of the year.
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Originally Posted by underpsi68 View Post
That does look beautiful. Is the lake usually that calm?
i was there for a week last June. It was very quiet. Itís a big lake and what you see in the picture is a small finger of the lake. I was even there during the poker run and it wasnít too crazy
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Originally Posted by underpsi68 View Post
That does look beautiful. Is the lake usually that calm?
we rent houses on VRBO for our summer trips. I would suggest doing something like that on a couple of the lakes your interested in. Spend a few days Or a week at each and see what area you like the best. Just a thought.
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