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Old 05-19-2003, 08:50 AM
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Anybody that lives there year round with kids. What are the schools like? Is it a nice place to raise a family? Or is it just a vacation area? I have a 10 year old son. I'm toying with the idea of packing it in, and getting out of the rat race, that is living and working on Long Island What should I look out for as far as buying land? I'd like to be on the lake, but off the lake with a dock slip would do me also. I'm just trying to get an idea. What kind of economy is down there?
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PM 27Fountain. He is really the only regular on SML that is on OSO. He grew up there, and went to school there. His Dad still has a place on the lake. We were there this weekend, and the entire place was thriving, and of course the lake level was WAY up.

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Also, check out www.smlba.com

I am sure there are lots of folks willing to talk to you about everything.
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Thanks Brian! I just don't want to scare the locals. You know, being a yankee and all I promise that I won't want to change the place.
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Yankees are fine as long as you are moving here because you like it here and not going to change our home

Anyway to answer some of your questions. A ten year old would have allot of fun growing up here around SML, their are 3 counties that the lake is on, Franklin, Pensylvania, and Bedford. Our house is in Franklin, the lake is quickly becoming a place for more year rounders. Case in point I am 27 and probably going to build my first house at the lake and not Roanoke, you just can't beat the ROI. Plus their are more places to go eat and yes we actually have real grocery stores

As for places to buy get on the water even if it means pushing your budget, you will win in the long run. Please feel free to e-mail me directly if you want to talk more or would like for me to mail you some info.
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I go to SML ever year 3 or 4 times and would love to have a place there. My family and I love it there. It is great and the people are really nice too. We've been going to SML for 15 years but have not been able to afford a place yet. We have hooked up with a realtor and are going to look at property this june. We think we will buy the land now and put a house on it in a couple years. If you over there this summer let me know and we'll hook up and have some fun. I know the lake pretty well too. We like to go to the restaurants and eat and sight see all the new houses and the fulgar display of wealth there. LOL
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It really sounds like a nice place. We're doing our research now. I'm by no means rich, I hope you can still get somthing on the lake without spending a fortune My wife wants to go down this weekend, because it looks like it's gonna be a rainy Memorial weekend up here. We'll see, I'd like to have more time than a 4 day weekend, so I'm thinking some time this summer. But a road trip is coming
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AHA! Wonderwick. You were at the PR last weekend weren't you? I recognize that boat in your avatar.
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How was that poker run last weekend anyway?
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It was fun. About 1/3 of the folks ran around the lake via truck. We braved it, and it was not that bad. The boat is still filthy though. I hear they are changing the date of the event for next year. Good turnout. All 75 boats were there; and the boats are getting bigger and better.
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