We are a family of four- two kids in elementary school. I am a stay at home mom and husband is a software engineer. We live in CT and have for a while been considering moving farther south.
Although my husband probably could, I don't think I could handle the weather in Florida year-round. I think the extremely hot and humid 'summer' weather- which it sounds like lasts way too long there- would be just too much for me. I have looked into somewhat (but not yet visited) parts of Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Hopefully our family will soon be able to plan our first trip to NC. I am hoping that we will combine some vaca time with primarily time exploring areas where we might like to relocate.
The trip isn't scheduled yet, and I am not sure what time of year we will go, but I'm leaning towards going in the summer, to see what summer feels like down there :). And I don't know yet how long we'll have for this first trip, but for now I'll guess it may be a week...?
I'd say what we're mainly looking for a single-family home, preferably not more than $400,000... in a town that is safe, has good schools, is family-oriented, has plenty of indoor and outdoor stuff to do -for both kids and adults- in town or nearby, as well as nearby shopping, dining..
I'd love to hear from folks their recommendations on where to go and what to see, (and even where to avoid) in order to explore the area for its relocation potential for us.
Thanks very much!