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Some Help From SC Freepers, Please...Sorry for the Vanity Post
6/21/2013 | RedPlum

Posted on 06/21/2013 6:28:12 AM PDT by Redplum

My company appears ready to move me to South Carolina, specifically to fill a position in our plant in North Charleston. I have a teenage son ready to finish up his last year in high school before heading off to college; our other children are grown and on their own, which I guess makes me and Mrs. RP empty-nesters.

I am coming from the St Louis region and know next to nothing about the Charleston area. I like to shoot, hunt, ride my Dyna Super Glide Custom, and play golf. Wife and I are life-long Catholics and enjoy participating with a strong congregation.

Any recommendations on areas to concentrate while looking for a new home? Summerville/Dorchester County looks promising but some real-world advice and observations from my Freeper Friends that live in the area would be most welcome.

Thanks for any help!


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1 posted on 06/21/2013 6:28:12 AM PDT by Redplum
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To: Redplum

You will find Charleston a great place to pursue all of the interests you mentioned.....my hunch is you will love it!


2 posted on 06/21/2013 6:30:26 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Redplum

It’s hot and humid. Don’t store anything in outside storage: the salt air will destroy it, especially antique furniture.

Get a 17 ft center console boat and fish the bays and rivers or get a 23 footer and fish the ocean. There are free put ins everywhere. It’s part of the culture. Learn to cast a net—for shrimp and bait. Bait is expensive.

Get a crab trap—fish the creeks on the incoming tide. Read the tide charts —in the paper and on the web.

Good luck!


3 posted on 06/21/2013 6:34:03 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Redplum

You sound like a Boeing guy! You will love that area. I’d look at Mt. Pleasant as well to live. Might want to investigate Bishop England High School if your son goes to Catholic schools. Plenty of churches in the area as well. A hunting and golf paradise. You will enjoy it very much. Good Luck!!


4 posted on 06/21/2013 6:34:35 AM PDT by castowell (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Redplum; upchuck

SC ping!


5 posted on 06/21/2013 6:34:53 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: Redplum

Aren’t you lucky! :)


6 posted on 06/21/2013 6:35:55 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Redplum
We moved from Chicago to SC six years ago. Best move of our lifetime. We feel blessed to be in such a conservative, freedom loving state. We visit Charleston often. You're going to love it.

Good luck.

7 posted on 06/21/2013 6:37:21 AM PDT by yobid (Catastrophic failure is the only pathway for improvement)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I like to day trip there some from Columbia. May do that tomorrow.


8 posted on 06/21/2013 6:39:10 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Redplum

Since you apologized in advance, your “vanity” should not be thought of as a sin. /s


9 posted on 06/21/2013 6:40:57 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Redplum

South Carolina + Golf...your in paradise


10 posted on 06/21/2013 6:55:31 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Redplum

I ‘escaped’ from New York in ‘76 and never looked back.


11 posted on 06/21/2013 6:56:58 AM PDT by RetSignman
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To: Redplum; l8pilot; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
Perhaps those of you in the Charleston area can chime in and help Redplum.

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Redplum: adding you to the SC ping list would be a pleasure. Let me know.

12 posted on 06/21/2013 7:10:57 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: Redplum

I moved back to SC last year after 30 years in PA. Couldn’t be happier. Lot’s to do if you like the outdoors and Charleston has great dining, both expensive and inexpensive(if you know where to look)


13 posted on 06/21/2013 7:13:49 AM PDT by burghguy
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To: RetSignman

I moved here 16 years ago. I can’t imagine moving away! Love coastal SC. Golf, fishing, shooting, flying, riding, sailing. Just love it. The politics is great too. A Indian Lady Governor who is solid conservative and pro business. A solid conservative black Senator. We voted for Newt in the last Repubic primary. If we could only get rid of our token gay, lib Senator, Miss Lindsey..
Charleston is a GREAT American city. You will learn the areas to avoid, and love the rest. Welcome.


14 posted on 06/21/2013 7:14:44 AM PDT by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: Redplum

I’m on the other side of the state (the high country). My sister lives in Charleston.

Great golf, great fishing, horribly hot, humid and wet. Great easy access to I95. Bring your Mosquito repellent.


15 posted on 06/21/2013 7:19:16 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Usagi_yo; stylecouncilor
I’m on the other side of the state (the high country).

Now you're talking....

16 posted on 06/21/2013 7:26:02 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: wally_bert

ah Cola town....the hot hazy home of mine for 11 years....(inlcuding 4 at USC)


17 posted on 06/21/2013 7:42:33 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Been here since 96. Didn’t plan on staying then. Even married a native. Columbia has been very kind to me.


18 posted on 06/21/2013 8:07:45 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Redplum

You’ll love it. I lived in Columbia, SC for almost 8 years; living through STL summers will stand you well for dealing with the brutal heat and humidity in SC, especially in the Lowcountry.

I don’t know if this is current but SC did not used to have mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, in any case because of the short mild winters there are tons of two-wheelers around so you and your Dynaglide will be in good company. And as for the shooting, and golf, you’re definitely headed to the right place. (Not sure about the hunting.)

Charleston itself is a treasure, a great place to visit if you’re into history and architecture. I never got tired of daytripping down there to hang out on the Battery and walk the neighborhoods. Plus you’re close to great beaches and great seafood. You’ll just have to get used to heat, humidity, the occasional hurricane scare, and the smell of pluff mud, depending on how close to the water you live.

Welcome to the South!

}:-)4


19 posted on 06/21/2013 8:09:25 AM PDT by Moose4 (SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED.)
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To: Redplum

SC and Charleston are well kept secrets. Move on down but don’t let anyone know how good it is.


20 posted on 06/21/2013 8:12:13 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: Redplum; All
Wow, what a great response!

So many positive comments, and such warm hospitality. It makes these life-long Midwesterners feel a little better about such a major change in our lives - particularly Mrs. RP, who is very nervous about leaving our substantial safety net of family & friends here in our current hometown (OK, me too).

Freepers are the best, thanks so much for the advice and help!

21 posted on 06/21/2013 8:37:03 AM PDT by Redplum
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To: castowell
Shhh...don't tell, trying to keep some anonymity here!

Thanks particularly for the tip regarding Bishop England HS. Our children all went through Catholic education K-12 and we would prefer the youngest to complete his last year the same.

22 posted on 06/21/2013 8:40:50 AM PDT by Redplum
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To: PilotDave
Thanks Dave!

I feel your pain, we have to deal with the witch McCaskill here in MO. I still shake my head in disbelief over her re-election. An opportunity lost for our great state and the conservative cause in general.

Todd Akin is family friend and should have never lost because of a stupid manufactured controversy. It greatly saddened us to see such a fearless conservative so unfairly maligned.

23 posted on 06/21/2013 8:45:55 AM PDT by Redplum
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To: Redplum

Golf, Motorcycles? You’ll be moving to one of the best locations in the US.


24 posted on 06/21/2013 8:53:40 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Redplum

Regarding the heat. Pooy. I think that coastal SC is just about the perfect climate in the CONUS. Especially if you live within 5 miles or so of the Ocean. We get a afternoon sea breaze here everyday and it cools the coast alot! I moved here largely due to the weather. I figure we get 10 - 15 days a year that are a little to hot. And 10 to 15 days a year that are too cold. To cold is defined a a frost delay in the morning for golf. We get a trace of snow every 6 years or so. Hi temp here today in Myrtle Beach is 83. Last 5 days... mid to high 80’s. Next five days. 80’s. Last summer we never hit 100 all summer.


25 posted on 06/21/2013 10:05:11 AM PDT by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: Redplum

We have a house in Summerville. I would look outside N. Charleston for a home. That area is becoming very ghetto-ized. I don’t even go there without a real reason. Summerville is a nice area but there are a lot of nice areas. There are lots of places to hunt and fish. Between Charleston and Orangeburg are a lot of forests and fresh water lakes. Don’t worry about what people tell you about the heat and humidity. After a few days your head will explode and you will adapt nicely after that. :) There is a huge Catholic population in the area and lots of Catholic churches, although I’m not Catholic. Let me know if you have any other questions!


26 posted on 06/21/2013 10:32:44 AM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Redplum
lucky you...

adult son moved from Harrisburg, PA. one year ago to Winston Salem, NC...said he never will return north again...daughter in Georgia...so our place is on the market, hoping it sells as we head South also...I visit both states often and love it...

HOSPITALITY PLUS... best wishes to your family...
Carole~Pennsylvania

27 posted on 06/21/2013 11:45:08 AM PDT by haircutter (,,,)
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To: Redplum
I can't add too much to what has already been said and would concur that North Charleston might be a last choice for residence although it's not that bad compared to other areas in the US. I'm in West Ashley which is within the Charleston city limits but it's really the "burbs" as Charleston "proper" (the peninsula) is really small.

Having lived here for 26 years I can say that there are many nice places to locate.

As for shooting, I work at what I consider the safest indoor range in the area, Quickshot here in West Ashley. I just got my NRA RSO certification and I teach Concealed Carry at the range. All handguns, rifles up to .308 and shotguns (slugs only) are allowed. We also have full auto rentals (H&K G-36 is my fav) which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Shoot me a PM when you get here and I can hook you up with some free range time and full auto rental.

28 posted on 06/21/2013 1:30:13 PM PDT by BattleFlag (The right to self defense, one without which none others matter)
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To: PistolPaknMama; Redplum
I would look outside N. Charleston for a home.

+1

29 posted on 06/21/2013 1:30:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Redplum

Charleston is a terrific city. I’ll go out on a limb and guess that you’ll love it. It IS hot in the summer, and so I heartily recommend that you come to cool(relatively), green Asheville for your vacation!!


30 posted on 06/21/2013 3:15:17 PM PDT by rejoicing
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To: Slings and Arrows; PistolPaknMama; Redplum
I would look outside N. Charleston for a home.

+2

31 posted on 06/21/2013 5:48:52 PM PDT by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: Redplum

Good luck with the move. I’m hoping to move our family to the Greenville/Spartanburg area in a few months, if I can sell our house. A bit closer to the mountains but still less than a day’s drive from the coast.


32 posted on 06/21/2013 6:16:28 PM PDT by opus86
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To: Redplum
Stay out of North Charleston!! Bad, bad, and bad! Summerville (Where I live) is a nice town with two high schools (Summerville High and Fort Dorchester) They both have great football teams and there is a lot of hometown pride. AJ Green of the Bengals graduated from Summerville high. There are some really nice neighborhoods here with affordable pricing for rent and for sell. You'll like it here like we did when we were stationed in 2006 with a son in his senior year in high school. Summerville is north of N. Charleston. Maybe 15-30 commute at the most to anywhere in N. Charleston. Goose Creek is close to N. Charleston. There are some nice areas but there are some bad ones too. Crowfeild Plantation is a nice area with a high school (I think it's name is Stanford High) We came very close to buying a house there but found Summerville and liked it better. Crowfeild has nice walking and biking trails, a lot of wooded lake areas in the different parts of the development. It's close to N. Charleston for work etc.... I know nothing about the Mount Pleasant area but you might want to look into it.
33 posted on 06/21/2013 7:06:26 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Redplum

I forgot to mention Westcott Village in Summerville. Nice, clean neighborhood with a golf course.

Churches are EVRYWHERE. You and your wife will have no problem finding one. Charleston has some of the the oldest, most historic and most beautiful churches that I have ever seen.


34 posted on 06/21/2013 7:09:23 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Redplum

Husband just reminded me to let you know that if you are narrowing your search to Summerville to stay out of these neighborhoods:

-Kings Grant
-The Bridges of Oakbrook (Certain areas of this neighborhood are nice but some are not)

Some other suggestion for you to consider in Summerville

Brandy Mill
Iron Gate
Quail Arbor
(These neighborhoods are on Old Trolly Road between Historic downtown Summerville and Dorchester Road(a main drag in the area)- convenient to Boeing or Bosch, a straight shot to either facility)

On second thought, avoid Goose Creek unless you are looking in Crowfeild Plantation.

Stay out of Ladson and Hanahan, if you can. They are located between Summerville and Charleston and there is a bit of floating riff raff that comes up from North Charleston to settle in those towns.

If you want the name of a really good real estate agent, I have the guy for you! Really. He spent 30 years in the submarine service and was my Husband’s Master Chief. He our agent and took great care of us when we transferred here and retired.


35 posted on 06/21/2013 7:30:10 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: opus86
Greenville/Spartanburg area in a few months...A bit closer to the mountains but still less than a day’s drive from the coast

Less than a day's drive? From Columbia, the mountains or the coast is less than 2 hrs. away. If you're up state, then the coast is about 3-4 hours. That's a mere fraction of a day's drive.

36 posted on 06/21/2013 7:33:32 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: BattleFlag

ATP, perhaps?


37 posted on 06/21/2013 7:33:52 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: submarinerswife
ATP is probably the most popular range/gun shop in the area but I've never been there so I can't comment from experience. By comparison Quickshot is the new kid on the block having been open for less than a year.

We work hard to provide a safe, enjoyable indoor range experience. Judging by the feedback we're getting there.

38 posted on 06/22/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT by BattleFlag (The right to self defense, one without which none others matter)
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To: BattleFlag

ATP was the only range in the area. I would love to find an outdoor range close by. Where is Quickshot located?

My favorite gun shop is East Coast. ATP is the largest but their customer service is horrible.


39 posted on 06/22/2013 9:30:17 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: submarinerswife
Quickshot is in West Ashley, 1869 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. As for outdoor ranges there is Palmetto Gun Club which is members only and the last I heard they were not taking new members but this might have changed.

The only two public outdoor ranges I know of are;

Twin Ponds

Boggy Head

To my knowledge there is no range supervision at either and I advise that if you go to these places, keep your wits about you and be aware that certain basic safety concepts like a "cold range" etc. are not practiced.

40 posted on 06/22/2013 9:17:28 PM PDT by BattleFlag (The right to self defense, one without which none others matter)
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To: PistolPaknMama

All the more reason for me to move! ; )


41 posted on 06/25/2013 6:48:44 AM PDT by opus86
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