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Gtmodawg
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OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
My wife and I have both been offered jobs in Brunswick and I was wondering where some of you guys who live in that area would recommend living? We have a daughter in school (5th grade) so schools are a big factor from what I can see all of the middle schools are not great but Glynn Academy and Camden County High School are pretty highly rated. Would like to live somewhere between Darien and Kingsland, with Waverly looking pretty interesting. We don't have thedesire to buy anything more than $500K or so and it needs to have enough land to build a shop...gotta have a shop. Any thoughts?

Also any thoughts about living in the area...I planned on retiring in Darien most of my adult life but I haven't been to Darien more than just passing through in 10 years. I lived in Brunswick as a kid and I loved it in the early 70's but other than going fishing a few times in the area I haven't spent much time in the area as an adult. What is the health care situation? Go to Jacksonville or Savannah or is it acceptable? Flying in and out of Golden Isles? Again, driving to Jacksonville or Savannah...or God forbid Atlanta? Would love to live in St. Mary's or Fernandina but the commute would be way more than I want to contend with.

Its my goal to make this the last stop....work another 7-10 years and pull the pin and fish and duck hunt until I reach room temperature...we have been angling for this for years and now that it looks like it may come to fruition I can't wait but I realized I haven't been in the area in years....


Broncothor
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
Harrietts Bluff area is worth a look.


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HinesvilleThrill
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
I’m born and raised on the coast and my family has houses in Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden counties.

For what you’re looking for, I’d choose someplace like Waverly.
You’re about eight minutes from Brunswick but you can buy or build a house for $500k right on the water and get to pay Camden taxes instead of Glynn.

In regards to schools, Camden County is a fine high school but living in Waverly you could still choose Frederica Academy if you chose the private school route. Healthcare at Southeast Georgia Health System is adequate and you could get to Jax or Savannah for specialists. You are pretty limited flying in Brunswick but you can get to either the Jax or Sav airports in under an hour or so and typically cheaper out of Jax.

You need to take a long hard look at Maiden Creek in Waverly.


Spunky
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
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I’m born and raised on the coast and my family has houses in Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden counties.





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Floyd Dawg
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
I'm originally from Savannah and lived on SSI for a while.

I'd agree with Waverly; it's really exploded since I live there. CCHS is miles better schools wise than either Brunswick HS or Glynn Academy. Frederica Academy is better than all of them if you can swing a private school.

From Brunswick, I'd catch flights out of Jax over Savannah. Hell, my mom lives in Savannah and flies out of Jax more often than not.

Healthcare wise, Jax is probably the better option over Savannah, which is better than Brunswick or St. Mary's.


deeprig9
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
To be fair, St Mary's is basically jax.


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AllDawgCK
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
I actually live 8n Brunswick. Moved here from Athens in June. Great place.


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VADawg
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
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What is the health care situation? Go to Jacksonville or Savannah or is it acceptable?


If it's something serious, there's a branch of the Mayo Clinic off of San Pablo in Jacksonville.

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Flying in and out of Golden Isles? Again, driving to Jacksonville or Savannah


From Brunswick, you can be at the Jax airport in an hour. If you're really needing to fly direct and avoid a layover, Orlando is closer to you than Atlanta.


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Gtmodawg
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
Thanks to all of you for the information...it looks like the thing to do is find a place just across the Camden County line so the commute will be better and we will have access to Camden County Schools. Housing prices in the area seem fantastic to me coming from the west coast...part of the reason we started talking about moving back east was due to the lower cost of living and we have kind of planned on retiring somewhere between Darien and Stuart Florida anyway so the Brunswick area has always been kind of the spot.

Frederica Academy is compelling....hard to find a non-denominational school in the deep south. I went to private schools in Atlanta as a kid and worked at 2 VERY exclusive schools in Atlanta in College and in my experience the biggest difference is parent involvement. When I was working at the schools high school tuition was about $20K a year for the base price...at that price point in the mid 80's you can bet those parents were involved in EVERYTHING at that school....most of the mothers were there a couple of hours a day. Drove the faculty insane but the really appreciated the involvement. I have kept my kids in highly rated public schools because I didn't see the value for the buck...an involved parent in a public school that isn't completely dysfunctional can see to it that their kid gets a good education for the price of property taxes. That being said the difference in the ability of a good private school's, especially one that isn't merely a bible study group for 12 years, to have access to good colleges is heads and shoulders above the best public schools access because the parents demand it for their money. We may look into Frederica....the tuition is not outstanding if it is comparable in reputation to the 2 schools I am familiar with in Atlanta....and GLORY GLORY our son is probably 6 months away from being off the payroll permanently!!!! He has a job offer in Atlanta in the industry his degree is in and they are offering to pay for a masters degree! Its a Masters of Fine Art in creative writing so he can brag to his customers at Olive Garden where his second job will be but still...that sucker is nearly off Mama and Daddy's payroll! Anyway, has anyone got any experience with Frederica?


Spunky
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
This is from our old, fragile, mullet rocking, covid dodging friend Gtown who unfortunately resides in South Carolina. I'm simply the messenger and only did so because he promised my first dibs on his wife after the Rona gets him.


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You're evidently looking for a view of paper mill stacks, dying salt marshes and poorly played south Georgia high school football so with me being from SC I cannot help you unfortunately. I will tell you I would not mention the name Hinesville Thrill anywhere around Charleston's little sister Savannah. A lot of descendants of his family "farms" are still present along river street selling knock off sweet grass baskets and cheap air brushes t shirts and would love to find out his location


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WG_Dawg
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
Didn't want to start a new thread so figured it'd be easier to hijack this one.

-I'm ashamed to admit I've never been to Tybee before. My wife and I just went to hilton head this past weekend and now we're looking at going to tybee later this month so I'm looking for some advice.
-First of all, who does tybee think it is? Prices for hotels are like $300-$400 per night, in the midst of a pandemic. Lol yeah right. Is that normal?
-With that in mind we're looking at air bnb instead. There are some near the east side of the island that look alright, but there are some more west that are much cheaper. One of the reviews said they could walk to the beach so when I google mapped it I was a bit surprised to see it was less than a mile walk. I guess I didn't realize the island was that skinny. First question- if we stayed more "inland" would it be too touch to walk with a cooler and chairs to the beach?
-Playing off the last question, if we did stay more central/west are there public beaches on the east side of the island we can drive to and park? Or woudl you recommend just getting somehwere closer on the beach and not have to worry abotu that?
-I know the gulf beaches the sand is all fluffy. When we were at hilton head this past week there's a bit of fluffy sand, then hard packed sand leading to the water. What is it like at tybee? The google map aerial I saw made it look like it was all hard packed. This doesn't really matter to our plans, I'm just curious.
-What are some of the best places for visitors on the island? I'm sure I know what spanky I mean spunky would recommend, but are there any other can't miss places we should visit?


deeprig9
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
Tybee is a shithole compared to Hilton Head. Just fyi.


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gulfportdawg
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
Judging from your handle, you spent time in GTMO Bay, Cuba? That was my first duty station...1977-1978. Sorry, but can't help you on your relocation, but good luck!


agentoranj1990
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
I lived in Savannah for my hs years. I agree w/ deeprig, Hilton Head is way better than Tybee. We always went to HH if we had the time over Tybee. Tybee has cleaned up the last 20 years but HH has great resorts, restaurants, and biking trails. We usually staid in Shipyard or Sea Pines. If you go off season you can get some great rates. I've heard Darien/McIntosh county has had a lot of people moving down there to retire and gotten pretty nice.


Gtmodawg
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
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Judging from your handle, you spent time in GTMO Bay, Cuba? That was my first duty station...1977-1978. Sorry, but can't help you on your relocation, but good luck!


I have worked at GTMO a couple of times....best kept secret in the west indies! I understand it was really great prior to 9/11...I have a friend down there who has been there since the late 80's. He had a 6 passenger plane there until 2001 and him and 5 others would be somewhere in the Caribbean every weekend either fishing or drinking....leave Thursday afternoon and come back on Sunday evening...for years! What a life....


Gtmodawg
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
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I've heard Darien/McIntosh county has had a lot of people moving down there to retire and gotten pretty nice.


I don't think there is anywhere on the planet better than Darien and St. Mary's.....but I am afraid the retirees may destroy both. Good for the local economy but I lived in Charleston a year back in the early 90's and dear god it was Manhattan without any of the charm! I plan on being one of those retirees but I am 5th generation southern at the least...I knew 3 of those generations well....I am of the south...most of those retirees are not, at least in Charleston.


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Gtmodawg
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
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I lived in Savannah for my hs years. I agree w/ deeprig, Hilton Head is way better than Tybee. We always went to HH if we had the time over Tybee. Tybee has cleaned up the last 20 years but HH has great resorts, restaurants, and biking trails. We usually staid in Shipyard or Sea Pines. If you go off season you can get some great rates. I've heard Darien/McIntosh county has had a lot of people moving down there to retire and gotten pretty nice.



In my experience Tybee is more like the gulf coast, parts of the panhandle and then down around clearwater...kind of blue collar and a little dodgy. Thats my cup of tea. HH is more like Destin....loads of folks with money or who think they have money and the attitude to go along with it. I much prefer the company of Shrimpers and commercial Grouper fisherman (grouper not in Tybee but around Clearwater) than Golfers.....


tybeebomb
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
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McIntosh has gotten nice


I can confirm. Bought my father in laws place on the sapelo river in sutherland bluff plantation. Deep water, good fishing, nice golf course . Get a lot of bang for your buck. Comparable water front lots would be way morexexpensve.


Also, tybee hotels are awful. Try mermaid cottages, very nice. Tybee is not a shithole if you know where to go.
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Kneehigh
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
I’d drive about 2 1/2 more hours to Ponce Inlet. Especially if you’re using Air B&B. Nice beach. Far enough away from Daytona. Awesome sunset/sunrise. Excellent, fresh, seafood, restaurants.


WG_Dawg
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re: OT Reloacting to the Georgia Coast
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’d drive about 2 1/2 more hours to Ponce Inlet.


We were trying to keep the drive to around 4 hours


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