Five Reasons to Live in Southeast Georgia

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I was asked to post the top five reasons to live in Southeast GA.  Hmmmm... I could easily say "Weather, Weather, Weather, Weather, and Weather", but since there are so many reasons other than weather, I won't do that.

Here's my Top 5 Reasons countdown:

 5.  We have a broad economic base consisting of industrial (Georgia Pacific, Hurcules, etc.); Professional (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, many banks, etc.); and resort activities.  All of these are supplemented by our tourist activity which brings millions of dollars into the area.  This multi-pronged economy allows us a cushion if there are problems with one specific sector.

4.  Our location is good for many purposes.  We're half way between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL, and easy access to I-95 makes us within driving distance of a large portion of the population.  Within a day, we can drive to Key West and all of the Florida destinations in between, or we can drive north to DC.  And, we're less than 5 hours from Atlanta.  As a resort destination, this is great for investors who buy in our area.

3.  We have many activities throughout the year for all ages.  Jekyll, St. Simons, and Brunswick all have planned activities to lure the tourists.  Of course locals can participate and pick and choose their activities.  We have art shows frequently, antique shows, many parades, great 4th of July fireworks and festivals in many locations, fabulous Christmas lighting on Jekyll, King fish tournament on St. Simons, and the Brunswick Stew cook-off in Brunswick.  There are multiple activities monthly to choose from.

2.  We have beaches that are all public with the exception of Sea Island's beach.  Our beaches are useable throughout the year, and our sand is hard enough for bike riding and jogging.  And while we don't have the pretty white sandy beaches of western Florida, we can play volleyball on our beach.  Wind surfing, fishing, sailing, swimming, and shrimping are all activities that are available, and many of those activities are free!

1.  OK... the number 1 reason that I live here is because of the WEATHER.  After living years in the northeast, I have learned to appreciate the sunshine!  And while we have hot weather, it is easy to acclimate to it.  Our winter temperatures rarely drop below freezing, and our last snow was for Christmas in 1989!  It we want to see snow, see #4 above... we can just drive to NC or North GA.  We do have changing leaves, just not quite so many.  Our temperature today (Jan. 1, 2007) was in the low 70's.  Now this is my kind of weather!

 Come see the Golden Isles, and you can create your own list!


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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

It sounds wonderful, especially the weather....

Jan 01, 2007 10:28 PM #1
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Good job Sally; weather is a big deal to me too.

My wife and I usually go someplace warm during January or February. This year she wants to go to the Outer Banks but that doesn't meet my definition of warm. I would much rather go south to someplace like the Keys or even further.

We used to go to Cancun each January but it's so touristy now it's like Gatlinburg, Tennessee with an ocean; they even have a Sam's Club and a Super Wal-Mart now. ;-(.

I'll let you know how we liked the Outer Banks (you know how that wife thing works I'm sure) ;-)

Jan 02, 2007 12:22 AM #2
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

Nice, blog Sally.  Welcome to Active Rain.

Jan 02, 2007 12:57 AM #3
Michael Roberts
Real Estate Professionals of Glynn - Saint Simons Island, GA
You forgot the ever popular and seasonally present "Sand Gnats"  affectionately know to us as "The Flying Teeth".... But they only happen a couple fo months out the year and are easily kept off your jugular by deet or skin sio soft.....Other wise you're right it is a neat place... now how do we keep others from discovering it... Ha Ha...
Feb 09, 2007 01:41 AM #4
Stacie Shirley
Currently Inactive - Meansville, GA

We visit St.Simons every year and I LOVE IT!

One year I saw one of those crazy korny tourist shirts that said "Im on Island Time" I thought how nerdy......

Well when I got back home to work I was walking or gliding down the hall I should say with my coffee in hand and I noticed that I DID NOT SPILL ANY OF IT! Then it hit me.....I was STILL on "Island Time"

I finally realized what "Island Time" really was, I was always in a hurry and worked up and when I got back from St. Simons I had a calmness about me. It was great! I hope to move there one day. I love walking on the beach in the morning and sitting on the peir at night.

Dec 30, 2008 08:06 PM #5
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