I just returned from a visit to my hometown of Eufaula, AL. It's a beautiful place and especially in the Spring with all the Azaleas and Dogwoods blooming. Eufaula is located at the stateline of Alabama and Georgia about 60 miles north of the Florida Stateline. Eufaula is called the Bass Capital of the World because of its 45000 acre lake which was created in 1963 by the damming of the Chattahoochee River. Eufaula was named for a tribe of Indians called the Eufaulas that once inhabited the area and was once a major trading post for cotton because of it's location on the river. Eufaula has one of the highest concentrations of ante-bellum homes in Alabama and has many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. You can see some photos of Eufaula if you make yourself a facebook.com account and then copy and paste this: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=1789&id=1127837051 Every spring during the first weekend in April, Eufaula hosts a Pilgrimage of Open Houses. See http://www.eufaulapilgrimage.com/ There is also an Antique Show as well as a sidewalk Art Fair. The town is a buzz with activities during the Pilgrimage.
Eufaula has a population of about 14,000 and has a mild winter climate and makes a great place to retire to. You can get a nice 3BR/2BA home for under $150k.There are several golf courses around. Lakepoint Resort State Park. George T. Bagby State Park on the Georgia side. Membership clubs are The Eufaula Country Club and also CCA - Country Club of Alabama. The city of Dothan is 50 miles South and Columbus, GA is about an hour drive and Montgomery, AL is about 2 and a half hour drive.
There is a new developement on the Southside of town called Reflections which is built to look like old fashioned bungalows. It's a gated community on the lake with a clubhouse and swimming pool. I'll highlight this community in an upcoming blog.
If you are looking for a great place to retire or just explore, I'll be glad to tell you more about Eufaula, Alabama. By the way, I know a really good real estate agent in Eufaula that I can refer you to. Here's a view of the Lake and also of the downtown.