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My dh has an offer of a job in the Charleston area, but we need more info about the area before we can decide if the job is worth it. We have a 5 year old dd who is already pre-registered for kindergarten and has had evaluations for speech classes here in Florida. We also have a 17 month old ds. Any info about rental prices, what they want to move in most places, prices for utilities, food costs, gas prices. All the cost of living stuff basically. Info on the local schools would be nice too. Any info about LLL or API groups and that type of thing would be great! We moved from Louisiana to FL about a year and a half ago so moving to any area that actually feels southern really appeals to me, but there is a decent AP feel and great schools here.
 

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I don't have a lot of time to reply right now but here's a little info:<br><br>
We have a great AP playgroup: <a href="http://www.familyplaytime.net" target="_blank">www.familyplaytime.net</a> (hmmm...i just clicked and it isn't working....I'll post more info later)<br><br>
Yes, there is a very active LLL. We have 4 meetings monthly and a toddler meeting. There is also a chapter of Holistic Mom's Network.<br>
There is 1 ped here who is ok with delayed/no-vax, if that's a concern for you.<br><br>
Schools in Dorchester Dst 2 are awesome (Summerville area). Charleston has some really good charter/magnet programs in the County school district. My girls are in a public Montessori program. Depending on where you live, of course, the schools vary. Mount Pleasant has ok public schools but the COL is insane there. West Ashley (part of Charleston) is much more reasonable to live and most of the schools are good. Downtown is the historic district and prices are exorbitant and public schools are lacking. The Summerville area is pretty reasonable as well. North Charleston is seeing a great resurrection of some old n-hoods, but schools are still lagging.<br><br>
Anyway, I gotta run, please feel free to PM me if you have more questions.<br>
Good luck on your search!!
 

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Don't know what's up with the webpage, but here's the link to the Yahoo group:<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FamilyPlaytimeSC/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FamilyPlaytimeSC/</a>
 

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Hi Kristina -- sounds like an exciting opportunity. I don't know anything about the pracitcalities and expense of living in Charleston, but I do know that it is a gorgeous city with lots to do! I imagine it has plenty of AP mamas, being a pretty laid-back type of place.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> I lived in Summerville for years, graduated HS there. District 2 school are supposed to be the best.<br><br>
The housing isn't bad in the outlying areas like Goose Creek, Summerville, and West of the Ashley. Avoid Daniel Island and Mt. Pleasant like the plague unless you want sticker shock from hell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
I loved it there, I miss it terribly, and if they had decent autism services and engineering jobs for dh, I'd move back there in a heartbeat. *sigh*<br><br>
Politically it is redder than red, but there are more and more AP type moms moving into the area. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hello Kristina,<br><br>
I live near Charleston and can absolutely attest to there being an awesome group of moms here. Mandy already sent you some info on the yahoo group and hopefully that website will be up and running again soon. I count many friends among this group of moms and I'm sure you will find lots of support when (if?) you move here.<br><br>
Last weekend there was an Earth Day Fest in a part of town called Park Circle in North Charleston. It is such a cute neighborhood with sidewalks, a really neat little downtown area, a park, etc. I've heard the schools there aren't the best, but I was so impressed by that area and what they have done to fix it up and make it a nice place to live! If it were up to me and I was moving here again, I would look in the West Ashley area, or even further out like Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island. Beautiful and the prices are not as crazy as the East Cooper area.<br><br>
Good luck with your move!
 

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Kristina,<br>
In addition to the group that Mandy & Melissa mentioned, here is some additional information:<br><br>
When we found out that we would move here, we bought the Insider's Guide to Charleston (<a href="http://www.insiders.com/charleston-sc/" target="_blank">http://www.insiders.com/charleston-sc/</a>) and found that to be very helpful in guiding us to local activities, events and such.<br>
We also looked at the school districts and performance scores of area schools here:<br><a href="http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/go/SC" target="_blank">http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/go/SC</a><br>
After looking at that, you will want to learn about homeschooling options, LOL, here's a good link for that:<br><a href="http://sciway.net/edu/k12/homeschooling.html" target="_blank">http://sciway.net/edu/k12/homeschooling.html</a><br>
There is an active Holistic Moms Network here (I am not a member but have heard nice things about the group):<br><a href="http://home.homewebs.com/hmncharlestonsc/" target="_blank">http://home.homewebs.com/hmncharlestonsc/</a><br>
We also have an active NINO group based out of Summerville:<br><a href="http://www.lowcountrynino.org/" target="_blank">http://www.lowcountrynino.org/</a><br>
that meets once a month every 2nd Tuesday with additional occasional weekend meetings.<br>
There is a fantastic Flea Market in Ladson that has the best prices on produce but you have to get there early Saturday morning to get it fresh.<br>
I really recommend (this is something I do to learn about where ever we are moving to) subscribing to the local paper before the move. You can really get to know what is important to an area by what the local media chooses to focus on. They will typically mail the paper to your home.<br><a href="http://www.charleston.net/" target="_blank">http://www.charleston.net/</a><br>
and the free local parenting magazine:<br><a href="http://www.lowcountryparent.com/" target="_blank">http://www.lowcountryparent.com/</a><br>
There are a lot of FreeCycle groups in the area that are very active as well.<br>
One thing that you might or might not be concerned with is the high level of industry in the areas near water. There are also frequent controlled burns in the area that last for months. If you are chemically sensitive or have breathing issues, those might be affected.<br>
I've lived in a few different areas of the country and have found this to be one of the cheapest as far as cost of living goes.
 

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Thanks for all the great info ladies. We still aren't sure what is going to happen with the job situation. We haven't been told anything concrete about when the job would start or if would be a long term position or just short term. At this point I am doing things here as though we will be staying here, but also gathering info in case we move. I really don't want to move dd once she is in school so hopefully we will know something before August.
 
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