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Idyllic Hobe Sound, Florida
In 1696, a ship carrying British Quakers sank off Florida's southeastern coast, and the small religious group was forced ashore. It was the first time that white men had set eyes upon the idyllic area now known as Hobe Sound.
Today this waterfront village is considered an exurb of Port St. Lucie to the north.
It sits along the Indian River, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway, and its best feature may be its secret beach.
This 5 mile stretch of wild, nearly empty sand is within Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. It is at the end of a dead-end road on the barrier island that sits between Hobe Sound and the sea.
There is no development around, and the only amenities are a parking lot and a wooden observation deck. The views of unspoiled sand, surf and sky are breathtaking.
There are other nearby nature areas, too, including rambling Jonathan Dickinson State Park and Saint Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park (reachable only by boat).
Back in town, Hobe Sound has an interesting mix of small, older homes in organic, leafy neighborhoods and some very expensive, celebrity-owned waterfront estates.
Residents have eight golf courses from which to choose, and restaurants include catfish houses, BBQ places, steakhouses and delis. A Publix and a Winn Dixie are also here.
Leafy Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Lush and leafy, Chapel Hill is located in north central North Carolina and is a slightly rural college town that grew up around the University of North Carolina, the oldest state-supported university in the United States.
Chapel Hill is part of the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill "Triangle," with North Carolina State University, Duke University and one of the largest and most reputable high-tech research parks in the nation, the Research Triangle Park, just down the road. Professors, university staff and RTP employees live in Chapel Hill, and as a result, its residents are generally liberal, affluent and well-educated.
The city is cosmopolitan but with a small town warmth, and it is known for its engaging music scene, stimulating foodie culture and genteel hospitality. And, of course, the UNC Tar Heels give residents plenty of exciting sporting events to attend during all seasons.
Well-kept neighborhoods, a healthy downtown, agreeable weather and good medical facilities are a few reasons why people love living here. It is a very livable place and exudes the easygoing confidence of a slightly funky, generally prosperous city. Although the University definitely gives parts of Chapel Hill a very youthful atmosphere, there are sections of the city that have a very suburban feeling.
Named after the Buckeye Canal, which was built by Iowa pioneers and named after Ohio, Buckeye is 35 miles from downtown Phoenix and is the western most city in the Phoenix metro area. Its agricultural heritage is visible in the surrounding green acres of cotton and alfalfa, an unexpected landscape in the desert. The Estrella Mountains loom in the distance.
The city has grown by a whopping 350% in the last decade, yet town leaders think it will take another 30 years for Buckeye to be completely built out (a strict water conservation ordinance helps ensure future growth). This is the land of master-planned communities, with nearly 30 in some stage of development. Attractive and mostly large, many have Spanish Colonial or Mediterranean themes and palm trees. The Sonoran Desert, though, lurks just beyond the backyard fences. Buckeye Hills Regional Park sports primitive biking trails, camping, hiking and views of the Gila River riparian area.
The town sponsors an air fair, a community yard sale, Pioneer Days, Demolition Days and
Hellzapoppin' Days, which includes a rodeo. Restaurants are in good supply but are nearly all
national chain establishments. Residents enjoy three golf courses, with more sure to come.