We just returned from our month long driving trip across the southern US with a final destination Charleston.
Spent time in Austin, but did not particularly care for it. We like Plano area better and besides they have major Japanese market there along with other Asian markets.
There are some beautiful areas in Atlanta area, but have problems with crime issues in certain areas that seem to be ok from outside. Homes are cheap and gorgeous. They have a HUGE Food market equally many I’ve seen in Asia with great prices, abundant produce, seafood/meat, you name it. Wonderful if you are a foodie. The worst traffic and drivers!
Really liked Charleston, SC and Durhnam/Chapel Hill area. Very nice homes. But, for me, it suffers in finding the food items I need for my cooking. There is a H mart though.
Nashville - liked Belle Meade area of Nashville. Nice surroundings. Still a little sparse in Asian food category.
We like to return to Carolinas again to spend more time there. Still like Phoenix.