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Old 01-01-2014, 10:40 AM
 
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Which city would be most fitting for a young married couple. We are looking at numerous locations outside of NYC and DC. If you have other suggestions, we would love to hear them. We are looking for a small city that:
-is safe
-is walkable
-is affordable (400K max budget)
-is rich in history
-is family friendly
-is dog friendly
-has good restaurants/bars
-has a decent nightlife
-is an active community (live music, wine tastings, fairs/festivals, etc.)

Thanks!!
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:13 PM
 
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Never been to Hoboken, but Frederick meets all of your criteria very well.

Excellent downtown, especially for a city it's size. Lot's of restaurants/bars, shopping, walkable areas. Baker park has things going on often and is right next to downtown. Downtown train station with rail going into DC several times a day. Also not far from other train stations (Point of Rocks). Located within a 30min-1hr long drive of so many historical areas and sites. Off the top of my head Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry, Annapolis (more than an hour but still a good day trip), not to mention being within 45 minutes of DC and Baltimore.

Now Hoboken is practically NYC, so you're almost wanting to compare apples to grapefruit.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Which city would be most fitting for a young married couple. We are looking at numerous locations outside of NYC and DC. If you have other suggestions, we would love to hear them. We are looking for a small city that:
-is safe
-is walkable
-is affordable (400K max budget)
-is rich in history
-is family friendly
-is dog friendly
-has good restaurants/bars
-has a decent nightlife
-is an active community (live music, wine tastings, fairs/festivals, etc.)

Thanks!!
Hoboken:
Safe, yes
Walkable, certainly
Affordable, NO!!! $400K gets you very little
Rich history, yes indeed
Family friendly, yes and no. Lots of young families live there, but the public schools aren't great
Dog friendly, yes and no. Lots of dog parks around but you'll probably want an "apartment dog"
Good restaurants and bars, yes
Decent nightlife, yes
Active community, yes

I've been to Frederick a couple of times and it seems like a very nice town. I can't score all of the criteria fairly for it, though. It's certainly historic and walkable in its downtown area, but it spreads out quite a bit more than Hoboken. Hoboken is right next to NYC, right next to Jersey City, close to Newark, etc., while Frederick is separated by miles of fields, woods, and subdivisions from the next major town. For that reason I think Frederick may be more comparable to New Brunswick, Princeton, Stamford, or maybe Morristown (and other major hubs 30-40 miles outside the city), while Hoboken is more comparable to Arlington.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:00 PM
 
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These two cities are completely, totally different. How did you come up with these two for comparison?

Hoboken is one of the densest and most urban places in the U.S. It's a place for a super-urban lifestyle, one subway stop from Manhattan.

Frederick is an outer exurb of Washington DC with a historic core, but 90% sprawl. It's basically the anti-Hoboken.

You're pretty much comparing NYC to typical American exurbia, and then asking which one to pick. You have to decide for yourself, as they are radically different, and involve a totally different lifestyle.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:55 PM
 
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I would go with Hoboken. I love Hoboken and nothing beats that access to what lies right across the river.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Baltimore / Montgomery County, MD
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Apples to oranges
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:06 PM
 
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hoboken is a rough area while Frederick is quaint.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:27 PM
 
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hoboken is a rough area while Frederick is quaint.
Hoboken is the furthest thing from a "rough area", unless you think urban areas like Manhattan and Hoboken are automatically rough. Hoboken is extremely expensive.

Eli Manning and half of the NY Giants live in Hoboken. John Corzine, former NJ Governor and Goldman Sachs CEO, lives in Hoboken. Natalie Morales, the Today Show host, Danny Aiello, the actor, and others live in Hoboken. It's a good place to live if you have lots of money, want an urban area, but don't want to deal with the congestion of Manhattan.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:35 PM
 
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hoboken is a rough area while Frederick is quaint.
No it's not. Hoboken is also quaint.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:41 PM
 
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No it's not. Hoboken is also quaint.
it is where Hamilton was shot and killed in his duel.

Eli Manning just wants to live near work. lol
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