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Old 07-04-2007, 12:15 PM
 
Location: The North Shore(Chicagoland)
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Default Areas for over 40 singles?

Any ideas would be appreciated....my dream is to head back to the East Coast, not too far from NYC, where I grew up. I am currently stuck in a pretentious and unfriendly suburb of Chicago...nothing here for single moms at all.....my kids will be grown in a few years. I have my own business, so can live anywhere. The ONLY good thing about where I am living now is that I can walk to many places.
The other thing that I hate about where we live ( which has also been hard for my kids) is that people have lived here forever....going back many generations...even if you DO have a husband /country club membership, it is hard to fit in here, as everyone has so much family, lifetime friends...
Costs where I am now are the highest in the Midwest ( average home price is $500,000) so I do not think I would feel sticker shock....
I am looking forward to escaping from here....so would love ANY ideas!!!
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Old 07-05-2007, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I am currently stuck in a pretentious and unfriendly suburb of Chicago...nothing here for single moms at all.....my kids will be grown in a few years.
Chicagomom2 - I did not think that there was anywhere in the midwest that was unfriendly .

Have you considered moving to the Hartford area? It is less expensive than places that are suburbs of New York, but it is still a nice small city with a lot to do. I will say the CT has a reputation of being reserved so you may have to work to meet people but you certainly can find a very nice home for $500k or less.

Another option would be southwest CT which is a suburb of New York City. A lot to do but $500k wouldn't buy you a lot. Good luck. Jay
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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IMO (having lived here all my life), most of CT is very family-oriented... Most of the state consists of suburban areas, where you need a car to get around and there are not easy ways to meet people. Therefore, I think your best bet would be one of the more urban areas. I'd suggest Stamford, New Haven, Middletown, or West Hartford.
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:16 AM
 
Location: The North Shore(Chicagoland)
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Thanks for your replies!! Yes, the Midwest is generally very friendly. My mother is from Central Illinois, and folks there live up to that reputation quite well.
The Chicago suburbs, especially the expensive ones, do not fit that mold at all....in fact, quite a few people in my area want to be sure that their kids go to East Coast colleges, and some even send their kids to prep schools there....
( which I think is kind of funny)
the area I am in is like Greenwich or even Scarsdale NY. Very pretentious, lots of country clubbers.....

However, I have to say that the schools here are excellent, and the weather
( believe it or not) is decent. Good grocery shopping as well.
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:20 AM
 
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What suburb do you live in? I am in Chicago as well, but I live in the city. I have only been here for a couple of years so I have a hard time distinguishing between the many suburbs that surround Chicago.
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Old 07-05-2007, 01:13 PM
 
Location: The North Shore(Chicagoland)
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I am in Winnetka. Only here for the schools, just have a few more years to go.....
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