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Old 12-27-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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My husband and I have thought about relocating in a few years, but we're having a hard time finding the "perfect" town. We have a list of things we're looking for, so I'm hoping someone in this forum can help give us a few options. Right now we seem to be leaning toward Mt. Dora, FL because of it's small town charm, lively downtown, and beautiful lakes. The downfall is that it's not very close to a major university (where my job would be...).

What we want in a town:
- Short commute to a college/university
- Charming downtown
- Not a lot of snow or cold weather
- Great sense of community
- Nature (beautiful trees, parks, etc.) and water (lakes, ponds, or beach, etc...)

Overall, we'd love a friendly and progressive small town! Any ideas?
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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How small a town are you thinking about? What area did you have in mind?
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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What do you consider to be a "small town"? Maybe some place like Mt. Airy NC, Boone NC, Blacksburg VA and Clemson SC.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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We've been looking at places with a population that's anywhere from 8,000-100,000. We're not certain of the location - just a place that's scenic, not the desert, and not a lot of snow. We've been looking mainly in the southeast and northeast, but we're willing to check out other parts of the U.S.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:06 AM
 
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What do you consider to be a "small town"? Maybe some place like Mt. Airy NC, Boone NC, Blacksburg VA and Clemson SC.
Blacksburg has made it to the list, but we haven't really looked at the other places yet. I'll check them out now, thanks!
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:09 AM
 
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We've been looking at places with a population that's anywhere from 8,000-100,000. We're not certain of the location - just a place that's scenic, not the desert, and not a lot of snow. We've been looking mainly in the southeast and northeast, but we're willing to check out other parts of the U.S.
Maybe a sleeper is New Paltz NY, but it can get cold and you can get some snow. Same with Nyack NY. Both have colleges and Nyack has some other colleges close by. Both are know for being a bit "liberal" and nyack actually has very good nightlife for it's size. Check the cost of living though.

Check out the Southeastern college towns I mentioned too.

Here's streetviews of the NY communities I mentioned: nyack, ny - Google Maps

new paltz, ny - Google Maps
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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Madison or Greensboro, GA
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Take a look at Corvallis, Oregon - home of Oregon State University. It fits all your criteria.

Nearby is Eugene, the home of the University of Oregon. It's a little bigger town than you want, but other than that, it fits too.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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Another community that might work is Newark Delaware. That's where the University of Delaware is located and you are close to Philadelphia and Baltimore. Places like DC and NYC are within a pretty short drive as well. Newark, DE - Official Website
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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Take a look at Corvallis, Oregon - home of Oregon State University. It fits all your criteria.

Nearby is Eugene, the home of the University of Oregon. It's a little bigger town than you want, but other than that, it fits too.
Wow, Corvallis really does seem to fit our criteria. We'll definitely check it out! Thanks!
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