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Old 01-30-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Trumbull, CT
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So, after reaching page 23 on this forum, looking for a similar 'where should I live' post, I've yet to find someone else who has 'Must Haves' list like mine.
About: I am married, no kids yet but looking to start a family in the next year or 2, so that is a factor. My husband and I are in our early 30's, I am master's trained in the health care/nursing field and he is in IT/Web stuff. I am originally from South Florida, spent time in and around the Northeast and Western Europe/UK, he is from a small seaside town in England and hasn't seen much of the US outside New England and Miami where the in-laws are. We have been living in SW Connecticut for nearly 5 years now and while it comes close, it's just never felt like home. So, please feel free to chime in and let me know if 'my place' really does exist in the US or I'm better off staying where I am.

-urban/ urban/suburban feel ie restaurants, culture, recreation ie general LIFE happening without having to drive 20-30 minutes. We love the small city feel of places like New Haven or Burlington, VT but after this winter we need a bit more mild climate. We are currently within an hour's drive/train from NYC but are not interested in spending $800k to live in a closet.

- single family home/townhouse/rowhouse UNDER $500k. We haven't bought yet but plan to in the next year. We would rent wherever we moved to get a better feel before the big purchase. Would like to find something no more than 300-400k, 3 beds and 2 full baths. We like a lot of different styles and such so that's not a concern.

- Weather. We can handle the cold better than the humidity/heat, but would like to stay out of the extremes.

- Politically we are both pretty liberal. One of the reasons (besides hurricanes) I left Florida was to move to a 'blue state'. We are ethnically Jewish, dont attend temple but would not want to move to a place where there would be a risk of 'tension'.

- People. It's important to find a place where it's easier to make friends. I'm not going to use the stereotypical 'nice/friendly' term, because I'm not sure that can be defined. However, we all know there are areas who are full of local people and prefer to keep it that way, and those that are more welcoming to newbies, and I dare say, are motivated to develop new social relationships. (Hope that makes sense.)

Other then the above, we are pretty open. We obviously would prefer low taxes, great schools for future kiddos, a strong foodie scene, low crime etc etc but doesn't everyone?

I look forward to your responses.

Thanks,
Jess
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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This sounds exactly like 50% of the people on House Hunters. The other 50% are the exact same thing except they are a couple with one kid. So I don't have any advice other than your statements that suggestion you're unique I don't agree with.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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This sounds exactly like 50% of the people on House Hunters. The other 50% are the exact same thing except they are a couple with one kid. So I don't have any advice other than your statements that suggestion you're unique I don't agree with.
I don't believe Jess made any suggestions that she was 'unique' so your post comes across unnecessarily harsh.

Anyway, it's difficult to find anywhere new without at visiting the place first. If you're planning to rent somewhere first, try to rent in a similar area to that which you might look to buy. Don't make the mistake of moving without proper research - for example I was all set to move to Maryland (baltimore area), but after looking at it a bit more the apparently high crime rates and poor schools have put me off.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:54 PM
 
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Perhaps Charlottesville VA, Carrboro NC, Asheville NC and Athens GA, among others.
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