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Old 12-15-2011, 05:31 PM
 
Location: The City
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Check out New Hope PA or Lambertville NJ; may work very well for you based on your criteria. Rural but cosmopolitan and pretty close to both Philly and NYC (~60-90 minutes or so to either)
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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The size of Chicago would be nice.. Was looking at Vermont...very pretty! Asheville is nice too. Are there any places in upstate New York along with Onondaga, and Rolling Hills? Would like Sleepy Hollow meets the city.

Would love this! http://withfriendship.com/images/h/3...York-image.jpg
I'm really confused about what you're looking for. Chicago is the third largest city in the US; the only larger ones are New York and Los Angeles. None of the places pictured in Upstate New York (or Vermont for that matter) are "minutes away" from NYC. They are a long drive away.

How far are you really willing to be from a large city in order to find that kind of scenery? I do agree that it's easier to find out West unless you are willing to settle for a much smaller city (e.g. Asheville). If not, I think Pittsburgh may be one of your better choices in the East...
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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If you want scenery like that close to NYC, you would have to go to the Hudson Valley. I'm not sure if you could get views of the city though.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:55 AM
 
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Doesn't have to be the size of Chicago...but would like a nice size city. Would be willing to travel 30 minutes to an hour to and from city but would like city in view.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Hmmm...that could be an issue. There aren't many cities that are consistently visible at such a distance, especially in the heavily forested East Coast. You might think that places with lots of hills would offer views of distant cities, but more often than not, those hills are an impediment to the view.

I think this thread might be of interest to you: From how far away can you see your skyline??
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:33 AM
 
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Something similar to Santa Monica..but would never do California. Way overrated.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Would need minutes to a BIG CITY but with lots of wilderness close by. Greenery and forests..and would like the feeling of being somewhere remote. Tree covered hills or mountains near a nice body of water. Could actually view city from the hills. Would like a big city but also be able to get lost through back roads on a day trip. Pretty liberal as well.. Pretty much a dichotomy of country and city life in one spot. Let's go with the east side of the states for now.
If you're looking for a hilly ocean coastline, then Maine is probably your best bet. The Lake Champlain area in upstate New York is hilly and has good views of Burlington, Vermont.

In the Washington, D.C. area, the Virginia side right across the Potomac River is lush and green in the summer and somewhat hilly. And it has good views of D.C. It's quite expensive to live in those areas though.

You need to realize that on the east coast, the mountains and hills are much further away from the ocean coastline compared to the west coast. But you can easily reach remote feeling areas like forests and trails a short distance from the major cities.

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Old 12-29-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Minneapolis - Saint Paul, Minnesota (Very cold in winter though)
Three rivers in the metro and too many lakes to count. You can live just outside the metro enjoy the nature, nice house with a huge yard but still have a nice commute to downtown Minneapolis or Saint Paul.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:27 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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You'd probably be happier in the West. I immediately thought of Seattle, Portland, and Marin County, north of San Francisco. There is not much wilderness in the East like the West has.
Have you been to the East? There's tons of wilderness and lots of it near big cities.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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Thanks! Keep sending ideas. Checking into everything..
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