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Old 05-19-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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Don't forget that upstate New York is very large and has great variety both in topography and taxes. There are houses in what I call upstate New York (Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess county) that pay incredible property and school taxes. I inherited part of a house (not a large house - just your typical ugly suburban ranch house) in upper Rockland that costs 12k a year in taxes with a tiny little yard. In the Adirondacks from what I see you could pay a couple thousand a year for something a lot nicer with more acreage. New York is really at least a couple of different states.
Exactly and I think that is something that people don't understand with Upstate NY. As long as you have a decent job, you can live a nice life. Cost of living in lower than people think it is. For instance, I compared places in Virginia to similar places in Upstate NY. Every NY city had a slightly lower overall COL than the comparable VA city. So, people have to consider more than taxes in terms of COL.
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Don't forget that upstate New York is very large and has great variety both in topography and taxes. There are houses in what I call upstate New York (Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess county) that pay incredible property and school taxes.
Rockland and maybe parts of the other counties have more in common with Long Island and the NY metro. Topography is different; there's hills.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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Exactly and I think that is something that people don't understand with Upstate NY. As long as you have a decent job, you can live a nice life.
Aye, and there's the rub.

As a lifelong Upstate NY resident, I can say that it is paradise on earth - IF you have a decent job. The cost of living is indeed low, but job opportunities are still not happening, despite a lot of hype. Unfortunately, thousands of young people have had to move away because they don't have a place here.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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NY, on the other hand, is NY -- high taxes, Yankees fans, bad roads... bleh.
You've obviously never spent much time here, or else you'd know that Upstate NY is equally divided between the Yankees and the Red Sox Nation.

Which is another great thing about Upstate: Sports choice.

Upstate NY is notoriously torn between the Yankees and the Red Sox. I'd say it's 50-50.

If you follow hockey, you don't have to be a fan of the Sabres. You can get away with being a Bruins fan.

Although I'd have to say that when it comes to football, the Bills pretty much have it over the Jets in terms of fan following.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Aye, and there's the rub.

As a lifelong Upstate NY resident, I can say that it is paradise on earth - IF you have a decent job. The cost of living is indeed low, but job opportunities are still not happening, despite a lot of hype. Unfortunately, thousands of young people have had to move away because they don't have a place here.
It also depends on one's education and skills, as certain industries are better than others. Sometimes it is a matter of research too. Look at smaller companies versus bigger companies, for instance.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Originally from the North and lived in the South for many years, we've decided to come "home." We're looking to move into Saranac Lake area with our Basset. Do you recommend any area that may have a home for rent, near trails and water? As you can see, we've missed the North, the different seasons, SNOW, hiking and being able to swim in fresh water without worrying about alligators. Now that all children have grown and are married and we're getting ready to retire, we can actually sit and WATCH the SNOW come down.

Any information would be welcomed.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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Originally from the North and lived in the South for many years, we've decided to come "home." We're looking to move into Saranac Lake area with our Basset. Do you recommend any area that may have a home for rent, near trails and water? As you can see, we've missed the North, the different seasons, SNOW, hiking and being able to swim in fresh water without worrying about alligators. Now that all children have grown and are married and we're getting ready to retire, we can actually sit and WATCH the SNOW come down.

Any information would be welcomed.
Does it have to be Saranac Lake or are you open to other areas close by?
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:41 AM
 
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Definitely northern CA -- the Shasta area, in particular, is just stunning.

NY, on the other hand, is NY -- high taxes, Yankees fans, bad roads... bleh.
The high property taxes are only really concentrated to the downstate areas, mainly Long Island. sales tax, yeah that's large, but I wouldn't not move there b/c NY has high sales tax.

Yankees fan? You do know NY has another baseball team, right? Albeit not very good, but another team nonetheless and about half of NY likes that team.

Bad roads? That's not just an upstate NY thing- lots of places have bad roads.

I live in NY and much prefer it to anywhere else in the country. I like that this region has 4 distinct seasons (not the same weather all the time) and there are so many other cities within proximity to it- Philly, NYC, Atlantic City, Boston... etc. Not much of that out west- the cities are more spread out distance wise.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Originally from the North and lived in the South for many years, we've decided to come "home." We're looking to move into Saranac Lake area with our Basset. Do you recommend any area that may have a home for rent, near trails and water? As you can see, we've missed the North, the different seasons, SNOW, hiking and being able to swim in fresh water without worrying about alligators. Now that all children have grown and are married and we're getting ready to retire, we can actually sit and WATCH the SNOW come down.

Any information would be welcomed.
I'm thinking you might want to start a new thread in the New York forum. You'll probably get more feedback.
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