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Old 11-28-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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If you don't mind NY, Brockport and Ithaca come to mind. Brockport is a walkable second/third ring suburb of Rochester on the Erie Canal that has a college and Ithaca is basically a college town. There are cases were you can live in a nice walkable village or smaller city with some things to do that is close to a bigger city up here and with reasonable housing prices. Corning, which has a Fortune 500 company in Corning Inc., may be another small city to look into: Home : Corning's Gaffer District

College towns like East Lansing and Ann Arbor in Michigan could be options as well.
i don't know about brockport, because of lake effect snow ...

but i will check out the others listed.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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thanks!

charlottesville and boone were on my list already, as well as brevard nc.

i will look into Athens Ohio. I have heard some about it but not much.

Illinois is a dealbreaker, but Morgantown could be an idea.



Key West is pretty expensive, if i remember correctly.
All in all I think Charlottesville could be you best choice (depending upon your housing budget).


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Old 11-28-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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All in all I think Charlottesville could be you best choice (depending upon your housing budget).


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my brother lives there, so i spend a lot of time in charlottesville already.

it fits the mold of what i want, but it's on the expensive side. There is a ton of old money in Charottesville that i can't really compete with in terms of real estate. In that sense it is a "boutique town" that I'm trying to avoid, like another version of Wilmington.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:17 PM
 
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These may work as well: Glens Falls is full of things to do, delicious restaurants, and numerous places to shop for everyone in your family or friends.
Glens Falls, NY - Official Website

City of St Joseph | Home Page
St. Joseph Today

Welcome to the lively and historic city of Oneonta, New York
Welcome to Sweet Home Oneonta - Visit Oneonta NY
Welcome to Oneonta NY! | Oneonta, New York 13820

Town of Blacksburg, VA : Home

City of Harrisonburg, VA
Harrisonburg Tourism - Home

Official Lockport, NY Government & Tourism Information ~ Erie Canal Locks & Flight of Five

Owego Homepage
Historic Owego Marketplace - Have fun Shopping, Dining and Sightseeing in Owego, NY - Home

Amherst, MA - Official Website
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The Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce : Home
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Home - The Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, Inc. - Mansfield PA
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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Harrisonburg, VA might be a good choice. I'm concerned about moving into into a high-tax state like Mass or NY. I willl check these out individually as i get time.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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Harrisonburg, VA might be a good choice. I'm concerned about moving into into a high-tax state like Mass or NY. I willl check these out individually as i get time.
Just to put things into perspective, Oneonta NY and Harrisonburg VA are roughly the same in overall cost of living. Same for Ithaca and Charlottesville.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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Just to put things into perspective, Oneonta NY and Harrisonburg VA are roughly the same in overall cost of living. Same for Ithaca and Charlottesville.
that's true, it may just be in my head.

but even so, climate is also important and Virginia is about 5 to 10 degrees warmer on average.

even smaller places than this appeal to me , too. i'm actually wondering if charlottesville isn't too big. i suppose at some point the places get so small that it's hard to know them to recommend them.

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Old 11-28-2012, 07:31 PM
 
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that's true, it may just be in my head.

but even so, climate is also important and Virginia is about 5 to 10 degrees warmer on average.

even smaller places than this appeal to me , too. i'm actually wondering if charlottesville isn't too big. i suppose at some point the places get so small that it's hard to know them to recommend them.
It is a matter of weighing everything out. I don't think Charlottesville is too small, as it is home to a world class university that is one of the best public/state universities this country has to offer. So, it will have a cosmopolitan feel in a smaller package. Ithaca is similar as well.

There's also the option of a nice smaller community that close to or close enough to a bigger city. This could be nice in terms of employment and activities to do.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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that's true, it may just be in my head.

but even so, climate is also important and Virginia is about 5 to 10 degrees warmer on average.

even smaller places than this appeal to me , too. i'm actually wondering if charlottesville isn't too big. i suppose at some point the places get so small that it's hard to know them to recommend them.
Now that I have a better sense of your criteria I'd recommend some smaller versions of Charlottesville with more reasonable real estate costs and similar climate (or milder). Check out:

Staunton, Virginia
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Hendersonville, NC
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