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Old 12-12-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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So I thought I'd run by my situation and see what others might have experienced or could recommend.
I'm a single 35 yr old professional guy, no kids, never married.
Own a condo, can sell it at any time and not be in the red.

Currently living in NJ:
- High Taxes
- High Stress
- Fast Pace
- Way too many people
- Lack of community (I'm sure it exists in places)
- Convenient to amenities
- Mediocre to Good outdoor activities
- Good job market and pay scale.
- Low home affordability
- Low land affordability
- Communist state when it comes to pretty much anything (gun laws for example)


Requirements:
- Good enough IT/Software Development market (healthcare industry a plus for ease of transition) to be long term maintainable (i.e. lose a job, there are others to be had without relocating)
- Excellent outdoors oriented activities (Fishing [must have], Hiking, Whitetail Hunting [must have], Photography, Golf, Snowboarding)
- 4 Seasons highly preferred, but willing to give up the snow for warmer temps.
- Flatter terrain (would rather travel to mountains and live in flatter land, fields, creek bottoms, ravines, wetlands, etc)
- Reasonable land prices, long term goal is to buy a farm somewhere (50+ wooded acres minimum, more the merrier). This requires job market/salaries being commensurate with land affordability [not the case in NJ, basically need to be a multi-millionaire here]
- Less than 1 hour commute to land/farm options. Not looking to drive long distance to get there, I'd rather commute to my job and put a house on a farm. Closer to my job area and amenities, the better. Don't need to be out in the middle of nowhere, also don't need to be in a suburb.
- Convenient to amenities and entertainment (grew up in NJ, traveling 30-45+ minutes to get groceries would be a huge adjustment). Willing to adjust to this in favor of above requirements.
- Good sense of community (I take this from the Midwest where I have friends, just seems like another world)
- Low crime
- PRO gun laws
- Good schools (at some point having a family and settling down)
- Casino a plus if within a couple hours
- Not so remote that I'll be a hermit living out in the wilds of Alaska with no social life. I'd love to live in AK for a couple months a year, but at some point would like to settle down with a family and not have to compete with 100 guys for the 1 girl in town haha...so let's target a more socially balanced area


OK, lay it on me!

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Look at Oregon or Washington. I work at a software-development office in Portland and some of my co-workers live on farms north of the city in Columbia County OR, or Clark or Cowlitz County WA.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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Except for taxes and maybe gun laws, an Upstate NY community like Sherrill would fit. It does have lower energy costs due to being a part of NYPA. It is next to the Turning Stone Casino. It is about an hour from the Adirondacks. Sylvan Beach is close by. It is in between Syracuse and Utica, but is in the Utica-Rome metro area. It is in a good school district. Overall COL is around the national average, give or take. Plenty of farms nearby too. There are other towns nearby that could work too.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:05 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Look at Oregon or Washington. I work at a software-development office in Portland and some of my co-workers live on farms north of the city in Columbia County OR, or Clark or Cowlitz County WA.
Do they get cable internet there, or is it all dial-up country?
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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Thanks for the feedback so far, please keep it coming!

Oregon and Washington look like beautiful states, the one missing piece out there is the whitetail hunting and farmlands, and it's generally a lot of steep/mountainous terrain (I believe from what I've seen/read/heard).

Good point on the cable internet, I definitely need that wherever my home would wind up being (whether on a farm somewhere outside a city or if I live in the suburbs and have a farm nearby). I'll add that to the requirements.

EDIT: Doesn't look like I can change the original post anymore.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:32 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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OP: Denver / Boulder might be for you, based on what I heard about them. They got some IT, relatively cheap land, 4 seasons. Male-to-female ratios probably better than the bay area, but worse than NY. Salaries will of course be lower than in either, so I'm not actually sure about the salary-to-land-price ratio.

I doubt that you can have cable internet on a farm. Your choices are: dial-up, satellite, wireless (via cell phone towers) - slow or expensive and unreliable.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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Yeah, might be a better option to just get on an outskirt of a suburb for a farm. Ultimately I want the convenience I'm accustomed to here in NJ, but want to be close to an "escape" (farmland, woods, rivers, lakes, etc). I know I'm asking a lot
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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*bump*
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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Requirements:
- Good enough IT/Software Development market (healthcare industry a plus for ease of transition) to be long term maintainable (i.e. lose a job, there are others to be had without relocating)
- Excellent outdoors oriented activities (Fishing [must have], Hiking, Whitetail Hunting [must have], Photography, Golf, Snowboarding)
- 4 Seasons highly preferred, but willing to give up the snow for warmer temps.
- Flatter terrain (would rather travel to mountains and live in flatter land, fields, creek bottoms, ravines, wetlands, etc)
- Reasonable land prices, long term goal is to buy a farm somewhere (50+ wooded acres minimum, more the merrier). This requires job market/salaries being commensurate with land affordability [not the case in NJ, basically need to be a multi-millionaire here]
- Less than 1 hour commute to land/farm options. Not looking to drive long distance to get there, I'd rather commute to my job and put a house on a farm. Closer to my job area and amenities, the better. Don't need to be out in the middle of nowhere, also don't need to be in a suburb.
- Convenient to amenities and entertainment (grew up in NJ, traveling 30-45+ minutes to get groceries would be a huge adjustment). Willing to adjust to this in favor of above requirements.
- Good sense of community (I take this from the Midwest where I have friends, just seems like another world)
- Low crime
- PRO gun laws
- Good schools (at some point having a family and settling down)
- Casino a plus if within a couple hours
- Not so remote that I'll be a hermit living out in the wilds of Alaska with no social life. I'd love to live in AK for a couple months a year, but at some point would like to settle down with a family and not have to compete with 100 guys for the 1 girl in town haha...so let's target a more socially balanced area


OK, lay it on me!
Oddly enough as it's not on the tips of everyone's tongues for recommendations on this forum often, but would in my opinion suggest Evansville, Indiana. It hits all of your criteria including a growing IT market.

City of Evansville : Home
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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Oddly enough as it's not on the tips of everyone's tongues for recommendations on this forum often, but would in my opinion suggest Evansville, Indiana. It hits all of your criteria including a growing IT market.

City of Evansville : Home
Hmmm that is an interesting locale. In respect to the whitetail hunting opportunities...you are close to a lot of great states there. Western KY, Illinois, Missouri...all within driving distance.

I'll have to research that spot a bit and see what else I like around there
Thanks for the tip!
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