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Old 03-13-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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Taking all of New England into consideration, where would you recommend someone live who...
  • Has no kids (school system doesn't factor into my decision)
  • Is progressive and wants a progressive/liberal area
  • Wants an arts community (could be a small one, but it's there)
  • Wants a low-crime area
  • Is open to cities or towns
  • Is in their early 40s
  • Would be renting, not buying
  • Wants a scenic area with nature trails, parks, close by
  • Has a car but would like to live in a walkable place where there are stores, coffeehouse, etc. nearby
  • Can take/leave public transit -- if the area has it, great, if not, that's ok too
Im familiar with Massachusetts for the above criteria places like Northampton come to mind but I am curious about the other 5 New England states as well and what places they have that might meet this criteria. Im at a place in my life where I am pressing the reset button and am looking to move to a new place.

If anyone has suggestions for non-New England places that meet this list, please let me know (Ive been told Sedona, AZ and/or Santa Fe, NM would fit the bill just not sure yet if I want to be landlocked).
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Consider Providence RI or Newport RI. Both fit all your criteria.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I know people who love Portsmouth NH and Portland Maine for all of the reasons you have listed. I take it commuting isn't a factor like so many on here.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Funkotron, MA
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Northampton definitely comes to mind right away. It meets all of your criteria. But then again, I lived out in that area for a while, so I'm familiar with it.

I've heard some good things about towns on the North Shore too, but I'll let others chime in about those.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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Default Providence / Newport

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Consider Providence RI or Newport RI. Both fit all your criteria.
Thanks for the ideas -- which areas of Providence would you suggest? College Hill?

Overall, Newport seems too opulent/yacht crowd for me, but are there parts that don't have that vibe?
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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I know people who love Portsmouth NH and Portland Maine for all of the reasons you have listed. I take it commuting isn't a factor like so many on here.
Hi, Commuting is a factor, but I intend to find a job near home (wherever home may be). Been there, done that with long hellish commutes.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Framingham, Mass
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Hi there, InternationalOrange! I know you said that you're thinking outside of Mass, but what about the South End in Boston or Jamaica Plain? Concord also has a lot of the things on your list. Let me know if I can help!
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I've spent a good deal of my life in both Connecticut and Massachusetts, and I can say that while Massachusetts is peppered with such places, Connecticut really isn't. Middletown is okay as a semi-sleepy college town, due to Weslyan. New Haven has most of what you're looking for in the areas around downtown, but the proximity to higher-crime areas might put you off. And that's about it.

Vermont definitely has places you'd enjoy, like Brattleboro and Burlington. I don't know Rhode Island, New Hampshire, or Maine well enough to make any concrete statements.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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Rockport, MA, Newburyport, MA.

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Old 03-13-2013, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Thanks for the ideas -- which areas of Providence would you suggest? College Hill?

Overall, Newport seems too opulent/yacht crowd for me, but are there parts that don't have that vibe?
Areas of Providence: Several areas of the East Side inc. College Hill, Wayland Square, Hope Village, Wickenden St & Fox Point area. Each is very walkable and also served by bus and trolley. Downtown is also popular, as is Federal Hill which is across 95 from downtown. Providence is an arts magnet.

Newport has a middle class population certainly. For affordability and year round convenience (Newport hops in the summer of course), I'd probably go with Providence. Check out the websites and photos by Richard Benjamin. http://www.providenceri.com/richardb...hall-8-02.html
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