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Old 10-07-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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Portsmouth is lovely with a beautiful harbor, nice parks, and really nice coastal scenery nearby. It also has an outstanding selection of restaurants and bars for a little city. My favorite pizza/beer pub (Portsmouth Gas Light) and coffee shop (Breaking New Grounds | Portsmouth NH Cafe) in all of New England are in Portsmouth. Since these areas are my hometowns, I'm very curious to know what compelled your interest these cities? Are you from Seattle?
Yes, I am from Seattle. I am interested in New England for many reasons. One reason is that I have only lived on the West Coast and would like to someday experience living on the East Coast. It's not that I don't like Seattle and the West Coast. I just am interested in getting far away from Seattle to experience something different.

New England has just always seemed like such a cool place. I love history and New England seems to have lots of history. I like places that are old, historic, quaint, and not too big. I also do not like the corporate, constant growth/gentrification, rat race, keeping up with the joneses, bigger is better type of place.

I would prefer a smaller place with character and charm. But not too small. A place that is just big enough. I also don't really care for chain restaurants, chain coffee shops, and strip malls. I don't need to live in a place that has huge skyscrappers and big office buildings. I prefer more of a European feel and vibe. I also prefer 4 seasons of weather. Fall is my favorite season.

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Old 10-07-2013, 08:55 PM
 
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Of those, Portland, Maine.

If I had to pick a place not out of those four, I'd pick either York Beach, Maine or a coastal RI town like Narragansett or Matunuck. My maternal grandmother is from Massachusetts and my mom and her siblings spent her summers growing up in coastal New England, usually York or Matunuck so those places are both special and familiar to me and my family. We still have family living in both.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:26 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Yes, I am from Seattle. I am interested in New England for many reasons. One reason is that I have only lived on the West Coast and would like to someday experience living on the East Coast. It's not that I don't like Seattle and the West Coast. I just am interested in getting far away from Seattle to experience something different.

New England has just always seemed like such a cool place. I love history and New England seems to have lots of history. I like places that are old, historic, quaint, and not too big. I also do not like the corporate, constant growth/gentrification, rat race, keeping up with the joneses, bigger is better type of place.

I would prefer a smaller place with character and charm. But not too small. A place that is just big enough. I also don't really care for chain restaurants, chain coffee shops, and strip malls. I don't need to live in a place that has huge skyscrappers and big office buildings. I prefer more of a European feel and vibe. I also prefer 4 seasons of weather. Fall is my favorite season.
Funny irony in that I grew up and lived in Newburyport until the age of 22 then I moved to Seattle for five years then moved to Salem thereafter when I moved back to Mass. I had an itch to leave having lived in the same area most of my life at that point, and I found Seattle to be a very compatible place and for the most part I really did enjoy living out there. I don't think you could go wrong with any of these places given your specific interests, I think you might enjoy Portsmouth or Portland the most but you really gotta visit all four of them to really know which one is best for you. Also where you find a job may narrow down your choices.

As JerseyGirl mentioned above, York is a very pretty town, nice beaches, a cool lighthouse, rocky harbors, it's Maine in a postcard and only about 10-15 minutes from Portsmouth.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Salem is a place I've been to when I was younger, and would love to revisit. i don't know about permanent residence though.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Richmond/Philadelphia/Brooklyn
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Architecturally, Boston, Providence, Portland, and Lowell
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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Portsmouth. It's surprisingly got a lot going on for a smaller town.
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:50 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Architecturally, Boston, Providence, Portland, and Lowell
The cities the OP listed are quintessential small New England seaport cities. Boston and Providence are in the rat race that the OP doesn't want, though you're right in saying Providence for having remarkable architecture. Lowell is a river city and a gritty old mill town. Though Lowell has an interesting history and a bit of an improving downtown, it's a completely different dynamic from the coastal cities listed. Portland is the best match.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:49 PM
 
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I am a little late to this discussion. I love all 4 areas you are considering. I have read in these forums that Newburyport is a bit snobby and/ or a tad elitist. Other than the expensive real estate, what causes these impressions of Newburyport? Thanks for any perspective you can share.

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Old 01-05-2014, 08:37 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I am a little late to this discussion. I love all 4 areas you are considering. I have read in these forums that Newburyport is a bit snobby and/ or a tad elitist. Other than the expensive real estate, what causes these impressions of Newburyport? Thanks for any perspective you can share.
Not everyone will find Newburyport snobby, though salt of the earth folks might. It's changed over the years, use to be a downtown where it was easy to find the greasy spoon diner or pubs with local flare and that has evolved into the bistro/ristorante type crowd. It still has a good hometown feel to it, but it's not for everyone. It's just a bit quieter and slightly more conservative and not as youthful as Salem, Portsmouth, or Portland.
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