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Old 09-06-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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Hi All,

I am a family man: 2 kids in elementary.
I want to get some feedback on best Quality of Life considering the below criteria


Factors:
Tech jobs (preferably a tech hub)
Low Crime Rate
Comparatively good Weather
Little to none Bugs, Snakes, Scorpions, other creatures
Good schools (KG to 12)
Diversity (at least some)
Home Affordability (Be able to buy ~2000 sq ft home (4-5 beds) for ~$400k house or condo; 20-30 min drive from core of the town: job dense area)
Transportation (not being stuck in traffic for an hour during rush time; or other times for that matter. Or other good transportation such as trains etc.)


Considering all of this, which town(s) would you folks recommend?

I have also thought about just renting long term and buying a house in a different location than work completely for retirement since there are so many factors in this criteria.

Thanks!
Jim
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Bran's tree
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South Bay, like San Jose.

Though for homes that big that cheap, are you open to manufactured homes? Because for regular homes that cheap, you're looking at a 90min commute, without traffic.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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South Bay, like San Jose.

Though for homes that big that cheap, are you open to manufactured homes? Because for regular homes that cheap, you're looking at a 90min commute, without traffic.

Thanks for response.
I don't know the difference between regular and manufactured homes. I will try to google this.

What kind of pricing am I looking at within 30 min drive. Min requirement 3 bed and 2 bath with basement or 4 beds without basement.
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Bran's tree
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Thanks for response.
I don't know the difference between regular and manufactured homes. I will try to google this.

What kind of pricing am I looking at within 30 min drive. Min requirement 3 bed and 2 bath with basement or 4 beds without basement.
To put it bluntly, manufactured homes are trailer homes. Within 30min drive for a house with your parameters, you'd probably want to plan on $600K+ for a regular house. $700K will open many more options.

But keep checking the real estate listings, because you never know if you might stumble upon good deals.
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:03 PM
 
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Raleigh, NC
Huntsville, AL
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:06 PM
 
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What about places like Raleigh, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, SLC, SoCAL ?
I am guessing crime, weather, critters ?

Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:31 PM
 
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I am zooming in on 3 towns now: Austin TX, Raleigh NC, and Phoenix AZ
I see real estate is affordable and I can even get to work within 30 min drive.

Now comes the matter of all other things: crime, weather, schools, critters etc.
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Dallas and Austin are heavy on bugs. Scorpions are fairly common in Austin & San Antonio. Both cities are also extremely hot and humid during the summer.

Denver is also a tech hub. Not as cheap as Texas, but not as expensive as California. Cold, but not upper Midwest cold during the winter. Awesome summers. Plenty of outdoor activities.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Alpharetta GA....

Tech jobs (preferably a tech hub) - Lots of Tech Jobs
Low Crime Rate - yes
Comparatively good Weather - Yes
Little to none Bugs, Snakes, Scorpions, other creatures - Yes
Good schools (KG to 12) - Very yes
Diversity (at least some) - Somewhat
Home Affordability (Be able to buy ~2000 sq ft home (4-5 beds) for ~$400k house or condo; 20-30 min drive from core of the town: job dense area) - 3000sf home
Transportation (not being stuck in traffic for an hour during rush time; or other times for that matter. Or other good transportation such as trains etc.) - Within the Alpharetta Are around 20min if you need to go into ATL or other (off I285 cities, can be a bit of a commute/traffice, ) but there are lots of tech job in/around alpharetta.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh, NC
Huntsville, AL
These are the first two places I would have mentioned. Raleigh is a larger metro with more going on, but Huntsville is solid for a smaller place.
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