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Old 09-08-2014, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I currently live about 35 minutes from the city in a suburb, and I'm looking to relocate somewhere warmer, but my hang up is I enjoy the things Boston/Cambridge/Somerville etc have to offer. Tons of live music, lots of young people, cool and trendy bars/restaurants, easily bikeable (to some degree).

The things I could do without: Sky-high rent, a-hole attitude that many Bostonians have, ridiculous traffic/street layout.


Does a place like Boston exist anywhere else in the US? My first guesses would be LA (too expensive) or Portland, OR (too rainy and wet)


I'm basically looking for paradise here. Warm or hot (I like having seasons but I just really hate freezing cold, wet, winters) lots of young people, lots of culture, music (music is important. I like being able to travel 30 minutes to see everything from a huge popular band to smaller, local artists, as well as being close to large festivals like Boston Calling) arts, fun local activities, and inexpensive in comparison to Boston.

Has anyone relocated from Boston to somewhere similar? Or does anyone live somewhere similar currently?
Help! Thanks in advance for all of your recommendations
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:35 AM
 
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Nashville sounds up your alley. Lots of music and young people, lots of bars, pretty affordable, an hour away from Bonnaroo.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:38 AM
 
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Smaller places, Asheville NC, or many college towns, Athens GA and the like.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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Austin, TX maybe?
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Austin is a good suggestion.


OP - I'm going to move this thread to the General US forum where it will receive more input.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Sacramento could work. It's diverse, highly underrated in terms of culture, and cheap (by California standards). The OP would also be a quick drive a way from everything the Bay Area has to offer as well as the Sierras in case s/he would like to enjoy nature.

The OP could live in Davis, the most bikable city in the country, and also enjoy everything that UC Davis has to offer in terms of lectures, concerts, and events.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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a-hole attitude that many Bostonians have
You are going to have a tough time not finding most places backwards. I know you hate the attitude now but wait until you are living in the South or Southwest.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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It's not exactly warm (though much of the year, warmer than Boston), but San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area seems similar in attitude and such to Boston. However, it is very expensive.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Denver
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You're describing New Orleans to a T.

More walkable city in the country, one of the country's greatest live music cities, famous bars and restaurants, dense layout, very cheap compared to Boston, lots and lots of young people, dripping with culture, home of some very large music fests, etc.

The only other place that sounds good would be Nashville.
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:43 AM
 
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I'm basically looking for paradise here. Warm or hot (I like having seasons but I just really hate freezing cold, wet, winters) lots of young people, lots of culture, music (music is important. I like being able to travel 30 minutes to see everything from a huge popular band to smaller, local artists, as well as being close to large festivals like Boston Calling) arts, fun local activities, and inexpensive in comparison to Boston.
Durham/Chapel Hill/Carrboro NC would be a great fit as it has four seasons without the freezing long winters, lots of young people (average age around 30 years old), it has a well-educated population like Boston (around 60% of the three city area has a Bachelor's Degree or better), lots of cultural opportunity, a nationally recognized music scene mixed with local artists and visiting big names, a thriving arts scene and a cost of living well below Boston.
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