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Old 11-17-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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These suggestions might be too cold for you and/or a big culture shock from San Diego, but we did a similar relocation from LA county last winter and these are some places we looked at:

- Minneapolis/St. Paul and suburbs. Great schools there, and Minneapolis is a very nice city if you can handle the cold.
- Suburbs of Portland, ME. There are some excellent school districts in the area with nice homes in your budget. It was our second choice in the end because there aren't a lot of jobs in our fields there. If we could find work more easily there, that's where we would be! Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Cumberland, etc. I think you could get all 12 criteria there, plus the beauty of northern New England.
- Madison WI (near where we ended up, though in our case it also had to do with being closer to my husband's family).
- MA suburbs. Great state for public education, and of course, lots of opportunities to work in higher ed near Boston or Amherst. You might end up at the upper end of your budget.

Seattle or Seattle's suburbs may also work, but I don't know the real estate costs these days. Lived there back in the early 2000s. Much closer to you, we have friends in Poway who like the school district there, and we considered moving there. It was too expensive for us, though.

We definitely miss the climate in SoCal, among other things. We have snow on the ground and the high today is 15 here. It's only November! I'm dealing with it since we think it's worth it in our situation, but if you do consider one of these colder climate locations, visit in the winter and see what you'd be getting yourself into...

Having been in a similar situation of trying to relocate a young family, you might want to pick a region of the country just to narrow it down. We ended up deciding that proximity to family in New England (mine) or the Midwest (his) should be a factor. We were too overwhelmed trying to research the entire country.
Great advice and in many cases in regards to schools, many of the good public schools are in 4 season/cold winter areas.
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:14 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I like the idea of picking a gener area and narrowing down from there! There's a lot to consider, but I love the suggestions!
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:33 PM
 
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When you said that you want a newer home, what is considered to be too old in terms of the age of a home?
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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When you said that you want a newer home, what is considered to be too old in terms of the age of a home?
Great question! Actually, the more we think about it, we don't really new a new home- we want a home that is move-in-ready. We want it updated and don't want to have to worry about major expenses that come with a fixer-upper. As long as the home is updated and in an area where others are keep up their homes, we'd be happy.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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Great question! Actually, the more we think about it, we don't really new a new home- we want a home that is move-in-ready. We want it updated and don't want to have to worry about major expenses that come with a fixer-upper. As long as the home is updated and in an area where others are keep up their homes, we'd be happy.
Ok, as that makes a difference.

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Just curious, but would something like this be OK?: 4 Pebble Hill Rd N, Dewitt, NY 13214

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Old 11-21-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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Or this: 283 Brooklawn Dr, Brighton, NY 14618
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