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Old 12-03-2014, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Durham
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I do have friends there -- would it fit my budget and the mass transit is good?


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Old 12-03-2014, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Default Great Suggestion!

Thanks for the suggestion and details -- I actually considered Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, but getting by there without a car would be tough (though Chapel Hill in particular seems fairly walkable). It is still on my short list, though I'd likely need to keep my car, which I'm not sure I want to do. I will also look into Charlotte.


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Check out Charlotte or Birmingham. They never get snow, except on RARE occasion (maybe a few inches every 5 years or so). In December, it's in the 50's in both cities. Charlotte has the Lynx light rail system and buses for public transit. Birmingham has a bus system as well. Both cities have 1 bd apartments available for around $800 a month. They both have some walkable neighborhoods, but nothing too special.

The Charlotte metro area has 2.3 million people. Birmingham metro has 1.1 million.

I would not do Atlanta. A typical 1 bd apartment there goes for around $950, and the metro is huge, with 5.5 million people.

I think Charlotte would be your best bet. I actually spent an entire month there last year during February 2013 and enjoyed it. It's just a pleasant place to live. People are friendly, half of everything is brand new; half is older construction. Jobs are coming back, too. The climate is just phenomenal. You'll only need a light jacket for like 3 months during the winter. Also, the Charlotte area in general has about a 50% transplant population of northeastern people and 50% southerners. I would say about 50% of the people have a southern accent. So it's sort of a nice diverse blend of different American subcultures. One thing that sucks is that I-485 can get VERY congested on the southern part, but it's not the end of the world. They also have a very good grocery store called Harris Teeter, which I enjoyed shopping at.

Almost everywhere you go in the Charlotte area, it just as a very CLEAN and NEW feeling and look. This can be good and bad, depending on your preference. One thing that sucks about Charlotte is that almost all of the restaurants and dining options are generic chain restaurants. But there are still some unique dining options if you look hard enough, especially in the core area of the city. Most people seem optimistic and happy. You will, however see a confederate flag just about every day, on someone's truck or something.

Charlotte is also adjacent to some attractive natural scenery and isn't too far from mountains, lakes and forests.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Default Really?

Thanks! I didn't think N.O. would be in my budget -- but it is worth investigating. I have a feeling I'd love it down there.

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Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans. Maybe Dallas, I hear winters there can be somewhat harsh.
It's going to be difficult finding an apartment in the few walkable neighborhoods that Houston has. Living in the loop will put you at $1000 a month normally for a one bedroom. Car sharing would be very easy.

New Orleans would be the easiest to find an apartment under $850 in many walkable neighborhoods, and Uber and some other company offer car sharing. PT is decent but far from great. You can live near streetcar lines or major bus lines that would help.

I would imagine the best options are Atlanta and New Orleans.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:34 PM
 
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Default Many Options!

Yeah, I have spent a lot of time all over Florida, and I know the South is pricey. And Dallas and Houston hold no appeal for me. Atlanta and N.O. do, but I figured they would be over my budget too. I was focusing on the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area since it meets all my wants except great public transportation and/or walkable neighborhoods. Oh, and that weather scenario is JUST FINE by me -- that's paradise compared to Western New York!


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Rents in southeast Florida are NOT affordable for the OP. A typical 1 bd will go for $1,100+ which is way over his budget. Even rents in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and New Orleans aren't exactly cheap these days. They're in the $900-1,000 range now, unless you're in a sketchier neighborhood. Charlotte and Birmingham, on the other hand actually do have rents in the $800 range for something decent and safe. The OP, however, will have to be okay with 3 months of winter daily high temps in the 50's and freezing temps overnight for about two months. The other 9 months of the year are spectacular.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Default New Orleans!

That New Orleans pricing would be perfect for me . . .


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You can find a studio in a nice neighborhood in New Orleans for $600, 1bd can easily be found for <$850, you don't know.

Dallas has lighgt rail and commuter, Houston have 3-4 light rail lines and a great bus system.

Miami is dense, not urban. Houston is pretty dense too.
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Just a FYI.. there is a legitimate "snow line" where points north of it get annual snowfall and points south may or may not. That line pretty much starts at Wilmington, NC and cuts through Columbia, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Montgomery, Jackson, Shreveport and Dallas. (Dallas is known to get ice storms BTW).

Yes, Atlanta gets snow annually, though it may not be much in accumulation. Raleigh does, too.
Any accumulating snow in both cities make it hard to drive on the roads not only because the resources are a lot less, but the terrain (very hilly) make it quite a challenge as well.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Miami is dense, not urban. Houston is pretty dense too.
I'm not sure what you're saying. My only point was that it's a misconception to say Miami has no affordable walkable neighborhoods. It has plenty. They're just not in areas most people would be willing to live due to safety and security. My comment was nitpicky and not helpful to the thread, but I just wanted to make that known cause it was a surprise to me when I studied Miami.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Durham
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Default Snowline

Thanks -- and oh do I know. I'm fine with a little snow; here in Western NY we set a new national record though, 74" in 24 hours. So a few inches a year doesn't scare me. I think it's funny that you describe Raleigh as hilly -- have you ever been to Seattle? THAT is hilly. And THAT shuts down in 1/2" of snow or "snain"


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Just a FYI.. there is a legitimate "snow line" where points north of it get annual snowfall and points south may or may not. That line pretty much starts at Wilmington, NC and cuts through Columbia, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Montgomery, Jackson, Shreveport and Dallas. (Dallas is known to get ice storms BTW).

Yes, Atlanta gets snow annually, though it may not be much in accumulation. Raleigh does, too.
Any accumulating snow in both cities make it hard to drive on the roads not only because the resources are a lot less, but the terrain (very hilly) make it quite a challenge as well.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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Having grown up in Western NYS, I would recommend considering Philly and Baltimore. Both very walkable with good mass transit (Philly is stronger here). Philly gets an average of 22" of snow per year and has temps close to 50 as a high in December. Not far off of what you'd get south of here in Virginia (I lived in Richmond as well and it averaged 11" and was about 5 - 8 degrees warmer...on average). MUCH more mild than Western NY. The weather may not be exactly what you're looking for, but the COL for what you get is very solid.

If that's not what you're looking for, you should consider some of the older cities in the south like New Orleans. Not the best transit, but at least it's walkable.
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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New Orleans
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