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Old 06-23-2015, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by NoMoreSnowForMe View Post
Why don't you move back to South Tampa?

I can't think in terms of small town feel plus tech jobs. Can't imagine that exists.

I think your list is impossible. What would you be willing to compromise on?
Agreed. Usually these type of places are cities that are not very good for jobs. Everyone would move there if they could find work!
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Old 06-24-2015, 12:00 AM
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Her: Big city theater and art, commute under 20 minutes, bike-ability, preferably a 3 season locale (Spring, Summer, Fall) or total summer

Him: Small town feel, tech jobs, access to nature in an hour or less (not central park but a true nature area),

Both: single family home for less than $400,000, good food, access to a major airport in a hour or less
Huntsville, Alabama meets many of the items on your wishlist. It is a small city (~180,000) with an historic downtown surrounded by suburbia - the city's growth exploded in the 1950s and 1960s with NASA and the Army (Huntsville is known as the Rocket City). There may be tech jobs available, depending on your husband's field and ability to get a security clearance.

It's not big city, but there are plays, symphony performances, and art museums, as well as the 'Lowe Mill' artist space. Commutes average 18 minutes IIRC. Bike-ability is a no. Also, public transit is nearly non-existent (as one might expect from a small city). There is a 3,000 acre State Park / Land Trust area within ~10 minutes of downtown, plus there are many State Parks (e.g. Monte Sano, Guntersville, Joe Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, David Crockett in TN) and Wilderness areas (e.g., Bankhead and Skyline) within an hour's drive.

Nice homes with good schools are available within your price range. Plenty of restaurants (fine dining to chains), food trucks, and a burgeoning craft beer scene. Huntsville's airport is convenient but limited, however Nashville and Birmingham airports are about 2 hours away.
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by bcandy View Post
I had been thinking Charlotte, but we will definitely add Raleigh to the list.

I'm a bit worried about the Atlanta suburbs as they don't seem big city at all but rather just dozens of tiny places strong together. Also we've been spoiled as far as public transit & easy commute. But we'll be in Atlanta (by which I mean the suburbs as no one seems to live in the city) over the 4th so I'll check it out further. Besides Alpharetta are their other areas that you would suggest?
Raleigh is more of a tech hub than Charlotte, but Charlotte is an option as well.

If you want more of a city-type atmosphere in metro Atlanta, you may want to consider the Perimeter area or possibly even Buckhead.
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