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Old 01-24-2008, 07:30 AM
 
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I'm hoping someone can help with some suggestions for a place to live. My parents, who are in their 60's and ready to retire, and my husband, myself, and four children ages 10, 7, 4, and 1 are looking for a place to call home. We currently live in the Northeast, and we do not like the seemingly endless winters. We'd love a place with mild weather and we need a relatively low cost of living. My husband is an auto mechanic/service advisor so there would have to be that type of job available. In other words, it can't be in the middle of nowhere or where people won't spend money on their cars. We need decent schools and fun stuff for the kids to do. We love walking/ biking trails, zoos, camping, swimming, and museums. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Wonderful Wisconsin!!!
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I would look to states like TN or Missouri. They do get cold but not the prolonged bitter stuff. I know the cost of living would be less then the northeast. I lived in Missouri from the time I was 2 until about 10 years old. It is a nice place.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:47 AM
 
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My mom is nervous about tornadoes. Are there areas in these states where they are less likely to hit?
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:43 AM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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You won't find this in TN or MO!

Kentucky's one and only Bluegrass Region

http://static1.bareka.com/photos/medium/5230152/frankfort-pike.jpg (broken link)

http://static3.bareka.com/photos/medium/7080982/untitled.jpg (broken link)

http://static1.bareka.com/photos/medium/7080984/untitled.jpg (broken link)

Louisville is a really great midsized city with tons on restaurants, a great park system designed by Frederick Olmstead (designer of NYC's Central Park), and a very affordable cost of living.

Louisville is currently building a bike trail loop encircling the entire city! 30 miles have already been completed, it will be 110 miles long when completed in 2012.
http://static2.bareka.com/photos/medium/4466113/levy-building-spaghetti-factory.jpg (broken link)

Metro Loop Bike Trail
http://static1.bareka.com/photos/medium/5109096/mill-creek-bike-trail.jpg (broken link)

Historic Highlands neighborhood
http://static3.bareka.com/photos/medium/7144318/untitled.jpg (broken link)

There are currently five 10 story buildings, two buildings from 25 to 60 stories, and a new arena are under construction or planned for downtown! When the dust settles, our skyline will look like this:

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Old 01-24-2008, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Burlington County NJ
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Now that looks beautiful!
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:25 PM
 
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I would say Pittsburgh, but you don't like the cold.

I second Louisville. It would fit nicely with what you want. It's inexpensive and cultured, unlike a lot of booming southern cities.
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:43 PM
 
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I will definitely check out Kentucky. Thanks for the replies!
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:56 PM
 
Location: TN, to AK one day
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i swear ive seen trees and farms in TN and MO before...
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Missouri is nice. St. Louis and Kansas City are probably large enough to meet your needs. Springfield is nice as well. Urban St. Louis - Index has lots of STL info. St. Louis has a bad reputation for violence, but most of the city is as safe as most others. The city is pretty affordable, even the nicer neighborhoods. If you live in the city, I would recommend a private school, or a magnet school if you can get into one. The City also has the zoo (which is free), the City Museum, Art and History Museums, Forest Park, Botanical Gardens, the Arch, NHL, MLB, and NFL (and maybe MLS in the next couple of years). Most things in St. Louis are affordable and the city is a lot of fun.

Winters are pretty mild and summers are warm. You'll get some snow in the winter, but probably nothing like the Northwest.

There are also very rural areas in Missouri. I live in a town of 400 myself. There are chances of tornadoes, but that's the case across the midwest. From what I've seen, Tornado Alley actually starts Western Missouri and Kansas and heads west, although we do occasionally get tornadoes around here. I wouldn't expect them in a city, though.

Kansas City is nice, although smaller. I can't tell you much about KC, though.

Anyway, a lot of the midwest would meet your needs, except maybe Chicago (not as affordable and colder), so anywhere in the midwest with enough people for your husband's job should be fine.

Lots of STL pics here Urban St. Louis - View Forum - Photography - Showcase St. Louis
St. Louis, MO: Visitor Information & Travel Planning Resources (http://www.explorestlouis.com/visitors/index.asp - broken link) can give you an idea of what to see in the city.

This image is pretty nice as well:


http://www.roamingtimes.com/travel/i...eway-arch2.jpg

Here's some of the skyline

http://away.com/images/destination-o...y/st-louis.jpg

St. Louis is a lot of fun. Even if you don't move there, you should visit sometime. The City Museum is especially fun and hands on, in my opinion.

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Old 01-24-2008, 04:59 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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i swear ive seen trees and farms in TN and MO before...
I was talking specifically about the Horse Farm country surrounding Lexington - with its miles of stone fences predating the civil war and country mansions- which IS unique in the United States.

It's like a little piece of the English countryside in the US

95% of Kentucky does look a lot like TN and MO

"The Castle" in Woodford Country
http://static4.bareka.com/photos/medium/5230223/castle-versailes-near-lexington.jpg (broken link)

Horse farm entrance
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Pre Civil War cemetery in Woodford County
http://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/5230179.jpg (broken link)

Fayette County Horse Farm
http://static2.bareka.com/photos/medium/7335665/untitled.jpg (broken link)
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