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Old 09-28-2015, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Baldwin County, AL
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Hello all! So here is the deal: My wife and I are currently living in Mobile, AL, having moved here from Memphis, TN for my job. My wife was born and raised in the Winston-Salem area of NC, and we have never lived anywhere but the south. There are a lot of things we like down here, but the cons far outweigh them. So I will give you guys some background info, and what we are looking for, and hopefully you guys can give us some new locations to check out!

We are in our late 20's, and we have a 3 year old son. We love being outdoors doing whatever we can. We love the beach, hiking, camping, and just about any other outdoor activity. I have recently gotten into fishing as well. I have gotten to where I loathe the heat and humidity. I can take it in doses, but when it is everyday for months at a time, I start having some breathing issues caused by it, which leads to me having to stay inside. My wife and I both enjoy cold weather and snow, and our favorite season is by far fall. We are both atheist/agnostic, so the religion aspect is one reason we are looking to move. Our son is a very bright kid who needs constant stimulation. Here in Mobile, it doesn't take long before you have seen everything nearby, and things start to get boring for him.

Things we are looking for:

-First and foremost, a good area to raise our son. We are looking for good schools, low crime (who isn't?), and a community type feel. I mean somewhere where people take pride in their city. Somewhere that has a lot of festivals/fairs would be great.
-Would love somewhere with a lot a history/historical type things to do. Museums/battlefields/etc. My wife and I are both history buffs, and my son, at 3, already seems to headed that direction as well. His favorite places down here are the Naval Air Station Museum and the USS Alabama. I realize it could just be that they have cool planes/boats, but I hope he will share our interest!
-Would love somewhere with a defined downtown area. This is just something that would be cool to have, but not really a necessity.
- We are also big art fans. I, myself enjoy the visual arts, such as paintings/drawing/sculpture/photography, while my wife enjoys more of the performing arts. Somewhere where these things are nearby would be great.
-We want a decent FALL! We do not get one here in south AL, and Memphis wasn't much better.
-We also want snow! It doesn't have to be a dominant feature, but we would love for our son to be able to play in the snow, and maybe an occasional white Christmas.
-We don't want to be in a large city. We would prefer a smaller city that may be within, say, 40 miles of a larger city/metro area.
-We want somewhere that won't break the bank. The Northeast would be perfect for all of our art needs, as well as the great fall and several other things, but it is quite expensive. We may still end up going that direction, but we now want to include the rest of the country. Anywhere that would fit!

I know it looks like a daunting list, but we don't have to have everything. Any place that you think may fit, please, let us know! Let me know if you need any other info, I will happily provide it! Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-28-2015, 04:18 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Let me know if you need any other info, I will happily provide it! Thanks in advance!
Are you talking about renting or buying? Apartment or house, and what size? What are you prepared to spend on a residence?

Is being in a Red State or a Blue State a factor?
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Old 09-28-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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Maryland might have what you want and not be too far from Winston Salem. Maybe Fredrick?? ask the Maryland forum for specifics. It's a blue state.
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Baldwin County, AL
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Are you talking about renting or buying? Apartment or house, and what size? What are you prepared to spend on a residence?

Is being in a Red State or a Blue State a factor?
Renting at first, buying later. At the moment, I would be looking at probably $1,500-1,800 per month. We would prefer a house, but an apartment could work on a somewhat temporary/short term basis. We would prefer a house though, as we do have a dog, and like having our own outdpor space. The size isn't too big of a deal really. We have lived in places between 900 sq/ft and 2,500 sq/ft. We are fine with smaller living spaces, as we prefer being outside anyways, and don't spend too much time inside if possible.

Red state or blue state.... Well, we have never lived in a blue state, but have lived in blue cities. We would actually prefer a more "purple" area, as we actually have leanings in both directions. A blue area may work better for our lack of religion, but it isn't too big of a factor.
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:36 PM
 
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Maybe Western PA? Lots of outdoors things. Aesthetically beautiful. You could find a charming town within easy drive of Pittsburgh. Rhode Island also? easy drive to Boston and the area is very good for lack of religion. Iowa City/ Cedar Rapids area...Iowa City has some arts festivals and some museums. The state itself is big on fairs. (Iowa City, somewhat liberal, rest of area, more blue dog democrat to republican.) Also Ann Arbor area maybe for same reasons as Iowa City but probably more of it; plus easy access to Detroit, which I know, gets bad rap but I'm sure it's fine for the occasional visit.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:06 PM
 
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Ann Arbor for sure it's a little on the expensive side, you might want to consider Lansing/East Lansing. Also check into Grand Rapids, it hits all your major points with a growing local arts scene. It hosts the worlds largest art competition in terms of cash prize. It happens every year at this time. ArtPrize

The Twin Cities are arts and culture gems as well more affordable than the Northeast, with one of the more stable economies. Also I think Cleveland would fit the bill pretty nice in this case.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:08 PM
 
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Hello all! So here is the deal: My wife and I are currently living in Mobile, AL, having moved here from Memphis, TN for my job. My wife was born and raised in the Winston-Salem area of NC, and we have never lived anywhere but the south. There are a lot of things we like down here, but the cons far outweigh them. So I will give you guys some background info, and what we are looking for, and hopefully you guys can give us some new locations to check out!

We are in our late 20's, and we have a 3 year old son. We love being outdoors doing whatever we can. We love the beach, hiking, camping, and just about any other outdoor activity. I have recently gotten into fishing as well. I have gotten to where I loathe the heat and humidity. I can take it in doses, but when it is everyday for months at a time, I start having some breathing issues caused by it, which leads to me having to stay inside. My wife and I both enjoy cold weather and snow, and our favorite season is by far fall. We are both atheist/agnostic, so the religion aspect is one reason we are looking to move. Our son is a very bright kid who needs constant stimulation. Here in Mobile, it doesn't take long before you have seen everything nearby, and things start to get boring for him.

Things we are looking for:

-First and foremost, a good area to raise our son. We are looking for good schools, low crime (who isn't?), and a community type feel. I mean somewhere where people take pride in their city. Somewhere that has a lot of festivals/fairs would be great.
-Would love somewhere with a lot a history/historical type things to do. Museums/battlefields/etc. My wife and I are both history buffs, and my son, at 3, already seems to headed that direction as well. His favorite places down here are the Naval Air Station Museum and the USS Alabama. I realize it could just be that they have cool planes/boats, but I hope he will share our interest!
-Would love somewhere with a defined downtown area. This is just something that would be cool to have, but not really a necessity.
- We are also big art fans. I, myself enjoy the visual arts, such as paintings/drawing/sculpture/photography, while my wife enjoys more of the performing arts. Somewhere where these things are nearby would be great.
-We want a decent FALL! We do not get one here in south AL, and Memphis wasn't much better.
-We also want snow! It doesn't have to be a dominant feature, but we would love for our son to be able to play in the snow, and maybe an occasional white Christmas.
-We don't want to be in a large city. We would prefer a smaller city that may be within, say, 40 miles of a larger city/metro area.
-We want somewhere that won't break the bank. The Northeast would be perfect for all of our art needs, as well as the great fall and several other things, but it is quite expensive. We may still end up going that direction, but we now want to include the rest of the country. Anywhere that would fit!

I know it looks like a daunting list, but we don't have to have everything. Any place that you think may fit, please, let us know! Let me know if you need any other info, I will happily provide it! Thanks in advance!
I think this has come up before in the past. In terms of the Northeast, look inland for more affordable areas. Upstate NY, most of Pennsylvania and western Massachusetts would be good places to look into.
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Old 09-28-2015, 10:16 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Look at some of the Chicago suburbs, like Oak Park, Evanston, Skokie.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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You know, you might love the fall because the weather is better. I loved the fall, too, when I lived in TN, because the weather was cooler and less humid. I'm from the SF Bay Area, though, so I especially hated the humidity.

So, you want:

beach
lower temperatures in summer
low or no humidity

You like fall and snow and cold weather.

You'd like to live somewhere with lots of arts and festivals.

Safe, community feel.

Well, you can't have all of the above in one place.

I'm wondering, though, if you might really like Ashland, OR. It would have all of the above, and you'd also just be a couple hours from the coast.

City of Ashland, Oregon - HOME

Ashland is known for it's arts, and especially the Shakespeare festival. It has a really nice, quaint, Victorian downtown, galleries, a college, and lots of nearby recreation. It's a beautiful town, in a beautiful setting in the mountains, but it also has good access to major freeways, and I think the closest airport would be Medford, OR.

https://www.osfashland.org/

Outstanding | SOU Home

Ashland OR images
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:16 AM
 
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The Northeast would be your best bet and there are areas close to the action so to speak that aren't prohibitively expensive. As already suggested Frederick MD would be a good option as is someplace like West Chester PA.
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