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Old 10-14-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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[b]Minneapolis / St. Paul : Overall nice. Has good enough transit (at least, better than here). Main concerns are the downtown. It feels like it might be a bigger version of where we are at now -- where wages are low (and property costs too high) for people to actually live in the downtown, because "no one actually supposed to live downtown".
As Dawn.Davenport already mentioned, wages in Minneapolis are quite high, particularly for a Midwestern city. It's more of a white collar/creative class town, so downtown living may be too expensive for someone of modest income. Minneapolis has a downtown population of 40,000, which is an anomaly in the Midwest and continuing to grow with mid- and high-rise infill going up downtown, left and right.

Also keep in mind that downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul are distinct from each other and offer completely different scenes. If you're looking for a downtown hood that's somewhat less expensive, trendier/younger, less hectic but still has a lot going on, I'd look at Lowertown in St. Paul. It's got everything from a popular farmer's market, a baseball stadium, an LRT station on the Green Line, historic river city architecture, and live music in Mears Park almost daily in non-winter months.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:25 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Careers in tech and healthcare admin.

Budget is about $1,400/mn to $1,600/mn ish (rent) or $220k to $260k ish (buy).
With so low a price point, you should at least keep checking HomePath. There are often bargains out there, even in California. In the Ventura County area are good schools, healthcare opportunities and tech easy access to Los Angeles, for example. Especially in the east county areas.

https://www.homepath.com

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Old 10-14-2015, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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If you're looking for a downtown hood that's somewhat less expensive, trendier/younger, less hectic but still has a lot going on, I'd look at Lowertown in St. Paul. It's got everything from a popular farmer's market, a baseball stadium, an LRT station on the Green Line, historic river city architecture, and live music in Mears Park almost daily in non-winter months.
I second this. This is a wonderful suggestion. Lowertown is affordable, safe, very urban, and offers a lot to do. On the downside, it does not (yet) feel as vibrant as the neighborhoods in and near downtown Minneapolis, but it's improving, and with the Green Line, you could easily take advantage of Minneapolis's night life, culture, and restaurants whenever you'd like. Also, the residential properties in Lowertown are mostly new construction (not sure if that's a deal maker or deal breaker for the OP).

On the topic of St. Paul, Selby Avenue, between the Cathedral and Dale Street, is another neighborhood that might appeal to the OP. It's just across the freeway from downtown Saint Paul, and it has a lot of unique character: https://goo.gl/maps/9HsunX5JBVB2.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Budget is about $1,400/mn to $1,600/mn ish (rent) or $220k to $260k ish (buy).
Here's some examples of what you could buy in the most urban neighborhoods in the city at that price.

Central North Side
Central North Side
Central Lawrenceville
Bloomfield
Garfield
Upper Lawrenceville
Upper Lawrenceville
South Side
South Side
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:13 PM
 
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Dormont is a great town, but IMHO if your concern is about Pittsburgh Public Schools, it isn't worth the tradeoff. I mean, it performs better than PPS as a whole, but there are plenty of options within the PPS system (such as 6-12 magnets which focus on arts or science/technology respectively) which you would not have access to. So you're basically trading a school system with some excellent, and some terrible options for one which is just all-around average.

People who want a walkable suburb with good schools in Pittsburgh usually move to Mount Lebanon, Aspinwall, or Sewickley. Further discussion is probably best kept to the Pittsburgh forum.
Interesting......Are those other communities as urban as Dormont?

OP, here's info on the SD Dormont is in: About Us

School info for Lakewood and Kenmore: Lakewood City School District

Kenmore Town of Tonawanda UFSD / Overview

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Old 10-14-2015, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Interesting......Are those other communities as urban as Dormont?

OP, here's info on the SD Dormont is in: About Us
Depends upon the community.

Mount Lebanon was built out as an early automotive suburb around a rail line - sort of like the Main Line in the Philly area. It has a relatively dense downtown (called "Uptown" due to elevation) which has light rail access into downtown Pittsburgh. But it's a pretty large community geographically compared to Dormont, with most of the neighborhoods not within easy walking distance of the business district. So it's a generic early 20th century suburb with a little urban core to it.

Aspinwall is an old streetcar suburb just to the north of the city built out from around 1895 to 1925 or so. It has two small walkable business districts. It's mostly detached SFH with very small yards, but there are a few stands of rowhouses. There are buses there which go into the city, but no access to express BRT or rail lines.

Sewickley is an old money railroad suburb which was built down the Ohio from Pittsburgh. It probably has the most impressive downtown - even has its own art museum. It's also the furthest out from Pittsburgh, however - around a 20-minute drive with no traffic, and can easily take 45 minutes if you're bussing it.
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:04 AM
 
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We loved our old neighborhood, but it gentrified rapidly (from $800/mn to $1650/mn average rents in the last three years. And it's on track to hit $1,950/mn in 2016),
I am kind of curious where this might have happened. I first thought "they must be from Nashville or one of the Texas metros." But then I re-read Midwest and thought hunh? I assume the prices rose because it was the only neighborhood with character in a sea of suburbia.

So a hint might be to look for a place with lots of character neighborhoods. You are getting some good suggestions.
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:45 AM
 
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I can see Evanston, but I don't think Skokie or Wilmette are urban at all.
Good post, but Skokie is actually quite urban.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I feel like the OP wants us to all say that they should live in Seattle but from my understanding it's a bit cost-prohibitive for their salary range (but that's not to say they can't make it work, they just might have to make concessions to make it work). The other two choices listed are actually more realistic options (for the budget), as are options like Cleveland, Pittsburgh, upper NY, and even parts of Philly, Baltimore, or places West like Denver. It just comes down to what pros outweigh which cons.
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