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Old 03-31-2016, 12:05 PM
 
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Northern Arizona has a high COL?
Definitely. Flagstaff is about $1600 for a 2 bedroom 7 miles outside of the city. Having lived in many places it's the worst value based on what you get for your money that I have ever seen in my life.

I paid $600 for a nice 2 bedroom 40 minutes outside of Boston and $1000 for a nice 2 bedroom in Tampa. Both of these areas had convenient access to an airports, a short drive to the waterfront and numerous trails, lots of amenities and cultural attractions, less traffic, and MUCH friendlier people.

Let's say I will never move again without checking the area out first!
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:17 PM
 
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Portland, but it might be too expensive.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:31 PM
 
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Portland, but it might be too expensive.
Thanks for the suggestion - I'll add it to my search. I'll try looking an hour outside of the city for cheaper rent. I would prefer to live in a more country setting with access to the city anyways.
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:20 PM
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Chattanooga has all of what you listed
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Old 03-31-2016, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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My husband and I are moving out of Northern Arizona due to the high cost of living, rude people, and limited recreation and entertainment. We are open to pretty much every area except for the Midwest. We work from home so employment is not an issue. We are willing to live in either a rural or urban area, although prefer not to live in the suburbs near a bunch of big box chains. Access to a city (even if an hour or 2 away) is fine.

Some of the things we are looking for in our new location

A decent rental for up to $1500-1600. Prefer a 2-3 bedroom. Not ready to buy a house, just renting right now
Lots of fitness and hiking opportunities within an hour's drive
Great weekend road trips nearby
Pretty natural scenery
Would prefer a change in weather (much too sunny day in, day out where we live now) Rain, snow, thunderstorms, etc would be nice for a change of pace, although not necessary.
Lots of local businesses
Lots of seasonal events and holiday celebrations
Paved biked paths
Good coffee shop and libraries - we often work from our laptops outside the home
Nice, friendly people (everyone where we live now is always in a bad mood with a scowl on their face)
A walkable friendly downtown area
Water access whether it be a lake, ocean, river, etc. We miss the water!
Nice town parks for running, tennis, picnics, etc.
Airport access. Right now we are 3hrs away from the closest airport.
Museums, art galleries, historic theaters, zoos, aquariums, any type of cultural attractions would be a benefit over where we are living now.

Any suggestions on an area that would fit a number of these would be great. Thanks in advance for any help.
Large Metro: Minneapolis-St. Paul
Medium Metro: Madison
Small Metro: Dubuque
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:15 PM
 
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Northampton, Mass. fits your criteria.
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I think she said that they weren't in a place where moving back to the north-east is possible at this time.
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:09 PM
 
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Prescott, AZ - so near yet so far!

Apologies for the abundant sunshine -- that's the only thing on your list that may not suit.

Google "Prescott Trails".

Prescott lives up to reputation as 'Arizona's Christmas City' | Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Old 04-19-2016, 05:04 PM
 
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Charleston, SC would be a good place to check out.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:46 AM
 
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Portland, Maine. I'm not sure of rental prices at this point, but it checks every other box in a big way.
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