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Old 04-04-2016, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I think some of the suggestions would be out of the price range of the OP. College towns don't tend to be cheap, given there's a huge demand for student rental housing, along with fairly strong demand from professors and other university professionals.

My mother lived in Northampton, MA for example for nine years. Out of the 65 homes on the market, only nine are under the price requirements the OP suggested. None of these houses are anywhere near the walkable portion of the town. If you wanted walkability cheap, you're better off looking elsewhere in western mass, like Easthampton, Great Barrington, Shelburne Falls, etc.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:21 AM
 
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Ithaca NY is another place that could work. Very diverse school district with a 94% graduation rate, has 2 colleges(including Ivy League Cornell University), it is on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, has a pretty good bus system and is walkable.

Oneonta NY may also work and it is within 4 hours of NNJ. It also has 2 colleges, good schools, walkability, a bus system, an orchestra and is in the foothills of the Catskills.

Maybe not "progressive", but Corning NY with the Corning Museum of Glass being free to kids under either 16 or 18, there is the Rockwell Museum of American Art, it is home to Fortune 500 Corning Incorporated, it is walkable, has good schools and it has the Orchestra of the Finger Lakes.

You could perhaps look into some neighborhoods in the bigger metros or in smaller cities in Upstate NY as well. For instance, you may be able to live in a suburb in close proximity to a city with an area with an artsy vibe like DeWitt near Syracuse's East Side, near Syracuse University and the Westcott neighborhood or Vestal near Binghamton. Areas of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy like Ballston Spa or Saratoga Springs. There's communities like Hamilton, Clinton, Oswego or Cortland that have colleges within 4 hours of NNJ.
Here are street views and information of the Downtowns for the first 3 communities: Ithaca: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4394...8i4448!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/place/It...6ece74!6m1!1e1


Downtown Ithaca - Downtown Ithaca Alliance


Oneonta: https://www.google.com/maps/place/On...f1ed5e!6m1!1e1


Main Street Oneonta NY :: Life Enjoyed
Visit Oneonta NY :: Home
EO - Everything Oneonta, NY | Dining, Shopping, Lodging and Entertainment


Corning: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Co...bc44ab!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1440...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Corning's Gaffer District


Here are some homes in these communities within your price range: Property Search Results


3-Bedroom Oneonta, NY Homes for Sale - realtor.com®


3-Bedroom Ithaca, NY Homes for Sale - realtor.com®

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Old 04-04-2016, 07:34 AM
 
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Pittsburgh.

Safe, walkable neighborhoods with homes in your price range:

Squirrel Hill South Pittsburgh Real Estate - 12 Homes For Sale | Zillow

Greenfield Pittsburgh Real Estate - 15 Homes For Sale | Zillow
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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You're still going to experience heat and humidity in the northeast although i imagine it's worse in Georgia.

I would suggest that you look at the various college towns in New England. I think college towns can be really good places to raise a family. The school systems tend to be good, the people tend to be more progressive (even in rural areas) and there will be cultural and educational opportunities that you won't easily find in other communities of the same size. And they tend to be relatively safe it seems.

Also, a town that has a good college in it will have some wealth that other towns of similar sizes don't always have. That has its plusses and minuses but if you can find a good and affordable home in a more up-scale community, it has its benefits. Better schools, better infrastructure, safer, etc. I realize i'm generalizing but there are advantages to being around wealth because people who have money are often quite demanding and want the best so to be a non-wealthy person in relatively wealthy community can be a benefit.

I used to live in Hanover, N.H. (that's where Dartmouth College is) but i was looking at the Trulia web site for home listings and it's just very expensive.
Then i looked at Burlington, Vermont and the affordable homes didn't look so desirable. There are condos in your price range but i'm assuming that you want a single family home.

Then i went to Middlebury, Vermont (Middlebury College) and there are actually a few properties that are in your price range.
[url=http://www.trulia.com/for_sale/Middlebury,VT/]Middlebury, VT Real Estate & Homes for Sale | Trulia[/url]

Trulia is a good way to get a sense of the prices of homes even if you don't use the site. Similar with craigslist .... a good way to learn what rentals are generally going for.

Northampton, MA (Smith College) is another place to consider. A friend of mine bought a nice and spacious 2 bedroom (plus a totally renovated and usable basement) with a huge yard and big old beautiful trees. This was many years ago (early 2000's) but i remember that he paid about 130K for the home.
[url=http://www.trulia.com/MA/Northampton/]Northampton Homes for sale - Massachusetts real estate | Trulia[/url]

I don't know if you need / want to be near a major city or if you like rural settings. I think raising kids in a progressive community and in a natural environment is ideal. That's the best of both worlds. Nature and clean air and arts and educational opportunities, etc..

There are good college town all over New England. For whatever reasons, Middlebury (much more rural and small) and Northampton came to my mind. And Northampton is fairly close to Boston which is great. Trips to the city for even more cultural stuff is good. I'd seriously consider Northampton.
Thank you for all the info. Very helpful. I am going to investigate Middlebury and Northampton further.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Thank you for all the info. Very helpful. I am going to investigate Middlebury and Northampton further.


Good luck. Both are very good places to be and raise a family imo.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:06 AM
 
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Here are street views and information of the Downtowns for the first 3 communities: Ithaca: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4394...8i4448!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/place/It...6ece74!6m1!1e1


Downtown Ithaca - Downtown Ithaca Alliance


Oneonta: https://www.google.com/maps/place/On...f1ed5e!6m1!1e1


Main Street Oneonta NY :: Life Enjoyed
Visit Oneonta NY :: Home
EO - Everything Oneonta, NY | Dining, Shopping, Lodging and Entertainment


Corning: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Co...bc44ab!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1440...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Corning's Gaffer District


Here are some homes in these communities within your price range: Property Search Results
Corning Homes for sale - New York real estate | Trulia


3-Bedroom Oneonta, NY Homes for Sale - realtor.com®
Oneonta Homes for sale - New York real estate | Trulia


3-Bedroom Ithaca, NY Homes for Sale - realtor.com®
Ithaca Homes for sale - New York real estate | Trulia
If you want a bigger Upstate NY city within 4 hours of NNJ, this neighborhood would/could work: UNPA | University Neighborhood Preservation Association


Westcott Neighborhood Association - Westcott Community


Westcott


Barry Park | Syracuse Parks


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0401...7i13312!8i6656


Syracuse Homes for sale - New York real estate | Trulia (Look south of East Genesee Street and around Westcott Street to the east, as well as south of Euclid west of Westcott)


This area of Binghamton may also work as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Side,_Binghamton


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recrea...rk_(Binghamton)


https://www.google.com/maps/place/Re...f276d9!6m1!1e1


Uncorked Creations - Creative Kids


KAPOW! Art Studio


https://www.thediscoverycenter.org/


https://www.binghamton.edu/community...resources.html


Binghamton Homes for sale - New York real estate | Trulia (Look at the West Side(south of Main Street) or SW sides of the city, straddling the Susquehanna River)
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Old 04-04-2016, 02:34 PM
 
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More on Corning:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRjoGnvxRIo


https://www.planning.org/greatplaces...rketstreet.htm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCMrSiXXEYQ


Rockwell Museum - Art about America


Home | Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes


https://www.corning.com/worldwide/en.html
https://careers.corning.com/psp/PDPA...languageCd=ENG


Here is a nice video of Oneonta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SxMHkgbYcY


and one for Ithaca: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvvceuAgE9s

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Old 04-05-2016, 07:36 AM
 
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Just curious, but OP, do you have a population range or limit in terms of the type of place you are looking for?
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:57 PM
 
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Another community that came to mind, with some info for you and others to view: This Is Hamilton NY - This is Hamilton NY
Village And Town Of Hamilton
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8270...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Hamilton Central School District / Homepage
About Hamilton New York - Colgate University


RealtyUSA - Property - Property-List


EXPERIENCE ARTS AT THE PALACE
hamiltoncenterarts
https://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com/.../Page/Home.cfm (just to the south)
Home page - Hamilton Theater
https://madartinc.wordpress.com/


Another one, that is actually near a big city/urban area and isn't too far away from the first community: Clinton, New York: Historic Village of Clinton, NY Shopping & Entertainment Travel Guide
Clinton Chamber of Commer - Clinton, NY
Town Of Kirkland: Homepage: [Digital Towpath]
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0482...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Clinton Central School District / Homepage
Hamilton College: A national leader in teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves.


Kirkland Art Center
https://www.hamilton.edu/wellin


If you can't find housing in that community, this nearby community with very good schools may be an alternative: New Hartford Central School District / Homepage


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0728...8i6656!6m1!1e1


NHclerk
Village Of New Hartford: Homepage: [Digital Towpath]


This is within the village: Welcome | New Hartford Shopping Center
This is in the town portion on Commercial Drive, a major suburban shopping strip and Clinton isn't too far away: Sangertown Square



Clinton Homes for sale - New York real estate | Trulia
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