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Old 04-06-2016, 09:39 PM
 
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Roanoke, Virginia seems like a possibility as it seems to meet all your criteria. When you attended college in western Virginia, did you not visit Roanoke? If you did, what did you think of the city?
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Pineville, LA
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Roanoke, Virginia seems like a possibility as it seems to meet all your criteria. When you attended college in western Virginia, did you not visit Roanoke? If you did, what did you think of the city?
I did spend a lot of time in Roanoke, and I really liked Virginia although not enough snow for me. However, I left Virginia under very BAD circumstances and will not go back there. The 2 times I've been to North Carolina since then, terrible things have happened, so I have no desire to return to the Blue Ridge area. But thanks for the reply!
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Old 04-07-2016, 06:56 AM
 
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Morgantown WV may be worth a look. Perhaps Athens OH and State College PA may also work for you.
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:18 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Look at Bend, Oregon and Reno, Nevada.
Bend Oregon won't work only because it is an expensive place to live. OP is looking for reasonable cost of living. Also one third of the population are real estate agents, so tough to make a living selling real estate; there are too many people sharing the business.

I don't know what real estate or rent cost in Reno, but it would be easy to find out with Craigslist.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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We are visiting Colorado Springs in October, so it's currently on the list. We'd rather head west. I would consider New York state, but I'm not sure my husband would, unless someone can say it fits the bill. I've done a little research on Boise and Missoula. Here is what we are looking for.
Colo Springs and Boise are quite similar. Close to mountains and a lot of recreation with reasonably mild climates. Boise is located in a valley with several rivers, so they have much more natural water than Colo Spgs, which is located in the foothills of the Rockies. However, those rivers do create a lot more humidty and heat. Colo Spgs is also locate in El Paso county, the most populous in the state of Colorado, so this is driving up prices of housing considerably. Hard to guess where it will be in 5-9 years from now. Pretty fair population difference between the three and that will drive a significant number of differences between them you may want to evaluate. Also, Missoula and Boise are home to very large state universities, whereas the colleges in COS are smaller private or satellites of larger institutions within the state.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Pineville, LA
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Yeah, I'm afraid Boise may be too hot and sunny for my liking. I think we'll definitely visit Boise in the next couple of years to scope it out, but I'm not finding too many other options.
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