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Old 04-26-2016, 11:18 AM
 
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Hello everyone! I know there are somewhat similar threads out there and a lot of people post a "where should we move" scenario, but if you will bare with me, I will be brief. I am obsessed with the East Coast and have loved every place I have traveled, but there are things that only locals and "long-timers" know that can keep me from moving somewhere that only seems nice at a glance. I am looking to move to the New England area, preferably, but am open to most any city in that general realm. I need it to be affordable (I rent), have at least a little job market, city must not be too small, 100k population or more is ideal. But here is my kicker, I have two large and wonderful rescue dogs, my dream is to give them a yard. We have lived inner-city for years and my babies have never enjoyed the feel of their own lawn and playing outside in a private setting and I really want to give this to them. I need to be able to rent a small house (or townhouse or whatever, I really only need one bedroom) with a yard.

What is your most beloved East Coast city? One more big must, but is really a given in New England, MUST have gorgeous fall colors. Would love to hear ideas and stories

Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:23 AM
 
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NE can be very expensive and highly taxed. My in-laws live in Cape Cod and Boston, so I'm familiar with those areas. Some parts of NH seem affordable, as does upstate NY (not sure if that counts as NE). Good luck in your search!
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:26 AM
 
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Thanks! I am definitely open to NY, I just wish I knew more about it. It is one state that I have not traveled to.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:36 AM
 
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No problem.......My wife has friends there. It's really beautiful, the people are really friendly, and it's not very expensive.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:47 AM
 
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The East Coast, outside of its major cities, is overpriced and overrated
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:59 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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You might take a look at New London CT. and the surrounding area, like Groton, Norwich, Colchester and the like which are all, IIRC, in New London County. The city itself is small, maybe 30,000 or so, but the metro area is around a quarter million or so. Housing prices are reasonable there, and there are job opportunities at a few big employers like the Coast Guard Academy, Pfizer, Connecticut College, and General Dynamics, though BLS shows an unemployment rate at 6.3% -- somewhat higher than the national average.

But much of the area is just plain New England cute. You get the older homes, fall foliage, you're near the water (the river is the Thames), and you're not too far from LI Sound beaches, or bigger cities like Providence, Hartford, New Haven, Boston or NYC. Now I haven't been there in several years, so maybe ask in the CT forums if it's still as I remember it. But I think it's worth checking out.

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Old 04-26-2016, 01:41 PM
 
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If you don't mind Upstate NY, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area is just about as close to New England without being in it. It is big enough and has a pretty good economy as well. If you want the cities, Albany's SW quarter has nice neighborhoods with single family homes with yards. Schenectady's Union Street area also comes to mind, as does Troy east and SE of RPI. Saratoga Springs also has neighborhoods that would fit. For suburbs with some walkability, Scotia, Delmar and Ballston Spa are a few that come to mind.

Personally, an Upstate NY location I think is a huge sleeper is New Hartford(town and village) outside of Utica. Very nice area with a walkable village, plenty of shopping, good schools and a range of nice homes. That may be a place to consider, but there isn't a city with 100,000 in the area. Utica has about 62,000 people and New Hartford has about 20,000, with the metro having about 300,000 people. It may be the most affordable metro in Upstate NY and on par with Southern metros. You may like nearby Clinton as well, at least to visit or even South Utica(south of Burrstone Rd./Memorial Parkway). Here is some information: NHcommunity


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0733...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Welcome | New Hartford Shopping Center
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Benderson Development Company
The Orchard, New Hartford, NY | Cameron Group LLC


Clinton, New York: Historic Village of Clinton, NY Shopping & Entertainment Travel Guide
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cl...ce56e7!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0482...8i6656!6m1!1e1


South Utica: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0860...8i6656!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0747...8i6656!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0764...8i6656!6m1!1e1


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In terms of employment, the area has a good sized insurance industry, some companies at Rome's Griffiss Business Park, several colleges, multiple hospitals and some other companies. Griffiss Business & Technology Park - Rome, NY


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Old 04-27-2016, 09:16 AM
 
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If you don't mind Upstate NY, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area is just about as close to New England without being in it. It is big enough and has a pretty good economy as well. If you want the cities, Albany's SW quarter has nice neighborhoods with single family homes with yards. Schenectady's Union Street area also comes to mind, as does Troy east and SE of RPI. Saratoga Springs also has neighborhoods that would fit. For suburbs with some walkability, Scotia, Delmar and Ballston Spa are a few that come to mind.

Personally, an Upstate NY location I think is a huge sleeper is New Hartford(town and village) outside of Utica. Very nice area with a walkable village, plenty of shopping, good schools and a range of nice homes. That may be a place to consider, but there isn't a city with 100,000 in the area. Utica has about 62,000 people and New Hartford has about 20,000, with the metro having about 300,000 people. It may be the most affordable metro in Upstate NY and on par with Southern metros. You may like nearby Clinton as well, at least to visit or even South Utica(south of Burrstone Rd./Memorial Parkway). Here is some information: NHcommunity


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0733...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Welcome | New Hartford Shopping Center
Sangertown Square
Benderson Development Company
The Orchard, New Hartford, NY | Cameron Group LLC


Clinton, New York: Historic Village of Clinton, NY Shopping & Entertainment Travel Guide
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cl...ce56e7!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0482...8i6656!6m1!1e1


South Utica: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0860...8i6656!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0747...8i6656!6m1!1e1


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0764...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Home
Welcome to Rome, NY - City of Rome


In terms of employment, the area has a good sized insurance industry, some companies at Rome's Griffiss Business Park, several colleges, multiple hospitals and some other companies. Griffiss Business & Technology Park - Rome, NY


Auto Insurance, Motorcycle, Boat, Homeowners, Business | Utica National Insurance Group
https://www.uticafirst.com/


CONMED


Welcome to Utica College - Utica College
MVCC Home | MVCC | Mohawk Valley Community College
https://sunypoly.edu/
https://www.hamilton.edu/index.cfm
Herkimer College | SUNY | Best Community Colleges | Top 2-Year Schools Herkimer College


About Mohawk Valley Health System | Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare
Untitled Page
Bassett Healthcare Network :: Little Falls Hospital
In terms of townhomes, the first 4 communities are in that metro and may work: Lewiston Townhomes - New Hartford, NY | Apartment Communities | Lewis Custom Homes, Inc. | Real Estate Central New York | Residential & Commercial Building | New Hartford, New York 13413


While in North Utica, which is a nice part of the city, this community may work as well: - Parkedge Town Houses -


This community is in the town of New Hartford, just outside of the village: Townhouses and apartments in New Hartford | Oxford Towne Apartments


Another community in NY Mills, a village also in the area: Luxury One-Floor Town Homes in New York Mills - Newly-Constructed | Cedar Ridge Rentals
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:20 AM
 
Location: New England
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Take a look at Burlington Vermont, Providence Rhode Island, and Portland ME. All good cities and relatively affordable. Also take a look at New Hampshire. New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the country and much of it is relatively affordable. Portsmouth is my favourite NH City. Boston and Connecticut are expensive but outside there New England isin't any more expensive than upstate New York.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:49 AM
 
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Take a look at Burlington Vermont, Providence Rhode Island, and Portland ME. All good cities and relatively affordable. Also take a look at New Hampshire. New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the country and much of it is relatively affordable. Portsmouth is my favourite NH City. Boston and Connecticut are expensive but outside there New England isin't any more expensive than upstate New York.
Not necessarily true, as Burlington has a higher overall COL than most Upstate NY areas. Same for Providence and Portland. I believe even with NH, it depends, in comparison.

I also believe that a lot of people in NH work in the Boston area and pay taxes to both states, if I'm not mistaken.
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