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Old 05-09-2016, 01:46 PM
 
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Sacramento meets everyone of the OP's conditions.

Median home price: $267,000
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:42 PM
 
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Another community that came to mind given your other wants is Kenmore NY just outside of Buffalo and a straight shot from Hertel Ave and the Elmwood Village neighborhoods. A very dense suburb that has solid/good schools. Niagara Falls and Darien Lake Amusement Park isn't too far away either.
https://goo.gl/maps/dHB9tWsDpJn

https://www.planning.org/greatplaces...09/kenmore.htm
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Old 05-13-2016, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Ugh, this is one of those ultra high-maintenance posts. No place will ever be perfect. Best to find a way to be happy from within, and not be so reliant on outside forces to make you happy.
Very true, and maybe give up some requirements or preconceived notions...
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Old 05-18-2016, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Clifton, Cincinnati
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Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Louisville all come to mind as reasonable possibilities.
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:32 PM
 
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Default agreed on pittsburgh

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FWIW, as a transplant to Pittsburgh, I don't find the level of cloudiness that depressing, except during winter. A lot of days you don't even notice it's cloudy unless you look up and see the sky is mostly white instead of blue. The sky doesn't seem notably dark except for the typical times around thunderstorms. If you like sunbathing or something you might feel like you're missing out, but just for walking around and enjoying the outside it's not bad at all.

Pittsburgh satisfies all of your other requirements in spades. There's even some city neighborhoods with good school options in your price range, so you wouldn't have to live in the suburbs if you didn't want to. Keep in mind though that as an older city, most of the housing stock isn't that new. If you love historic houses it can be great, but if you want new construction your options are going to be more limited.

I've lived in a lot of places - Pittsburgh, Philly, Cambridge, NOLA, Austin, SF, etc. - and I have to urge you to give Pittsburgh another shot. It's a VERY decent place to live. Laid back, grounded, beautiful parks, liberal, lots of water (3 rivers meet), etc. Its pretty cheap too. I am very sensitive to weather and I was not at all bothered by it during my 5 years of living there. I would rent an airbnb there for a week or a month to get a feel. My favorite neighborhood is Point Breeze. Enjoy.
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:44 PM
 
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Well your intuition is strong. There is no such place. You're going to have to remove some items from the list. Depending on the want(s) you remove Denver, Atlanta, Phoenix, or multiple cities in Texas or Florida could be a great fit. Don't move to a city that you aren't sold on. Stay where you are and travel. You might go to a city that was off the radar and fall in love with it.
I'm also looking to relocate and from reading in various forums, I see that Denver is so popular.


Is Denver by any chance the fastest growing city the country? for some reason everyone wants to move there.
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:49 PM
 
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I'm also looking to relocate and from reading in various forums, I see that Denver is so popular.


Is Denver by any chance the fastest growing city the country? for some reason everyone wants to move there.
Eh... something to do with the greenery : )
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:57 PM
 
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Eh... something to do with the greenery : )
I'm not sure you're being sarcastic.
Denver has a lot going for it. It's one my top choice for relocation too.
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Old 05-18-2016, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I'm also looking to relocate and from reading in various forums, I see that Denver is so popular.


Is Denver by any chance the fastest growing city the country? for some reason everyone wants to move there.
Denver seems like a nice place. I'd argue about it being green though, it's on the Plains and I'm sure that's pretty dead-looking in the fall and winters. So far that I know of, the ultimate downfall of the area is housing prices. Colorado appears to still hold a libertarian mindset like Arizona, however more liberal-leaning (there are different types libertarian so we are clear) which I think is another pro. Weather seems good. Hiking would be great there. Colorado ranks high for healthy people and seems to be progressing in all the right ways.

If Colorado had an ocean or major body of water it would be the best state. I'm not a hiker as much as I'm a kayaker, swimmer, etc. and that is my personal issue with the syate's location.
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Old 05-18-2016, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Eh... something to do with the greenery : )
Has more to do with Denver sporting one of the most diversified economies in the U.S. and a 3.3% unemployment rate.
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