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Old 07-10-2016, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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My husband and I are looking to relocate out of Brooklyn and I feel like if anyone could give us some ideas of places to go, this would be it! Asking the amazing hive, thank you in advance.

We currently live in Brooklyn but are priced out, and excited to find a permanent home elsewhere. We are both able to work from home at the moment. Ideally we would live within 2 hours of potential jobs (both work in media) in the event that our current situation changes. We have two young kids. We are both drawn to college towns/small cities.

We would like to stay on the East Coast but are willing to go West should that be the best spot for us.

Need:
-"Affordable" housing (for us that would mean a 3 bdrm home for under 600k)
-Good public schools
-Busy-ish main street/center
-Liberal/not conservative, would love some diversity (we are a mixed race family)

Bonus points:
-Not too much driving (I grew up in NYC and barely drive, would like to be able to walk to get some essentials - namely, coffee)
-Within 1-2 hours of a beach or other large body of water
-Outdoorsy element

Some places we have been recommended to look:
Providence, RI
Portland, ME
Portland, OR
Charlottesville, VA
Cape Cop, MA
Northampton, MA

Thank you for reading this. Appreciate any insight you may have!
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:38 PM
 
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I'd add Ithaca NY to the list, as it fits everything you are looking for. Downtown Ithaca - Downtown Ithaca Alliance

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6yVHvjpYqjg

Another small Upstate "city" that may be a sleeper for similar reasons is Geneva in between Rochester and Syracuse. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7tGswej8vbw

Downtown Geneva, New York 14456 - The Difference is Downtown!

If you want something closer to NYC, the Nyack NY area in Rockland County comes to mind. Perhaps Montclair and the South Orange/Maplewood area in NJ as well.

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Old 07-10-2016, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Cape Cod was ruined long ago.
Consider Newburyport, MA. Just a thought. I don't know if it is diverse enough for you though.
Newburyport, MA Real Estate & Homes for Sale | Trulia

Portland, Oregon is a great city and perhaps worth a visit. It's certainly progressive, diverse and happy too. People tend to love it a lot. The Californian invasion is in progress so get to it while the getting is good. Though you'll be on the opposite side of the country, Portland, OR will feel somewhat familiar to you.

Just my two cents.
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Old 07-11-2016, 08:54 AM
 
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I'd add Ithaca NY to the list, as it fits everything you are looking for. Downtown Ithaca - Downtown Ithaca Alliance


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6yVHvjpYqjg

Another small Upstate "city" that may be a sleeper for similar reasons is Geneva in between Rochester and Syracuse.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7tGswej8vbw

Downtown Geneva, New York 14456 - The Difference is Downtown!

If you want something closer to NYC, the Nyack NY area in Rockland County comes to mind. Perhaps Montclair and the South Orange/Maplewood area in NJ as well.


Here is some information on Ithaca and Geneva schools, as well as street views of their Downtowns: Geneva City Schools
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/in...=1&CS=F044CB27


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8680...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Ithaca School District
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/in...=9&CS=9B265AE3


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4396...8i6656!6m1!1e1
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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It sounds like you're describing Ann Arbor, MI to a T.
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Thank you, all! I had never thought of/considered Ithaca or Geneva, definitely going to research it further. Newburyport looks beautiful.

Vegabern, I have heard that the real estate in Ann Arbor is crazy, perhaps not as bad as NYC, but really hard to buy there. Not sure if this is true.

I really want to check out Portland, OR. My biggest issue is a pathetic fear of the earthquake (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...eally-big-onez) and I realize how silly that is, being that I live in New York City.

We love Nyack, but I have heard mixed reviews on the public school and unfortunately we cannot afford private school.

Thank you all so much!!!! You rock .
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Thank you, all! I had never thought of/considered Ithaca or Geneva, definitely going to research it further. Newburyport looks beautiful.

Vegabern, I have heard that the real estate in Ann Arbor is crazy, perhaps not as bad as NYC, but really hard to buy there. Not sure if this is true.

I really want to check out Portland, OR. My biggest issue is a pathetic fear of the earthquake (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...eally-big-onez) and I realize how silly that is, being that I live in New York City.

We love Nyack, but I have heard mixed reviews on the public school and unfortunately we cannot afford private school.

Thank you all so much!!!! You rock .


With a 600K budget you should be able to find suitable housing. If you think Ann Arbor is too difficult you don't even want to look at Portland, OR.


Ann Arbor hits all your points
-Good public schools- Ranked #1 most educated city https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-l...d-cities/6656/
-Busy-ish main street/center Lots of festivals, events, shops, restaurants and cafes
-Liberal

Bonus points:
-Ranked #4 most walkable city The Most Walkable Cities and How Some Are Making Strides
-1 hr to Lake Erie, also close to Lake St. Clair, and Lake Huron.
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:58 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Madison, WI
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:59 AM
 
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Thank you, all! I had never thought of/considered Ithaca or Geneva, definitely going to research it further. Newburyport looks beautiful.

Vegabern, I have heard that the real estate in Ann Arbor is crazy, perhaps not as bad as NYC, but really hard to buy there. Not sure if this is true.

I really want to check out Portland, OR. My biggest issue is a pathetic fear of the earthquake (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...eally-big-onez) and I realize how silly that is, being that I live in New York City.

We love Nyack, but I have heard mixed reviews on the public school and unfortunately we cannot afford private school.

Thank you all so much!!!! You rock .
Nyack Schools are fine and have a diverse student enrollment as well. Search For Schools and Colleges (Nyack Schools are in Nyack and Upper Nyack)

Nyack Public Schools

Oneonta is another small Upstate "city" that could fit. It also has 2 colleges and is in between Binghamton and Albany. Visit Oneonta NY :: Home

Search For Schools and Colleges

Oneonta City School District

EO - Everything Oneonta, NY | Dining, Shopping, Lodging and Entertainment

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Old 07-11-2016, 11:20 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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My husband and I are looking to relocate out of Brooklyn and I feel like if anyone could give us some ideas of places to go, this would be it! Asking the amazing hive, thank you in advance.

We currently live in Brooklyn but are priced out, and excited to find a permanent home elsewhere. We are both able to work from home at the moment. Ideally we would live within 2 hours of potential jobs (both work in media) in the event that our current situation changes. We have two young kids. We are both drawn to college towns/small cities.

We would like to stay on the East Coast but are willing to go West should that be the best spot for us.

Need:
-"Affordable" housing (for us that would mean a 3 bdrm home for under 600k)
-Good public schools
-Busy-ish main street/center
-Liberal/not conservative, would love some diversity (we are a mixed race family)

Bonus points:
-Not too much driving (I grew up in NYC and barely drive, would like to be able to walk to get some essentials - namely, coffee)
-Within 1-2 hours of a beach or other large body of water
-Outdoorsy element

Some places we have been recommended to look:
Providence, RI
Portland, ME
Portland, OR
Charlottesville, VA
Cape Cop, MA
Northampton, MA

Thank you for reading this. Appreciate any insight you may have!
I'd look into the many small-ish towns of the Philly suburbs. I don't know how self-contained some of them are (i.e., how much driving would be required), but there are a lot of towns that have nice main streets, good or better schools, and there are some that are college-centric (Swarthmore, Villanova, ...). You get the smallish town vibe with the advantage of having Philly a short train ride away. You should be able to find something in your price range fairly easily. Look at Media, Lower Merion, West Chester, Doylestown, Newtown, among others, and fill out the questionnaire found in Questions For Future and Potential Residents and general information. and post it to the Philly forum (http://www.city-data.com/forum/philadelphia/).
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