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Old 07-18-2016, 02:48 AM
 
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I will try to not be too vague or confusing, but if so, feel free to ask questions.

I am currently in SoCal. I would like to move to a more affordable state where I can rent (and later buy) a place where I can live/work. I don't want to stress about finances.

I would prefer a house with a fenced yard so I can have a dog and cat roam safely about and I can spend time outside. However, it would be nice to be near fellow artists and learn more about sculpting etc, so a loft may be a better alternative. Really it doesn't matter, especially since I'm an introvert. I just need a landlord who is open to renting to an artist. The rest can figure itself out.

I really like Chicago. It's one of my favorite cities, but unfortunately it's way too cold for me. I don't want to be in the desert so parts of CA, AZ, NM etc. are out. I don't like LA at all. I would like some mountains, trees and a large body of water. Mild winters would be Ok.

I really like walking places. It would be nice if I didn't have to drive everywhere, as I pretty much do now. I would like to be somewhere that is fairly liberal, diverse and where people are down to earth. I don't want such a small town that everyone knows everyone's business. Some seclusion or a private yard space in a more urban environment would be good.

Any ideas about a good place(s) for me to check out? I was thinking North Georgia/outside of Atlanta, SC or... I know I need to visit places, but really need to narrow things down a bit. Thank you.
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Old 07-18-2016, 07:05 AM
 
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Maybe you could find something here: Neighborhood of the Arts - Rochester Wiki


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Old 07-18-2016, 07:51 AM
 
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Maybe Asheville, NC?
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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He thinks Chicago is too cold and you wanna send him to Rochester?!
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:22 AM
 
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He thinks Chicago is too cold and you wanna send him to Rochester?!
Oops....Then, I guess the OP is going to have to at places like Winston-Salem, Knoxville, Chattanooga, etc. that are in/near the mountains and in the South.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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I think Nashville, or Durham would be good places. They were both recently on the lists for the top places for creatives to live. This was based on COL, the number of creatives that live in such area, the vibe of the cities, diversity, economy, and so on. The other places that were on the list IMO wouldn't be as desirable--due to weather, amongst other things. But I think that Nashville or Durham would be good for you.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:24 PM
 
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I'm thinking Covington or Newport KY for that urban feel with low rents and walkability/good transit. If they don't sound familiar they are across the river from Cincinnati. You'll have to ask if there is an artist scene. It's not mountainous, but very hilly - and right in town so you can walk to hilly parks.
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Old 07-18-2016, 03:04 PM
 
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haha Yeah NY state has some great artist set ups, but unfortunately it's too cold, though I do miss NYC and all of that.

Thank you all for the suggestions. Seems I need to explore the south east area.
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Old 07-18-2016, 07:56 PM
 
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Any thoughts about GA, NC, SC and/or Philly?
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:01 PM
 
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I wouldn't give up on SoCal. Have you checked out the Palm Springs area? A mecca for art and architecture, lots of other artists and creative types, and it has film festivals, mid-century design festivals, rock festivals, etc. that bring in many tourists with money to spend on art. There are many galleries that appear to do quite well. It is right next to a mountain range that gets snow (and Idyllwild in the mountains is another arty tourist town for the snow lovers). Trees are palms, but lovely. PS has an international airport, is LGBT friendly and increasingly liberal (although there are right-wing pockets of the Coachella Valley). Some areas are walkable, depends on where you live. Certainly bikeable, it's flat and easy.

And yet, property prices are quite reasonable, especially in surrounding areas. Lots of houses. You can benefit from the Prop 13 real estate laws which is a real boon for future years. Oh, and about 2 hours to Los Angeles if needed. You can use rail if you want.
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