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Old 08-24-2016, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights, OH
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Driving gives me anxiety, so I want to move to a city with mass transit. What would be the cheapest northern city to live in that has good mass transit? Ideally, we'd like to find a house that has a yard and is close to a mass transit stop. I know we couldn't afford cities like NYC, D.C., Boston, S.F., Seattle, Portland, Chicago. I'm not familiar with mass transit in general, so I don't know which cities have good enough mass transit to where I could get to most places I need to. I'm thinking cities like Minneapolis or Pittsburgh, but like I said, I have no real clue. Cities like Madison WI and Indianapolis are also enticing, but I'm not sure their mass transit is extensive enough. TIA.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago. I know you said you can't afford Chicago, but you'd be surprised how little the cost of living is. Housing is in the same ballpark as Madison, which you were already considering.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Arch City
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Throw St. Louis into the mix with Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Chicago as well.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:27 PM
 
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Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago. I know you said you can't afford Chicago, but you'd be surprised how little the cost of living is. Housing is in the same ballpark as Madison, which you were already considering.
Yes, the house prices are doable, but in my online real estate searches I couldn't find houses with a decent amount of yard space. We could probably get by with as little as a 5000 sf property, but would like more. My wife loves to garden.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:31 PM
 
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Throw St. Louis into the mix with Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Chicago as well.
Thanks, but not north enough. Or rather, too hot in the summer!
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:37 PM
 
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Yes, the house prices are doable, but in my online real estate searches I couldn't find houses with a decent amount of yard space. We could probably get by with as little as a 5000 sf property, but would like more. My wife loves to garden.
I can't think of any city that has good mass transit I can't think of any city that has good mass transit in neighborhoods with big lots.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:42 PM
 
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I can't think of any city that has good mass transit I can't think of any city that has good mass transit in neighborhoods with big lots.
In preliminary online searches, I've found quite a few in Minneapolis, and just a few in Pittsburgh. Do neither of those have good mass transit?
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:49 PM
 
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In preliminary online searches, I've found quite a few in Minneapolis, and just a few in Pittsburgh. Do neither of those have good mass transit?
I think both cities have good mass transit for cities outside of the Bos-Wash corridor, Chicago or the Bay. I live in Pittsburgh, and I think the mass transit is pretty good, but some neighborhoods are better served than others, and I can't think of a single neighborhood with a large lots that as well served. There are some large lots in Squirrel Hill, which has decent transit access but those tend to be million-dollar homes.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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"Ideally, we'd like to find a house that has a yard and is close to a mass transit stop"--these are not exactly mutually exclusive, but the best mass transit is typically found in high-density locations, meaning lot sizes tend to be smaller and yards are a premium.

If you really want to be in the most affordable cities in the north with the best mass transit, I'd recommend Chicago or Philadelphia. If mass transit is the most important thing, then skip the yard and use the park systems in these cities, which are both very good and very extensive.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights, OH
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I think both cities have good mass transit for cities outside of the Bos-Wash corridor, Chicago or the Bay. I live in Pittsburgh, and I think the mass transit is pretty good, but some neighborhoods are better served than others, and I can't think of a single neighborhood with a large lots that as well served. There are some large lots in Squirrel Hill, which has decent transit access but those tend to be million-dollar homes.
Ok, that helps a lot, thanks. I didn't find many, but really liked this one.
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