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Old 10-07-2016, 06:33 PM
 
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How are they in the suburbs in terms of affordable homes to buy, weather, crime, cost of living, and most importantly, jobs?


Trying to find homes between $130,000-$150,000. I just got a degree in business and my husband works in manufacturing with no college degree. We are more concerned with my job than his. Schools are not a concern as in the future we are homeschooling. Definitely would like plenty for children of all ages to do though.


We currently live an hour from Louisville in a small town with nothing that is far from the interstate. We need to move, but would like to narrow our choice of cities to two so we can visit them.


Thank you in advance for your help!
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:11 AM
 
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Well forget Chicago. No way with that purchase price. Unless you really like living in a very dangerous area.
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:23 AM
 
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That price range isn't going to get you anything decent in the Chicago, Charlotte or Atlanta suburbs. Maybe in an extreme exurb, but if the 1990 in your screenname means what I think it does, I can't imagine why you'd want to deal with that kind of commute, if schools don't matter.

I don't know about Lexington or Cincinnati.
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:33 AM
 
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Recent college grad and blue collar worker in mid-20s? Don't buy a house yet. You are going to end up in another small town way outside a larger city with that requirement.

Rent a condo or apartment in a cool fun part of a city for a couple years to see what you think.
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:32 AM
 
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That price range isn't going to get you anything decent in the Chicago, Charlotte or Atlanta suburbs. Maybe in an extreme exurb, but if the 1990 in your screenname means what I think it does, I can't imagine why you'd want to deal with that kind of commute, if schools don't matter.

I don't know about Lexington or Cincinnati.
Disagreed. They won't be able to buy in the highly desirable suburbs of Charlotte or Atlanta (don't know about Chicago), but options do exist within that price range of decent suburbs that aren't that far out.

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Old 10-08-2016, 08:43 AM
 
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Disagreed. They won't be able to buy in the highly desirable suburbs of Charlotte or Atlanta (don't know about Chicago), but options do exist within that price range of decent suburbs that aren't that far out.

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Maybe it's Northeastern bias, but I tend to think of areas 25-30 miles out of the city as exurbs, at best.
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:03 AM
 
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Maybe it's Northeastern bias, but I tend to think of areas 25-30 miles out of the city as exurbs, at best.
That's only if you're looking at downtown to downtown (except Belmont, which is 14 mi from Uptown Charlotte). Even so, you can still find houses within that price range in Mableton and Smyrna (around 15 mi to DT Atlanta) and Mint Hill and Matthews (12 mi to Uptown Charlotte). The OP definitely has good options in metro Charlotte and Atlanta.
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:17 PM
 
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But again, mid 20s, low budget, want to live somewhere more exciting? Buy a tiny SFH in a far flung suburb?
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:51 PM
 
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But again, mid 20s, low budget, want to live somewhere more exciting? Buy a tiny SFH in a far flung suburb?
I know it can be hard for a lot of people on this forum to wrap their heads around, but a lot of people actually *like* the suburbs...and that includes young people. Everybody isn't trying to live in the newest hip urban enclaves. Some people like having their peace and quiet but with relatively close access to the amenities that central cities provide.
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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Cincinnati I think far and away is your better option with a lot of desirable housing stock in your price range well within 30 miles of downtown, has tons of amenities and is an area with plenty of work options too.
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