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Old 01-29-2017, 07:36 AM
 
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First time posting, would love to hear everyone's insight.

We're a mid to late 20's couple (He's 28, She's 26) looking for the right place for ourselves and our daughter (She's 2).

We are looking for a reasonably priced, safe, engaging place for our family. Hopefully a place that can satisfy both parents and engage a toddler.

He works in Business Management and she works in the medical field, so jobs aren't as much a deciding factor due to the prevelance of both.

I (he) loves the PNW lifestyle. Healthier, more laid back, liberal, clean, etc. However, I don't want to sacrifice the time with my family in order to afford the cost of living in areas liked Portland, Seattle, etc.

She prioritizes fashion, going out occasionally, safety, etc.

We have been struggle to find a place that seems to speak to both of us and that seems like a good place to raise our daughter.

We are looking for a place to stay for good, settle down, purchase a home, raise a family.

We are open to virtually any type of weather, location, area size, and so on.

Any input that anyone has would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2017, 08:06 AM
 
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Twin Cities are clean, safe, great schools and parks and family-friendly, slightly left of center and multicultural. We get compared to the ONW often culturally. Seriously check out the metrics like median income, unemployment, health care, schools etc. It's a tremendous area for families. Just gotta get over the winters.
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Old 01-29-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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Try Reno, NV. It is no longer a casino town.
Dry, mild weather, tons of outdoor activities, lake Tahoe nearby and there is lots of new high tech jobs (Tesla, Switch,etc..). No income tax too!

There are good school and bad school depend on where you live. I would say school in Northern NV is better than people from other states believe.
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Old 01-29-2017, 01:22 PM
 
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We are looking for a reasonably priced...
So how much is that? Presuming you intend to buy?
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:58 AM
 
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So how much is that? Presuming you intend to buy?
A 3-4 bedroom place in the $175-$200k price range would be ideal. I'd be willing to go a little bit higher, but I don't like to push my means.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:05 AM
 
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Perhaps a bit of a wildcard but you might check out Las Cruces, New Mexico. It has definite liberal leanings with a generally well-educated population (40%-45% with 4 year degrees in much of town) and good schools, is laidback and friendly, has the vibrancy and cultural/social amenities offered by a major university (New Mexico State University) and a lot of desirable homes in your price bracket.

Las Cruces NM Single Family Homes For Sale - 73 Homes | Zillow
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Old 01-30-2017, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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A 3-4 bedroom place in the $175-$200k price range would be ideal. I'd be willing to go a little bit higher, but I don't like to push my means.
Hm that does make it challenging. I was thinking you should stay on the west coast but not for that price. Even Denver or MSP, the PNW alternatives, may be a bit tough in that price range. I think it's doable but not sure the quality of house or neighborhood...probably just decent.

Austin might also work but you won't be in a trendy area at that price either. I think FL cities might work, maybe Charlotte and Atlanta too, but you're obviously compromising some on your wants and hers. I think they are relatively laid back, clean in certain areas, good nightlife and priced right, but healthy, liberal and fashionable are generally debatable.

Good luck!
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:06 PM
 
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I'd check out the Dallas-Fort Worth and Raleigh/Durham areas.
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:33 PM
 
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Perhaps some Great Lakes areas could work. For instance, a possible area may be Brighton just outside of Rochester NY's SE Quadrant. Very good school system, close to some nightlife and trendy city neighborhoods, has some walkability, it is a suburb with some diversity(Jews, Asians(East and South), visible Black population, if it matters), it is safe and it centrally located. Keep taxes in mind though: https://www.nothnagle.com/Properties...1200&RS=50&P=1

The SE Quadrant is a pretty popular area of the city: Southeast Quadrant - Rochester Wiki

East Lansing and Royal Oak in MI come to mind as well.
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:34 AM
 
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Perhaps some Great Lakes areas could work. For instance, a possible area may be Brighton just outside of Rochester NY's SE Quadrant. Very good school system, close to some nightlife and trendy city neighborhoods, has some walkability, it is a suburb with some diversity(Jews, Asians(East and South), visible Black population, if it matters), it is safe and it centrally located. Keep taxes in mind though: https://www.nothnagle.com/Properties...1200&RS=50&P=1

The SE Quadrant is a pretty popular area of the city: Southeast Quadrant - Rochester Wiki

East Lansing and Royal Oak in MI come to mind as well.
Some Brighton NY info: Brighton - Rochester Wiki
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