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Old 02-22-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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For the next few years I will be working remotely and so my family can live anywhere. We have created some tentative financial goals. To meet those goals, we are interested in considering a move to places where we could easily find 3 bedroom homes with a yard for a max rent of $1k in average neighborhoods. What cities or towns should we focus on? Is this even possible? We really can go anywhere (within the US).

Things that are pluses but not requirements:
-Diverse and LGBT friendly
-If a small town, easy access to a larger town or city
-Family friendly (more focus on parks and less on night life)
-More left leaning
-Access to lots of outdoor activities like hiking trails and camping spots
-Reasonable distance to an airport (Within two hours)
-Mountains, hills and forests over beaches or deserts
-Good schools, though not a priority for at least several more years and only assuming we love the area enough to settle for good.

At this time we aren't factoring in employment criteria due to my own work and my wife has skills that translate to wherever (medical field).

Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:33 PM
 
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Perhaps Western MA and much of Upstate NY. Select college towns/cities in say VA, PA, OH and NC may work as well.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:52 AM
 
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Perhaps Western MA and much of Upstate NY. Select college towns/cities in say VA, PA, OH and NC may work as well.
Do you know of any specific towns and cities? These are all areas we are completely unfamiliar with. Where to start?
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Old 02-23-2017, 01:52 PM
 
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Things that are pluses but not requirements:
-Diverse and LGBT friendly
-If a small town, easy access to a larger town or city
-Family friendly (more focus on parks and less on night life)
-More left leaning
-Access to lots of outdoor activities like hiking trails and camping spots
-Reasonable distance to an airport (Within two hours)
-Mountains, hills and forests over beaches or deserts
-Good schools, though not a priority for at least several more years and only assuming we love the area enough to settle for good.
I can suggest a couple of under the radar options that fulfill your criteria pretty thoroughly with under $1000 a month options in desirable established neighborhoods. Winston Salem NC and Columbia SC both offer the diversity, LGBT/family friendliness, are left leaning politically, have substantial outdoor recreation offerings, reasonable airport accessibility, beautifully wooded settings with subtle elevation change (rolling hills) and largely good schools.

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_ren...89_rect/11_zm/

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_ren...01_rect/12_zm/
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:13 PM
 
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Do you know of any specific towns and cities? These are all areas we are completely unfamiliar with. Where to start?
I'm thinking small towns near college towns like Ithaca NY, Amherst/Northampton MA; Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Blacksburg in VA; Asheville NC and State College PA.

I also thought places just outside of mid sized cities in those states.

Are you looking for more of a small town feel or are you open to suburbs that may fit what you are looking for?
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:40 PM
 
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I can suggest a couple of under the radar options that fulfill your criteria pretty thoroughly with under $1000 a month options in desirable established neighborhoods. Winston Salem NC and Columbia SC both offer the diversity, LGBT/family friendliness, are left leaning politically, have substantial outdoor recreation offerings, reasonable airport accessibility, beautifully wooded settings with subtle elevation change (rolling hills) and largely good schools.

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_ren...89_rect/11_zm/

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_ren...01_rect/12_zm/
Thank you, we are liking what we are seeing in these locations!

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I'm thinking small towns near college towns like Ithaca NY, Amherst/Northampton MA; Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Blacksburg in VA; Asheville NC and State College PA.

I also thought places just outside of mid sized cities in those states.

Are you looking for more of a small town feel or are you open to suburbs that may fit what you are looking for?
We could go for either/or. It's mostly about sticking within a strict rental budget and then from there it would have to do with the feel of a place, like putting a puzzle piece together.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:49 PM
 
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Thank you, we are liking what we are seeing in these locations!



We could go for either/or. It's mostly about sticking within a strict rental budget and then from there it would have to do with the feel of a place, like putting a puzzle piece together.
Well, here are some examples from parts of NY: RealtyUSA - Property - Property-List

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All of these areas have municipal, county and state parks nearby. All are within an hour or less from an "international" airport. All of these areas have good schools, generally speaking. Mountains and/or hills are minutes away, with water options nearby as well. Keep state laws in mind as well.

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Old 02-23-2017, 07:51 PM
 
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Texas has plenty of cities in this price range, especially in the suburbs. May be Atlanta as well.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:53 PM
 
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Texas has plenty of cities in this price range, especially in the suburbs. May be Atlanta as well.
OP wants access to hiking and camping. Austin's merely ok in that regard while DFW and Houston just plain suck.
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:31 AM
 
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-More left leaning
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If you can live in a city with political diversity that averages out slightly right of center you can consider Knoxville, TN.
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