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Old 03-03-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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I am starting my life over from scratch and ned to decide on a new place to live. 29 years old, female, freckled, old soul. I'm quite open to suggestions, since I've lived my entire life in the Boston area and don't know much in the ways of living outside New England. Here is my laundry list of what I'm HOPING to find (realizing I might hit most but not all of these):

•Within an hour to a major airport
•Within an hour to a large body of water
•Preferably my residence would be actually in a city or the middle of nowhere, suburbs are not my friend
•I would really like to be able to see the leaves change and do fall activities, but foliage isn't a deal breaker
•Hopefully not absurdly hot and humid for too many days (I like 85-95 highs)
•A moderate winter (I'm used to having snow on the ground all winter and multiple storms with 6+ inches , so anything that is less than that)
•Lots of city pride and culture

I guess I'm looking for a Boston that's not in Boston.


I'm considering several metro areas such as:
Memphis TN
Charleston SC
Chicago IL
Cinncinnati OH
Tacoma WA
...but I'm not limiting myself to those.


More specific towns or cities would be so greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-03-2017, 12:49 PM
 
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Are you including rivers in terms of bodies of water? If so, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia come to mind. Philadelphia is close enough to the Atlantic Ocean as well.

Humidity may eliminate a few of the cities on the initial list.

Wilmington DE, the Tidewater area of VA and Baltimore may also work.
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Old 03-03-2017, 12:49 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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With the exception of summer heat, of all the cities you listed I think Charleston meets all your requirements. In such case, Savannah, GA might fit the bill as well.
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Old 03-03-2017, 01:44 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Rent or buy? Budget?
Have a car?
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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I am starting my life over from scratch and ned to decide on a new place to live. 29 years old, female, freckled, old soul. I'm quite open to suggestions, since I've lived my entire life in the Boston area and don't know much in the ways of living outside New England. Here is my laundry list of what I'm HOPING to find (realizing I might hit most but not all of these):

•Within an hour to a major airport
•Within an hour to a large body of water
•Preferably my residence would be actually in a city or the middle of nowhere, suburbs are not my friend
•I would really like to be able to see the leaves change and do fall activities, but foliage isn't a deal breaker
•Hopefully not absurdly hot and humid for too many days (I like 85-95 highs)
•A moderate winter (I'm used to having snow on the ground all winter and multiple storms with 6+ inches , so anything that is less than that)
•Lots of city pride and culture

I guess I'm looking for a Boston that's not in Boston.


I'm considering several metro areas such as:
Memphis TN
Charleston SC
Chicago IL
Cinncinnati OH
Tacoma WA
...but I'm not limiting myself to those.


More specific towns or cities would be so greatly appreciated!
St Louis nails all of your criteria and is an affordable city with thriving in-town neighborhoods and has a tremendous civic pride not seen in many cities. Check out in-town neighborhoods like Central West End, Lafayette Square, Soulard, The Hill and South Grand.

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Old 03-03-2017, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Good suggestion. Might even want to consider my own town of KC. Otherwise, Cincy and Chicago on your list sound good, though you won't get milder winters in Chicago!
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:45 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Lordy, lordy, not Memphis if you don't like heat and humidity. Summer is from April until late September or October and the dewpoints are high. Nothing like stepping out your door at 8 AM and the heat index is 80f already. Not to mention the Memphis airport was, and I believe still is, ridiculously expensive.
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Old 03-04-2017, 01:30 AM
 
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Rent or buy? Budget?
Have a car?
I plan to rent for a year or so to confirm that's the place for me, then buy. Yes, I have a car.
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Old 03-04-2017, 02:03 AM
 
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Great suggestions! Thank you!

Updated List:
Cincinnati
St Louis
Charleston
Kansas City -- which part??
Tidewater Area VA/NC/MD -- which state?
Tacoma
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Old 03-04-2017, 03:00 AM
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Location: Ontario
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Great suggestions! Thank you!

Updated List:
Cincinnati
St Louis
Charleston
Kansas City -- which part??
Tidewater Area VA/NC/MD -- which state?
Tacoma
Tacoma is the best of the bunch.

It checks all your boxes.

Near Seattle and major airport, not too cold and never too hot or humid.
Very close to a large body of water, Puget Sound.

St. Louis summer is a bit too hot and humid, similar to Memphis but shorter.
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