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Old 05-02-2017, 11:13 AM
 
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I currently work from home, so finding a job isn't an issue. I just need some good wifi.
What I want to find:
- scenic town, with preferably at least 3 real seasons. somewhere that's surrounded with natural beauty, but not too isolated as I'm a young woman (27 years old) and single.
- I'm not your typical club-going, nightlife type of person, but I would like to be able to go to a wine bar or enjoy some good music at a restaurant/cafe in town where there are people in my age group.
- more affordable than where I currently live (which I believe gives me a lot of choices!). Ideally would like to invest in a home.
- Good restaurants and eateries
- Artisanal food shops: cheese shop, bakery, quaint coffee shop, farmer's markets, etc.
- Liberal, open-minded community. People who travel abroad that are not pretentious or snotty, but are definitely classy and sophisticated.

Suggestions?
Check out Ann Arbor MI....I think it ticks all of your boxes!

Ann Arbor, Michigan Things to Do, Events and Deals | Michigan
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:11 AM
 
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Lansing-East Lansing is another MI area that may work as well. https://lansingdowntown.com/Knight-Cap
https://lansingdowntown.com/


Dusty's Cellar (Okemos is just east of East Lansing)


Capital Vine (in Eastwood Town Center near the Lansing/East Lansing line)


https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/downtown


Meet the Cheese Makers Michigan Cheese Makers
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:37 PM
 
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Hi there

I'm currently residing in Orange County, CA, have been born and raised here. I've previously lived in L.A., Santa Barbara, and New York City. I've gotten a brief dose of the East Coast from my time in NYC, but ultimately felt like it was too fast-paced and too expensive for my liking.

I currently work from home, so finding a job isn't an issue. I just need some good wifi.

What I want to avoid:
- Traffic
- Plastics (you know, the people who are just obsessed with their looks and spending $$$)
- Super conservative culture
- Anywhere that's really, really humid like Florida (I prefer colder weather)
- year-round warm weather (like my current location or Arizona)
- crazy real estate prices

What I want to find:
- scenic town, with preferably at least 3 real seasons. somewhere that's surrounded with natural beauty, but not too isolated as I'm a young woman (27 years old) and single.
- I'm not your typical club-going, nightlife type of person, but I would like to be able to go to a wine bar or enjoy some good music at a restaurant/cafe in town where there are people in my age group.
- more affordable than where I currently live (which I believe gives me a lot of choices!). Ideally would like to invest in a home.
- Good restaurants and eateries
- Artisanal food shops: cheese shop, bakery, quaint coffee shop, farmer's markets, etc.
- Liberal, open-minded community. People who travel abroad that are not pretentious or snotty, but are definitely classy and sophisticated.


Suggestions?
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Chico CA. Lots of music & drama shows, mountains & lakes within a few miles. There is a farmers market.
Like evening sun said, you kind of described Chico with what you're looking for.

What you're avoiding:

-Traffic. It's not bad, though it's admittedly gotten worse, I only notice this because I've lived here my whole life, and the town's grown a lot in my 30 years. It's SIGNIFICANTLY thinned out over the summer when the college kids go home for the summer (as well as during winter break).

-Not a lot of fake people here. The Northern Sacramento valley tends to be made up of pragmatic outdoorsy/agricultural type folks, we're not too fond of the Kim Kardashians of the world.

-Chico's a bit of an anomaly, it's more or less 50-50 because of the university's presence, but full disclosure the broader region is fairly conservative (aforementioned agricultural folks tend to lean right).

-We have heat in the summer, but it's a dry heat. Humidity's rarely a part of the equation.

-The heat mainly lasts from June to mid-October, with the occasional short heat wave (like today it hit 97, but from tomorrow on it's dipping back down into the 70s). Springs are usually mild, summers are hot, autumns are generally brisk (enough to get some outstanding fall foliage colors) and winters can get pretty cold.

-Depends on what you consider 'crazy' but the average home is going for about $300,000 right now. The markets up, it'll go down again at some point, but you can get a nice house for $275,000-325,000; rents tend to average $750-1,100 for good apartments.

What you're looking for:

-It's pretty scenic here, we have a 2,500 acre city park. Lower park is nicely managed and upper park is more of a rugged and natural landscape. Both are beautiful. Since we're up against the Sierra Nevadas and Cascades there are some beautiful landscapes within a short distance (Lake Almanor, Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta, Burney Falls, Feather Falls, Bucks Lake, etc etc).

-I'm not a clubbing type either, luckily there's plenty left for the rest of us. There's a big bar scene here because of the beer brewing heritage that's been established here with the Sierra Nevada Brewery, and then the "party school" college culture feeds into that economically. There are some great bars for people who aren't partiers though, as well as wine bars and other great spots for more mature young adults to enjoy.

-Chico usually rates pretty affordable compared to much of California.

-There's a growing number of great local shops, bakeries, cafes, distilleries, restaurants, etc.

-It's 50/50 here. I don't consider myself liberal but I'm not conservative either. It's well balanced. Like I said before, there's the agricultural folks and the university folks and it all melds together into a nicely balanced community. A lot of well-educated, informed, sophisticated folks around here, but not so sophisticated that they turn their noses up at others. I know plenty of well-traveled people, cultured people, in this community.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me.
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Old 05-05-2017, 11:29 AM
 
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Las Cruces/Mesilla NM fits most of your criteria and is worth checking out!


...or if you something something bigger and lively Albuquerque NM
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Old 05-08-2017, 03:26 PM
 
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What is considered to be affordable to you? I'd say to possibly consider select places in the Finger Lakes Region of NY State. Places like Ithaca, Canandaigua, Skaneateles and perhaps even places such as Auburn, Geneva and Corning may work for you. It is a pretty big wine producing area as well.

I'd say that Ithaca would be the best fit in terms of an immediate community due to the college presence and popularity. It is also a top 5 area in terms of educational attainment, has a "liberal" vibe and you can find a mix of people in various ways. I will say that the further from the city center, the more affordable it is.

What is nice about Canandaigua, Skaneateles and Auburn is that they have their own little scenes, but are minutes from bigger cities with more(Rochester or Syracuse).

Corning may be a sleeper due to having Corning Incorporated, a Fortune 500 company, HQed there. It doesn't have a mid sized/big metro nearby, but Ithaca is less than an hour away and Rochester is about an hour and a half away.

Some more information: Well, Helllo There!

Wine Trails of the Finger Lakes | Finger Lakes Wine Country

Farmers Markets in the Finger Lakes

Dining - Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance
More Finger Lakes info: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thr...-sonoma-valley

Things to Do - Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

Official Travel and Tourism Information for the Finger Lakes
Maps

Finger Lakes - A guide to the Finger Lakes Region of New York State

More: Visit Ithaca, NY - Official Site for Ithaca and Tompkins County

Home - Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce,NY

Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes Official Vacation Planner

History's Hometown (Auburn)

Visit Geneva - City of Geneva

Home (Skaneateles)

Seneca Falls, NY - Historic Gateway to the Finger Lakes

https://www.watkinsglenchamber.com

ATTRACTIONS | Naples,NY | A Finger Lakes "must visit" !

Hammondsport, NY - America's Coolest Small Town | Finger Lakes Region

Come visit Aurora New York | Aurora Arts and Merchants Association

Geneseo, New York - A great place to visit, raise a family or retire!

Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day! | Waterloo, NY

Trumansburg, NY Area, Finger Lakes Region

Penn Yan Village - New York
Home Page | Yates County Chamber of Commerce | Penn Yan, NY

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