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Old 07-31-2017, 10:50 AM
 
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Hi, we are hoping to move in a year or two. All depends how school goes for us. My wife and I always had pipe dreams move to this State and this State. California is still a possibility, but not in the near future.

We are looking to live in the New England and Mid-Atlantic State's.

Looking for an area to live with low property (Property tax that has assessement rate of 50 percent or below)
Area that utilizes more natural gas/wood/solar/wind heat over electricity or oil.
Snows no more on average 30 inches or less.
Close to a concert venue.
Great place to run, hike, exercise, and swim.
Offers lots of volunteer activities.
20 minutes or less from beach and ocean.
30 minutes or less from hospitals and colleges.
Inexpensive property (Average 3bdr/2bath place $250K or less)
Community feel and a walkable downtown.
Big into agriculture with farmer markets in the summer and fall.
Near museum or aquarium.


We have family living in NH, Maine, NY, VA, and CT.

Family members have lived in PA and Mass. We are somewhat familiar with these States and currently live in CT.

Any suggestions?
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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Other than maybe extreme SW CT or the Islands there aren't any places in New England that get less than 30 inches of Snow a year, even Boston at 45 is pretty misleading, as for the most part Logan is an Island and is warmer than the rest of the area during the Winter. Lowell, Milton, Worcester and Norwood all get 60+ inches of Snow per year. I would bet a weather Station in Roxbury would average close to 55 inches of snow.

Unfortunately as you get further South the mountains really pull away from the Coast and between the Adirondacks and West Virginia there are 2 mountains over 4,000 feet.
Maybe Portsmouth or Portland are in your budget but they get too much snow for you, otherwise there are no cities close to beaches and Mountains.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:03 AM
 
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Can sacrifice and deal with snow if can find an area that meets most of what we are looking for.
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Old 07-31-2017, 12:46 PM
 
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Take a look at the area on the coast from New London/Groton CT east to Kingston RI. Housing is moderately priced, obviously close to the ocean and beaches, an hour or so drive to Providence or Hartford for entertainment and cultural events, although there are three colleges in New London--Connecticut College, Coast Guard Academy, a local UConn campus--so I'd guess some stuff comes through there. Plus U or Rhode Island is in Kingston is also less than an hour away.

If you can handle the noreasters there, which IIRC are the main "bad" weather in the region, the area will have most of what you want. Caveat is that the COL is cheaper in this part of New England for a reason: Good jobs can be scarce, and the unemployment rate is generally higher than the national averages.
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:43 PM
 
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Check out Berlin, Maryland which is about 10 miles inland from Ocean City, Maryland. It's about 30 minutes from the larger city of Salisbury which has the largest hospital in Southern Maryland, and is home to Salisbury University (a four year college part of the Maryland state system). About 40 minutes away is the campus of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Town of Berlin, Maryland | America's Coolest Small Town
Salisbury University - About Salisbury University - Home
https://www.peninsula.org/about-us
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:54 PM
 
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I don't know how far inland in the Northeast you are willing to go, but what about the Lewiston-Porter area just north of Niagara Falls? I mention it due to being in an area of the Buffalo metro that gets less snow on average(about 50-70 inches), but has the equipment to clear it. This concert/art venue is in the area: Artpark | Western New York's Premier Destination for Music, Theatre, Family Fun You would be close to Niagara Falls State Park and other state parks.

This university is in the area: https://www.niagara.edu/ along with this community college nearby: Niagara County Community College

Nearby hospital: Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center | Healthcare Clinic
Others nearby: DeGraff Memorial Hospital - A Kaleida Health Facility – Buffalo, NY
Eastern Niagara Health Systems

Lake Ontario is at the northern end of the area/school district and this is right by the lake: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/175/details.aspx
https://www.oldfortniagara.org/

Has a beach: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/69/details.aspx
Home - olcottnewfane

This aquarium is in nearby Niagara Falls: Aquarium of Niagara

More Lewiston-Porter area info: Welcome to Historic Lewiston, New York
https://www.niagarariverregion.com/
Village of Youngstown, New York

Street view of the village of Lewiston: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1726...7i13312!8i6656

For the village of Youngstown: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.2506...7i13312!8i6656

Home listings: RealtyUSA - Property - Property-List

I'm not sure about all of the criteria, but it may be an out of the box suggestion to consider and its proximity to Toronto may not hurt either(about 85 miles away).
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:00 AM
 
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Other than maybe extreme SW CT or the Islands there aren't any places in New England that get less than 30 inches of Snow a year, even Boston at 45 is pretty misleading, as for the most part Logan is an Island and is warmer than the rest of the area during the Winter. Lowell, Milton, Worcester and Norwood all get 60+ inches of Snow per year. I would bet a weather Station in Roxbury would average close to 55 inches of snow.

Unfortunately as you get further South the mountains really pull away from the Coast and between the Adirondacks and West Virginia there are 2 mountains over 4,000 feet.
Maybe Portsmouth or Portland are in your budget but they get too much snow for you, otherwise there are no cities close to beaches and Mountains.
Debating New London we frequent the area a lot. The Hospital I work at just acquired two of the hospitals down that way.

If things go a rye with school not accepted it's a possible area to look into renting and working next year. In my State my line of work has a small market, pay varies, and mostly with non-profit/private organizations. Where in States like California can find 50 or so job's in my field with the State. I am going on a tangent.

Rent and COL is much cheaper in SW CT. Rent is about $200 to $400 cheaper, most property cost are cheaper, and property taxes are cheaper.

Weather wise heard New London gets spared most of the time from storms due to Long Islands tip. Snow is less. Don't mind the cold.

I always forget about Maryland and Delaware have to do more research into those States.
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