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Old 10-09-2017, 03:22 PM
 
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I recently relocated to the south (Tennessee) from Maine and it didn't take me long to learn I am just not meant to live in the south. I moved here because of the harsh winters and lack of anything to do in Northern Maine (by northern I mean 20 minutes from Canada and 3 hours from the nearest Target) but it seems I just traded one extreme for another. First of all the bugs are HUGE, I do not like the heat, I like snow, I just can't handle the 8 months of it we get in N.Maine. And there's absolutely no acreage with any of the homes within an hour of the Knoxville area and I feel like a fish out of water here.

So I'm definitely ready to go home however I wasn't happy in Northern Maine before I left and I don't see myself being happy if I go back. I'm here to ask where the best places in New England are to live.

Here are the areas I've been looking into based on my needs/wants.
Rutland, VT. Lots of acreage in Rutland Town, affordable homes, close to large cities and has a decent downtown. Also looking into the Glenn Falls/Queensbury, NY area as well even though it's not in New England.

Also New London, CT. Haven't done too much research on that as of yet but that's why I'm here!

I've been spoiled in Tennessee with a ton of activities and shopping opportunities right at my finger tips so I know I want to be somewhere within an hour of a city. It doesn't have to be a massive city either.

I will have my real estate license this year and my S.O. is a paramedic/firefighter/carpenter. So we really need to find a place that can accommodate both of us.

We are really big outdoors people, we love ATVing, hiking, skiing, fishing, etc.

Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:30 PM
 
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I recently relocated to the south (Tennessee) from Maine and it didn't take me long to learn I am just not meant to live in the south. I moved here because of the harsh winters and lack of anything to do in Northern Maine (by northern I mean 20 minutes from Canada and 3 hours from the nearest Target) but it seems I just traded one extreme for another. First of all the bugs are HUGE, I do not like the heat, I like snow, I just can't handle the 8 months of it we get in N.Maine. And there's absolutely no acreage with any of the homes within an hour of the Knoxville area and I feel like a fish out of water here.

So I'm definitely ready to go home however I wasn't happy in Northern Maine before I left and I don't see myself being happy if I go back. I'm here to ask where the best places in New England are to live.

Here are the areas I've been looking into based on my needs/wants.
Rutland, VT. Lots of acreage in Rutland Town, affordable homes, close to large cities and has a decent downtown. Also looking into the Glenn Falls/Queensbury, NY area as well even though it's not in New England.

Also New London, CT. Haven't done too much research on that as of yet but that's why I'm here!

I've been spoiled in Tennessee with a ton of activities and shopping opportunities right at my finger tips so I know I want to be somewhere within an hour of a city. It doesn't have to be a massive city either.

I will have my real estate license this year and my S.O. is a paramedic/firefighter/carpenter. So we really need to find a place that can accommodate both of us.

We are really big outdoors people, we love ATVing, hiking, skiing, fishing, etc.

Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks
Perhaps Cortland County NY, as it has a lot of rural land, the city of Cortland has enough in terms of shopping and a Downtown, but you are also minutes from Syracuse, Ithaca and Binghamton. Cortland Downtown Parnership Main

Cortland County Convention & Visitors Bureau | EXPERIENCE CORTLAND

I know that it isn't in New England, but it would/could offer what you are looking for.

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Old 10-09-2017, 09:50 PM
 
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New London got hit with some heavy-handed urban renewal but there's a lot of good left. It's not a well groomed affluent coastal community like so many others -- a little rough but seems like a creative place with a lot of historical character. Nice countryside and beaches around there and in-between Providence and New Haven. New London is a small city; the more rural areas are all in separate towns. Don't know how affordable acreage would be there; might be cheaper to be right in the town.

Many other good places in New England. If coastal areas appeal then around New Bedford, MA might be good or something like Tiverton, RI. May be somewhat affordable as long as not waterfront. Belfast, Me. is a gorgeous coastal town if you're not averse to Maine. Rockland, Me. might be more like New London-- a little rough, not the calendar-art beauty of Camden but lots going on, and plenty of acreage nearby.

For acreage it's going to be cheaper in Northern New England for sure. Don't know Rutland. Lebanon, NH is well located in many respects. Great hiking, skiing and fishing in both NH and VT. New Hampshire has a lot more lakes than Vermont but Vt has Champlain and the Battenkill river for the fishing.

Glens Falls NY could be cheaper as upstate NY in general is a bit lower cost to purchase than New England (but compare for tax burden--in New York you pay state income tax and property tax to the county and the school district as well as to the town.) Haven't been in many years but I remember it as having a decent downtown. Saratoga Springs nearby has a very lively downtown that's off the hook in August when the race track is open but plenty lively the rest of the year.
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Old 10-10-2017, 02:27 PM
 
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My career field had me going back to New London Ct many times, through the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

At the time that I retired I owned an apartment building in New London county. We lived there full time for a few years before migrating to Maine.

The casinos have had a big effect on that end of Ct. There used to be a thriving array of restaurants, night clubs and venues all around the area; but now nobody can compete with Mohegan Sun/Moon and Foxwoods.

When I was stationed on various boats homeported in Groton it felt different. But once I was retired I found that I did not like the high crime, congestion and high taxes.
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Old 10-10-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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My career field had me going back to New London Ct many times, through the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

At the time that I retired I owned an apartment building in New London county. We lived there full time for a few years before migrating to Maine.

The casinos have had a big effect on that end of Ct. There used to be a thriving array of restaurants, night clubs and venues all around the area; but now nobody can compete with Mohegan Sun/Moon and Foxwoods.

When I was stationed on various boats homeported in Groton it felt different. But once I was retired I found that I did not like the high crime, congestion and high taxes.
There have been many new restaurants opened on Bank Street in downtown New London in recent years. It is the liveliest it has been in decades. Nerby Mystic Seaport continues to thrive. Across the border in RI, downtown Westerly and Watch Hill are doing pretty well.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:53 PM
 
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Not a CT fan after spending too many years there, but southeastern section between Old Saybrook and Westerly, RI and on up to some of the lakes adjoining Arcadia Park on the border of RI are your best bets for good New England semblance (excluding Groton). No better region of RI or CT to live, even though I much prefer northern New England to almost anywhere in southern New England per my personal experiences. The casinos have ruined some of the special traits of s. eastern CT- at least from the perspective of long time residents. To others obviously it has done much to put the region on the map beyond just Watch Hill and Mystic whether you move there because of this, or you just want to visit.
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