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Old 11-30-2017, 07:38 AM
 
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I live in SW Florida, and our hidden gem is the River District of Fort Myers. It's a TINY spot, but pretty dense and continually developing. Just ten years ago, it was rather barren, and now it's a booming art center for the area with good food, festivals, and some lovely places to live. It also boast the Florida Repertory Theatre, reviewed frequently by the Wall Street Journal as must-see theater! It's walkable, with pretty easy access to Publix (grocery store) and lots of boutiques, restaurants, and coffee shops. It also has a lovely park and a yacht basin.

So what about around you? Where are the best walkable spots, the surprisingly affordable spots, the little towns with a strong culture or identity, the family-friendly urban areas?

I'm less interested in the big cities that everyone knows... cause we all know them. I want to know about local treasures that out-of-towners might not have heard of.
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:05 AM
 
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Carrboro NC is a great example. It's extremely walkable for the most part, very bike-friendly, has great restaurants, a thriving and very active arts/music scene, a terrific community food coop, one of the best farmers markets in the country, top-ranked public schools, lots of greenspace/outdoor recreation all at a moderate cost of living.

An overview of Carrboro, NC
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Old 11-30-2017, 12:56 PM
 
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Auburn NY, a small city of about 30,000 known for having a prison(has/had first electric chair in country), has a walkable Downtown with a Wegmans(arguably the best grocery chain and one of the best companies to work for in the country), the Auburn Public Theater, the Schweinfurth Art Center, some bars/restaurants, some stores/shops, etc. It also has the Seward Home and a new hotel.

In the outer portions of the city/area, you have the Harriet Tubman Home, minor league baseball at Falcon Park, Finger Lakes Drive In and the Merry Go Round professional theater in Emerson Park on Owasco Lake, a Finger Lake.

There are annual festivals like Tomato Fest as well.

There is potential for increasing the arts scene, if this could get off of the ground: Developer plans $12 million restoration of Auburn's Schine Theater | syracuse.com
Schines Theater | Cayuga County Arts Council

There is some loft apartments in its Downtown as well: Logan Park Lofts | Maintenance Free Living | Auburn, NY

Anyway, some information: Auburn Downtown BID

Home - Auburn - History's Hometown (has a very interesting history, as its first non Native American settlers were Black and White: a Revolutionary War soldier, his daughter and 2 enslaved Africans whose surname is ironically Freeman(that family still lives in the area by the way)).

https://www.tourcayuga.com

For something more upscale 5 or so miles to the east: Home

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Old 11-30-2017, 02:18 PM
 
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Beaufort, SC
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Old 11-30-2017, 05:12 PM
 
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Hendersonville, NC, consistently ranked as one of the top small towns in America.
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Old 11-30-2017, 05:41 PM
 
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New Albany, Indiana.

Population of around 30K-40K, revitalized downtown, easy walking distance to most restaurants, stores, waterfront, etc... Decent homes start around $90K-$100K, and rents around $600 starting off.
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Old 11-30-2017, 07:46 PM
 
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Carlton Landing, Oklahoma, the state's newest incorporated town.
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Old 11-30-2017, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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Carrboro NC is a great example. It's extremely walkable for the most part, very bike-friendly, has great restaurants, a thriving and very active arts/music scene, a terrific community food coop, one of the best farmers markets in the country, top-ranked public schools, lots of greenspace/outdoor recreation all at a moderate cost of living.

An overview of Carrboro, NC
Carrboro is not what most would consider "affordable"

OP stated in NC forum that they'd like to spend under $200k. That ain't happening in Carrboro....especially not in any area walkable to downtown.
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Old 11-30-2017, 08:32 PM
 
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Auburn NY, a small city of about 30,000 known for having a prison(has/had first electric chair in country), has a walkable Downtown with a Wegmans(arguably the best grocery chain and one of the best companies to work for in the country), the Auburn Public Theater, the Schweinfurth Art Center, some bars/restaurants, some stores/shops, etc. It also has the Seward Home and a new hotel.

In the outer portions of the city/area, you have the Harriet Tubman Home, minor league baseball at Falcon Park, Finger Lakes Drive In and the Merry Go Round professional theater in Emerson Park on Owasco Lake, a Finger Lake.

There are annual festivals like Tomato Fest as well.

There is potential for increasing the arts scene, if this could get off of the ground: Developer plans $12 million restoration of Auburn's Schine Theater | syracuse.com
Schines Theater | Cayuga County Arts Council

There is some loft apartments in its Downtown as well: Logan Park Lofts | Maintenance Free Living | Auburn, NY

Anyway, some information: Auburn Downtown BID

Home - Auburn - History's Hometown (has a very interesting history, as its first non Native American settlers were Black and White: a Revolutionary War soldier, his daughter and 2 enslaved Africans whose surname is ironically Freeman(that family still lives in the area by the way)).

https://www.tourcayuga.com

For something more upscale 5 or so miles to the east: Home
Some homes in the city that fit the budget criteria mentioned in the previous post: https://www.cnyrealtor.com/index.php...isc6.eq.Auburn)

Homes to the south and east of Downtown are/can be quite nice, are easier to walk from to Downtown and are closer to Owasco Lake. This is another small community to the SW of the city: Come visit Aurora New York | Aurora Arts and Merchants Association

10 best things to do this summer in Aurora, NY | NewYorkUpstate.com

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Old 12-01-2017, 05:47 AM
 
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Carrboro is not what most would consider "affordable"

OP stated in NC forum that they'd like to spend under $200k. That ain't happening in Carrboro....especially not in any area walkable to downtown.
That 200K number is a missing jewel of information from the OP's post then isn't it?

Minus that mention of number Carrboro's average home price of 246K isn't that out of whack with the US average of 189K, so it is in actuality largely "affordable" for most after all.
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