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Old 03-01-2018, 02:52 PM
 
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Greenville, SC, Knoxville, TN or maybe Chatanooga, TN?
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Coeur d'Alene, ID hits many of these wants.
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:48 PM
 
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I like the Franklin, TN option. I lived there for 2 years, awhile back and it was a very nice and safe area.

You’d also be within 20ish minutes to Nashville and plenty of job opportunities for the Construction field for your husband, it’s in a Construction “boom” majorly. Franklin is very family friendly, safe, with a lot to do. Architecture will be more along the “colonial” line, plantation houses, etc... Politics, well it’s Tennessee. Most of the state still leans right for the most part. Great schools, great people, etc... It’s a little pricey, as it’s a very nice area but it’s worth the money.

Bugs are pretty much just part of life in most areas of the US
Thank you! Franklin is basically on top of the list right now!
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:49 PM
 
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Greenville, SC, Knoxville, TN or maybe Chatanooga, TN?
Greensville is very charming... I have a friend who is also moving there but the crime rate is so high!
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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Coeur d'Alene, ID hits many of these wants.
Thank you! looking into it now!
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:14 PM
 
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Santa Fe?
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Old 03-02-2018, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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Hadn't thought about it, but yeah Sante Fe to a certain extent.
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:49 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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After 6 months of restless search, we still have not decided where we could move to and need some help.

Here is a little about us. I am from Italy, my husband is American (grew up mostly in NM) and we lived most of our married life (10 years) in CA (both South and North). Our kids are still little. We have been in Houston since 2014 for his work and are very ready for a change...

He is an Veteran, 15+ years in Construction Project Management and more recently Processes/Systems. I own a business that I hope to rebuild in a new location. We are "moderately conservative"...meaning we have conservative values when it comes to society but we are opposed to guns and care a great deal about the environment.

Our ideal place is very hard to target:

- Small city/town near a larger and culturally diverse city
- Safe/Low Crime
- Moderately Conservative or Purple.
- Beautiful landscape/architecture with an European flair.
- Walkable and charming downtown with an upscale feel.
- Diverse non-chain restaurants and boutiques nearby.
- Near Mountains/Beach/Lakes with outdoor opportunities (biking/hiking/skying etc).
- Mild and sunny climate.
- Lots of get-aways opportunities
- A strong catholic/christian community would be a plus.
- Homeschool community or great catholic schools another plus.
- Friendly and genuine people that don't hate transplants.
- We could buy a small home at or under $450K.
- I could lease a small retail space for ~$1K per month.
- The least amount of bugs to worry about (this is my issue. Coming from Europe, I have an irrational fear of bugs...I can deal with a few mosquitoes but I run screaming from roaches and large spiders).

We researched the following cities but all have some issues...

* Walnut Creek, CA. We adore this little town in the East Bay and happily lived there for years but we cannot longer buy a home under $900K. Also the new recreational weed laws worry us as things may change quickly.

* Denver, CO (or nearby). Excluded because we hear of too many issues with the weed shops and growing homeless population. We'd worry about having a negative influence on our kids later on.

* Bend, OR. This one seems great but I do worry a little about long period of overcast/gray days as I think I have a bit of Seasonal affective disorder.

* Boise, ID. This one looks good but friends tell me it would not be a cultural fit for me as a European who crave culturally diverse places.

* Cary, NC. This was a good option until I started learning about a gazillion pest problems (giant roaches, big spiders and even snakes) and got scared.

* Naples, FL. I love Florida for a vacation but I think we'd be quickly bored with FL landscape.

* Boston, MA. I'd love it but my husband worries about the crime rate. Still under discussion.

* Charlottesville, VA. Another good option IMO although we need to research more about job opportunities there. Also I hear people are unfriendly (?)

* Franklin, TN. Another good option but I need to research some more about culture and overall mentality there.

Do you have any new city suggestion and/or feedback about the cities listed above?

I appreciate any help. Thank you!
You're all over the place with these cities, both figuratively and geographically. Mild climate doesn't exist in the South so if that is important you can probably veto that one. I'd avoid Idaho as it is backwards conservative. Denver is overrated IMHO but might be what you are looking for. Not sure about the California location and Boston is very liberal. Bend would also be a good choice.
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Old 03-03-2018, 10:14 AM
 
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You're all over the place with these cities, both figuratively and geographically. Mild climate doesn't exist in the South so if that is important you can probably veto that one. I'd avoid Idaho as it is backwards conservative. Denver is overrated IMHO but might be what you are looking for. Not sure about the California location and Boston is very liberal. Bend would also be a good choice.
You are so right... we are all over the place and we cannot have it all! I think we need to prioritize the top 5 must haves. I was in love with Bend but as a mother (and someone who lost a few loved ones to drugs) I cannot get over the fact that they opened all these pot stores there... they even listed them as "things to do" in their official website! If our kids had left the nest and we were retiring early, I'd love it but raising my children in that environment is hard to swallow at this time.

I'll keep looking and I agree ID, CA and MA do not seem like a good choice.
I think I need to make peace with getting comfortable with bugs and focus on VA and NC, maybe even TN.
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Old 03-03-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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You are so right... we are all over the place and we cannot have it all! I think we need to prioritize the top 5 must haves. I was in love with Bend but as a mother (and someone who lost a few loved ones to drugs) I cannot get over the fact that they opened all these pot stores there... they even listed them as "things to do" in their official website! If our kids had left the nest and we were retiring early, I'd love it but raising my children in that environment is hard to swallow at this time.

I'll keep looking and I agree ID, CA and MA do not seem like a good choice.
I think I need to make peace with getting comfortable with bugs and focus on VA and NC, maybe even TN.
Although winters are rough and summers can be hot, maybe consider the Dakotas. They're moderately conservative and have good down to earth people in both locations. But definitely not mild winters. Other Upper Midwestern locations have the same quality of people. But not a mild climate. Food for thought anyway.
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