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Old 01-05-2019, 02:28 PM
 
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Proabably until now completely off your radar, but you might consider Richmond VA. Virginia's state income tax sits in the middle at 5.75%. There is plenty of greenspace, a major river (James River) and the Blue Ridge Mountains/Shenandoah Valley an easy 90 minute drive to the west. The climate is moderate with four equal seasons and not sun deprived. Neighborhoods such as The Fan, Carytown, Church Hill, Museum District and VCU/Downtown are just some of the walkable options with lots of restaurants/bars and shops in close proximity. The average home price is around 275K as well which gives you plenty of options. While not "major" Richmond International is very well served with most of the major carriers and has a sizable schedule of nonstop service to varying US cities (170 flights a day).
I was just about to suggest Richmond as well. Its affordable and well laid out with a vast majority of the city being walkable. Only thing is compared to the cities the OP listed, Richmond feels significantly more blue collar.. not sure if this matters but based off what cities he/she/x listed this is a major diff.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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I don’t get the blue collar vibe in Richmond at all. It’s a finance and law town with a big creative class to boot. The metro’s south side (Route 1 corridor) is still very blue collar though.

The fashion aesthetic can be pretty gritty but the long-haired guy in cutoffs works in product development for Capital One.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Columbus?
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Old 01-07-2019, 12:08 PM
 
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My only recommendations are Philadelphia, Chicago, or Pittsburgh. Or Montreal. Many other rust-belt cities are cheap and have a few good neighborhoods, but not much of a choice.
Pittsburgh was my first thought. Philly and Chicago work too. None have great weather, but I'll take some cold snowy days in winter over a constant drizzle all winter long in the PNW.

Cincinnati has a few walkable areas. Over the Rhine. The Banks. Mt Adams. Mt Lookout. And across the river in KY you have Covington and Newport. Like Pittsburgh, it's hilly with lots of trees and mountains are not too far away.
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Old 01-07-2019, 03:39 PM
 
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I donít get the blue collar vibe in Richmond at all. Itís a finance and law town with a big creative class to boot. The metroís south side (Route 1 corridor) is still very blue collar though.

The fashion aesthetic can be pretty gritty but the long-haired guy in cutoffs works in product development for Capital One.
Definitely. Richmond has its white collar populace for sure but I was there again this weekend and compared to the cities noted I think Richmond has a much stronger blue collar vibe. It's not a bad thing at all but its definitely evident from just going out and about and noticing the crowds.
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:28 AM
 
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I don’t get the blue collar vibe in Richmond at all. It’s a finance and law town with a big creative class to boot.
And while not "white" or "blue" collar specifically the impact of Virginia Commonwealth University's footprint in terms of the 2500+ faculty/staff, 31,000 students and the additional 10,000+ employed at the VCU Medical Center is quite sizable on the core neighborhoods, and certainly not what one would reference as "blue collar" in appearance or characteristics.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:53 PM
 
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Thanks for the tips! I've got some new places to look at now.

For my part, I don't mind the drizzle of the PNW (or at least, I didn't when I lived in Seattle). Just wish there were more options in that part of the country.
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:15 PM
 
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Walkable areas in fast growing Sunbelt cities are becoming increasingly expensive across the board. Period. This is due to the supply and demand. If you are growing your metro rapidly, you can be assured that most of it is happening in the burbs where land is cheaper and development is easier. It's just the way that it is.
In a nutshell, you are not going to get a decent "walkable neighborhood" SFH in any of the booming cities in the Sunbelt for $250K no matter what you hear from metro wide data. In fact, finding a decent condo/TH for that price is becoming increasingly difficult to find as well.
As for Austin, I totally get what you are saying. I spent a good amount of time for work in Austin in the last 18 months, but most of it was suburban. It is starting to feel an awful lot like Houston these days with giant freeways and lots of crap off the feeder roads.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:16 PM
 
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St. Louis has numerous affordable and walkable neighborhoods. It's a very green city with an exceptionally diverse economy with a decent tech scene.

Raleigh may be a good option as well but walkable areas I'm not sure about.

Try Chicago as well. Areas like Hyde Park, Edgewater and maybe Uptown may be good.
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:23 PM
 
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Nashville comes to mind, but from what I'm hearing, such areas are not as affordable as they once were.

I dare say, if you loosen things up in terms of criteria, a sleeper may actually be the Albany area. It actually fits some of the criteria and you may be able to get into some sleeper urban neighborhoods like this one in Troy: https://www.google.com/maps/place/10...!4d-73.6824827
WPA-TROY.org

Or this street in Schenectady near its Downtown and Stockade neighborhood: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8162...6!9m2!1b1!2i37
This area is further down the street: Upper Union Street BID | Schenectady, NY | Capital Region Businesses

Or this Albany neighborhood: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.6662...6!9m2!1b1!2i37
http://pinehillsna.org/

It does have a tech industry as well: https://www.albany.com/hotspot/tech-valley/
Startup Tech Valley
https://capitalregionchamber.com/networking/tvypn/

So, it may be an area to consider...
Another area in the city that has some walkability: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.6531...6!9m2!1b1!2i37

Further west on the street: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.6569...6!9m2!1b1!2i37

Helderberg Neighborhood AssociationHome - Helderberg Neighborhood Association | Helderberg Neighborhood Association (to the south)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neighb...ork#Helderberg

https://www.facebook.com/New-Scotlan...8452347783601/ (to the north and just south of Pine Hills)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neighb...tland/Woodlawn
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