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Old 07-22-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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I think I have a pretty good idea of what I want and need:I prefer to spend my time indoors rather than outdoors so I want an affordable house. I rent an apartment rent now. Affordable to me is under 200K. I have never owned a house. I want a place that has heavy industry and jobs as I have a truck driver'slicense, and I love the sights and smells of heavy industry. I want a place that has rural landscapes around it. I want stands of trees, patches of woods, but I don't necessarily need to be overwhelmed with forests. I would like a place that has cheap public university tuition as I might want to go back to school at some point. I have a few ideas thus far, which I will share with you. But I would loveto get your ideas first. I am a single guy with two cats and a dog. Thanks for your efforts.
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:27 PM
 
Location: The Rock!
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Little Rock... We're right on I-40, shipping and trucking industry is big in Arkansas. We have a pretty good heavy industry base, not huge but fairly prosperous and poised for growth with a couple of new manufacturers relocating here. Plenty of homes in nice areas in and around your price range. Plenty of nature around when you want it. The metro area has 4 colleges I can think of right off-hand, 2 of which would be very affordable: UALR and UCA. One of the best things about the area, is we're not being hit very hard at all by the current recession and housing crisis. Our economy is very diverse and housing prices are still rising. So buying a home here should still be a good investment!
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Sioux City, Tyson has a large factory and there are other factories too and it does smell, its nicknamed Sewer City by the other Iowans.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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I think a major southern city would be a good choice because it's more affordable and there is good economic growth as well. I bought a house in Nashville for under $200,000 and it seems to be an up and coming city.
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:09 AM
 
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thanks, I have Little Rock on my radar. Also, Oklahoma City.
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:20 AM
 
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"I love the sights and smells of heavy industry" Ha, that's a new one on me and it made me smile. I thought only NY hipsters got off on the industrial scenery.

Add Knoxville to your list. You'll find a home overlooking heavy industry for under 100K. Maybe even a small abandoned industial building!
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:02 AM
 
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Indianapolis. My brother chose the place for similar reasons as he to is a truck driver. It still has heavy industry, affordable housing and rural areas mixed with farms and small forests.
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Chattanooga!!
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:45 AM
 
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The plot thickens. I have never considered Knoxville as a place with heavy industry. Chattanooga also sounds good. I have been through Chattanooga and love the river that bends its way through town. What do NY hipsters do with industrial scenery? Photograph it?I thought everyone hated heavy industry these days because of the green fad that's sweeping the country.
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:03 PM
 
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NY hipsters tend to flock to industrial zones. Ever heard of industrial chic?

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