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Old 11-30-2008, 01:52 PM
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Hello!! Just thought I'd do a quick post to see if anyone has any thoughts on where our "best place" would be.

We're very much interested in becoming more self-reliant ... so we're looking for a city where we could buy a home, a single family home with a yard to garden, for like 50-60k. Doesn't have to be in a trendy neighborhood, and we prefer the older houses. In this market today, that is totally doable, I think, I'm just not sure where. I know St. Louis has that kind of price range available. I'm not sure where else ... we'd like to be in a metro area, not a rural area, though, for sure.

Anyway ... where is this possible?

Ok, I just thought Detroit. Besides Detroit!

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Old 11-30-2008, 02:02 PM
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I don't think you want to be in a neighborhood in St. Louis that you could buy a 50k house. Just my opinion though.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:45 PM
Location: Orange, California
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Youngstown, OH. Last report I saw, they had the lowest median home price of any city (mid-size or larger) in the country. I think the median is 89K or thereabouts, but I'm pretty sure there are homes to be had in your price range.

Unfortunately, at your price range you cannot be choosy. Don't be so quick to dismiss Detroit. It is still a major city that employs millions of people and there are not many major cities where you can buy a $60k house.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:48 PM
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Homes in Kentucky,West Virginia are that cheap, look hard enough you can find some real nice ones.
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:33 PM
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:41 PM
Location: Louisville/LA
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Smaller Upstate NY cities and even some cheaper neighborhoods of large cities up there could work.

If you don't mind cold and snow, look into Utica/Rome/New Hartford.

You might find some nice places in Albany. Binghamton. Ithaca. Sodus area. Plenty of others as well.
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:48 PM
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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I'd second Youngstown. You can buy a nice, move-in ready house in and around my neighborhood for anywhere from $35k-$50k. Look for homes for sale in zip code 44509.

But, these houses are so inexpensive because it's so hard to find a job around here.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:06 PM
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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You might also want to check out Warren, Niles, or Girard, Ohio. They are all communities in the Youngstown metro. All are located in the county (Trumbull) north of Youngstown. They're all older communities and have homes with plenty of character, many of them in your price range. If you are willling to spend $10k or $20k more you could have your dream home. I want to say the average selling price in Trumbull Co. is something like 80k - 90k, this is after averaging in 200k dollar houses in the suburbs and the foreclosures in the cities.

I had a century home in Niles that i purchased in 2001 for $76k. The house was 2700 sq/ft, had pocket doors, beveled glass, 4BR, 2 full baths, woodwork galore, etc.

Check out zip codes: 44483, 44446, 44420
If you have questions on specific neighborhoods i would be more than willing to help you out.

Welcome to The City of Niles, Ohio
City of Warren, Ohio
City of Girard
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:06 PM
Location: North Central Indiana
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You can either go big city, and loose safety or small town and loose many urban/suburban things.

It appears home prices are in your price range in Rantoul, IL a regional city in Illinois, don't know why nut I'm sure you can find out on this site. It also seems as if the Manitowoc/Two Rivers, Wisconsin areas is in your price range. They are somewhat industrial cities, but seem safe and friendly. Murray, KY as well as Mayfield, KY are also in that price range, don't seem like bad places at all. Looks like parts of Amarrillo, TX are also in that price range, but keep in mind that saftey is most likley an issue there.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:09 PM
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
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Why not just live in an apartment?? 50k will get you maybe a cheap house, but you could live in a fabulous apartment with 50k.
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