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Old 04-11-2009, 06:44 AM
 
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Hi all - my girlfriend and I are going to be moving to America from Ireland in about 12 months time. The company I work for are looking to open an office in the US and I'm going for 12 months initially to try and help develop a market for us over there in advance of this. So I'll be working for them over there, and my girlfriend works from home running an internet business. So basically we are not tied into any specific area as in have to be based near an office etc.

However, like with most things there are a few things we do have to adhere to!

1) Location - We must be on the Eastern side of America. We can go as far inland as Chicago, but to do the work I'm going to be doing I need to be based on the East Coast this is where the main companies I will be trying to sell to are. I dont need to be an hour from them all, but based in this general area within a drive or a short internal flight to them would be best

2) Airports - We have to be close enough (within a 60-90 min drive) to one of the following airports to going back home, work / friends coming over etc
- New York (JFK / Newark)
- Chicago
- Boston
- Atlanta

3) Cost of living - We are looking for somewhere not too expensive to live - we should be able to rent a nice 2 bed furnished apt in a decent area for < $1500 per month. Also it should have a low enough cost of living in general, so we can afford to have a decent quality of life.

4) Climate - first off, we have to have a nice summer. Doesn't need to be 100F all the time! but just good weather that you can bet on for a few months a year. Also, if the winters weren't too harsh that would be nice too. Sometimes in harsh winters, people nearly go into hibernation! and thats not for us!

5) WATER! Now this is the key for me, there must be some sort of open water nearby - lakes or sea. I'm serious about my sea / open water swimming and love spending time out swimming, in boats etc. So somewhere near the water (doesnt have to be walkingn distance, but not a huge trek!) would be great

6) Irish Community - having a decent sized irish community nearby would be bonus. Again we don't plan to just talk to other Irish people but the internet site my girlfriend runs is something which is tailored specifically to that market, so if we could be near a community which might be more open to that sort of thing for advertising etc that would be a bonus!


7) Other Stuff - The sort of place we're looking for - we are looking for somewhere that is nice, safe, has things to do (beach / lake / mountains etc) and has friendly people. When we get to America we will know no-one. Also as we are both in essence self employed we wont have work friends, so need a way to meet other people. We are both active and play sports (swim, soccer etc) so think we will meet people that way.


We're sort of thinking at the moment (no reason, just from what we've read so far and this could all change!!!) maybe Boston , Chicago (LAke View Maybe?) or New York (Long Island maybe?). Again these are only ideas!

If you were us and could pick and state / city / area that fits the bill where would you go?

Cheers!
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:49 AM
 
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Wow good luck to you! What an exciting adventure! I think the 3 places you are considering would have pretty harsh winters, or at least for my standards,lol...I don't know if Atl has a big Irish community but at least your winters wouldn't be as severe. I'm sure you'll get some great advice!
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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Hi breeze - thanks for that! Yeah I sort of guessed that about the climate, but again coming from Ireland we're sort of used to not the nicest of weather but I will look into Atlanta alright! Thanks
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:51 AM
 
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Long Island is nice, but there really aren't any strong Irish communities. It's mostly Jewish and Italian. Other than that, it fits your other descriptions. If you want any more information, let me know.
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:51 AM
 
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By far, Atlanta is the most affordable out of the four. However, you can't go wrong with either cities. I think Boston has the largest Irish community (but it's pretty expensive). I suggest visiting all of these cities and decide which one fits you most.


Best of luck.
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:52 AM
 
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Hi Rachael - get what you're saying. I suppose the question is more at a high level where would you fancy? New York / Boston / Chicago or somewhere else. Then we can get into which areas within them would be best.

Thats the problem with your country its just too big! Dont have this problem in Ireland, much less choice of places to live!
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:54 AM
 
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Nature - we I've been to NY and Boston before and have lots of friends who speak highly of Chicago. Atlanta is a place I know very little about at the moment.

I think our plan is to try and get the list down to 1 or 2 key areas, then head over in Sept for 10 days, spend a few days in each doing some tourist things, but also rent a car and drive around areas we might want to live and see what sort of vibe we get from it.

At the moment, just trying to come up with the short list of States / Cities we should consider yknow?
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:56 AM
 
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Ok, well you'll be able to find a $1500 2 bed apartment in one of the outer-boroughs of NYC, or Long Island.
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:58 AM
 
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Atlanta is the best option out of the cities you listed. The cost of living is cheaper than the other cities (especially NYC and Boston). You don't have to worry about hibernation in the winter in Atlanta...it is significantly warmer than the other cities. If you want mountains, maybe you should live north of Atlanta (since you said you're willing to drive up to 90 minutes to the airport). The beach is 4 hours away but there are lakes in the area. Something else to keep in mind is the Atlanta area would have the longest swimming season.
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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Beach is 4 hours away though. He said he wants to be near water. The lakes aren't anything big or special around there.
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