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Old 03-31-2007, 08:11 PM
 
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Looking for a place where we can buy a single-family home for around 150,000 with one skilled-trade income. We love hiking and the outdoors, and we love forests. We're in CO currently and it's way too expensive and yuppified for us. No trees. The mountains are pretty, but it's so crowded in them, and you have to be rich to go skiing--or to have the gas money needed to drive the 7 hours one-way to a remote area . . .

We've experienced the Northeast for a little while, and loved the hilly mountains and lots of trees. We'd like to live in a medium-sized city with lots to do and open-minded, too! We don't like plains, desert, Wyoming or the "midwest."
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:22 PM
 
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If you don't mind over 100 inches of snow per year, the Syracuse, NY suburbs fit your criteria.

There are over a dozen lakes, four ski resorts, numerous state and county parks all within an hour drive of Syracuse. Plus the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes Wine Country, the Thousand Islands resort area, and the Lake Ontario beaches are all within a couple hours drive.

During the Spring, Summer and Fall almost every weekend is filled with local festivals and events. Here's a decent list of most of them.....

Balloon Fest Coors Light Balloon Fest - Syracuse
CNY Scottish/Celtic Fest Central New York Scottish Games (http://www.cnyscots.com/frame.html - broken link)
Festa Italiana Festa Italiana Syracuse
Harborfest Harborfest 2007, Oswego, New York
Irish Fest Syracuse Irish Festival // September 7-8. 2007
St. Patrick's Parade St. Patricks Parade - NewsChannel 9 WSYR
Greek Fest locfestemplate
Apple Festival LaFayette Apple Festival
NY State Fair New York State Fair | Gotta be there! | August 23 - September 3, 2007 | Syracuse, New York
Arts and Crafts Fest Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
Lights on the Lake Lights on the Lake
Syracuse Nationals Right Coast Cars - Syracuse Nationals (http://www.rightcoastcars.com/shows/syn/ - broken link)
Taste of Syracuse Taste of Syracuse - June 1 - 2, 2007
Winterfest Syracuse Winterfest :: February
Dicken's Christmas Skaneateles Area Chamber Of Commerce - Dickens' Christmas in Skaneateles (http://www.skaneateles.com/dickens.html - broken link)
Flower and Garden Show CNY Blooms
K-Rockathon KROCKATHON
Fright Night at the Fair http://www.frightnightsatthefair.com/
Jazz Fest http://www.syracusejazzfest.com/
Islandfest Welcome to Island Fest!
JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge
Jazz in the Square Jazz in the Square 2007 | Welcome (http://www.jazzinthesquare.org/ - broken link)
Syracuse Latino Festival R&M Promotions
Syracuse Oktoberfest GERMANAMERICANSCNY.NET
New York State Blues Festival New York State Blues Festival / Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Jewish Festival Jewish Musical & Cultural Festival
Syracuse Euro Festival eurofestsyracuse.com (broken link)
Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament

During the winter are the major sporting events at the Carrier Dome and cultural events. Here's a list of some of the cultural goings on....

Syracuse Symphony Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (broken link)
Syracuse Opera Welcome to Syracuse Opera Online
Performing Arts Center Salt City Center for the Performing Arts
Syracuse Stage Syracuse Stage - The Premier Professional Theatre of Central New York www.SyracuseStage.org
Everson Museum Welcome to the Everson Museum of Art
The Redhouse Redhouse Arts Center Online
Syracuse International Film & Video Festival
Syracuse International Film and Video Festival - Independent Film Festival, Syracuse, NY.

The Syracuse Metro has 650,000 residents in the three county region. Not sure what you consider a medium-sized city?

$150,000 will get you a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a large yard in a nice suburb. For $200,000, you could get new construction just about anywhere in the northern suburbs. The western and eastern suburbs cost a little more.

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Old 04-01-2007, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Looking for a place where we can buy a single-family home for around 150,000 with one skilled-trade income. We love hiking and the outdoors, and we love forests. We're in CO currently and it's way too expensive and yuppified for us. No trees. The mountains are pretty, but it's so crowded in them, and you have to be rich to go skiing--or to have the gas money needed to drive the 7 hours one-way to a remote area . . .

We've experienced the Northeast for a little while, and loved the hilly mountains and lots of trees. We'd like to live in a medium-sized city with lots to do and open-minded, too! We don't like plains, desert, Wyoming or the "midwest."
Id suggest SW Wisconsin, but you dont like the "midwest". Just curious why you wont even give it a shot...
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Old 04-01-2007, 07:38 AM
 
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Id suggest SW Wisconsin, but you dont like the "midwest". Just curious why you wont even give it a shot...
well, we don't like more of the illinois/ohio-ey type areas . . . I guess Wisconsin seems a little too rural for me. The Syracuse idea sounds interesting . . . I will have to look it up!
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Old 04-01-2007, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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Default ..

Nebraska also is huge for outdoors type of stuff.. and has a large metroplex of omaha/lincoln...
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Old 04-01-2007, 12:30 PM
 
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My vote is for Northeast Pa., check out the Pa. forum, there are a lot of photo tours taken by a poster Scranton/WilkesBarre. You can get a real idea what it is like. Tons of woods, mountains, streams and lakes in the area too.
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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Id suggest SW Wisconsin, but you dont like the "midwest". Just curious why you wont even give it a shot...
My suggestion is also S.W. Wisconsin. La Crosse to be specific. A most beautiful city/area. Really!!
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Default NW GA, Bama, Tennessee

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Looking for a place where we can buy a single-family home for around 150,000 with one skilled-trade income. We love hiking and the outdoors, and we love forests. We're in CO currently and it's way too expensive and yuppified for us. No trees. The mountains are pretty, but it's so crowded in them, and you have to be rich to go skiing--or to have the gas money needed to drive the 7 hours one-way to a remote area . . .

We've experienced the Northeast for a little while, and loved the hilly mountains and lots of trees. We'd like to live in a medium-sized city with lots to do and open-minded, too! We don't like plains, desert, Wyoming or the "midwest."
Try far out suburbs of Atlanta or working in the burbs and living a bit further out. NW Georgia and northern part of the State is gorgeous has the mountains, hiking, lakes, good cost of living. If you've seen the movie Deliverance thats what it looks like just plain pretty. It was filmed on the Chattooga river I think to be exact. Whitewater rapids on par with the Snake river or things in the west, deep gorges, big mountains with views, lot of greenery and trees everywhere and the leaves stay green longer down south. You can look at Stone or Kennesaw Mountain if you want things close to Atlanta.

Alabama has that kind of thing too - try Huntsville or Birmingham although not as big mountains as Georgia. More laid back accessible cities. Tennessee is living right in the mountains but i think the exurban Atlanta idea would be a little more cosmopolitan. You can also try mountains in South Carolina -- Spartanburg, Clemson, Greenville although I do not recommend NC mountains as the towns are too crowded and surrounding mountains polluted.
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Old 04-02-2007, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Sorry to mislead, area I was talking about in GA is actually in the NE portion of the state. Mountains across the board. Look up Clayton or Tallulah Falls, GA.
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:03 AM
 
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What about West Virginia? Charleston's decent size, access to lots of outdoor activities, etc. Housing's affordable.
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