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Old 05-16-2007, 02:34 AM
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My husband and I currently live in France. But we will be coming back to the states soon and are looking for a new city to call home. I'm originally from Oregon. My hubby is French, and we have lived most recently in Arizona. We will be visiting Charlotte and Raleigh NC this fall, but I'm just curious about what other cities might be out there if North cArolina is not for us. What are we looking for? WEll...We like the idea of being near a big city, but living further out where we could have a nice sized yard. We'd like a place with some culture, but still down to earth enough to raise a family (in the future..no kids yet). We will be wanting to open a french pastry shop. Green is a big factor for me...grass..trees...and water is a plus...rivers, or lakes, or near the ocean (a drive is fine for the ocean). Finallly, budget. We are hoping to keep it under $170,000 for a 3b.2b. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-16-2007, 03:16 AM
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Default i forgot to add..

weather.....love a distinct 4 seasons...fall colors, some snow in the winter, moderate spring..don't mind a month or two of hot hot in the summer..long as you have fall to look forward to. also..about the water...not necessary, just a bonus.

thx all!

p.s. for those of you who are wondering why not portland, OR? the rain...i grew up in it (on the coast of oregon), but have not lived in it in ...omg 15 years!...i am getting old!..anyhoo..i don't think my dear hubby could handle the gray..he's from south of france...which is where we live now
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:25 AM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I would suggest Northeastern Pennsylvania to you. Our cost-of-living is relatively-low in relation to the rest of the Northeastern U.S., we have four distinct seasons of varied weather, and we're just two hours from either
New York City or Philadelphia when you get the "itch" to visit a "big city," while also having medium-sized cities of Scranton (pop. 70,000) and Wilkes-Barre (pop. 40,000) if you just wanted to be near to conveniences. There are a lot of nice lakes, streams, and rivers here, but the Atlantic Ocean will be about a 2.5 hour drive away. As far as your business enterprise is concerned, the downtown areas of both Scranton and Wilkes-Barre have been bouncing back over the last 2-4 years, and a French pastry shop would likely be well-received in either downtown. As far as culture goes, we have museums, libraries, art galleries, off-Broadway shows, universities, and a Philharmonic. It's not such a bad area; the only drawback is that a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in the suburbs on a bit of land here will likely run you more than $170,000. I'll do a quick search on the local real estate market for you and come back with a reply of some listings in your price range, if I can find them.

Best of luck, and welcome back to the states!
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:42 AM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Default Rural Properties for $150,000-$175,000 in Scranton, PA Area

Here are some listings I found in the immediate Scranton area for $150,000-$175,000:

Lake Ariel. $175,000. 4 BR, 3 BA. 1,467 Square Feet. 80' x 217' Lot. Built in 1991. Total Annual Taxes: $2,235 USD

Moscow. $175,000. 4 BR, 2 BA. 2,288 Square Feet. 200' x 231' Lot. Built in 1976. Total Annual Taxes: $2,600 USD

Montrose. $175,000. 4 BR, 1 BA. 2,379 Square Feet. 110' x 110' Lot. Built in 1900. Total Annual Taxes: $2,775 USD

Meshoppen. $175,000. 3 BR, 2 BA. 1,800 Square Feet. 2.04 Acre Lot. Built in 1997. Total Annual Taxes: $2,574

Lake Ariel. $175,000. 3 BR, 2 BA. 1,344 Square Feet. 45' x 241' Lot. Built in 2003. Total Annual Taxes: $1,764

Meshoppen. $175,000. 3 BR, 1 BA. 1,750 Square Feet. 2.38 Acre Lot. Built in 2000. Total Annual Taxes: ?

Factoryville. $164,900. 4 BR, 1.5 BA. 2,244 Square Feet. 49' x 136' Lot. Built in 1890. Total Annual Taxes: $1,745

This is just a small sampling of homes in your price range with at least three bedrooms in rural parts of the area. Homes nearer to the city limits of Scranton with similar features will probably top $200,000 USD. Anything pique your interest? I have more listings I can post.

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Old 05-18-2007, 03:32 PM
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Surprised to see that 2000 Meshoppen one. I didn't think detatched SF houses were still being built with only 1 bathroom any more!

If it were mine, I'd sell off most of that huge lot and use part of the proceeds to put in another bathroom.
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Old 08-01-2009, 01:59 AM
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I'm glad to see you're visiting Raleigh, I live 20 minutes outside in the suburbs in the Cary/Apex area. North Carolina is definitely green- year long too because we have an abundance of pine trees that keep their green needles in the winter. You definitely experience four seasons in NC but humidity is a big issue to some people. You get used to it though and its only during the hot months of summer. There are many lakes and parks as well and the ocean is only about 2-3 hours away from Raleigh for a great get away.

You mentioned kids in the future and I went to school in Wake County and am now student teaching in the same school system. I would recommend it to any family. The schools are all in good, clean shape and have dedicated and involved teachers. Wake County is considered among the top school systems in NC.
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