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Old 11-28-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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I've had quite the 2009 like many in the US (Chapter 13 bankruptcy, nearly a foreclosure and a job lay off/unemployment in July), and now that things have settled down, I'm ready to start a new chapter in my life elsewhere as there are too many bad memories here in Philadelphia.

My wishlist:

*midwest/northeast/midatlantic location (not the deep south, plains or west)
*Lower cost of living (example: an AVERAGE nice large one bedroom or
two bedroom condo (for less than 50K)
*a city where the recession hasn't crippled the local economy
(i.e. a comparatively low unemployment rate)
*a city without a pervasive "urban/ghetto" culture.
*clean environment (lack of litter and good air/water quality)
*somewhat literate and liberal populace (a college town is a big plus)
*friendly residents, low pretense, a place where it's NOT an
assumption you're from there
*cold weather is fine, but I want sunshine a majority of days
*walkability/public transportation, I'll have a car but walking/mass transit
would be my primary choices for commuting

I have one city in mind but I look forward to hearing some suggestions, thanks!
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Come on down to Toronto, try out a new country!

toronto.ca | Official website for the City of Toronto

The unemployment rate is less than 3%, condo prices are dependent on where you want to live in proximity of the downtown.

But seriously I wouldn't know any place in the areas you specify where the recession has not hit hard, unless you choose Chicago or NYC.. but that would mean a very expensive condo.
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Come on down to Toronto, try out a new country!

toronto.ca | Official website for the City of Toronto

The unemployment rate is less than 3%, condo prices are dependent on where you want to live in proximity of the downtown.

But seriously I wouldn't know any place in the areas you specify where the recession has not hit hard, unless you choose Chicago or NYC.. but that would mean a very expensive condo.
Actually, it would be come on up versus down. Thanks for the input but the transition of finding a job there and immigration/citizenship seems kind of daunting. Plus I was thinking of something a wee bit warmer.
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:26 PM
 
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I've had quite the 2009 like many in the US (Chapter 13 bankruptcy, nearly a foreclosure and a job lay off/unemployment in July), and now that things have settled down, I'm ready to start a new chapter in my life elsewhere as there are too many bad memories here in Philadelphia.

My wishlist:

*midwest/northeast/midatlantic location (not the deep south, plains or west)
*Lower cost of living (example: an AVERAGE nice large one bedroom or
two bedroom condo (for less than 50K)
*a city where the recession hasn't crippled the local economy
(i.e. a comparatively low unemployment rate)
*a city without a pervasive "urban/ghetto" culture.
*clean environment (lack of litter and good air/water quality)
*somewhat literate and liberal populace (a college town is a big plus)
*friendly residents, low pretense, a place where it's NOT an
assumption you're from there
*cold weather is fine, but I want sunshine a majority of days
*walkability/public transportation, I'll have a car but walking/mass transit
would be my primary choices for commuting

I have one city in mind but I look forward to hearing some suggestions, thanks!
I think that your "wish list" needs a little adjustment.

A condo, in a mass-transit oriented city, for less than $50,000??
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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how about living on a boat in the florida keys?
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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I think that your "wish list" needs a little adjustment.

A condo, in a mass-transit oriented city, for less than $50,000??
Your comprehension is a bit off. I asked for availability of mass transit, not mass transit oriented.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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I'm having a hard time with the 50K condo concept, too. Unless its a foreclosure. But I can see a 50K fixxer in a tolerable but non trendy neighborhood.
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:02 PM
 
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Hello - EauClaire,WI, Redwing,MN, Columbia,MO, Muncie, IN, Tulsa, OK, Lincoln,NB, Kansas City KS or Kansas City, MO [the larger one], Ames, Cedar Rapids, and DesMoines, Iowa are all nice cities. They are not too big, but large enough to have some public transit. Milwaukee is a nice city, too. I do not know where you can find a $50K condo. In some areas, you may be able to find a used manufactured home in that price range, although you might have to rent the land. Sioux Falls, Fargo, Bismark, and Yankton are nice towns also. Ditto Independance, MO, Harry Truman's hometown.You have plenty of nice places to choose. I do think that the lower the housing costs, the more difficult it will be to find a job - the old supply and demand rule! Renting for a while when moving to a new area can be very helpful, because you have time to learn about the different neighborhoods before buying. Good luck - keep us posted!
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Missouri is very inexpensive. You may actually like Saint Louis. Check into NewTown, Saint Charles (a new urban development)

Definitely rent before settling. For an east coaster, Missouri is not an easy state to get used to.
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:22 PM
 
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Your comprehension is a bit off. I asked for availability of mass transit, not mass transit oriented.
Sorry, my comprehension is just fine.

A $50K condo is a northeastern/midwestern city is not a reasonable expectation.
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