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Old 12-01-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Not sure that $300K buys much of anything new or old in any desirable suburban area of Dallas or Houston or Atl or NYC...or any other major city in US I can think of, even much maligned Detroit or Cleveland suburbs like Bloomfield Hills or GatesMills

Land costs are high in any decent part of any suburban area in US (i.e., scenic land w/upscale newer houses <20min drive to major offices w/high-income jobs, good pvt schools, edible dining, good grocery stores (lots of new, mass-mkt grocery store buildings have crappy produce); public schools generally suck anywhere, so need to budget private schools if have kids....real variable is one's career earnings opportunities in any region....and state/local income taxes (esp NYC/CA's 10+% rates vs TX's 0%)
$300k can get you excellent homes in many very nice suburbs. Sure it might not be enough for an uberexclusive rich town like Bloomfield or Windermere, but they are plenty of upper middle class very nice suburbs across the country where 300k can buy a very nice house and/or lot.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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I agree with the last poster. In my area here in Central Upstate NY, you can get a lot for 315k. We have nice communities like Cazenovia, Skaneateles, DeWitt, Baldwinsville, Hamliton and many more that are nice smaller communites near Syracuse and close enough to lakefront beaches and the Adirondack or Catskill Mountains. You can check here: #1 Syracuse Real Estate Website | CNYREALTOR.COM

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Old 12-04-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Better stay where you are. My hometown has great diversity in people and the people like it that way. We like our "old" stuff too. If you move anywhere else, we will be hearing you ***** on our local forums about, you know, all of "those kind of people", too many unique, local business with some character, too many lower middle class or poor people impeding on your fragile sensibilities. Is it me or does this post just scream what's wrong with so many folks in our country?
I liked this post as it closely mirrored my thoughts while reading what he had to say. But on the off chance that he just came off sounding worse than intended, I guess I'll start by asking him why he wants to leave Atlanta. I don't think he has articulated a solid rationale since he so values what it has to offer. Personally, I like Atlanta, but if I lived there, it probably wouldn't be the sort of neighborhood he describes. Atlanta has some charming older neighborhoods in more urban settings. He would probably find that just as intolerable as the sort of neighborhood you and I live in, though. Personally, I love the vibrancy of my older and colder, immigrant filled neighborhood where the majority of dwellings are in multi-unit buildings. But that's just me. The thing is, our descriptions probably sound just as snooty as his. People who like where they live will tend to sound a bit prideful.
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