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Old 12-30-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Anywhere but here!
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We are hoping to move in the near future, however, we cannot seem to find our "perfect" place. Not that "perfect" actually exists, but we're trying to find the closest place to it.

We really are not bound by certain areas of the country, but have been leaning toward the Midwest, however, we're open to anything. I would just like to get some input from other people across the country to see what we can come up with.

We have been looking around Indianapolis (family is afraid it may be TOO COLD), Dallas (not enough snow for me) and I've even looked at Eastern Tennessee but my family isn't thrilled with that area.

We currently live in the EXTREMELY HOT and DRY Arizona desert.

Here is some of the criteria we are looking for:


Weather:
We really want FOUR seasons. We would like SOME snow, but we do not want 6 months of freezing weather. We're hoping for a good mixture of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, but not too harsh of winter. The summer heat isn't too much of a factor...we live where it's 125 in the summer...we can handle any heat out there, just afraid we'll freeze our behinds off in the winters. LOL Would really prefer VERY MINIMAL WIND...I hate the wind!

Real Estate:
MUST be reasonable/cheap. We can't afford California prices. Would like to be able to find a decent (not elaborate) home on a half acre or more for less than $150,000

Schools:
Schools don't have to be perfect, but definitely half way decent. We have one that will be a Sophomore next year and the other in 4th grade

I'm looking forward to what everyone has to say!
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Formerly TX, UT and CT - Currently NC
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Maybe North Carolina? I know they have four seasons (although their winters are mild). Decent schools in Raleigh (primarily the Wake Forest/North Raleigh schools are great), semi-low crime (stay away from Durham), and good housing prices.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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^ Yeah, I was going to say North Carolina as well. Seems like a good match. If you want 4 seasons without really harsh Winters, that's a great place.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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I'll get on the NC bandwagon too. Although summers may be an adjustment since you'll be going to hot and humid which is very different than mega hot, but dry.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:58 AM
 
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I think Colorado is a no brainer for you. Very sunny, very warm, winters are mild, but still lots of snow to have fun in. Just stay away from Denver and Boulder to keep your housing price down.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Yes, possibly the Western side of NC in the mountains, but I'm also thinking maybe WV or even parts of VA.
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Formerly TX, UT and CT - Currently NC
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I think Colorado is a no brainer for you. Very sunny, very warm, winters are mild, but still lots of snow to have fun in. Just stay away from Denver and Boulder to keep your housing price down.
Yeah, I think Colorado is a great option too. The winters are harsh, but they don't last past March.
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Yeah, I think Colorado is a great option too. The winters are harsh, but they don't last past March.
Many places in Colorado get snow into May.


As for the OP, have you guys thought about Pittsburgh? Winters there are decently mild, but they still get snow in winter. The scenery is gorgeous, its full of greenery, and offers big-city amenities.
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Royal Palm Beach, FL.
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I second the North Carolina idea. Schools are pretty good (not the best but far from the worst). The climate is pretty good and although the winters are very mild, but there is still four distinct seasons. I've lived in Asheville and I loved it! Beautiful scenery, and it's not like you're living out in the sticks..it's a decent sized town.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Anywhere but here!
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Thanks for the input! I guess a lot of people agree on North Carolina. LOL I will give it some serious thought.
I started looking a bit at the real estate and North Carolina is definitely pretty and green!

Are there any "negatives" about North Carolina I should know about? I realize "negative" is all perspective, but I would like to hear what others would consider negative about it.

We have looked in Colorado in the past...mainly around Colorado Springs, but housing seems expensive if you want any elbow room. We really don't want cookie cutter housing. We like space!

I am still open to other suggestions!
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