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Old 01-01-2010, 11:06 AM
 
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Hi all and thanks so much in advance for your input in this major decision.

We really need help in determining what large or mid-size cities would be the best fit in meeting our long list of "would like's", or places that may come close.

I am, what I would consider, an active, younger 48, married, three dogs, no kids person searching for our perfect (or perfect to us), place to call home.

What we would love:

1. 4 seasons
2. More of a mild climate, but not essential if other criteria is met
3. safe neighborhood to bike or walk the dogs
4. friendly people but not intrusive
5. affordable taxes
6. jobs available - my husband is a manager for Lowe's and will be looking to transfer.
I have my own business as an Aesthetician (skin care), and would like to be in an area offering medical aesthetics or medical spa's, day spa's and alternative health care options........yoga, accupuncture, holistic practices that are doing well. Health conscious people.
7. parks, lakes, green space
8. Organic food stores, local farmer's markets
9. Lots of culture, good restaurants, sporting activities, coffee shops
10. Continuing education for active "older" adults.
11. Preferably a town that supports entrepreneurs.

I know the list is long, but I wanted to be as specific as I could.
I'm hoping there are people who can offer some great advice to help narrow our search.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
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Default Consider Little Rock

Little Rock located in Central Arkanas meets all of your criteria. Check out these links:
Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
Arkansas Tourism Official Site - Fun Affordable Family Vacations - State of Arkansas
This link is especially good since it gives natives viewpoints of living in Little Rock:
http://www.arktimes.com/guides/natives/index.cfm
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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Thanks. Worth looking into. AR seems to have much of what I am looking for but what about the high crime? I notice on the other threads that AR has a very high crime rate? I want to be able to walk, bike by myself w/out worry.
Any other suggestions that may fit the bill?
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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She asked for a safe area and the city data stats for crime in Little Rock (http://www.city-data.com/city/Little-Rock-Arkansas.html scroll down a ways) show that it was more than double the US average in 2008 and almost triple in 2007. That doesn't sound safe to me.

Is it just in one part of town that is bad or is the crime high all over? I ask because I would love to visit there sometime myself but as a single female I look at the crime stats before making a trip alone.

PS I did just read a great article on Little Rock in the Southwest Magazine on a flight yesterday.
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Denver comes readily to mind. Other possible contenders would be Dallas/Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. Louisville might work too.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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You might want to look into Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

City Of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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If the taxes aren't too big of an issue and wouldn't mind a place where housing prices kind of offset the taxes, some parts of Upstate NY wouldn't be too bad and would qualify for everything else. Ithaca would be perfect. So would Saratoga Springs, but it tends to be a bit more pricey. It is called the "Spa City" after all. Maybe some communities that are close like Ballston Spa, Glens Falls or Schuylerville could be an alternative to Saratoga Springs.

Possibly the Syracuse area, with the East Side of the city and the Eastern suburbs in particular, would be great considering that there are two colleges, a co-op, a health food store, some walkable neighborhoods/villages, a Lowe's and some very nice parks in that general area. Natur-Tyme - Your Shop in Syracuse for Discount Vitamins,* Nutritional Supplements, Sports Nutrition, & Books on Health Issues
Syracuse Real Food Co-op
University College | Part-Time Study at Syracuse University
Continuing Education
Onondaga County Parks :: Syracuse, NY
City of Syracuse - Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs
Central New York Jobs
LOWE'S OF SYRACUSE, NY #2380
CNYREALTOR.COM | #1 in Syracuse real estate and homes for sale. Search over 6,000 listings.
http://www.syracusechamber.com/
http://www.syracuse.ny.us/home.aspx

Here's info. on the other two areas mentioned:
http://www.visitithaca.com/
http://www.ci.ithaca.ny.us/
http://www.ithaca.edu/
http://www.cornell.edu/
http://www.town.ithaca.ny.us/
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&cl...ed=0CCAQtQMwAA
http://www.greenstar.coop/
http://www.moosewoodrestaurant.com/
http://www.ithacamarket.com/
http://www.downtownithaca.com/
http://www.tompkinschamber.org/
http://www.realtyusa.com/property/


http://www.saratoga.org/
http://www.saratoga-springs.org/
http://www.saratoga.com/
http://www.spac.org/
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&cl...ed=0CCAQtQMwAA
http://www.saratogadowntown.com/
http://www.realtyusa.com/property/de...ion=lakegeorge
http://www.realtyusa.com/property/proplist.asp?selRegion=capital&VAR_AllowSaveSearch =1&VAR_Propertycity=Saratoga+Springs&PRM_PropertyT ypeCode=RES|CND&PRM_Minimum_Beds=&PRM_Minimum_bath s=&PRM_Minimum_Price2=&PRM_Maximum_Price2=&MapStat us=LISTMAP&PRM_MLSNumber=&PRM_Minimum_DateListed=& PRM_SchoolDistrict=&PRM_Address=
http://cms.skidmore.edu/index.cfm

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Old 01-01-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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If the taxes aren't too big of an issue and wouldn't mind a place where housing prices kind of offset the taxes, some parts of Upstate NY wouldn't be too bad and would qualify for everything else. Ithaca would be perfect. So would Saratoga Springs, but it tends to be a bit more pricey. It is called the "Spa City" after all. Maybe some communities that are close like Ballston Spa, Glens Falls or Schuylerville could be an alternative to Saratoga Springs.

Possibly the Syracuse area, with the East Side of the city and the Eastern suburbs in particular, would be great considering that there are two colleges, a co-op, a health food store, some walkable neighborhoods/villages, a Lowe's and some very nice parks in that general area. Natur-Tyme - Your Shop in Syracuse for Discount Vitamins,* Nutritional Supplements, Sports Nutrition, & Books on Health Issues
Syracuse Real Food Co-op
University College | Part-Time Study at Syracuse University
Continuing Education
Onondaga County Parks :: Syracuse, NY
City of Syracuse - Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs
Central New York Jobs
LOWE'S OF SYRACUSE, NY #2380
CNYREALTOR.COM | #1 in Syracuse real estate and homes for sale. Search over 6,000 listings.
This is great! I really appreciate the detailed info, especially in reference to the spa scene. I know alot of people are probably not familiar, so when someone can share specific info on such areas, it's so helpful.

I hear many wonderful things about upstate NY. I'm originally from WI. Would you say the winters are much worse? I love the many things the East coast offers, just trying to decide if we can handle those winters as we get older?
Does anyone retire to that area? lol
I always hear of people moving to the South the older they get, but the opportunities and job scene seem so much better in the East.

I don't know anything about the West Coast re: career opportunities. Maybe someone can share some input on that area as well?

I'm pretty sure I won't be thinking about retirement anytime soon (or ever). LOL
Appreciate all the posts. Keep the info coming......I really appreciate it! Great help!
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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I should probably specify that we really have no interest in CA. (Not in our $$$). I'm wondering if there are opportunities in the health and wellness industry in places such as Idaho or Utah or even if they have any of the things in my OP?
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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This is great! I really appreciate the detailed info, especially in reference to the spa scene. I know alot of people are probably not familiar, so when someone can share specific info on such areas, it's so helpful.

I hear many wonderful things about upstate NY. I'm originally from WI. Would you say the winters are much worse? I love the many things the East coast offers, just trying to decide if we can handle those winters as we get older?
Does anyone retire to that area? lol
I always hear of people moving to the South the older they get, but the opportunities and job scene seem so much better in the East.

I don't know anything about the West Coast re: career opportunities. Maybe someone can share some input on that area as well?

I'm pretty sure I won't be thinking about retirement anytime soon (or ever). LOL
Appreciate all the posts. Keep the info coming......I really appreciate it! Great help!
Well, the winters are more snowy than cold. it can get cold, but it is more about the snow and it gets taken care of in a timely manner.

I believe that Ithaca is one of the places in Upstate NY that some people retire to, because it is a laid back college town, but is also known for it's organic scene and is pretty "liberal" as well. It has some beautiful gorges/falls and is in the Finger Lakes, which has some great wineries. Taughannock Falls, Ulysses, NY
Ithaca Falls - Photos, Maps, Information
Buttermilk Falls State Park - Waterfall Photos Maps Information
Cascadilla Gorge - Photos, Maps, Information
Robert Treman State Park & Lucifer Falls Waterfalls Photos Maps Information
Ludlowville Falls - Photos, Maps, Information


As for Saratoga Springs, it might be another option due to the heavy Spa scene, a small city with a good nightlife and tourist scene and it's proximity to the Adirondack Mountains. It's close to the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metro area and is many times associated with it under the name of the Capital Region. Here are some other communities of interest that are very close to Saratoga Springs too: Lake George - Plan Your Visit Before You Go At LakeGeorge.com
Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks - Official Site
Lake George Village
Glens Falls, NY - Official Website
Glens Falls is full of things to do, delicious restaurants, and numerous places to shop for everyone in your family or friends.
Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association - Working Together to Promote Ballston Spa, New York
Ballston Spa, New York just minutes from Saratoga Springs, NY
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