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Old 10-06-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I am wanting to move to Newburyport Ma area. I am just looking for some information. Here's the thing, I am a gay african-american male and don't want to feel like a fish out of water. I was very interested in the area since i was a kid due to its proximity to boston and maine,(damn that Murder She Wrote). I am not a city person, but love the city. Is the commute to Boston worth it, or should I be looking closer. I live in Seattle now and was also wondering about the comparisons. Any info would help. Oh and I do love the rain.
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:47 AM
 
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Default I live in Newburyport

and love it.

You will not feel like a fish out of water, but don't expect Seattle. Although Newburyport is a "city" (the smallest in MA) it is @ 18K in population. At times that can get boring if you like the bar scene.

However, if you like beauty, good restaurants, good bookstores, that's what we have here.

You'll trade the rain for snow - @ 6 months of it, so be prepared.

We have a train rail right in town, as well as good bus service to Boston. About an hour on either, 45 min to an hour driving. ME is also not too far - Portland I think about an hour.

Not sure about Seattle home prices, but be prepared for sticker shock. I doubt you will find a home for under 600K (not something you'd want to live in anyway). Townhomes @ 400K (small - @ 1200 sq ft).

I'd also check the job market before you move out here. It's not the greatest right now in MA.

Good luck.
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