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Old 07-29-2020, 09:42 PM
 
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I may have the opportunity to work remotely in the near future. My wife and I grew up in Wisconsin and currently live in Denver. We enjoy it here but it is over priced and I feel like I may not have my job in a few years and we will be forced to move at some point. We are looking at moving to either northern MN or the UP and have been focusing around Duluth and Marquette but are open to other recommendations (Bemidji? ). Duluth would be as big of a town that we are interested in. We would like to live somewhere where outdoor recreation is very accessible and where housing isn't so expensive that even with an acre or two, if I lose my job in a few years we won't be in trouble right away. I'm a geologist and my wife is a fitness instructor. We have 2 kids, 5 and 2 so schools are important. I know taxes are higher in MN than MI but do you get more services then? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-30-2020, 04:08 PM
 
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I'd pick Duluth. The area between Duluth and Two Harbors is one of my favorite stretches. The area along the coast is cool along with west side of the expressway is thick secluded forests, but all within 20 miles at furthest of decent sized city. Plus with all the mining north of Duluth, I'd figure a geologist would be a in demand job. The north shore is awesome for scenery and outdoor activities, it's kinda like a Alaska with much smaller mountains. I came to realization after I moved back to MN from AK. I went to AK from CO. Two Harbors is within 24 miles or so of Duluth and it's much more affordable. Also, the twin cities are 2 hrs south if needing or wanting big city things.
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Old 07-30-2020, 05:20 PM
 
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I'd pick Duluth. The area between Duluth and Two Harbors is one of my favorite stretches. The area along the coast is cool along with west side of the expressway is thick secluded forests, but all within 20 miles at furthest of decent sized city. Plus with all the mining north of Duluth, I'd figure a geologist would be a in demand job. The north shore is awesome for scenery and outdoor activities, it's kinda like a Alaska with much smaller mountains. I came to realization after I moved back to MN from AK. I went to AK from CO. Two Harbors is within 24 miles or so of Duluth and it's much more affordable. Also, the twin cities are 2 hrs south if needing or wanting big city things.
I have to agree with Two Harbors. I used to live on the shore half way between Duluth and 2H.
I think there is a pretty new HS there for the kids and Duluth is sizable enough to get whatever you need.
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:47 PM
 
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Also could consider Cloquet, if you're serious about proximity to Duluth or the North Shore but don't want the issues that come with the city of Duluth. Or, if you're considering Bemidji, could also look at Grand Rapids. Of all fields besides healthcare, geology is probably the best bet to find decent employment in the area due to the mining industry.
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Old 07-31-2020, 12:01 AM
 
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I have to agree with Two Harbors. I used to live on the shore half way between Duluth and 2H.
I think there is a pretty new HS there for the kids and Duluth is sizable enough to get whatever you need.
Did you have a small stream at least creek during the Spring at that place? To me a stream/creek also flowing into Lake Superior, couldn’t be beat!
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Old 07-31-2020, 12:14 AM
 
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Duluth sounds like a neat place. So is Marquette. But in either case I'd ship the kids out to a carefully selected private school somewhere else. Neither place is a good place for kids to grow up.
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Old 07-31-2020, 11:34 AM
 
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Also could consider Cloquet, if you're serious about proximity to Duluth or the North Shore but don't want the issues that come with the city of Duluth. Or, if you're considering Bemidji, could also look at Grand Rapids. Of all fields besides healthcare, geology is probably the best bet to find decent employment in the area due to the mining industry.
I like Cloquet too. The only issue I have is coming down (or up) that hill into Duluth in the winter can be treacherous. Snow at the top, ice sleet in the middle, and rain at the bottom.
It's like 3 seasons in one 5 mile drive! The only problem is the transition between seasons is a killer.
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Old 07-31-2020, 11:35 AM
 
Location: In the reddest part of the bluest state
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Did you have a small stream at least creek during the Spring at that place? To me a stream/creek also flowing into Lake Superior, couldn’t be beat!
LOL, I did. Muddy dogs every spring!
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Old 07-31-2020, 12:18 PM
 
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LOL, I did. Muddy dogs every spring!
I follow real estate for fun/hobby. Was it near the one car dealership in town and had a stream flow under the house? The house I’m asking about has to be one of my favorites of any house I’ve found in all the country. I’ve only found about 4 in the country that have a creek flowing under them for sale. Durango and Breckenridge CO and Sausalito, CA are the others.
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Old 07-31-2020, 01:15 PM
 
Location: In the reddest part of the bluest state
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I follow real estate for fun/hobby. Was it near the one car dealership in town and had a stream flow under the house? The house I’m asking about has to be one of my favorites of any house I’ve found in all the country. I’ve only found about 4 in the country that have a creek flowing under them for sale. Durango and Breckenridge CO and Sausalito, CA are the others.
No, I lived across from McQuade Small Craft Harbor. My stream ran next to the house and actually went into a culvert to cross under old highway 61 and flow into the lake. I was about 10+ miles from Sonju (the car dealership) on the other side of the French River.
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