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Old 04-14-2017, 06:13 AM
 
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My husband is taking a job in Claremont this year, so we're beginning our house hunting journey. Is it an easy possibility to live in Keene and have a daily commute to Claremont? How would it be in the winter?
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:58 AM
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That's about 40 miles and a commute of nearly an hour, depending on your starting and ending points. In a snowstorm, it could take twice as long with some white-knuckled driving if you're not used to winter conditions. If your husband could work from home a couple of days a week, it's probably tolerable, otherwise he's going to be spending a lot of time in the car.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:05 AM
 
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The easiest way would be via I-91; about 45 miles and 1 hour in good weather. The back way through some of the remotest places in southern NH is about 38 miles of 2 lane twisty roads. Why Keene?
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:02 AM
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I wouldn't want to do it unless I had a VERY compelling reason to live in Keene. The commute will be a waste of 2 hours a day, much more in the winter.
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:48 AM
 
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Also consider the Lebanon area instead of Keene. Perhaps you guys could rent first so that you can explore the state and get to know the various towns and driving times.
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Old 04-15-2017, 05:55 AM
 
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This is such a silly reason, but we have a YMCA membership that we have already paid for through to December and with two young children it would be great to be able to go as often as possible.. We are moving from MD and would absolutely be renting. It's so nice to hear how many people don't want to spend that much time commuting each day... coming from the D.C. area most people would kill for an hour commute! Little things like that reinforce our move north
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:32 AM
 
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Hah, yeah, most people in NH hate driving more than thirty minutes.
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:11 AM
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As a MD resident, if you are inexperienced with NH winter driving conditions, I would advise against taking on this commute. A YMCA membership isn't worth it.
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Old 04-15-2017, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Lacey, WA
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Give up the membership and move closer. You'll be glad you did.
You'll be delighted to know Claremont opened a very nice community center in 2013. It has a pool, basketball courts, aerobics room, locker room, kitchen, etc.

City of Claremont : Community Center

-Mike
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Old 04-15-2017, 10:21 AM
 
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Have you checked your YMCA membership contract? Maybe there is a provision for a refund if there is a compelling reason for moving?
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