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Have you looked in Hartford VT? I see lots of nice houses in that area for under $200k.

I live in Windsor VT, just across the river from Claremont, and Windsor has battled many of the same issues that Claremont has through the years. I think our easier commute to Leb/Han up 91 has helped us bounce back a lot faster than Claremont. Our schools took a hit for a long time, and it's a reputation we are still trying to recover from. But our test scores, graduation rate, etc. are all competitive now with the bigger schools just north of us closer to Dartmouth.

I do lots of shopping in Claremont (easy drive down 12A along the river), particularly to Market Basket. The local hospital is excellent and I have a few clients over there.

That said, I'm not sure I'd choose to move there yet. Be really clear about the tax situation, property taxes in Claremont are crazy-high considering the school rating. I don't say this to slander (believe me, I know what it's like to live in a town other towns look down their noses upon) but simply as a fact. They are trying very hard in Claremont, there are a lot of dedicated folks there doing the right thing to improve their community, but it's taking time, so buying property now will be a gamble. Maybe it pays off, but maybe things stall there and you are stuck holding a tax-money-suck of a property you can't resell.
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Yeah, I'm aware of Hartford. I kind of steer clear of Vermont when it comes to living there. I'm not feeling the VT vibe. I;m not a granola guy.

I'm not in an position to buy right now. My wife doesn't have a job but we have to wait until we get settled for her to do that.

At this point I'm probably just going to rent and try to save up (ha ha ha). I just wish folks would be a little more understanding when it comes to pets. I understand they DON'T HAVE TO and there are a lot of terrible pet parents but most of us are considerate and caring which makes for good tenants.
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Fair enough. I do think Claremont has more rental properties, so that might be helpful.

I've lived on both sides of the river and honestly, I've found zero difference between the people. Living in this area, you will interact with people and businesses on both sides, your kids will play sports against towns on both sides. The Upper Valley is actually quite homogeneous.
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