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Old 01-29-2020, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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Yes Perfect is VERY subjective. I moved up here from Florida, I liked the area (Oviedo) but there was just zero character. Weather was soso, high heat/humidity to me is worse than cold and dreary. Also I've been to Arizona, beautiful to look at but personally I would hate the area, too much dirt/dust anywhere I had been. Again all preferences.
I agree about the high heat! It is just depressing after awhile...
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Old 01-29-2020, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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The OP hasn't responded. Another life saved?
No, just got super busy with life. I officially resigned from my job today, which opens a world of possibilities
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Old 01-29-2020, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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I would like to thank everyone for the responses and suggestions. I now have a list of city names to look into, which is difficult when only looking at Zillow. It is incredibly difficult to determine if an area is worth looking into when living across the country. We used to live in Chambersburg so we have a little experience with older cities, including older housing stock; however, sometimes it's difficult to determine if something is older or simply run-down or unsafe.
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Old 01-29-2020, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Ben Avon/Kilbuck
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I agree about the high heat! It is just depressing after awhile...
Yes, like today we went for a 3 mile walk. Its kinda cold (30) but just threw on a sweathshirt and hat, I was fine. In the heat, you can only take off so much clothing and really it doesnt help. All just preferences.
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Old 01-29-2020, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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I would suggest looking around Manchester, Mexican War Streets. You're near Allegheny General Hospital, popular dog park, shopping, restaurants, live music, etc., all an easy walk. Monterey Pub is pretty cool as well.

Here's a nice place a bit high though https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...11388617_zpid/
That does look nice, but exceeds our budget. Thanks for the area recommendations!
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Old 01-29-2020, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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Crafton, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Emsworth, Carnegie, Rosslyn Farms, there are many well under 1hr from the airport in that range with decent yards.
This is extremely helpful! I am VERY unfamiliar with the area, so this provides areas in which to look. Thank you!
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Old 01-29-2020, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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With your budget and requirements, I think you can be a lot more picky. Reply with more of what you are looking for in an area or neighborhood.
Maybe hardwood floors (no laminate), a nice master bath, and a backyard that seems special for "some" reason-- maybe small with lovely pavers or large, lush, green, with beautiful plants. I don't know that we are too particular at this point. Some type of walkability, whether to stores/restaurants, or simply an area where one can go for walks.

In a perfect world, I would have my current bathroom, but I don't think that is possible at our desired price point.
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Old 01-29-2020, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Ben Avon/Kilbuck
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More Urban or Rural? There is also somewhere like Sewickley, it is easy drive to the airport. It has a great downtown area with on of our favorite dog parks nearby. 300-400k there is possible but just need to keep an eye. I love that area but it is more small town feel to me yet still not bad to get into the city for all it has.
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Old 01-29-2020, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Ben Avon/Kilbuck
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I would think maybe any of the following. All should be well under 1hr, really 1hr outside of rush hour time you could be almost anywhere but even at a bad time all of these should be under an hour.

Close to the airport you have Moon/Coraopolis to the north of the airport or Imperial to the south. Imperial I would say is more newish construction, walkable but not really to much of anything. Moon/Coraopolis has a little more around with Moon Park, again walkable but the business area is more strip mall type down University Dr and also more College students w/ RMU. All easy commutes to the airport depending which side you need to be at.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9...59846289_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...11477606_zpid/

A more desirable area would be Sewickley or Edgewood, pricier but still would be some homes in that range. Sewickley has a nice downtown area and also one of our favorite dog parks. We often walk downtown there, they put on some nice events.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...11555267_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9...1480519_zpid/?
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7...1480651_zpid/?

Next you could drive down 65 a little south to Ben Avon/Emsworth/Avalon/Bellevue. Ben Avon/Emsworth are nice, small business area with a coffee shop/diner, a few other professional business and parks. Bellevue gets a little more urban with a large more official downtown business area but 300-400k would be a top home there and not much right now.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...11325990_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...11367854_zpid/

A little further north is West View, also a nice area and walkable depending on where but not much for sale right now, similar to Bellevue. Further north you have Ross/McCandless and then Wexford. Getting further from the airport but all popular areas with lots of shopping around, more newish construction and you are getting close to North Park which is nice for walking/2 dog parks/cycling. Not a ton on the market right now.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8...59847510_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...11616606_zpid/

Then you have south of the river, more congested in general and extending the drive in some spots. Mt Washington is walkable and has the incline down to Station square. Crafton, Carnegie, Rossyln Farms (small nice little area but not often much for sale), none have much for sale right now in 300-400k.
https://www.trulia.com/p/pa/mount-wa...11--2014101629
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...11256096_zpid/

Little further east/south but some areas would be considered better walkablity since more business nearby like Dormont. Also you have Mt Lebanon though I that would be a little more of a drive depending on traffic. Again not too much in 300-400k right now.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...1571393_zpid/?
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7...11252639_zpid/

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Old 01-30-2020, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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This is very helpful! Thank you! I will go through each of these when I get off work today.... (2 weeks left).




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I would think maybe any of the following. All should be well under 1hr, really 1hr outside of rush hour time you could be almost anywhere but even at a bad time all of these should be under an hour.

Close to the airport you have Moon/Coraopolis to the north of the airport or Imperial to the south. Imperial I would say is more newish construction, walkable but not really to much of anything. Moon/Coraopolis has a little more around with Moon Park, again walkable but the business area is more strip mall type down University Dr and also more College students w/ RMU. All easy commutes to the airport depending which side you need to be at.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9...59846289_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...11477606_zpid/

A more desirable area would be Sewickley or Edgewood, pricier but still would be some homes in that range. Sewickley has a nice downtown area and also one of our favorite dog parks. We often walk downtown there, they put on some nice events.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...11555267_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9...1480519_zpid/?
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7...1480651_zpid/?

Next you could drive down 65 a little south to Ben Avon/Emsworth/Avalon/Bellevue. Ben Avon/Emsworth are nice, small business area with a coffee shop/diner, a few other professional business and parks. Bellevue gets a little more urban with a large more official downtown business area but 300-400k would be a top home there and not much right now.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...11325990_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...11367854_zpid/

A little further north is West View, also a nice area and walkable depending on where but not much for sale right now, similar to Bellevue. Further north you have Ross/McCandless and then Wexford. Getting further from the airport but all popular areas with lots of shopping around, more newish construction and you are getting close to North Park which is nice for walking/2 dog parks/cycling. Not a ton on the market right now.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8...59847510_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...11616606_zpid/

Then you have south of the river, more congested in general and extending the drive in some spots. Mt Washington is walkable and has the incline down to Station square. Crafton, Carnegie, Rossyln Farms (small nice little area but not often much for sale), none have much for sale right now in 300-400k.
https://www.trulia.com/p/pa/mount-wa...11--2014101629
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...11256096_zpid/

Little further east/south but some areas would be considered better walkablity since more business nearby like Dormont. Also you have Mt Lebanon though I that would be a little more of a drive depending on traffic. Again not too much in 300-400k right now.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...1571393_zpid/?
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7...11252639_zpid/
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