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Old 10-11-2007, 10:04 AM
 
Location: WA
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Maybe consider a place near La Center in SW Washington. All requirements can be met to a certain extent although the housing you choose can go over 150K quickly.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I have heard that the Smokies are beautiful, but I have never seen them.
There are some live webcams and photos here:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Photos & Multimedia (U.S. National Park Service)
Leaves haven't started to turn yet, may start this weekend since we're finally get some cool weather.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:31 PM
 
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Teebopop,
Since you said you're ok with snow, you may want to look at NE PA. Housing costs are reasonable in the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas. There are quality hospitals in both cities, and you will find lots of lakes and streams with good fishing nearby. Casinos have just started operating in PA this yr, and there's one in Wilkes-Barre and another opening nearby in the Poconos.
There are many small, quaint towns in the region (Tunkhannock, Honesdale, etc) that aren't far from the two cities, and if you prefer you can find rural areas that are still within a half-hour's drive to either city. Both cities offer plenty of shopping and dining opportunities and share a symphony, AAA baseball and a minor league hockey team. THere are plenty of ski resorts nearby as well. Crime is comparitively low, and many people in the rural areas and small towns still leave their doors unlocked (though I wouldn't suggest that in the cities).
SUmmers are mild, with only a few days here and there that get either hot or humid. In winter the valleys (cities) don't get as much snow as the higher elevations (the more rural areas). The latter typically gets a few heavy snowstorms every winter.
Good luck in your search, wherever it takes you!
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