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Old 05-21-2015, 07:07 AM
 
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Sounds like New Orleans would work. I do hear from a friend down there who has been there for many years that it is getting "hipsterized" and real estate is getting gentrified, but plenty of music and authenticity still. No winter, that's for sure.
I also ask, what is "reasonable and balanced?" Is hipsterization unacceptable? I wouldn't know. I'm a hardcore New Englander (transplanted from the wilds of south Jersey, which I can't stand).
I am also transplanted from Jersey and in upstate NY, which I love. My suggestion is Greenville, SC or Asheville, NC.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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What is your definition of reasonable?
Exactly. Different people have different ideas on what reasonable is. And genuine and balanced? What is that to you, OP?
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Sounds like New Orleans would work. I do hear from a friend down there who has been there for many years that it is getting "hipsterized" and real estate is getting gentrified, but plenty of music and authenticity still. No winter, that's for sure.
I also ask, what is "reasonable and balanced?" Is hipsterization unacceptable? I wouldn't know. I'm a hardcore New Englander (transplanted from the wilds of south Jersey, which I can't stand).
That's how it starts. Soon enough though those on the gentrification bandwagon will arrive in town paying even more for those properties and the hipsters will be priced out.

That's exactly what happened with Austin. The hipsters got priced out, the natives are slowly getting priced out with increasing property taxes. Who will be left are those trendy folks with plenty of money to burn.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:10 AM
 
Location: geneva, switzerland
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New Orleans would work for me, I think for a year or two. Got it's problems but it's got its pleasures as well......!
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:14 AM
 
Location: geneva, switzerland
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Recently we purchased a vacation home in middle Tennessee. It's not far from Jackson, but well out of the way of Memphis and Nashville. It's rural, quiet, and the neighbors are friendly and helpful. We chose this area because my wife has family in the stste, and in nearby NC. While our particular spot is rural, there are many small towns in central TN where you can buy a home for a reasonable price, kick back and relax, visit Nashville if you like country music, and just watch the world go by. I would stay away from eastern TN, but who knows? Lots of small towns there also, that you might like!

Sounds great Nor-Eastah. I'll be in Nashville in a couple weeks so I will check out some of the outlying areas! Been about 20 years since I was down that way!
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:17 AM
 
Location: geneva, switzerland
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Some of the places we have looked at might fit the bill including Chico, Paradise, Auburn, Grass Valley and Placerville in CA, Reno/Carson City/Minden/Gardenerville, NV and Prescott, AZ. Some people like Santa Fe, NM too.
Vic, thanks for the tips. Been to Prescott. Seemed like a good place. Reno should be getting a big jolt from that mega battery plant at some point......
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: geneva, switzerland
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Louisville and Savannah seem to have that "hip" vibe that you like in other cities. But things could change by the time you retire. Also can you take the heat in GA and LA coming from a much cooler climate? Lafayette, LA is a nice college town with lots of Cajun food and music festivals but much smaller than New Orleans or Baton Rouge.
Good points----the heat could be scary. Never been to Louisville but I worked in Lexington a long time ago and it had a nice feel about it.....!
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:25 AM
 
Location: geneva, switzerland
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Richmond, VA is about like where Austin was 20 years ago. I've been in both 20 -25 years ago and today. Austin took off while Richmond plodded forward, comparatively. Richmond is less expensive too. Music and restaurants scene is better in Austin by far, but east coast cities are close.
Never been to Richmond but if it is like other smaller virginia cities, I'm sure it is a decent place.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:27 AM
 
Location: geneva, switzerland
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I think Portland, OR, is a place where people go who wish to be perceived of as weird. New Orleans is a place for genuinely odd people who can't help it.
Been to Portland. Just my opinion--but the place is full of people that are trying way too hard. Close to some great nature though!
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: geneva, switzerland
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What do you mean by being "isolated" in the west?
Perhaps I should have said mountain states? Thought Montana, Wyoming and Idaho had some cool smaller cities---but you're a ways------from anywhere.
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