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Old 11-03-2016, 09:28 AM
 
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I'm tossing around ideas for the future. I like the idea of living in a university/college town, but ideally it would be one that is affordable (for example, a nice condo in a nice neighborhood for @ 150K) and one where I could walk to stores, etc. (I don't mind walking a mile or more). I enjoy cold weather and four seasons, so that would tend to leave out the southern southwest. I don't even know if this is possible any more--everywhere I look, it's pricey (with many areas severely overpriced).

Just a thought, if anyone has any ideas!
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Maybe Blacksburg, VA would fit the bill. Big University - Virginia Tech.

Four seasons but winters are not brutal.

I checked and found several town homes/condos available as well as some smaller single family houses under $150,000.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:46 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Having grown up in a "university town" there are advantages..... then again their are major disadvantages.

Football weekend? Don't venture out of your house. Traffic will be miserable.

There are students that take local politics seriously - there are others that take the locals for granted.

Madison, WI was at it's best in summer - when students cleared out/went home - and peace was once again established.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:49 AM
 
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Having grown up in a "university town" there are advantages..... then again their are major disadvantages.

Football weekend? Don't venture out of your house. Traffic will be miserable.

There are students that take local politics seriously - there are others that take the locals for granted.

Madison, WI was at it's best in summer - when students cleared out/went home - and peace was once again established.
Sounds like a very honest assessment...
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:52 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Also? Madison is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overpriced.
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Old 11-03-2016, 10:59 AM
 
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You can certainly find a $150K condo walkable to things around Yale/New Haven. If you're looking for a leafy town where you don't need to lock your doors with an elite college in town with the funky town center, housing costs are going to be more because college profs will want that housing and they can afford way more than $150K.
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Old 11-03-2016, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Charlottesville, VA
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Old 11-03-2016, 11:44 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Greenville, SC, Greeneville, TN are both very nice affordable college towns with moderate 4 season climate. There are also a few in GA. (Rome, Dahlonega...)

other 'smaller' U towns in Blue Ridge Mtns (4 seasons yet moderate)

maybe some on this list;
Top Outdoor Towns of the Blue Ridge for 2014
The Top 61 Happiest Mountain Towns in the Blue Ridge - BlueRidgeCountry.com


There are a lot that come up in college town search 'blue ridge'
Figure out which state you prefer for taxes, services, climate, and refine your search. Nice towns in NE TN, and western NC with colleges.

I have found that small private U's can be nice, in that they allow public to participate in several services / venues. (Such as performing in college music groups, and engaging in community centered speeches and presentations.)

I would probably avoid the LARGE U's in small towns. Even a CC will add events and opportunities to your life.

I have only 'visited' east of Missouri River, Some of my favorite 4 seasons college / retirement towns are Prescott, AZ, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, CO, Idaho Falls, and Sandpoint, ID; Sheridan and Powell WY, Spearfish SD, Wenatchee, Walla Walla (and Bellingham), WA, Columbia Falls, MT.
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:48 PM
 
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Oberlin, OH
Wooster, OH
Antioch, OH
Grand Rapids, MI
Holland, MI
De Pere, WI

I bring up a lot of smaller towns with small colleges. In those towns, you do not have huge crowds (more than 2,000 for football games) and some of the inconveniences that MLB mentioned in the post above.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Fayetteville, AR University of Arkansas
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