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Old 07-19-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: California
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Hi there!
So we're in the process of moving out of the craziness that is Southern California and I love the idea of a small, family-friendly, community-based small town. I'm really yearning for a town where neighbors know eachother and help eachother out. Where people are warm and friendly. Where you don't feel alone in a huge sea of people. Does this still exist?
Just a few details for you....We don't really have a limitation on weather (although I think we'd pass on the extreme humidity of the deep south). Snow, cold, heat doesn't matter to us, we're from Iowa and Arizona so we've seen it all (except of course the extreme humidity of the deep south....which might kill us ) But here's the catch....this town has to be close to a University or College since my husband works in higher education. College towns, so far for us, have proven anything but warm and friendly. Thanks everyone, I really value your opinions!
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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There are a lot of friendly, little towns round this way(I live in Lexington, Kentucky) that are just like that (sort of Mayberry like)...Midway(Midway College), Wilmore (Asbury), Richmond (EKU), Versailles, Paris or Georgetown are close enough to Lexington to commute to UK>
(Even though we aren't the deep south, it does get very humid here though)


Natural Beauty Surrounds Lexington, Kentucky - YouTube
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:35 PM
 
Location: California
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Crazee Cat Lady,
First of all, love you name Second, thank you so much for the fantastic reply!! We actually lived in Lousiville for 9 months and loved it. I'll check out the colleges you mentioned (with the exception of UK, already checked it out and got nothin') Also, does it snow near Lexington?? Have a great night!
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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Thanks InLoveW/3Boys.
Wow, you lived in Louisville before (I was raised in Louisville, moved to Lexington in the 80's). Yes, it snows in Lexington - not like way up North, but we do get snow, it tends to not be really deep or last long though. It's really pretty though.
Here are a couple pics from the Horse park when it snowed.























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Old 07-19-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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Perhaps places like Marcellus, Tully, Cazenovia, Chittenango and Homer, among others in Upstate NY.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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I would think there's probably thousands of areas that would qualify.

I'd think it best to start with potential employers (whom have expressed an interest in hiring him) and then go to the state/region forum sections and pose your question for that particular area.

Also, besides weather, what other wants/needs do you have?
- Commute distance/time.
- I'm guessing you have 3 kids. School and activity desires?
- Cost of living.
Etc.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: California
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Thanks Everyone!!
And thanks RyanR, I'll try that as well.
We're looking for cost of living to be much cheaper then it is in California. Where you can buy a decent house for under $260k. Also, we LOVE to swim so a lake and/or rivers in the area would be great (or houses on the market with pools, which I'm finding isn't all that common outside of the West). A commute time of under 30 minutes would be ideal. Community activities would be awesome. For example, I found this little town in Indiana called Shipshewana and according to their website they have festivals all year long. I've never seen anything like it. From November to February alone there is a Chili Cook Off, Ice Festival, Christmas tree contests, Pajama sales (you wear your pj's to shop at the local stores and get discounts), live Nativities, carolers...etc etc. It's a town of 600+ and yet they have so much going on. Unfortunately the job market sparse and there aren't many Universities close by.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:46 AM
 
Location: California
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[quote=Crazee Cat Lady;30574098]Thanks InLoveW/3Boys.
Wow, you lived in Louisville before (I was raised in Louisville, moved to Lexington in the 80's). Yes, it snows in Lexington - not like way up North, but we do get snow, it tends to not be really deep or last long though. It's really pretty though.
Here are a couple pics from the Horse park when it snowed.


Oh my goodness, these pictures are gorgeous. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that! I just discovered a town called Horse Cave in Ky. Do you know of it? If so, what do you think?? thx!
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:55 PM
 
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Burlington VT....Has everything you want!
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Perhaps places like Marcellus, Tully, Cazenovia, Chittenango and Homer, among others in Upstate NY.
HA, some friends got married this week in Cazenovia, NY..Steve and Stephen....they
have 13 rescue dogs!

Any small town in Minn would be great, you betcha.
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