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Old 06-01-2008, 05:36 AM
 
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Beautiful towns that are barely affordable to the people that work there. All of these are deep in the heart of second home/tourist/bring your own job territory. Lovely if you can afford them.

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Agreed .. NE is beautiful in landscape the reality of living there is you need MONEY.. Most of the small towns are poor beyond belief and dont' want new families esp ones with kids moving in. They bring the need for education and education= higher taxes. Also what a lot of people don't realize is that NE'ers aren't the friendliest people on earth, most are suspicious and cold shouldered to outsiders. They don't trust people from the "outside" world and will treat you as such. There are many documented cases of that here, and I have also experienced that. Most are close minded, and have never left that small town. Literally.

The taxes in small town NE are astounding and its not unusual to see $5-6,000 yearly taxes on some of those houses. Condo's usually have $3-4,000 taxes yearly. This is why they're the playground for the rich in the winter with skiing and second homes.

Jobs are a huge issue. They're few and far between and with the small towns because everyone knows everyone there are some dirty politics and most places higher within family or friends only. The pay isn't much better than other places around the states either and in some jobs its considerably lower. The winters are long long long, YES they can be for 7 months a year, or longer and the days are very very short. Somedays in the dead of winter it was pitch black by 3:30 in the after noon. It looked like it was midnight. My husband when he was a child would come home from school and on somedays it would be dark. It gets very depressing being in long amounts of dark and with the landscape dead and no birds singing or any noise at all.

Believe it or not these pictures were taken during the day, when the snow storms roll in they can block all the sun. Sometimes you won't see the sun for weeks in the winter time.

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Its great to look at, but to live eh. I'd really really make sure you knew what you were getting into before doing that

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Old 06-01-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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Believe it or not these pictures were taken during the day, when the snow storms roll in they can block all the sun. Sometimes you won't see the sun for weeks in the winter time.
I had lived in New England for 19 years and we NEVER "went without sun for weeks at a time". The most we ever went without sun was during a major major major major snowstorm and thats it.. and that happened once in a blue moon.
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We moved to Maine in 2005.

We have been very blessed with the low land prices, and just how friendly everyone is!

It is still hard to become accustomed to exactly how low our property taxes are.

We love Maine

Friendly folk, cheap land, very low taxes, extremely low crime rates, and family friendly too!
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Here are some photos of more small towns and villages that capture the charm of New England:

Camden, Maine





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Damariscotta, Maine


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Meriden, New Hampshire

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Tiverton, Rhode Island

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Manchester, Vermont

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Old 07-24-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Verseau, Awesome pictures! I love the New England small towns.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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Here are some photos of more small towns and villages that capture the charm of New England:
Verseau,

Thank you VERY much for taking these pictures and sharing them with everyone. Those pictures make me really miss New England.

Ive never lived in a "small" New England town, was always in a mid sized town.. but I've seen so many of the small towns and I absolutelylove them.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:29 PM
 
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Thank you so very much for all the beautiful pictures. Really, they are so lovely. I showed them to my daughters tonight and one of them said, "these are like the places in my dreams."

We are looking at moving away from the city and to a small town. We actually love winter and snow, and have been thinking about New England. I've only been in Conn. and Mass., and not long enough to fully explore.

New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island...all so beautiful.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:59 AM
 
Location: IN
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Manchester, VT is a very touristy town. Bennington County VT is mostly surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest. Manchester sits in the valley with decent sized mountains surrounding it. I have been up to the top of Equinox Mountain (via an auto road) and the views are excellent up at the top.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:37 AM
 
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Manchester, VT is a very touristy town. Bennington County VT is mostly surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest. Manchester sits in the valley with decent sized mountains surrounding it. I have been up to the top of Equinox Mountain (via an auto road) and the views are excellent up at the top.
Well, I COULD look this up on an atlas, but I thought I'd ask......I used to spend time in the Colo. mountains, but the high altitude (9000 ft and up) bothered me eventually, just suddenly started to when I hit arouond 45, and in the long term, I nixed the idea of moving there because of that (and escalating r.e. prices, just crazy).

SO....may I ask, what is the height of the nice mountain towns in Vermont/NH? I'd known of people who skied there (not sure I would do that anymore, but...) and as I recall, they told me the mountains weren't above the timberline, at any rate (?).

What do you think would be, say the average altitude of the "mountain" towns in Vermont, NH?

Thanks so much.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: IN
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Well, I COULD look this up on an atlas, but I thought I'd ask......I used to spend time in the Colo. mountains, but the high altitude (9000 ft and up) bothered me eventually, just suddenly started to when I hit arouond 45, and in the long term, I nixed the idea of moving there because of that (and escalating r.e. prices, just crazy).

SO....may I ask, what is the height of the nice mountain towns in Vermont/NH? I'd known of people who skied there (not sure I would do that anymore, but...) and as I recall, they told me the mountains weren't above the timberline, at any rate (?).

What do you think would be, say the average altitude of the "mountain" towns in Vermont, NH?

Thanks so much.
Manchester, VT is about 900ft in elevation, and the surrounding mountains such as Equinox Mountain outside of town is closer to 4000ft in elevation.
A dwarf spruce forest is found at the summit of the mountains in southern VT. The White Mountains in NH can be above timberline above 4500-5000ft. Mt Washington, the highest point in NH at 6288ft, is above treeline. An auto road leads up to the summit.
Here is a picture of the area I found of Manchester, VT on the Internet. I will delete it soon due to probable copyright issues.
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