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Old 11-11-2017, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Scotland, UK
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Hi People,

I'm a British guy who has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Ohio and in Maine. Right now im back home in Scotland, but I'm considering moving back to the US. I just wondered if anyone would be kind enough to give me some information on what Syracuse and it's surrounding areas offer?

I really do love residential neighborhoods, with detatched houses, nice yards, and a real sense of community. I also love a vibrant downtown area with bars and restaurants, and generally just an area where people do their thing. And finally, in my head I have pictured are lovelly neighborhood that looks lovely in the summer months, and I could sit in my yard with a fire, listening to crickets, frogs, and even watching some fire-flies, and in the winter months, a neighborhood that looks beautiful with all the snow and homes decorated with Christmas lights and decorations - this is definitley the dream.

Is there anywhere that matches what I imagine?

Thanks,
J0hnnyMac.
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Old 11-11-2017, 06:36 AM
 
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Just curious, but before I give a suggestion, what about schools? I ask given your situation.

What about your budget? What about employment?
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:30 PM
 
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Just to throw a place out there, but you may like the village of Liverpool. I say that due to Onondaga Lake Park and it is a walkable community that can get quite busy in its "Downtown".

Onondaga Lake Park Onondaga County Parks

Greater Liverpool Chamber
Village of Liverpool - Village of Liverpool

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Old 11-13-2017, 09:24 AM
 
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This area for sure offers all of those things you envision. In late spring/summer/early fall it is simply one of the most beautiful places to live. The finger lakes provide some amazing views, and Syracuse has some great smaller villages in surrounding areas with vibrant walkable downtown areas with smaller bars, restaurants and gathering places. If that interests you, look to villages like Skaneateles (most expensive but nicest), Cazenovia, Baldwinsvile (I am biased, as I live in Bville and love it) and Liverpool. The houses in the villages usually fall into two categories - 1) larger homes on the main street with decent sized yards that we probably owned by some of the first to settle in the area (note: these homes rarely come on the market), and 2) smaller homes with postage stamp yards. Outside of each of these areas, though, are nice residential developments (there are too many to mention).

Syracuse proper offers a great vibrant downtown area itself. Armory square has a plethora of bars, restaurants, music venues and other things to do.

As for snowy months, ice skating/hockey, ice fishing, skiing and snowmobiling are big draws. If you want to know what it looks like in the winter, watch Its a Wonderful Life. Bedford Falls is said to be based on Seneca Falls, but it could be any of the villages mentioned above (except maybe Liverpool). The snow and the xmas decorations really make you feel great, and it is as picturesque as you probably think.

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Hi People,

I'm a British guy who has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Ohio and in Maine. Right now im back home in Scotland, but I'm considering moving back to the US. I just wondered if anyone would be kind enough to give me some information on what Syracuse and it's surrounding areas offer?

I really do love residential neighborhoods, with detatched houses, nice yards, and a real sense of community. I also love a vibrant downtown area with bars and restaurants, and generally just an area where people do their thing. And finally, in my head I have pictured are lovelly neighborhood that looks lovely in the summer months, and I could sit in my yard with a fire, listening to crickets, frogs, and even watching some fire-flies, and in the winter months, a neighborhood that looks beautiful with all the snow and homes decorated with Christmas lights and decorations - this is definitley the dream.

Is there anywhere that matches what I imagine?

Thanks,
J0hnnyMac.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:53 AM
 
Location: Scotland, UK
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Hey JonTheDream,

Thanks for your detailed info. I will be checking those places out for sure. I dont need a huge house, just a split level with 3 bedrooms and a nice yard and ill be happy!

Cheers,
J0hnnyMac.
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:53 AM
 
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Hey JonTheDream,

Thanks for your detailed info. I will be checking those places out for sure. I dont need a huge house, just a split level with 3 bedrooms and a nice yard and ill be happy!

Cheers,
J0hnnyMac.
What about employment and schools?

Villages such as Manlius, Fayetteville and maybe even Marcellus(an often overlooked place) may be worth a look as well. Maybe even the village of Camillus could be another one to consider.


In terms of Marcellus, what makes it pretty viable option is its proximity to the village of Skaneateles, which has a nice Downtown: Home
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9458...7i13312!8i6656


It also isn't too far from Auburn, which has had some revitalization in its Downtown: Auburn Downtown BID
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9306...7i13312!8i6656


This is while Marcellus itself has a walkable village and is also minutes from Syracuse as well. Village of Marcellus - Home
Town of Marcellus
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9824...7i13312!8i6656

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Old 11-30-2017, 08:34 AM
 
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syracuse use offers lots of shops and I mall with levels of stores.
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