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Old 01-07-2011, 07:12 PM
 
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Are there any areas you can recommend that are affordable ($500-$700/month rent) but not public housing/low income type areas? My fiance are young and looking to get established - he is a highschool math teacher and I am a personal chef. So I would love to be somewhere that is affordable for us to live yet where I can reach my target market that has disposable income to afford and/or would need personal chef services. It would be nice if I could find somewhere that has consistent growth, but not so oversaturated that my small business will fail or get lost among others. Those are my priorities - but other things I would like to see in my new city are:

easy access to freeways, or enough stores in walking distance
reliable public transportation
not too much wildlife in close reach (snakes, spiders)
decent amount of culture/city activites (ethnic festivals, museums)
nice mix of 'eclectic' restaurants, boutiques (not just standard chains)
locals that aren't too snobb, but rather warm and welcoming (more of a small town feel)
centrally located to smaller towns/suburbs
nightlife is not important
climate/seasons that do not have extreme weather conditions, including uncomfortable southern humidity, dessert like heat, some snow is ok
If I could find a city/town that has a reasonable cost of living but it is situated with easy access to areas where residents have disposable income and a lifestyle where a personal chef could be useful, that would be ideal...


I know I listed alot, even if you could help me with one or two of my concerns that would be amazing... I'm in Michigan right now, and anywhere is better than here lol

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Old 01-07-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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That's tough. If you are looking for a place where folks can afford a personal chef, rents are going to be higher. The Nashville area will probably be your best bet. Try running a search in that area for personal chefs and see what you come up with. Call a couple and see what they say.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:56 AM
 
Location: GOVERNMENT of TRAITORS & NAZIS
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Are there any areas you can recommend that are affordable ($500-$700/month rent) but not public housing/low income type areas? My fiance are young and looking to get established - he is a highschool math teacher and I am a personal chef. So I would love to be somewhere that is affordable for us to live yet where I can reach my target market that has disposable income to afford and/or would need personal chef services. It would be nice if I could find somewhere that has consistent growth, but not so oversaturated that my small business will fail or get lost among others. Those are my priorities - but other things I would like to see in my new city are:

easy access to freeways, or enough stores in walking distance
reliable public transportation
not too much wildlife in close reach (snakes, spiders)
decent amount of culture/city activites (ethnic festivals, museums)
nice mix of 'eclectic' restaurants, boutiques (not just standard chains)
locals that aren't too snobb, but rather warm and welcoming (more of a small town feel)
centrally located to smaller towns/suburbs
nightlife is not important
climate/seasons that do not have extreme weather conditions, including uncomfortable southern humidity, dessert like heat, some snow is ok
If I could find a city/town that has a reasonable cost of living but it is situated with easy access to areas where residents have disposable income and a lifestyle where a personal chef could be useful, that would be ideal...


I know I listed alot, even if you could help me with one or two of my concerns that would be amazing... I'm in Michigan right now, and anywhere is better than here lol

You need to seriously NARROW your search. Looking at 11 other states will not get you the info you need. EVERY state has something that will be appealing--economically as well as domestic aspects.
Once YOU decide what your priorities are, you can then look at 2 maybe three states before focusing on ONE place then seek employment based on your criteria. What happens if you and your significant other are offered employment in 3 or 4 states? How then do you decide where to go? Will you base the decision simply on MONEY? Then consider the states with stronger economies. Weather? No humidity? Then NC and SC and parts of GA should be eliminated from the list now. A little snow is ok? Why look at Hawaii?
Focus the needs and narrow the wants and your list will then have the state or two you need to investigate.
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Oh, wow. I didn't realize this was a blanket post to lots of other states. And I just noticed that the OP doesn't want southern humidity. Well, they posted in almost every southern state. Good luck with that. Some snow, but posted in CO. Wants rent between $500 and $700 but posted for DC. Even the surrounding area will probably not get you that kind of rent, even in a slum.

I think you'll have to be a bit more realistic. Start with finding the teaching job, first. Then see how much you can afford for rent, depending on pay.

Perfect weather and wonderful amenities will cost you much more, unfortunately. It's the way of the world. Everyone else has figured it out, already.

You'll also have to pare down the list to things you can't compromise and drop off the rest of them. For example, if you don't like southern humidity then you won't be living in The South.

Best of luck.
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