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Old 01-16-2015, 10:43 AM
 
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12 Cities Where You Can Live Affordably in a Walkable Neighborhood - Walk Score Blog
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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I don't think cheaper housing (i refuse to use the term "affordable") and walkability are that hard to find. It's more cheaper housing, walkability AND good public schools up to high school that are hard to find all together. If anybody has suggestions for neighborhoods that hit all three, let me know!
(by cheaper housing I mean you can buy a freestanding single family home or rowhouse that isn't falling apart for around 300k, 350k)
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Based on what I hear on this site, good schools are hard to find even in some of the expensive places.
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:23 PM
 
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I don't think cheaper housing (i refuse to use the term "affordable") and walkability are that hard to find. It's more cheaper housing, walkability AND good public schools up to high school that are hard to find all together. If anybody has suggestions for neighborhoods that hit all three, let me know!
(by cheaper housing I mean you can buy a freestanding single family home or rowhouse that isn't falling apart for around 300k, 350k)
There are villages in Upstate NY near bigger cities that would fit your criteria of housing, walkability and good schools. Keep taxes in mind, but your home price will/can be about a third to two thirds of what you mentioned. Just to throw some out there, places like Brockport, Fairport, East Aurora, Liverpool, New Hartford, Kenmore, Scotia, Horseheads and Baldwinsville, among others. Small cities like Corning, Plattsburgh, Glens Falls and Geneva may also work. Geneva also has rowhouses and its schools has a respectable grad rate in the low 80's in terms of percentage: Welcome to South Main Street, Geneva

I believe that some NE Ohio communities would fit too.

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Old 01-21-2015, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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It is definitely possible to find a house with a high walk score (>70) in the Miami area for under $300k, not in the ghetto (which is closer to $100k...), but of course not in any of the "hot" neighborhoods either. If you include condos, there are many more options. Although for the most part these are houses near multiple strip malls, some of them are within walking distance to Metrorail or busway or planned future commuter rail stations.
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:26 PM
 
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Chicago, Pittsburgh, Sacramento and Philly are the only places on that list that I have any interest in. Buffalo and Rochester are cool places but the only places I would suffer through that kind of winter for are Toronto or Chicago.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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Chicago, Pittsburgh, Sacramento and Philly are the only places on that list that I have any interest in. Buffalo and Rochester are cool places but the only places I would suffer through that kind of winter for are Toronto or Chicago.
I personally would add Montreal to that list too.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:53 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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I personally would add Montreal to that list too.
And, Montreal is relatively affordable as well!
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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And, Montreal is relatively affordable as well!
Yeah, especially since you get such a tremendous urban environment for your money. It was always my impression that Montreal was more affordable than Toronto, but I suppose I'm wrong when it comes to walkablility?

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Old 01-23-2015, 01:32 PM
 
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I don't know - Montreal is 5-10 degrees colder than Toronto in winter. Don't get me wrong, I really like Montreal, but in a practical sense moving to Toronto is about as seamless a transition as you can make in moving to a new country and the weather isn't that much different from Chicago.

I've considered Montreal (US planners can work in Canada through NAFTA without too much trouble) but I've heard a lot about the language drama there and, not just from the visa perspective, that it can be difficult to find work of a professional sort if you're not credentialed in Quebec and even then if you're viewed as an outsider it can be exceedingly difficult regardless of your language skills and credentials.

ETA: I've resigned myself to the fact that if you want to live in a global city with good services and amenities you have to pay for it. Toronto, Vancouver, New York, SF, DC, Sydney, London, etc . . . there is quite a bit of price variation among them but they're all expensive.
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