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Old 08-26-2007, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Suffolk County, NY
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Wow! I have read some really helpful posts on the Huntington area and it has led to some investigation on my part. My husband and I are selling our home in LI, NY because simply -- we can't afford to live here anymore! We don't know where we will go, and we are open to almost any place that meets the following criteria:

1. An open minded community! I am a Holistic Minister and Reiki Master. I teach people seeking certification to become practitioners as well as offering workshops in various wellness practices. I also have a small shop that sells spiritual items as well as candles, incense, oils, -- you get the picture. I currently operate my business from home/internet and need to be somewhere that doesn't have regulations prohibiting operating a business from my home (i.e. subdivision that have HOA's). My husband is in the construction industry and needs to be 45 min - 1 hr. away from someplace where they're doing a fair amount of building. He is also a musician so would want to have access to places that will allow him to continue playing (he's currently in a rock band that does covers and originals and would need to get a new crew together or join one in need of a kickin' guitar player!).

2. Homes are available for top price $200K on at least a half acre. We don't mind having to travel a bit to a city area for entertainment and conveniences if necessary, but we want to live somewhere outside of the city where there is a wide open feel and it's quiet and serene.

3. A place where the property taxes aren't like a second mortgage! I currently pay $12,000/yr for a 2500 sq. ft home on 1/3 of an acre! Can't go there again. Anyone have an idea of the taxes in this area??

4. Somewhere relatively safe. I realize that "a safe place" is relative to what one is used to, but I am from NY so....

I have seen some listings on realtor.com that are well within our price range, outside of Huntington and south of 64. Is this a good place to be looking for the things I mentioned above??

Any feedback is welcome!!

Thanks much.
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:11 PM
 
Location: somewhere on the map
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just to get u real excited..............i just paid my 2nd year of prop. tax on 1/2 acre 37.00........REALLY............and next year including home it will be around 300.00 they said............where i moved from crap i was over l800.00 for 1/4 acre..and every year it was going up even more..that was fla..and I am in Fayette county WV..now................LOVE TAX TIME HERE!!!! oh yea my home is over 2200 sq. ft...NEW well now 2 years old..
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Suffolk County, NY
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Wow! Thanks for that info! I'll have to look into Fayette county. Any clue on my other criteria for either Wayne or Fayette counties?
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Old 08-27-2007, 03:53 AM
 
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If your husband is looking for musical work, I would suggest the north cental area. Morgantown and Pittsburgh, Pa would be a workable venue from that location. Charleston/ Huntington would be good but not as productive. The construction work in North Central is incredible..200k will buy you something in both areas. For your work in holistic medicine, both areas would be good too, but a greater familiarity exists in the Monongalia, Marion, Preston, Taylor county areas...Look through the MLS sites to get a feel for the properties...make a visit but remember the culture shock will subside...the big city stores are in Pittsburgh, Pa and Chevy Chase (Washington, DC),
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Old 08-27-2007, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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I would highly recommend the Huntington/Charleston area. This is the most populous area of the state and you have one of the fastest growing areas of the state in Putnam county, which is right in between the two. This puts you close to the states 2 largest cities and near all of the construction going on in and between them. You will have a lot of opportunity here and $200,000 for a house will get you more here than in the northcentral region as house prices have become overinflated there. I know this from personal experience and to back it up, Forbes recently ranked the Huntington area as having the best cost of living in the nation. Huntington and Charleston also have probably the 2 best scenes for live music in the state so your husband should have plenty of opportunity for his music. The 2 cities are only about 45 minutes apart by the way. In terms of taxes, try to contact the county assessors office for which ever county you are looking for. You can often times get information there. In terms of safety, I think most people from out of state would consider just about anywhere in WV to be fairly safe. The biggest thing you will have to consider is convenience, as some of the smaller towns will require a pretty far drive to get to just about anything. Otherwise good luck and I hope you find just what you are looking for.
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Suffolk County, NY
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Thank you all for your input. I deeply appreciate the help. Many blessings to all!
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Dreaming of Ohio
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If you are concern with high prices like NY, Pa is like that too. Do not go to Pa or you will be doing the same. My parents have a beautiful 3 bedroom ranch home, their mortgage used to be 750 a month now they are paying well over 1200 a month and their tax was like near 2 grand for a small ranch. That is sick.

I hope you find something soon.
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