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Old 06-24-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Pit of filth
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I've been looking for a place to relocate to for almost 2 years and finally have the money. But I don't know where to yet. My son is older now and able to contribute some of his wants in a city. Here is our list of desires for a city:

1. Low crime
2. Affordable apartments (right now I pay $720 for 600 sq ft and can't really afford more)
3. Good schools (no dual immersion programs please)
4. Lots of parks to walk in and safe places to ride bikes
5. Active cub scout packs
6. Museums (he loves science and nature)
7. snow, snow, and more snow (I really wanted beach front with year round grilling but oh well...)
8. Nature


I am working on my MBA and will not be looking for work right away and so that is causing problems with apartments I look into.
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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I've been looking for a place to relocate to for almost 2 years and finally have the money. But I don't know where to yet. My son is older now and able to contribute some of his wants in a city. Here is our list of desires for a city:

1. Low crime
2. Affordable apartments (right now I pay $720 for 600 sq ft and can't really afford more)
3. Good schools (no dual immersion programs please)
4. Lots of parks to walk in and safe places to ride bikes
5. Active cub scout packs
6. Museums (he loves science and nature)
7. snow, snow, and more snow (I really wanted beach front with year round grilling but oh well...)
8. Nature


I am working on my MBA and will not be looking for work right away and so that is causing problems with apartments I look into.
Portland Oregon or Portland Maine...
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:00 PM
 
Location: East Side Milwaukee
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I would recommend the town or city of Cedarburg, WI. It's close enough to Milwaukee that you are within 20 minutes of many great museums, about 2 hours to Downtown Chicago for another round of world class museums.

The area is a little farther out though, so you get relatively affordable rents, but there is a great small-town downtown.

The schools are very good although that's the norm for suburban Milwaukee and crime is very low. You're also only about 10-15 minutes from Lake Michigan if you're interested in fishing/boating/etc.

Good luck on your search
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Mequon
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Old city rule, you can only pick two.

Convenient

Safe

Cheap
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisc
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Default North = Snow

Based on experience, the further north you go = the more snow. I am near Rhinelander. Lots of lakes and trees, housing seems affordable to me (?); also seems like a relatively low crime area... Plus, you are close enough to experience what other cities/towns have to offer. (Minocqua, Eagle River, Wausau, etc.)
Best of luck to you!
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Eastern SD
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I'll throw out Port Washington, WI as a cheaper alternative to cederburg for renting purposes and only an extra 5 minutes by interstate to get to all the stuff in Milwaukee. That and saukville would be good choices if you want to be near Milwaukee. Port washington is also along Lake Michigan (it can be cooler in the summer with northeast winds, a bit warmer in the winter with the same winds) .. nice bluff there and fairly decent beaches. Scenic area going north from Port including herrington beach state park. God's country, that's what I'd call the area between Saukville, Port, and Grafton, where you can get a lot of the big city shopping in a rural feeling setting, and low crime rates as well (best buy, costco, target, home depot, kohls, colders, officemax and many other small stores, all along the interstate by the Grafton exit, along with plenty of good eating and nightclub establishments)

The SE corner of the state tends to have a bit more moderated winter temps then areas west, though everywhere in southern WI is warmer then where I'm at now in the winter. You'll get snow in all of them, though it can get and does warm enough to melt in SE WI.

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