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Old 09-02-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Tobyhanna
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I'm 58, female, entirely alone with my dogs. I am a former CEO and a massive white collar crime victim. All of my assets were stolen. I am surviving on Social Security Disability. I am living in my NJ condo that I have sold and the closing will be on October 29th. I want to heal in a newer (so as not to take on repairs) 2000+ square foot home with some charm and a minimum of one acre so as to avoid dog-hating neighbors. I envision it smelling of home made soup as I surround myself with fleece and flannel and do some writing. My needs are simple: a good supermarket, competent veterinarian and decent library. I have looked carefully at Pennsylvania but it appears to be too expensive and taxes are very high. North Carolina is appealing but, too, seems to be more costly than practical in my circumstances. Areas surrounding Greenville South Carolina offer me everything I need but I would be giving up my entire support system in the east. It would be just wonderful to purchase in New York State for not more than $200k. I very much wish to avoid HOAs. Can anyone suggest the best places for me to consider? I like winters, am friendly and get along with most folks everywhere. I want to avoid splits, bi-levels, lack of privacy, any area where I risk a neighbor hating my dogs. I need some degree of charm in the house... not the wood paneled, popcorn ceiling type but more the granite kitchen, open layouts are appealing. Thank you much for any and all info that may accurately guide me....
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:00 PM
 
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You might consider Northunderland, Gansevoort, Schuylerville, all in Saratoga.
Lovely wooded development in Northunderland is Brampton Woods. Great builder. Lots vary from 3/4 acre up. I believe houses start at $250K.
We retired to Saratoga and love the area. The people are friendly and helpful and the peace and quiet enchanting.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Menands/Albany
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The other option, I think is the Delmar/Bethlehem area. It's small enough to be cozy but close enough to Albany if needed. Also shopping is not a problem, grocery store and easy access to the highway (787) if other kind of shopping is needed. They also have a great Vet in both the Bethlehem area and another one nearer to Clarksville.
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