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Old 01-24-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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How would you compare these two locations as place to live for a few years prior to retirement (we won't be retiring this far north -- too cold -- want some turquoise water with our coffee in a few years)? We will rent so the rental market matters a lot.

We'd like a nice house or a fabulous townhouse -- newer is better in a long-term rental (4 years). We've had a great experience in southern Maine this year but it's too far from an international airport (Portland's regional jet schedules are making us miserable and consuming a big part of our lives ). Schools are not an issue nor is daily commuting.

Great restaurants, clean and pretty streets, easy access views of ocean waves (more like the California coast than the southern Maine coast), airports matter (but I think Logan is close enough to either one if Providence or Manchester wouldn't have the flight schedules we need and want); and friendly people belong at the top of the list. Job market for general business mgt. opportunites matter - DH has a job but I will be looking for part-time work (going back after an early-out retirement) next year.

State income tax is of course an attractive characteristic for NH, yet the rental real estate seems to be priced to compensate -- so it's probably a wash? Also, the rental houses in Portsmouth, NH don't seem as plentiful nor as easy to find (perhaps there just isn't much of a supply?) compared to the Portland, Maine area.

If either one has a strong political rep, we'd prefer a politically moderate-to-progressive demographic.

Thanks for the thoughts!
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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How would you compare these two locations as place to live for a few years prior to retirement (we won't be retiring this far north -- too cold -- want some turquoise water with our coffee in a few years)? We will rent so the rental market matters a lot.

We'd like a nice house or a fabulous townhouse -- newer is better in a long-term rental (4 years). We've had a great experience in southern Maine this year but it's too far from an international airport (Portland's regional jet schedules are making us miserable and consuming a big part of our lives ). Schools are not an issue nor is daily commuting.

Great restaurants, clean and pretty streets, easy access views of ocean waves (more like the California coast than the southern Maine coast), airports matter (but I think Logan is close enough to either one if Providence or Manchester wouldn't have the flight schedules we need and want); and friendly people belong at the top of the list. Job market for general business mgt. opportunites matter - DH has a job but I will be looking for part-time work (going back after an early-out retirement) next year.

State income tax is of course an attractive characteristic for NH, yet the rental real estate seems to be priced to compensate -- so it's probably a wash? Also, the rental houses in Portsmouth, NH don't seem as plentiful nor as easy to find (perhaps there just isn't much of a supply?) compared to the Portland, Maine area.

If either one has a strong political rep, we'd prefer a politically moderate-to-progressive demographic.

Thanks for the thoughts!
Don't know Portsmouth well--have only driven through it--but my niece lived in Providence for a while so I visited a few times, and I really liked it. I love their Waterfire and I love the way they revitalized the downtown, and I love the way the people of Providence got angry and defended Mayor Buddy Cianci when he was incarcerated on racketeering charges related to revitalizing their downtown.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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Interesting comments, thank you. I've seen the Waterfire about five years ago and quite frankly, had forgotten about it. It's a very neat (and different) custom -- thanks for bringing it up. I worry a little bit that Providence might be as drizzly and grey (you can't find that info on just weather stats) as my hometown (Seattle) which I don't care for. There's no prettier place IMO than Seattle in August but those long drizzly, grey, foggy winters are not something I care to move back into. Hmm.
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