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Old 05-13-2012, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Florida
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My lease ends in two months, giving me yet another opportunity to pull the trigger and buy a home. However, my intuition just doesn't feel comfortable with doing it. Sure, I have the job security, income and ability to buy a home up to $230K (or $200K for a condo), but for some reason I'm not excited about buying a home in CT, or at least the Hartford area. Heck, my younger brother just bought a starter home in Windsor Locks and is happy with his decision. I don't know, but ever since I moved back here from NYC in 2008, I just was never really excited about living in CT and had constantly dreamed of living somewhere else, but I just can't pinpoint where that place is, and now I'm turning 28 years old this week and only getting older. Can someone please help me find that perfect place? My wants change over the years, but now, here is what I am looking for in my ideal place:
  • Significant gay population, but doesn't have to be huge
  • Significant Italian population is a plus, but not required
  • Moderate/liberal with politics and general atmosphere
  • NOT overly religious, since I'm an atheist
  • Not too densely populated; less traffic please
  • Prefer all four seasons and great variety in weather, but not overly harsh or long winters
  • Would love to have a small house with ample privacy and quiet
  • NOT family oriented; I don't want to feel like the gay guy in town
  • Middle class or affluent; not ghetto, poor or high crime
  • Moderate or slow paced
  • Somewhat simpler lifestyle; not sophisticated or money-driven
  • Ability to find an accounting/finance job with relative ease
  • Prefer doing things outdoors but the occasional restaurant or shopping is fun, too.
  • I can live without nightlife, bars and clubs
So help me please. I really do want to buy a home one day, but I just can't get myself to do it in CT because I don't want to feel settled here. I mean, being near family is nice, but I really need a fresh experience.

Based on my criteria above, what would you suggest? I am open to any place in the U.S.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Not gonna find affluent, simpler, slower paced, not sophisticated/money-driven all in one.

I'm not sure it's easy to nail something down based on that criteria alone.

Maybe look at the Boulder or Portland (Oregon) areas. Or even Portland, Maine...
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Not gonna find affluent, simpler, slower paced, not sophisticated/money-driven all in one.

I'm not sure it's easy to nail something down based on that criteria alone.

Maybe look at the Boulder or Portland (Oregon) areas. Or even Portland, Maine...
Well that's why I said middle class or affluent. I'm sure there are places that are both middle class and unsophisticated at the same time.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:55 PM
 
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Asheville, NC ?
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:59 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Some of the Maryland burbs still within driving range of DC?
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Some of the Maryland burbs still within driving range of DC?
Eh, MD is similar to CT. I would equate that to living in CT burbs within driving range of NYC. Same thing, really.
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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New Hope, Pennsylvania/ Lambertville, NJ - possible to commute to Trenton.
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:27 AM
 
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Why isnt this in the general US forum?
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:07 AM
 
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Irvington, NY, in Westchester County. They've got little houses right in the middle of town, and you'll be really close to NY.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Why isnt this in the general US forum?
Nep123 is a regular here and has talked about moving a number of times before. I am going to leave this thread here because of this but I do suggest he ask this question on the US forum as well. Jay
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