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Old 08-12-2007, 05:38 PM
 
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...where would you choose?

My husband and I aren't tied to a physical location for our livelihood, so we can live anywhere. Currently, we live on an island in Puget Sound. We love it here, but the cost of living is high (median housing price is $580K). We're thinking it's time for a new adventure, and are considering relocating to the Northeast somewhere.

At this point we are total newbies and are just looking for a place to start our research. So, if you know of any smallish, quaint, pedestrian-oriented towns (preferably on or very near the Atlantic) that offer a high quality of life, let's hear 'em!
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Marblehead and Newburyport
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:45 PM
 
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ALL of the Northeast, or just New England?
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:16 PM
 
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Yes, anywhere in the Northeast.

More info: we are early forties, no kids, and like to think of ourselves as fairly liberal.
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Old 08-12-2007, 08:15 PM
 
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I like Amherst, MA or Brattleboro, VT. Both walkable towns and liberal. Wish we could move to one of these towns, but can't due to husbands job. (we are also early 40's, no kids and liberal...)
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Old 08-12-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Beverly, Salem, Marblehead, Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester by the Sea, Newburyport in Massachusetts come to mind.

Rye, Newcastle, Hampton, North Hampton, Portsmouth in New Hampshire also.

If you would like some information on any/all of these towns, I can send some links your way
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Old 08-13-2007, 06:46 AM
 
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I'll switch with ya. I would love to get back to the Seattle area (and Bainbridge Island) but it's just not possible right now...
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:20 PM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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I would live in a highrise in Brookline, MA but that's just me ... I prefer an urban atmosphere.
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:29 PM
 
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If you're living on one of the islands in the Sound, you'll want to be by the water. That lets out DC. You can have NYC (too noisy, crowded and dirty for me). Boston's south or north shore would work but the weather is pretty severe.

I think I'd choose the eastern shore of Maryland.
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:36 PM
 
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If you're living on one of the islands in the Sound, you'll want to be by the water. That lets out DC. You can have NYC (too noisy, crowded and dirty for me). Boston's south or north shore would work but the weather is pretty severe.

I think I'd choose the eastern shore of Maryland.

I lived there for 3 years and couldn't wait to leave. Lots of developments of cookie cutter homes there, unfortunately...if you are interested in the eastern shore, my favorite town is Chestertown, lots of historic houses, nice little shops and restaurants and a community feeling.
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