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Old 04-10-2008, 10:25 PM
 
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Hi,
My husband and I are wanting to relocate to the east coast (we are currently in California, originally from Tennessee), and want to be within about a 3 hours drive from New York city. We love nature/beautiful scenery and would prefer a small-medium town. Can anyone give advice or tell me about these two areas, in comparison? (people, climate) We are looking for a cheaper cost of living. No kids yet, but would like a family atmosphere.
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:27 PM
 
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If you want to be within a 3 hour drive of NYC, then the Rochester forum is the wrong place to post.
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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rochacha, I couldn't see which forum to post in for NY state (not knowing the area), they all seemed to be further west or in the city of new york. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:25 AM
 
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Rochester is at least 7 hours from NYC. You won't find much in NYS or Mass within 3 hrs of Manhattan that's going to be cheaper living than California between the cost of real estate and taxes. If it's not commuters, it will be people that live in the city and own country homes for the weekend.

Try looking in Pennsylvania. That's your best bet.
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:25 AM
 
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Albany is within 3 hours of NYC and still relatviely affordable (especially if you are coming from California). Rochester is a good 6-7 hours from NYC so while this is a great area with plenty to do (more so than Albany IMO)...its probably not the right place for you.
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Rochester is almost 7 hours from NYC... Funny, we live in MD and everytime someone asks where we are from, I say Rochester,NY and their first response is: how great it must have been to go into the city all the time??
Meaning NYC.
Sometimes I want to carry a map with me.
We are closer to NYC here in MD than in Rochester.
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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7 hours? which route are you guys taking? I get to the GW bridge in 5.5!
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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Hi,
My husband and I are wanting to relocate to the east coast (we are currently in California, originally from Tennessee), and want to be within about a 3 hours drive from New York city. We love nature/beautiful scenery and would prefer a small-medium town. Can anyone give advice or tell me about these two areas, in comparison? (people, climate) We are looking for a cheaper cost of living. No kids yet, but would like a family atmosphere.
What are the price ranges for houses that you are looking for? Taxes? I live on Long Island and i'm currently looking to go to Rochester but Long Island compared to certain parts of Calif. is cheap. We are about 45 min to an hour from the city but NJ and especially Pennsylvania are much cheaper. Forget Mass., not your best option.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:21 PM
 
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Thanks for advice. So, NE Pennsylvania much cheaper than Western Mass/Berkshires? We are just renting right now. Scenery/trees is important to me, so I may be prepared to pay a little more to live in West Mass. I've heard there's not as many trees in East Penn, more farmland unless you're in the Poconos?
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:26 PM
 
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It's most of a day's drive between Rochester & NYC. However, if you get on Jet Blue in Rochester at 6:30 am, you can be walking around NYC by 9:00 am.
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