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Old 11-07-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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Hello there,
I am considering moving from rural VT to Portland ME (originally from New Zealand) and wondered if anyone out there had some advice on a few particular issues for me.
Currently I live in Southern VT and enjoy having a home surrounded by trees but having grown up in a very multi cultural city I miss diversity, people and a sense of culture. I realize that I could find more in places like NY, DC etc etc but I also crave things like the ocean, a sense of community and somewhere that is not to crazy!!
I am a self employed craftsman builder/teacher that has dreams of opening my own school, I think public education is not doing a good job!! Initially I would be looking for work in my building field (Historic preservation, restoration etc) with the outlook of opening a progressive school in the future... prospects in Portland???
Ideally I want to find somewhere within approx 20mins from downtown where I can enjoy the pleasures of semi rural living but with a cool city nearby... what are the real estate prices like in the area's I am thinking of? Currently I live off grid and I would probably convert my new home to a grid tie situation. I have 30 acres here but wouldn't necessarily be looking for something that large.. maybe a max of 10 wooded acres?
Cost of living information in Portland plus any taxation comparisons with VT would be appreciated especially property tax info.
Thank you in advance!!
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