(Closed) What city do you live in? Do you like it? Should I move there?

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@moonadea:  It’s not in the NE, but Minneapolis/St.Paul and the surrounding suburbs hit every other set of criteria on your list. DH and I bought a 1700 sqft 2 bedroom/2 bathroom townhouse in one of the nicest cities in the state (20 minutes from downtown) for $165k. You can get nice houses up here for a good deal.

We are the most “gay-friendly” state in the nation, have great nature, Minneapolis has a big population though I’m not sure how much, low crime, and great transportation if you live near the downtown areas. You’ll also find lots of historic homes!

I’d be more than happy to answer any other questions you might have 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Some Boston suburbs have most, if not all, of what you are looking for. Home prices in the city do suck, but it’s possible to buy a nice home just outside the city for $350K. The area I grew up in had great schools, affordable homes, trains and busses to city, and were all mostly 1940’s capes and ranches. It’s also on the water, but within driving distance to New Hampshire, Maine, etc.

Also, MA in general is typically very liberal.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

DC fits your criteria not necessarily NE but you can be there fairly quickly depending where in the NE your family is.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was just going to post DC as well. I live in the north western part of VA and it’s beautiful here. We get all four seasons, lots of parks, mountains within short driving distance as well as water (rivers, lakes, even ocean). Good luck with the move!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@moonadea:  We complain, swear we’re moving to Florida next year, buy a nice jacket, then realize that MN is awesome and no one ever leaves hahaha!

For real though, they can be a little rough but you get used to it. Our snow removal budget is INSANE and the DOT does a really fantastic job of treating the roads when they’re slick and clearing the snow when we get storms. Lots of people like to ski, snowboard, ice fish (not my thing), hike, and even camp! Winter isn’t so bad, and it’s a good excuse to cozy up by the fireplace with a hot toddy 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I live in Baltimore and I love it here.  We are a blue state and are in the process of legalizing gay marriage.  Most of the housing in the city is pre-1950 and a lot of the areas have a real “neighborhood” feel to them.  We are also within 2-4 hours of mountains, country, beach, and other cities such as DC, Philly, and New York.

The only downside is our crime rate is pretty high.  However, most of our crime is drug related and occurs between drug dealers.  

It is definitely a “gritty” city, but it has tons of character.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Housing is expensive. If you live 45 min from DC it can be done. I live aprx. an hour from DC and a decent 3/4 bd home in our area right now is going about 300K+. But I know you can find a 2/3 bd within 45 minutes of DC in the 300-350K price range as well.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If you can afford Boston, you can afford DC.  Yellow.Clover is right.  However, if you are expecting a McMansion and a sprawling backyard for $300K, then no that’s probably not going to happen in this area.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m not sure how big Philly is considered to be, but its generally pretty inexpensive and there are some really nice areas just on the outskirts of Philly. Crime is possibly questionable, in certain areas at least. Gay friendly though!

But DC is nice. Its pricier, but I love that city. Its beautiful, but you really would probably need to live right outside of DC in Virginia or MD. But the nice thing is that you don’t have to drive into the city, you can just take the metro.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@MrsCarnival:  I’m with you! Minneapolis is the best. I live right in downtown and it’s a wonderful city. Low crime, tons of culture, an easy cost-of-living…it’s a great place to live.

Honestly, the winters here, on the whole, aren’t that much worse than the upper east coast. I’d HATE to live in Buffalo. We get way less snow than that.

The best high school in the state is right in south Minneapolis. I went to the third-best in a suburb. Minnesota is clean, friendly, and the best state for biking in the country. We’re growing in population, although very slowly. Mostly because, no one ever leaves!

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