Post # 16
I’m a New England native who moved the Rockies. Let me tell you, traffic and winters are significantly shittier in New England. And costs are way higher. I love New England & RI (where I’m from) but living out west has just been easier all around. You don’t quite understand nor’easters until you have to live with them.
I would try seacoast area New Hampshire & southern Maine though because you might just love it! If the coast isn’t as important, Vermont and upstate NY are beautiful too. I don’t think RI or south shore MA are what you’re looking for .
Post # 17
You could look into the city data forums for the areas you’re interested in. They helped me a ton when I relocated from upstate NY to NC.
Post # 18
Another seacoast bee here. It’s expensive to live here. The housing prices in some of these seacoast towns are on par with Boston because you’re paying to live close to the limited shoreline we have. I love living here, though and It’s worth it to me to pay more so i can live in a town that has art galleries, a wide selection of restaurants, live music, festivals, live author readings, parks, ect.. I don’t know what the col is like in Colorado but housing prices in my town run at about 300k to start (250k if you are willing to buy a townhouse or condo) and taxes are about 6000 or higher. Things are crowded too. I live about 12-15 minutes from all major beaches and I went all of 3x last year just because most of them were filled up and the hellacious traffic. There are some towns around here that are cheaper but they’re closer to the mountains and lakes Winters are brutal here as well. Fall and summer are amazing. I would visit a few times without making any major decisions and rent to start.
Post # 19
Born and raised Mainer here! Honestly if you want coastal area without the high cost, I recommend looking at the mid coast area (still considered somewhat southern Maine). Basically any towns like Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Boothbay, Bristol, etc. Houses RIGHT on the water are pricey, but once you go just a few minutes inland, they are incredibly affordable and you could easily find a beautiful, spacious home for under $350,000.
If you want more detailed information please feel free to message me privately! I don’t want to give too much personal information away publicly here, but I would be more than happy to help one on one.
Post # 20
Southern seacoast NH bee here but go up to ME quite often. I will echo what others have said and come out and see how it is before you buy and try and spend a whole year before committing. Winters are rough, everything is more expensive, especially housing. Southern New Husband is very very expensive in that area. New Husband doesn’t offer that great of amenities(vs where we came from at least) honestly unless you move to some of the bigger cities. Maine, I find to have a lot better options for food etc but once again it is more expensive and they have tax of course. ME is a different way of life as I feel all of more Northern New England is. People are kind, but tough, and I think you have to be quite strong especially if you are living somewhere more rural.
Is there anywhere else in CO that you could move to that fits you guys better? It sounds like you really love CO and I know how hard it is to leave your family! Or maybe anywhere else surrounding you guys that would fit what you want? Good luck!