TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › The Cat Lounge › Considering relocating... whats your town like?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Considering relocating... whats your town like? - Page 2

post #31 of 43
Wilmington, NC sounds just like you described, but it does get the occasional hurricane. It is also not far from the Outer Banks, all the Crystal Coast shopping and goings on. You should check it out. There are a lot of TCS members that live in NC, too.
post #32 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by MuttigreeMom View Post
LOL I've always wanted to! At the very least I have to come for a visit.
well you know who to call if, sorry WHEN you come for a visit

good luck with choosing somewhere to move too.
post #33 of 43
I'm from South Bend, IN (home to Notre Dame University) and I think we fit most of what your looking for.
Quote:
Originally Posted by MuttigreeMom View Post
1. Not too hot in the summer, not too cold in the winter.
We have 4 distinct seasons. The summer tops in the 90's but can be quite humid and the winter bottoms usually in the teens but it's over quick.

Quote:
2. Can get a 3/2 house without spending millions. (Preferably under $200K - will not shy away from a fixer upper. I joke that I am the original toolbelt diva... she just got the show first )
I assume thats 3 bed/2 bath? Easy here... for $200 you could get a very nice 3/2 or even a 4/2 or perhaps a 3/2 with lots of extra square footage that needs some TLC.
Quote:
3. Taxes won't be more than I make in a year.
We just changed our assessing/taxing methods but even in town your taxes would only be 5-6% of the sale price (annually).

Quote:
4. NO HURRICANES! (Ok, at least fewer hurricanes than FL)
NO hurricanes... just the occasional tornado.
Quote:
5. Has something to do... even if it's just a main street with mom 'n' pop shops or something.
We have lots to do if thats all your looking for. We have a decent down town and since we are so close to mishawaka there are also lots of shopping and things.

Quote:
6. Preferably near some kind of water. I've always lived on a coast... so while I don't really need to be on the ocean, having some kind of water nearby is comforting to me... *shrug*
Does a river count? There's lots of little lakes close by to as well as Lake Michigan.
Quote:

7. Not an overly religious community.
People here tend to keep their religion to themselves for the most part.

Quote:
8. Would love an 'arty' or 'eccentric' community... but I don't know how likely that is. Doesn't hurt to ask, right?
Not overly artsy but it depends on where you go.
post #34 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by MuttigreeMom View Post
This site says my #1 city is Norfolk, Va and my #2 is Hampton, Va. I would have never guessed that in a million years - especially since I swore off VA since it took me a million years to drive through it on my way to FL But wow... this is such a neat site! Thanks so much!
I LOVE Virginia. I'm in Northern VA, just outside of DC. There's all sorts of cool, artsy, non-artsy, metro, retro, suburban, citified, nightlife, daylife, political life for both sides.. um.. everything, you name it.

There's also a hefty price tag to go with it and tons of traffic. Lots of immigration here. Jobs are abundant, and they normally pay well to go with the cost of living. The further out you go from DC the less money it is.. but I'm about 20 minutes/miles outside in Fairfax and it's an awesome area... with the current price on town homes in Fairfax going somewhere from $300 to $600, and higher for something really really nice. Real estate is supposed to be a pretty good investment around here. The metro system isn't as good as NYC, but it's decent.

Summers can be ungodly hot, but are normally in the 80-95 range once it gets started. I have seen it upwards of 100. We don't have extended springs or falls... and the winters can get cold but we don't get alot of snow. The snow we do get usually doesn't stick (but beware no one is able to drive in it properly).. last year we got snow that stuck I think twice. Nothing major, and those coupla times were like a coupla inches.
post #35 of 43
Having grown up in Cincinnati and still living here now, I can say it's a great place to live. We do have our hot, humid weather in the summer, but usually not for long stretches. The winter's aren't too bad, some snow, but nowhere near as bad as some areas get and it doesn't usually stay really cold for long.

There's so much to do in Cincinnati, whether it's sports, the arts, festivals, amusement parks, zoo, restaurants or shopping. The downtown area could use some revitalization, but we're working on it. There's a great mix of people and a lot of great neighborhoods. Some are pricier than others, but there are many nice, affordable places to live, whether you're looking for an older home or new construction.

We do have the Ohio River if you're interested in being near the water. The Northern Kentucky side of the river, directly across from Cincinnati has more to do in terms of shopping and restaurants. There are also a lot quite a few nice neighborhood across the river too, with easy access to Cincinnati.

I love it here and can't imagine living anywhere else!
post #36 of 43
i'm in davenport iowa. not terribly exciting. winters are icy. summers are HOT. there is an artsy community, they have art fairs in the old part of town all summer. we're 10 minutes from the mississippi river. (of course there are houses along the river, but i bet they are $$$$). 3 bedroom older houses can be bought for $100,000 or under here (that was last year, haven't looked since then). can't tell you on taxes. we rent.

we've been here a few years. not the best place we've ever lived but not horrible either. we're hoping to move to a larger metropolitan area in the next couple years.
post #37 of 43
Well... if Austin were not in Texas, it would be the perfect place for you! Could you handle the heat, do you think?

It's actually cooler there than it is here in Dallas, because there's less of a "heat island" effect down there -- people in Austin actually like grass and trees better than concrete (), so they don't build over every last square inch of land.

It's definitely artsy and eccentric -- lots of arts festivals, some great museums (including Laguna Gloria, where there's a fabulous three-day arts festival every year on the lake), and just a general sense of style about the place.

And there's no place like Austin for live music! It's brimming over with wonderful musicians, and there's always something fun to do in the evenings. You can even go shopping at the downtown Whole Foods, eat at one of five little restaurants inside the store, and listen to live music the whole time you're there!

Geographically, Austin sits right at the middle of a wonderful mix of landscapes -- there are big wooded hills, gentle rolling prairies, lakes and more lakes and rivers and streams and some more lakes, everywhere you look... there's a fabulous rocky spring right next to downtown, and an exquisite Japanese garden (built for the city by a grateful Japanese immigrant back in the '40s, I think it was) that's part of Zilker Park, a huge sweeping green meadow ringed with forest, with the downtown skyline rising beyond the trees. And just to the southeast is a tall pine forest that's called the Lost Pines, because it's out here so far west of the nearest other such forest, over in the Deep South. Walking into that forest is like suddenly beaming over to a whole different part of the planet!

Austin is not as politically liberal as it once was, but it's still an openminded place where you can be who you are without feeling scrutinized. And in Austin, you're more likely to be accosted by a Buddhist monk than a Jehovah's witness!

(That reminds me of a line I once heard... somebody said, "I used to be a Jehovah's Witness, but I prefer not to get involved. So now I'm a Jehovah's Bystander." )

Anyway... Austin is a wonderful town. It does have seasons, it does get snow now and then, it's very beautiful (especially in the older parts and out toward the lakes), and it's a very friendly place, too.

Now I miss it!
post #38 of 43
I took the quiz, too.

Of the 24, 10 were in Oregon with Portland being #8 Others included Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma, Bremerton and Kent - all in Washington State. There were several others in Wisconsin. Guess I really am a Pacific NW person

I know nothing about the eastern part of the country. Good luck with your search!
post #39 of 43
How about London, Ontario?

Oh wait, its in Canada and its freezing here

Scratch that.
post #40 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
How about London, Ontario?

Oh wait, its in Canada and its freezing here

Scratch that.
Wow, apparently I have a foul foul mouth lately.
post #41 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
I live in Richmond VA and I like it here! Plenty to do and lots of shopping. And we don't roll up the sidewalks at 10pm either

No hurricanes either really.

The heat... well, I can't do anything about that. Its hot and humid in the summer. It gets cold in the winter, but we rarely get much snow or anything. The last 2 years we had maybe 1 inch total of snow and no ice.

and best reason of all, I'm here!
Um, AlleyGirl- we do SO get hurricanes. Remember Isabel? Richmond didn't get hit as hard by it as we did (I'm in Hampton Roads). But there was still an effect. Ok, so they're not usually Cat 3 and above. But they can be nasty.

Isabel was nasty. We had no power for 3 days. I was in a hot house with 2 very bored kids b/c we had no school. I lost 7 trees in my backyard, thankfully nothing hit the house.

And you can get ice storms. We've had a couple of bad ones here too. There was one a couple years back where it took my husband 2 HOURS to get home, he lives 30 minutes from work.

Taxes in Hampton Roads are kind of nasty. And housing prices, well, where I am you really can't touch anything new for under $400,000. My neighborhood's houses are going from the 290's. And they aren't huge, 3-4 bedrooms, about 2000 sf.

Plus side of living in the area-
You live really close to the beach.
There's a ton of stuff to do here.
The school system (at least in my town) is AWESOME.
post #42 of 43
Well Santa Cruz, CA would fit all those requirements except the price - average condo/townhome price there is $450,000-550,000 Home prices are much higher.

Actually, #2 pretty much rules out all of CA - at least any of the parts you would actually want to LIVE in!

I grew up in the SF Bay Area and LOVE it there - my family is still all there. NorCal is the best! I moved to SoCal for college and stayed and really like it here too. NorCal is superior though.

I live in South Orange County, about 2-3 miles from the ocean. The weather is awesome - altho June gloom has me super depressed this month. There is a lot to do - close to tons of action and adventure, but my city and neighborhood themselves are quiet with parks, hills, and a nice sense of community - people are really nice here. No crime and very clean.

You can go snow skiing in the mountains, surfing at the beach, scuba diving, kayaking in the rivers, waterskiing in the lakes, gambling at casinos...... Las Vegas is close, San Diego, Mexico, Catalina Island...... LA is an hour away - well 2 hours with traffic haha, so there are all the party and amusement things to do there. Disneyland is 20 miles away.

Drawbacks - it's expensive I guess - not as bad as NorCal, but bad. Gas is almost $4/gal, housing prices are crazy - condos are $400,000-500,000 - median price of a home where I live is $837,000 - with a good portion in the $1-5 million range, with several all the way up to $7 mil
But we make more money here too, so I guess it helps -haha

I would never consider living anywhere else but CA, Southern or Northern - and close to the ocean - heck, even the other side of the freeway is too far for me.
post #43 of 43
I'm in Lawrenceburg, KY and I think it would fit your needs almost perfectly.


1. Not too hot in the summer, not too cold in the winter. I'm from NY, so I'm not big on heat. DH is from FL, so he's not big on cold and has never seen snow. But also (if possible) still somewhat on the east side of the US... would like to visit family without crossing the country.

-- We've had mild winters for awhile. But we can get an occasional blizzard every few years. The worst is the back roads. Even with an inch of snow they can get hazardous.

2. Can get a 3/2 house without spending millions. (Preferably under $200K - will not shy away from a fixer upper. I joke that I am the original toolbelt diva... she just got the show first )

-- Lots of nice homes under $200K.

3. Taxes won't be more than I make in a year.

-- KY sales tax is 6 %. Property tax I have no idea. I don't own my home.

4. NO HURRICANES! (Ok, at least fewer hurricanes than FL)

-- Nope no hurricanes. We might get a good storm out of one on the coast though. But that is rare.

5. Has something to do... even if it's just a main street with mom 'n' pop shops or something. I work from home, so sometimes I just want to get out... and here the only thing to do is either go to walmart or barnes and noble... both good choices, but get really boring after the 50th time.

-- Lawrenceburg is very mom and pop. But we are located centurally. Frankfort, Louisville, and Lexington are all close.

6. Preferably near some kind of water. I've always lived on a coast... so while I don't really need to be on the ocean, having some kind of water nearby is comforting to me... *shrug*
-- There's a couple lakes here. I'm afraid that's all the water property you'll find here.

7. Not an overly religious community. Ok, please no one take that personally. I truly don't mean any harm or offense to anyone. DH and I are just not really religious people and some of the towns in the south are a little overly religious for dour taste. People can worship whoever they want for all I care.... I'm just not a fan of being stalked in the grocery store parking lot by someone trying to preach at me. (Happens about once a month) Or like one time when I was trying to walk on the beach one night and was surrounded by a group of 5 who wouldn't leave me alone until they said their whole speech and shoved pamphlets in my pockets. Religion is fine... stalking is annoying.

-- People are very religious here. But if you stick to yourself they normally don't bother you.

8. Would love an 'arty' or 'eccentric' community... but I don't know how likely that is. Doesn't hurt to ask, right?

-- Not real eccentric or artsy here. But I'm sure you can find those in the larger cities here.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: The Cat Lounge
TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › The Cat Lounge › Considering relocating... whats your town like?