Escaping NYC for a Few Months
August 31, 2011 1:49 PM Subscribe
My girlfriend and I are considering moving for a fairly short period (probably 3-6 months) from our expensive NYC apartment to an inexpensive, secluded house somewhere in the Northeast (upstate NY, Vermont, etc.) We would like advice on where/how to do this.
The short story: we've been running a company that is probably going south. We have essentially no savings, but should be able to scrape together around $15K by selling some things, etc.
We currently have a lease through the end of the year in NYC for $4300/month (which is, FWIW, below current market value). Although we would prefer not to break the lease, it may be necessary. We will try to find someone to assign the lease to if our landlords agree to let us.
Although we don't currently own a car, we would like to live for a period of time in a secluded, preferably beautiful spot to take a break, gather our wits, and figure out what to do next. We're looking at places in the Catskills/Finger Lakes/Green Mountains/Hudson Valley. We love winter conditions, so that's not a problem.
We will require some type of reliable high-speed internet connection.
We would consider buying a cheap car or may be able to borrow one if necessary.
1) Where would you recommend looking for a place like this? (Probably sub-$1K/month.) Proximity to NYC would be nice (within a few hours, at least), as we'll likely be looking there for work in the not-too-distant future, but we're willing to entertain options.
2) What resources are there besides craigslist and HotPads for finding this sort of spot? We've had some luck finding potential places on those sites, but aren't sure where else to look.
Do you have any advice in this situation? If you've been in a similar spot, anecdotes are more than welcome.