Where should my husband and I move?
April 16, 2012 2:48 PM Subscribe
I've lived in Vermont for my whole life and I am itching to move. I'm a nurse, my husband is a carpenter. Help us decide where to go!
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Me: 26, I've been a (new) nurse for two years. I like to read, run, go for walks, hikes, exercise in general, and cook. Have spent my whole life in rural VT save four years at UVM in Burlington, VT.
Him: 27, a self-employeed carpenter. Successfully building his own business with a great customer base here. Also from Vermont but went to college in Colorado. Loves to mountain bike, hike, build things.
Us: We have three dogs who do everything with us. We don't have many close friends and spend the majority of our time with each other and our family, which we are more than okay with. Our entire extended family is here in Vermont with us.
I've been itching to move someplace before we truly "settle down" and start a family. Right now we are both thinking that we would come back here to do that in ~7 years. But before that I'd love to move someplace new. Right now we live in a family property rent free and have $20,000 to put toward this move.
We are currently in the brainstorming mode, and I figured why not gather some input? Here's what we've come up with as loose parameters:
1. Not overwhelmingly liberal or conservative. He and I are "moderate" by Vermont standards and probably more liberal than your average folk, but I'd rather not move to a repeat of Burlington in that sense. This is important to us. This seems to nix places like Austin, Portland, San Fran, etc; which is good because..
2. Not terribly expensive. I make good money as a nurse but my husband will probably take a major pay cut. He's planning on looking for work with another contractor off the bat. We will probably buy a house and do not want to spend more than $200,000. We are interested in buying a beater and having him fix it up, which is actually the majority of what he does in his current business.
3. We are looking for a small-to-medium sized city. We are country worms but want to try out living in a city neighborhood. Probably bigger than Burlington (almost 40,000 people) but not Chicago.
4. Close to great outdoor activities. We both think we would be pretty stifled if we were surrounded by tons of suburbs and interstate. Outdoor things we like to do: Pretty much anything and everything. This is important to us.
5. Dog-friendly. We are used to letting our dogs have free roam of our 15 acre property but realize that its not gonna happen where we move. Still, it would be great if there were dog parks / other areas where we could bring them to strut around.
6. Walkable. I'd love if major stuff (a downtown area, or grocery stores, restaurants, hopefully a hospital for me) were within walking distance.
7. We don't care about school systems, as we don't have kids.
8. We aren't really into museums/live music/theater... sometimes I go on my own, so it would be nice to have a bit of that.
And these two are ideals: Close to water and better weather than VT. We spend a lot of summer time in lakes and rivers and we both like to fish. As for better weather, I mean milder winters (save for this winter, shout out to all you VTers) but not terribly humid summers.
Cities we have considered:
1. Pocatello, Idaho - my best friend lives here and I've visited quite a few times in many seasons. Really loved the city neighborhood and family vibe. Hits many points: moderate (skews more conservative), not too expensive, a good size, close to great outdoor stuff, and walkable. Weather is comparable and don't know about dog-friendly. Unfortunately not much water around.
Uh, thats it. We'd love some input. Our idea is to compile a list and then spend the next year or so visiting a few places. For what it's worth, we are very much planners so we won't be moving anywhere until we both have jobs.