If you could live anywhere in the US?

Oct 22nd, 2003, 08:36 PM
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The criteria are mountains, wildlife, national parks and land....how do NYC and Florida fit into that equation?
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 08:45 PM
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Upper state New York if wonderful, and not as expensive as CA, I think. However.....it gets COLD! Buy a farm, lease a condo in Naples!! LOL
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 08:51 PM
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I have a 850 acre backyard -- Central Park.
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 10:36 PM
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"..mountains, national parks, wildlife..."

except for wildlife (and i imagine not the type to original poster was hoping for), i don't see how NYC fits Geeko. aren't they teaching reading comprehension in our public schools anymore?

my recommendation would be somewhere around Lake Tahoe. at would be too expensive. not too bad of a drive to Reno for casinos and airport or to San Fran for a bit of culture. ain't too far from Yosemite either.
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Oct 23rd, 2003, 04:43 AM
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Great Smokies. Everything you requested is here. I live in a mountain cabin, 19 acres, waterfall, fantastic views, secluded-yet 3 miles from major hwy (2hrs from Atlanta), and my neighbors is the USFS. Sat/Sun I saw 8 wild turkey, 2 red foxes, many hawks, a bald eagle, a black bear and 2 skunks! All for less than 200k. It don't get any better than this.
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Oct 23rd, 2003, 04:54 AM
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Welcome to Shenandoah County in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
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Oct 23rd, 2003, 01:59 PM
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People who live in the "cultural and financial center of the universe" live in their own little world. Where are those mountains and National Parks in NYC anyway? just curious.

FYI, Central Park is a former swamp which every square foot, except for a cliff was converted by Frederick Law Olmsted into a man-made urban park.
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Oct 23rd, 2003, 07:05 PM
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wow! thanks for all the great advice, I am researching real estate in the areas. BTW for those who asked, we are thinking of 1-5 acres and we can spend a bit more than 200K, but as part of the american dream, we want to "own" the house instead of mortgaging. thanks again
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Oct 24th, 2003, 09:13 AM
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New Mexico. You can get all you want.
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Oct 24th, 2003, 09:26 AM
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I guess it wasn't obvious that suggesting New York City was all in good fun. After all, one can't purchase a studio in Manhattan for $200K. But I'll play along . . .

"Where are those mountains and National Parks in NYC anyway?"

Well, let's see . . . I can drive to the mountains in Vermont in less time than it takes to cross Atlanta in rush hour. The beautiful beaches of the Hamptons are a short drive or bus ride or train ride away, not to mention the Jersey shore, Amish country, etc.

And guess where I can fly to, DIRECT, from New York City? ANYWHERE in the world. And my home is 20 minutes from LaGuardia, so in roughly 3-4 hours door-to-door I can be anywhere on the eastern coast of the US. In the time it takes most of the $200K landed gentry to drive to a wonderful destination, I can fly there faster.

And how about the cultural/dining/exercise/park options I have within a 10 minute walk of my home? Don't even get me started . . . .

Yes, I love New York!



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Oct 24th, 2003, 09:38 AM
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Sprindale, Utah
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Oct 24th, 2003, 09:44 AM
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Make that SprinGdale, Utah

A little warm during the peal of the summer perhaps but 90% of the time the climate is wonderful. The hiking in Zion is hard to beat and the Virgin River has some nice swimmming holes. You are at the doorstep to the spectacular canyon country of southern Utah and the airport at Las Vegas is only 2 1/2 hours away should you need to travel. If Springdale is to busy for you, you might try Rockville back down the road a piece. I haven't checked but I think you could get a few acres for the money you mention although I don't think that wll last too long. Best of luck with your quest.
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Oct 24th, 2003, 11:24 AM
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Gekko, I think you got yourself started, but you don't have all the facts. NYC is not the only place you can fly direct to almost anywhere in the world. As just one example of a midwest or mountain state location, I can fly direct from Minneapolis to almost anywhere in the world.

I can't figure out what you mean by you can fly to a location on the east coast faster than someone could drive there. Who cares! I can walk from Estes Park Colorado to Rocky Mt. National Park faster than you can flag down a cab to get away from the "wildlife" in Central Park back to your apartment.
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Oct 24th, 2003, 11:40 AM
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This is an entertaining thread...! Definitely in the "different strokes" vein. dprahl's "american dream" would be my absolute nightmare-- but I'm a total city boy. I'm picturing either Carolina mountains or somewhere in the foothills of the Rockies for dprahl.... Maybe somewhere in New Mexico?
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Oct 24th, 2003, 01:26 PM
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Uh, jor, did I say New York was the only city on the planet where one can fly direct to anywhere in the world? Check again; I did not. I'm pleased as punch that Northwest will take you just about anywhere. Too bad about the lack of competition however -- makes low fares kinda tough to find, doesn't it?

Figure out the rest, okay?
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Oct 24th, 2003, 02:26 PM
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Gekko, Yes you suggested it. New Yorkers like you need a reality check. Your ignorance of America is amazing. NYC is not the center of the universe. Get over yourself.
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Oct 24th, 2003, 02:55 PM
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Clearly it's an exercise in futility to debate reading comprehension with you, but for the amusement of those tuning in, I'll try. Let's cut & paste what I said above:

"And guess where I can fly to, DIRECT, from New York City? ANYWHERE in the world."

What in the above two sentences suggests that NYC is exclusively the city from which one can fly direct anywhere in the world? Please enlighten me. I can name any number of hub cities that offer excellent air service.

Regarding my alleged ignorance of America, upon what do you base that assertion? My love of New York? I've lived on both coasts as well as the deep South, and I won't deign to compare travel resumes with you because, frankly, it's a waste of time.

Regarding the center of the universe, whatever. I'll wait for you to tell what the center is. Please don't say your above-ground swimming pool.
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Oct 24th, 2003, 05:13 PM
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I rest my case. You plead Bi-Coastal.
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Oct 24th, 2003, 06:36 PM
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Don't go TOO far from civilization. You'd wouldn't want to be in the middle of nowhere should you lose that "dream job" of yours. After all, we're gonna be living in this George W. Bushleague economy for the next SEVERAL years.
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Oct 24th, 2003, 09:04 PM
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The economy?
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the most recent peak occurred in March 2001, ending a record-long expansion that began in 1991. The most recent trough occurred in November 2001, inaugurating an expansion.
10 of 12 regional markets continued to show steady growth through the summer of 2003 according to the Beige Book report of September 2003.
Most economists continue to predict steady re-expansion through 2004 with progressive increases in employment.
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