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I daydream sometimes about moving out of the city, into a beautiful house with lots of mature trees and adventures in nature for the kids. The problem is I still want to be connected to a city, culture, progressive ideas, etc. Where should I target?

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A wealthy suburb. Boston has some suburbs about 10 miles from the city that have tons of conservation land, you need 1 million or more to buy anything there though.

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I’m in the first town out of Boston and still go into the city for everything, less that 15 min away.

Minneapolis is nice.

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Not sure about the progressive ideas part but area around Nashville is beautiful with tons of lakes. Great city too

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Midtown Memphis is very progressive. No state income tax, low cost of living. Mature trees, fantastic culture/restaurants/music scene (relative to the size of the market).

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To quote King of the Hill:
"We goin to uh.. son, what's the bad part of Memphis called?" "Memphis!"

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Detroit would love to have you! Birmingham, Pleasant Ridge, Bloomfield Hills, Ferndale are all beautiful. Don’t believe everything you’ve heard about Detroit, there are tons of progressive people working to bring about positive change in the city. It looks nothing like it did five or ten years ago. Also, northern Michigan is one of the nation’s best kept secrets. Google Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes, etc.

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I think what you’re looking for is southern VT/NH to a T. Brattleboro, VT for example:

- All the forest growth is very mature
- $400k - $600k will get you a lovely house on several acres
- Lakes, hiking, skiing, and plenty of other nature activities
- little under 2 hrs from Boston
- zero shortage of “progressive ideas”.

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Agree w/ Nashville. Not exactly a big city like Chicago, NYC, Boston, LA etc but def have best of both worlds. I live in a pretty good size house on .5 acres in a nice community and my commute (when we did commute lol) to downtown was about 35 mins.

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How long is too far of a drive to the city, and how big of a city do you need? Live on the edge of civilization, but not so far you can’t drive into it.

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