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BarryD

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Coming for a quick tour of NH. Need suggestions
« on: February 12, 2007, 12:29:29 pm »

Hello everyone,

I haven't been on here for quite a long time, but I have been keeping up and reading the forums as much as possible. My family and I are getting very close to being able to finally make the NH leap. But here's the background that I need advice on:

Next weekend, we are flying up for an extremely quick tour of the areas we have considered to be the most conducive to our needs/criteria <prays for clear weather>. We will literally be up there for about 48 hours so we have to use every minute of light available to see what we can see. After much consideration, we will be focusing on Concord, Merrimack, Derry and those cities surrounding towns (Bow, Henniker, Milford, Hollis etc.) Of course Manchester and Nashua are there but we would prefer not to live in a big city. We don't have jobs yet, but my wife might find employment in Billerica, MA. 

What we would prefer in a town:
~ less than 50k
~ semi-rural, but close enough to a bigger city that has the Targets, shopping, what-not
~ very active, social community (town halls, festivals etc)
~ great schools (those might be everywhere in NH, don't know)
~ little to no "sprawl". We are not interested in living a land of strip malls and clear-cut, zero lot-line developments. Shopping and commuting to that for work is one thing, but turning out of my driveway and running into the newest Amscot is another.

Our questions:
~ Do the towns and surrounding areas listed above match any of our preferences?
~ Is living in one of those towns and commuting to Billerica the action of a sane person?
~ Are there any towns not listed above that we should drive by and see while we're there that might fit our preferences?
~ Are there any things we need to consider but have not?
~ Any specific areas to avoid?

Thanks for any help you all can provide. We can't wait to get up there to look around and determine where would be the best place to put down roots. I will also be posting this on nhfree.com to maximize my audience, so you might see it there as well.

THANKS!!

Barry
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Re: Coming for a quick tour of NH. Need suggestions
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2007, 12:46:01 pm »

Well, Manchester and Nashua are the only cities with populations greater than 50k.  Concord is catching up with over 40k, but everywhere else is 30k or less (mostly much less).
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Re: Coming for a quick tour of NH. Need suggestions
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2007, 01:29:56 pm »

In my experience, most of southeast NH seems to meet those specs. Derry to Billerica is a 40-minute drive acc. to Mapquest. I understand that part of Mass can be pretty clogged during rush hour, though. Southeast NH is really pretty accessible in general (few towns in the region are more than a few miles from a Target), so you might want to open up the whole area to investigation.

If political efficacy is part of your consideration, I wouldn't recommend living right in Concord city limits. The city is dominated by state bureaucrats with the usual political predilections. However, some of the surrounding areas are quite good.
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Re: Coming for a quick tour of NH. Need suggestions
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2007, 01:48:34 pm »

If political efficacy is part of your consideration, I wouldn't recommend living right in Concord city limits. The city is dominated by state bureaucrats with the usual political predilections. However, some of the surrounding areas are quite good.

Thank you for the tip. We are definitely trying to stay away from some of the more "socialist" areas we have heard of, namely Peterborough, Keene and the Seacoast. I believe this is correct.
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Re: Coming for a quick tour of NH. Need suggestions
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2007, 06:05:16 pm »

a big city. We don't have jobs yet, but my wife might find employment in Billerica, MA. 

Then you'd want to be near Nashua (not in, but near), so you can a simple commute (especially back roads, instead of heavy traffic) have all of the following:

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~ less than 50k
~ semi-rural, but close enough to a bigger city that has the Targets, shopping, what-not
~ very active, social community (town halls, festivals etc)
~ great schools (those might be everywhere in NH, don't know)

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~ little to no "sprawl". We are not interested in living a land of strip malls and clear-cut, zero lot-line developments. Shopping and commuting to that for work is one thing, but turning out of my driveway and running into the newest Amscot is another.

Nashua itself is sprawling, so figure far enough outside of it to avoid much of that.

I wouldn't go as far north as Concord because of the commute.  Merrimack, perhaps... but north of Manchester?  No.
I'd look farther west (Brookline)  and don't miss Salem, Hudson, Windham and similar areas, where pro-liberty candidates (and thus activism) do quite well...
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