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There's always good & bad borne out of tragedy, covid19 included.

Getting the word very soon that due to a variety of reasons stemming from this induced nightmare, my bride will be able to get her chemo sent to our house, and monthly blood work, infusions, etc should be able to be done near us. We have been wanting to make a change in residence for some time now, but lots of things keeping us here. Most all of those things have now changed for many reasons, and now we can actually start to think about a move. My bride loves "seasons" and I want to make that happen for her sooner than later.

I've heard a lot of good things about Idaho from THT folks and from asking around. I'd like to start gathering info and ideas about different places there.

We prefer a place with lakes, streams/rivers, woods, and mountains and all four seasons, but NOT 100 inches of snow per year. REALLY want to get out of this damn heat in FL, (gonna be 94 degrees here Sat & Sun, and it's only march)

I will still need to work....( Drive for a living ), but bride will work from home 20 hours per week max. Would really like nice parks nearby, and good, inexpensive places to eat out.as well.

Looking for as much info as I can get. Would probably look into renting a place first before we would consider buying, but when and if we do buy the place would be very small...800 - 1200 sq/ft Max on a little land, maybe an acre.


Thanks for any help!
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Try SML Virginia. Everything you have mentioned and reasonable cost of living.
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Virginia huh! Never even crossed my mind actually, I will indeed look into that. The reason Idaho intrigues us is because it's somewhat a midwestern state, therefore I'm hoping for a more conservative base of folks to surround ourselves with as well. Don't know if Virginia fits that bill.
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Most all of Idaho gets the snow you mentioned you do not want. Now it comes in doses all winter long not all at once of course and down lower in places will not see 100" but higher up sure will. In my opinion if you are thinking Idaho look at the Boise area. Has everything on your list. It's an awesome area
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I can’t be much help but after I finished my hard chemo back in ‘11 I decided to do a 4 corners tour on a motorcycle before starting maintenance chemo.
I’d already ridden from the bottom of Cali up through British Columbia before so I scratched that part off and hung a left turn in Montana went down to Utah and came back up to Idaho. I can honestly say Idaho, Utah and Colorado is some of the prettiest dirt God ever made. I’ve been all over the Med, lower Europe, Pakistan and as far in the other direction as the South China Sea so I’ve seen a lot of dirt and water.

Personally I think y’all will freeze your butt off in the winter time but you’ll freeze to death loving the view. Haven’t lived there so I have no knowledge of taxes or area politics which could be a big deal for you.
Virginia, lived there, the only way I would do it again would be west of Richmond. The wester the better.

as always YMMV and my ‘pinion didn’t cost you nothing so take it for what it’s worth. Best of luck to you and your bride.
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Most all of Idaho gets the snow you mentioned you do not want. Now it comes in doses all winter long not all at once of course and down lower in places will not see 100" but higher up sure will. In my opinion if you are thinking Idaho look at the Boise area. Has everything on your list. It's an awesome area

Boise....I will start my search with that area, thank you very much!
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Coeur d'Alene area is absolutely beautiful; and has everything you're asking about. 70" of snow per year, so less than your 100, but there are definitely places that get much less snow.
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Spray,
I can’t be much help but after I finished my hard chemo back in ‘11 I decided to do a 4 corners tour on a motorcycle before starting maintenance chemo.
I’d already ridden from the bottom of Cali up through British Columbia before so I scratched that part off and hung a left turn in Montana went down to Utah and came back up to Idaho. I can honestly say Idaho, Utah and Colorado is some of the prettiest dirt God ever made. I’ve been all over the Med, lower Europe, Pakistan and as far in the other direction as the South China Sea so I’ve seen a lot of dirt and water.

Personally I think y’all will freeze your butt off in the winter time but you’ll freeze to death loving the view. Haven’t lived there so I have no knowledge of taxes or area politics which could be a big deal for you.
Virginia, lived there, the only way I would do it again would be west of Richmond. The wester the better.

as always YMMV and my ‘pinion didn’t cost you nothing so take it for what it’s worth. Best of luck to you and your bride.


Your description of that area is what I've been hearing from many for a while now. We've always heard of spots where in the same day one can be skiing in the morning, then talking a nice long walk in 70 degree temps in the afternoon. I've been told that Idaho is one of those places.
As far as freezing goes, I would much rather be cold then be sweating my balls off 7 - 9 months per year. Sometimes opinions that cost nothing are the best, zero skin in the game!

Thank you!
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Coeur d'Alene area is absolutely beautiful; and has everything you're asking about. 70" of snow per year, so less than your 100, but there are definitely places that get much less snow.

I don't know if I can live in a place with as fancy a name as that....

That has been added to the list as well, thank you!

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Virginia huh! Never even crossed my mind actually, I will indeed look into that. The reason Idaho intrigues us is because it's somewhat a midwestern state, therefore I'm hoping for a more conservative base of folks to surround ourselves with as well. Don't know if Virginia fits that bill.

I understand that. Central VA is largely conservative. It's Northern VA, Richmond and tidewater area that have lost their minds and dragging the state down. Wish we could get rid of them. We need to recruit more conservatives here.

Buggs Island area might also fit your needs either VA or NC side. Close to both saltwater and fresh, near VIR, great fishing opportunities, excellent medical care facilities at Duke and a nice selection of shopping and restaurants. Land is reasonable.
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
Coeur d'Alene area is absolutely beautiful; and has everything you're asking about. 70" of snow per year, so less than your 100, but there are definitely places that get much less snow.
^^This^^...there is also a big lake there that is fantastic
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I don't know if I can live in a place with as fancy a name as that....

That has been added to the list as well, thank you!
It's pronounced Core-Duh-lane.... you'll get used to it!
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I know Idaho exists but that's the extent of my knowledge. Good luck wherever you end up.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Virginia huh! Never even crossed my mind actually, I will indeed look into that. The reason Idaho intrigues us is because it's somewhat a midwestern state, therefore I'm hoping for a more conservative base of folks to surround ourselves with as well. Don't know if Virginia fits that bill.
We're just controlled by a few places. The rest of the state is very conservative. The mountains are conservative except for Albemarle County which is Charlottesville.

Idaho is beautiful but the winters are way too harsh.
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Consider Missouri and northern arkansas. Places like bull shoals lake, lake of the ozarks and table rock lake. Has 4 seasons, doesn’t get obscene amounts of snow, conservative base and low costs of living.
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^^This^^...there is also a big lake there that is fantastic
Yes, you can find very affordable housing with a view of the lake. It's gin clear; and absolutely beautiful. You're basically in the mountains. There are trout streams/rivers all over the place within an hour. Still gets hot in the summer, but "it's a dry heat" as they say.

The worst part about the area is the secret has gotten out, mostly to Californians.
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Originally Posted by jagerhunchback View Post
Consider Missouri and northern arkansas. Places like bull shoals lake, lake of the ozarks and table rock lake. Has 4 seasons, doesn’t get obscene amounts of snow, conservative base and low costs of living.
He asked for mountains.....
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I moved to N.E. Tennessee from the flat lands and love it. Idaho is cold and snow. I have a cycling friend in Coeur d'alene.

One thing that we get here is the half backers. People from up North that moved to florida but found it too hot so they moved half back.
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
He asked for mountains.....
https://www.britannica.com/place/Ozark-Mountains


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I have been in Boise since June. Moved from NYC metro area. Lived all over but this is the farthest west. Denver previously was it.
A few things:

4 seasons here. This past winter was mild. Very little snow - much less than we got in the NE. Summer was awesome.

Real Estate - I too rented so I could get the lay of the land. I am not planning on buying now. Boise metro home prices rising much too fast. Large influx of CA people, cash heavy, fleeing one thing or another from there. Inventory is low. The natives are about tired of the influx. East coasters seem to be OK in their eyes. I feel like I am 8 or 10 years too late for real estate.

Outdoor activities- All kinds of stuff to do. Lots of RV owners that head to the mountains on weekends. Lots of boats too.

People - Very friendly and willing to help you. Seems a good mix of all walks of life. Live and let live attitudes

Amenities- Everything here that is everywhere else. Lots of chain restaurants. Downtown area is pretty cool.

Crime - Almost non existent. Well funded law enforcement. The area is growing rapidly though.

Cost of living - Power is 2nd cheapest in the country. Fuel is expensive - $2.43 for regular today. Other stuff is about the same.

All in all I am happy. Just can't do the freshwater fishing thing. Gotta get back to the salt. Plan to be here maybe a couple more years. I would definitely come out here and look around. Beautiful place. I can't speak for the other areas but it get really rural really quickly.

I know there are a couple of guys on THT that live here as well. Maybe they can chime in.




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