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  •  Depende on your definition of "reasonable" (1+ / 0-)
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    Pandoras Box
    But then again, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island are still reasonable.
    Real Estate prices are reasonable in the outer boroughs I guess, compared to Manhattan, but are still pretty outrageous compared to most normal housing markets.
    •  It's the same for all large cities, alas (2+ / 0-)
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      Pandoras Box, Villanova Rhodes

      Boston's the same way, which is why I live in Easthampton.  I was priced out of the Boston area twenty years ago.

      Same thing applies to Pittsburgh, too.  I took a look at real estate prices a few years ago when my aunt was dying in case I actually had to move back, and though they were much lower than here in Western Mass, wages and salaries were correspondingly lower for administrative workers (like me - my day job is as an office manager).  And real estate taxes were HIGHER - Betty paid almost twice as much in taxes as I did at the time, even though our houses were valued at about the same price.  I know she wanted me to stay in the house, but thanks to her own stubbornness and the horrid way she structured her estate, the tax burden alone force me to sell.

      It's one of the reasons that writer John Scalzi advises young writers to move out of the big East Coast cities and find affordable homes in less desirable, less expensive areas:  for the same price as a studio apartment in New York, he was able to pay the mortgage on a four bedroom house on a huge chunk of land in rural Ohio.  

      •  And it's flatter! (0+ / 0-)

        I live in Ohio and enjoy some nice rural acreage that is within an hour or two's drive from two big ohio cities, and the burnt-out husk of a third (which I really hope experiences something of a renaissance sometime soon--Dayton is an interesting place that needs revitalization). But I don't have to mow my lawn by tying a clothesline around the lawnmower handle, letting it roll down the hill, and hauling it up again. :)

        How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

        by athenap on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 10:48:50 AM PDT

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