OT: Best Place to Live Upstate?
Not sure if this is the correct forum for this question, and if not I apologize. Please direct me to the more appropriate one.
One of my dreams has always been to buy land and live upstate. The problem is that I don't get up there very often. But whenever I see pictures of the landscape, I just ooo and aahh.
In the next couple of years, we will be in the position to move. So, as I begin my search, I'd like to find out where I should even begin. Hopefully, those of you living there already might have some suggestions for me.
At the risk of being flamed, I'll tell you what I want and what I don't want in a community. I'm looking for that quaint, historic, colonial New England, Currier & Ives type setting, something straight out of Country Living or Country Home. A place where my family can feel safe, where historic preservation and open space is highly valued, where I can have an old farmhouse and affordable land with rolling hills and trees and chickens and cows and such. I guess I'm really looking for the essence of my special town here in NJ, only upstate where land and houses might be a little less expensive.
What I don't want is a town full of Walmarts and McD's, mobile homes or even worse farmland sold off to developers putting in mile and after mile of treeless subdivisions with cookie cutter homes. No teenagers cruising the streets at night in their loud cars. And no place where the norm is gun-laden pickup trucks full of good ole boys with dead deer strapped to the roof. (It's not my intention to offend anyone here--I'm just trying to find a community that's appropriate for my family, and that's not it.)
Have you seen the town or area I'm seeking? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!