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The Best Place to Live in America Is a City You’ve Never Heard Of

A new ranking proclaims one suburban city the top place to live in the United States.

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The 86,000 residents of the city of Carmel, Indiana have a reason to celebrate today. Their suburban community just north of Indianapolis was just named the best place to live in the entire United States.

It’s not the first time the city has received such an honor, though. CNN Money magazine dubbed it the best place to live in America back in 2012, but that ranking was specifically focused on cities ranging from 50,000 to 300,000 in population.

Data company Niche, which recently released its own ranking of the best places to live, says its new numbers take “into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.”

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T+L  AMERICA\’S FAVORITE PLACES | U.S.

America’s Most Underrated Cities

These cities promise to exceed your expectations.

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Meggie Dials left Illinois for Indianapolis 13 years ago. “Mostly, people think of Indy as a quiet town in a rural state,” Dials, VP of sales at a local tech company and founder of The Sussy Project, told Travel + Leisure. “But we are so much more.”

T+L readers agree, and think that Indianapolis is one of America’s most underrated cities.
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You’re Invited!

Join the Sam Hawkins Team at the Holliday Park Trail Run on March 18, 2017.  This year’s event offers a 5-mile Trail Run/Hike (ages 10 and up), 1-mile Trail Run/Hike, Tot Trot (ages 5 and under) and a Free Kids Zone featuring climbing wall, crafts, games and more!

Registration is now open!

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50 Best Places to Travel in 2017

The 50 destinations that made our list this year include one of France’s lesser-known wine regions, America’s next big dining spot, and a buzzy Greek island.

Putting together our annual list of the best places to travel is a process that takes several months—we survey writers based around the world, talk to our A-List travel specialists, and look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings. While news and global events have a large impact on the places we choose, we also pay attention to cities that are worth revisiting: Philadelphia, in particular, may surprise you with the amount of growth and development it has seen in recent months. North America made a strong showing on this year’s list—more than a quarter of these places are within reach for a long-weekend trip from the United States.

Whether you favor mudroom-style built-ins or a minimalist approach, your best bet for a tidy house begins at the entry

 

November 11, 2016 from Houzz
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If you can corral keys, coats and bags as soon as you enter your home, you’ve won half the battle against clutter. The following entryways offer three stylish takes on dealing with outerwear and gear at the most important threshold.

November Garden Calendar

Time to tuck your garden into bed for winter!

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Start preparing your house for the holidays now, and you’ll be thankful later that you did

 November 1, 2016 from Houzz
Houzz Contributor. I cover topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz…
With Thanksgiving approaching and the winter holidays just around the corner, there is a lot to look forward to (and prepare for) at this time of year. Batten down the hatches for winter weather and get a jump on holiday hosting prep, so you can relax and savor the many simple pleasures of the season, from big family dinners to walks in the crisp air outdoors.

12 Things That Make A Neighborhood Truly Great

By Michael Corbett | August 22, 2016 from Trulia’s Blog

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Find out what will make you fall even deeper in love with your neighborhood.

When you’re in the market for a new place to live, it helps to remember the golden rule of real estate: You’re not just buying or renting a home — you are also becoming part of a neighborhood.

All neighborhoods are not created equal and there’s no such thing as the perfect neighborhood; everyone has different needs and desires.

However, there are components common to all great neighborhoods. As you evaluate the best aspects of a prospective neighborhood, you’ll want to match them to your daily needs.

1. Lifestyle match

Is the neighborhood in sync with your current lifestyle? Both renters and homebuyers tend to gravitate to areas with similar demographics. Just as a fantastic suburban neighborhood in a gated community may not be right for a young single professional, a family with three small children might not find a small condo in a hip downtown neighborhood to be the best fit for their lifestyle.

2. Pride in ownership

Pride in ownership is obvious when the residents maintain their homes and care about their neighborhood. Neighbors connect and create local groups that bring the residents together for the betterment of the area.
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Don’t Call Them Flyover Cities: Why You Should Visit Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City

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Photo: Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art / @imamuseum

The vast, middle of our country, known as “America’s Heartland,” appears as an endless patchwork of farmland and snaking rivers, punctuated by the occasional city that often seems so small and inconsequential—especially from an airplane window. To coastal dwellers, these “flyover cities,” a slightly disparaging term, refer mostly to the swath of land making up states like Illinois, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Missouri. Beyond the well-traversed Windy City of Chicago, a few smaller Midwestern cities are luring travelers with their creative cuisine, live tunes, new museums, and serious laid-back charm. Here, a guide to three cities worth landing, and lingering, in.
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