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Old 07-13-2009, 04:34 PM
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I'm 23. For the last 15 years I've been living in NY, but it's time for me to move and I've set my sights on California.

I've been to San Francisco and I loved it, but the cold winter months don't sound too appealing.

I love sailing and I ride a motorcycle. It'd be great to live in a climate where I can do these two things year-round.

My first pick would be San Diego, but being from NYC, it seems a bit rural for me. I love being around people, maybe LA is the place to look at?
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I'm 23. For the last 15 years I've been living in NY, but it's time for me to move and I've set my sights on California.

I've been to San Francisco and I loved it, but the cold winter months don't sound too appealing.

I love sailing and I ride a motorcycle. It'd be great to live in a climate where I can do these two things year-round.

My first pick would be San Diego, but being from NYC, it seems a bit rural for me. I love being around people, maybe LA is the place too look at?
First of all be prepared to get slammed for saying Cali.
I'm just preparing you for the inevitable but maybe if i say this, it'll prevent any comments.
Ummm, if you loved S.F., i recommend it.
It's such a good city.
The winters will be nothing like what you're used to in NYC.
It does rain (generally starting in Nov and winding down by April) but there are many beautiful days between stretches of rain and it's never that cold.
But i'm partial to the central coast and northern CA.
Being from the east, you might find that San Francisco is more suited for you unless you want a radical change in culture and the insanity of southern CA.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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I'm also a native New Yorker. I'm also 23. I moved out here a few years ago. All of it will be entire culture shock - so be forewarned - but if you're adamant about moving out here, San Diego would be my first choice then San Francisco/anywhere in the Bay Area.

Also, keep in mind with the economy in the shape it is have a job BEFORE you trek out here. I didn't do that, and this was even back in 2006 when we were still in fair shape.. it took me forever to find work initially. I was recently laid off back in October of 2008 and only recently found work again. People here are hurting for jobs, so right now isn't the best time to just "pack up and move".
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:22 PM
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How about LA, how are the beaches there? Is the cost of living in LA different than that of SF and SD?
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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If you liked URBAN life San Francisco is the only place you can live without a car, or refrigerator for that matter. However the water is never over 60 degrees so you'll be wearing a wetsuit. I loved San Francisco but Real Estate there is just too high.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:48 PM
 
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LA is cheaper than San Francisco, and you can live a very urban lifestyle there if that's what you want. I'm not sure how LA compares to San Diego, price-wise. On the other hand, it's actually not too expensive to find a place in SF within very close walking distance to the beach - the outer SF beach neighborhoods can be cold and foggy (and are not as urban in feel), but they are relatively - as far as SF goes - affordable.

I agree with the job suggestion - this is a very bad time to move to CA without a job.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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May I suggest California's Central valley? 2 Hours to SF, 2 Hours to the Sierra.

Plenty of Recreation. Lakes for sailing, Foothills for the Motorcycle...
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm 23....maybe LA is the place to look at?
Why are you setting your sights on California? Why not Arizona or North Dakota or Alaska or Florida?

What line of work are you in?
Where will you find a job?
What do you expect your housing budget to be?
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I'm 23. For the last 15 years I've been living in NY, but it's time for me to move and I've set my sights on California.

I've been to San Francisco and I loved it, but the cold winter months don't sound too appealing.

I love sailing and I ride a motorcycle. It'd be great to live in a climate where I can do these two things year-round.

My first pick would be San Diego, but being from NYC, it seems a bit rural for me. I love being around people, maybe LA is the place to look at?
First of all do not get the idea you will sailing and riding motorcyles year around, even San Diego does have some cold days in the winter, 2-what is your housing allowance and do you have a job or a heck of a lot of money stashed away? 3-There is no place in CA that will be like NYC, but yes,Los Angeles is probably the closest. San Francisco is even more like NYC but you have already said you don't want the winter temps there.

Someone suggested inland, because you are from NYC I wouldn't even consider any cities other than L.A., S.D and S.F.

Nita
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