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Old 03-01-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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I would like to get some opinions from people. I currently live in San Diego and am thinking of moving to south Florida, either Ft lauderdale, or Miami Shores area. I'm 38, not a spring chicken anymore but not old either.

It's obvious to most that San Diego is extremely nice. It has the best year around climate and is very pretty to the eye. People are nice for the most part. But I have been here for nearly ten years and I like to explore other parts of the country. I am very curious as to what south florida is like. I understand and accept it gets hot and humid. I can deal with that. There are some schools of interest I may like to attend also. The cost of homes are much more affordable there also. Ive left Southern California before and did have regrets. Im afraid of the same thing happening. Am I crazy trading in San Diego for South Florida? Thanks,
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I like both places quite a lot, I like San Diego more personally but I consider Miami to be way more fun. To your question about being crazy to trade in San Diego for Miami, it depends. If weather is something you cherish and if you cant handle hot and humid weather, then its not at all a good move to relocate from San Diego.

Weather aside, I say go for it. Miami is a great cosmopolitan city and less expensive than San Diego too.
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Try Honolulu, you'll have the best of both!
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:41 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Do you prefer a more laid back environment (SD) or a more hectic, faster paced one (MIA)? Spanish is much more prevalent in Miami than SD although if you're in Broward County it probably won't be as prevalent from what I've heard. Economy seems worse in South Florida, although it aint great in SD either.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:40 PM
 
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thanks so far for the replies, i have already lived in Hawaii, did a semester of school there. It's a bit too far from home for me. I welcome more opinions
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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virginia beach
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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South Florida (but San Diego is a cool place, just a preference for Miami )
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: SAN DIEGO
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Morelia Mexcio, its very nice
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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hi travelor,
my husband and i moved to miami about a year and a half ago from LA. we currently live in coconut grove, but are moving out when our landlord sells the house and don't know which neighborhood is best. although miami is an interesting city, we miss southern california acutely and if i could go back in time and stay, i would. the cost of living here is lower, though we were deceived in terms of how dramatic the difference is. miami has a different layout than LA (which i take for granted you know, at least well enough); in LA, most any neighborhood in the city, particularly the west side, is at a premium (the closer to the beach, generally the safer, nicer, and more expensive). in miami, being "near" the coast, while still desirable, isn't as much of a premium. you are either on the water or not, since the temperature gradient isn't as significant. in miami, neighborhoods are more patchwork; in LA (and San Diego) there is a more steady change from coastal to non-coastal.
also, because of the weather, maintenance costs are different. everything rots (we had how many rainy days on the west coast? here it rains daily for 3-4 months; not horrible rain, but enough to affect material things). you need to anticipate everything from roofs and cars to the basics like welcome mats needing more frequent replacement. in addition, we frequently opened our windows in LA and in miami, you use AC. whether the weather bothers you or not, you can't get away without AC in the summer months, and the cost of conditioning your home can be astronomical.
that said, we have beautiful orchids, peacocks, and lizards roaming around. beach weather year round (many of our winter days are as nice or nicer as the best southern california day). a truly international city like one i've never experienced.
good luck with your decision!
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Costa Mesa
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Try L.A. or Hawaii
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