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Old 06-07-2015, 01:16 PM
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I am looking to move from the NYC area where I have lived a long time. I am 49 years old, single, no kids, 2 small dogs, work as an HR Director in hospitality however looking to start my own business but still figuring out what that might be so I have to work.

I have lived in Seattle for a few years and loved that size of the city, had enough to do but not overwhelming, had transportation but can use a car (I have a car). I just hated the rain. I have also lived in Portland, same feeling as Seattle but may have been too small for me at the time (10 years ago).

Looking for:

*Sun - at least more than NYC or Seattle. Don't mind a mild change in seasons, just don't like humidity (like east coast) or too dark and cold for too long.

*Mid-size city - livable, has transportation but I can also use a car (a car in NYC is a nightmare)

*I don't need to live downtown, but don't like the suburb feeling either - like to live in a walkable type neighborhood, but not like Bleecker street in Greenwich village or Haight/Ash - where it's way too crowded, loud and expensive

*Concerned that living in Oakland will mean I have to work in SF - not crazy about that idea - commute and back in the rat race again like NYC

*I do like outdoors and nature, although not a heavy outdoor skier, biker, kayak, etc. Like running, hiking and parks

*I know all these cities are going to have somewhat expensive rent, I am looking to change careers and get out of the "corporate world" and don't want to spend all my time working and commuting to make a big salary to afford my rent, and thus never work on myself or spending time starting some sort of business or getting into another career. Hope this makes sense, basically, don't want a massive rent overhead

*I do not have a job yet in any city, prefer to find the place to live I like but do have to get a job

*Like outdoor bbq's, brewpubs, low key get togethers, not looking for the coolest, trendiest bars and restaurants where the "in" crowd hangs out. Not my scene.

*People - wherever people are not as rushed and rude as NYC. NYC makes people hard, prefer a friendly environment.

*Not looking to spend half my day commuting to and from work.

I'd throw Austin in there, but visited it for a couple days and it felt quite small. Maybe I didn't give it enough time but a city the size of Seattle or possibly Portland is a better fit.

I know this is a long post and tall order but really looking for some input, if you could kindly state "why" in your response, I would be very grateful!

Thank you!

Last edited by avamarie123; 06-07-2015 at 01:27 PM.. Reason: title change - add relocation
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:39 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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San Diego. San Diego is laid back and is a large city with a smaller town feel. You never feel overwhelmed by San Diego. Also within San Diego County you have access to any outdoors related activity you can imagine. There is also a nice variety of temperatures and climates as you have coastal, inland, valley, and desert all within the county. There are mountains, lakes, and of course miles and miles of beach. The weather is temperate almost year around so you can enjoy hiking and running the entire year.

Also, the city is walkable, but not as walker friendly as a place like San Francisco though. As far as brewpubs and low key get togethers, SD scratches that itch if you are into it. There is a pretty large craft beer scene here and there are plenty of bars and pubs, and the ones on the coast can have beautiful scenery as well.
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