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Old 04-18-2010, 05:45 AM
 
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Hello, we are a young family currently living in the Hudson Valley of NY with an opportunity to move anywhere in the US...we like snowboarding, the beach, gardening, may want to start a wildflower farm, good schools, safe environment of course, beautiful climate (not too hot, not too cold) trying to get away from 7 months of cold out of the year, EXCELLENT QUALITY OF LIFE...WHERE WOULD YOU GO? Lived in Utah, Vermont, all over the Northeast...checking out Palm Springs areas of CA, Arizona, New Mexico for a change of scenery. Thanks, any help would be greatly appreciated. Michelle
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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I have lived all over the USA due to my father's occupation. I love where I live and I have settled here, no intention of leaving. Colorado is heaven for us. But you mentioned the beach and getting out of the cold. While I don't find it to be as cold for as long as some parts of the country it may not be enough of a change for you. Arizona and New Mexico don't have beaches either. Maybe California has more of what you are seeking?
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Old 04-18-2010, 12:45 PM
 
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I should think somewhere in southern or coastal CA would work. The OP said they can work anywhere, but can they afford anywhere? Palm Springs is *very hot*. It's a desert. Don't know how much of a family environment, either.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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My top choices would be the following:

1. San Diego (great climate, beach, upscale living, fairly close to mountains)
2. Northern California Bay Area (great climate, big city life, close to ocean, lakes, mountains, Lake Tahoe)
3. New York City. (lots of things to do, lots of people to meet)
4. Seattle. (beautiful, close to ocean, close to lakes and mountains, big city activities)
5. Denver. (Pretty good climate, close to mountains)
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Carmel, CA.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Monument,CO
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Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego would fit everything you desire. The weather is near perfect year round. You are within minutes to beautiful beaches and less than 2 hours away from Big Bear for skiing. The school district is one of the best in CA. If your kids are into sports, there are many opportunities to train and compete at the highest levels year round. There is even a US Olympic training center in San Diego County. With the housing bust in CA it's a good time for buyers with resources.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Hello, we are a young family currently living in the Hudson Valley of NY with an opportunity to move anywhere in the US...we like snowboarding, the beach, gardening, may want to start a wildflower farm, good schools, safe environment of course, beautiful climate (not too hot, not too cold) trying to get away from 7 months of cold out of the year, EXCELLENT QUALITY OF LIFE...WHERE WOULD YOU GO? Lived in Utah, Vermont, all over the Northeast...checking out Palm Springs areas of CA, Arizona, New Mexico for a change of scenery. Thanks, any help would be greatly appreciated. Michelle
The only state that meets your climate/activities description is California... Everything from San Diego to Redding has that distinctive "garden" feel with abudant grass, flowers, trees. Not Palm Springs, though... I'd suggest looking into the Sacramento area, the eastern suburbs/ the Sierra Foothills.

Colorado is a climate(s) of temperature extremes, a pretty limiting climate(s) when it comes to gardening. Not a "flowery" place at all. It's pretty similar to (northern) Utah, where you said you lived.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:40 PM
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Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I would move to Pueblo. Oh wait I already live in Pueblo.

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Old 04-20-2010, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm with Josseppie. I picked Denver. I live here now. Hooray, Denver!

Portland, Charlotte, Austin and Minneapolis were also on the list. And if I had money to blow I might buy property in Detroit. Give it 20 years =)
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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Probably Sea Ranch, CA, but I've always romanticized living in Maine.
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