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Old 06-07-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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My husband and I are looking to relocate by early or mid 2011. We currently live in southern CA but our area is very expensive. Apartments (decent to nice) in our area are $1250/month to $1600/month. Homes in our area are 1 million to 2 million. We live close to the beach and its beautiful but we are done spending way too much money to live here and goods jobs are hard to find right now in our area too. We are looking for a new place to live. It could be a new county within CA or a whole new state. We are considering several different places and keeping our options open.
Any positive and helpful suggestions would be great.I see a lot of people on here just attacking each other verbally so I am not looking for any rude comments or to get into a debate about anything. Im just here for helpful feedback. If you do have a problem with something I write/ask please feel free to not respond at all.
Here is what my husband and I are looking for in relocating. Im sure we wont find everything we want in one place but hopefully most of these things.
1) good/decent paying jobs available
2) safe area with low crime
3) affordable apartments/homes to rent/buy (we consider an affordable apartment to be
$700/month to $1000/month and an affordable home to be $300,000).
4) good/decent air quality
5) no extreme/drastic weather changes (one day its negative 3 degrees and next week its 105 degrees). Warmer weather preferred so it cost less to heat a pool.
6) safe driving, safe/good drivers, safe freeways/streets
7) privacy when you buy a home (getting more land/space with your home). The homes here barely offer any backyard and there is no space in between homes.
8) good health care, doctors, hospitals
9) being within a 30 minute drive to the city with stores, places to eat, a mall
I will tell you a little about us so you can suggest the best county/state for us to consider. We are both white and in our early 30's. We are both conservative, republicans. We are both church-going Christians. We have no children and are not planning on having
children anytime soon. We are both career minded people. We enjoy hiking, going to the gym. My husband has a Bachelor of Science in information security systems and is looking for a high paying job in which he can use his degree. I currently make $45,000 a year working in
advertising but am looking to work less so I can go to school and get a degree. Considering a medical major but I am not 100% sure yet. I also have lots of management experience from other jobs but currently no degree. My husband and I would like to buy a 3 bedroom house
within the next few years. And we would like to rent a nice apartment in the meantime. We dont want to have to spend hours commuting to work everyday. Maybe 30 to 45 minutes each way to work, tops.
Thanks everyone
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:50 PM
 
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A lot of Colorado meets your criteria, especially COLO SPGS.

Jobs are the iffy part right now. Info security types might find a job in COLO SPGS with the defense industry, or in the Denver area.

Very few pools here, the season is too short, and some days it's not that warm either. Is that a show stopper for you?

Very few large lots in most of the major cities on the I-25 corridor. Most lots are 6000-10000 sq ft.

Tons of nice houses in most areas for $300k.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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1) good/decent paying jobs available
I don't know about the availability of these jobs, but there are a lot of people here in good paying jobs, mostly for government contractors. It would help if your husband had a DOD security clearance. Definitely find a job first, before moving.

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5) no extreme/drastic weather changes (one day its negative 3 degrees and next week its 105 degrees). Warmer weather preferred so it cost less to heat a pool.
From the way you stated this makes me think that you have no idea about the weather here. You should spend some time here during winter months. We moved here from San Diego and the weather here definitely has extreme changes, especially if compared to the coastal climates. I kind of enjoy it though.

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We live close to the beach and its beautiful but we are done spending way too much money to live here and goods jobs are hard to find right now in our area too
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Other than the lower cost of real estate and gas, I don't think you will find living here any cheaper. We spend alot more on clothes here. There's also winter tires, regular windshield repair/replacement, and way more maintenance on our home due to the cold winters.

Our oldest daughter is wanting to do the same move. She has a job now with a defense contractor and can transfer or change employer fairly easily.
We love it here. We just got back from SoCal yesterday and couldn't be happier to be home. You should be able to find all your other requirements pretty easily. Good luck.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Given your requirements, I don't think Colorado is what you're looking for at all. You should consider looking at the South.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Given your requirements, I don't think Colorado is what you're looking for at all. You should consider looking at the South.
I'd suggest Atlanta or somewhere in or around Dallas/Fort worth like Plano. Both have strong job markets, low housing costs, and little to no ice or snow. I'd normally say Northern VA for jobs but our housing costs are more like CA's and weather can get a bit freakish (though not today's, it's beautiful).
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Hi there,

Most of the places you'll find in Colorado are safe and crime free. That includes most of the Front Range (Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs.)

you'll find most of Colorado more affordable than California by a pretty big margin. No worries there.

air quality is excellent out here. Denver has some occasional inversion issues but by and large it's good

good traffic. not as heavy or problematic as you're used to in California

lots of homes with land and privacy

plenty of nice, affordable places to live within 30 minutes of Denver

so far so good ...

now, unfortunately let's talk about the weather. okay. well, colorado is a state of extremes, especially western Colorado where I live. Yesterday was 103 degrees. Three weeks ago there were snow flurries. This coming weekend it's supposed to be in the 70s.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:19 PM
 
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Hi there,

Most of the places you'll find in Colorado are safe and crime free. That includes most of the Front Range (Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs.)

you'll find most of Colorado more affordable than California by a pretty big margin. No worries there.

air quality is excellent out here. Denver has some occasional inversion issues but by and large it's good

good traffic. not as heavy or problematic as you're used to in California

lots of homes with land and privacy

plenty of nice, affordable places to live within 30 minutes of Denver

so far so good ...

now, unfortunately let's talk about the weather. okay. well, colorado is a state of extremes, especially western Colorado where I live. Yesterday was 103 degrees. Three weeks ago there were snow flurries. This coming weekend it's supposed to be in the 70s.
While I agree with most of this post, I have to disagree about the crime issue. Sadly, most places in Colorado rank average or worse than average for per capita crime when compared with national statitstics. Is it East L. A.? No, but it flies in the face of hard data to say the Colorado is "low crime." Lord knows, I wish it was, but it is just not. Yes, some places in Colorado are safer than others, but those are offset with some pretty dangerous areas, too.

I also disagree with air pollution stats. Most areas of Colorado have very good air quality, but there are places that do not. No surprise that a lot of people live in the areas with less than perfect air quality. For example, Denver has been flirting with violating the ozone standards--and the stiff federal sanctions that come with a violation--for several years now.

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