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Old 06-17-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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Hello everyone,


I posted a similar thread on the U.S. General forum, but did not get a lot of suggestions. So here I am posting it in the individual States sections we are looking at. Hope you can add a few more suggestions.

In a nutshell, we are looking at FL, GA, SC, and NC—mostly because of it being on the East Coast and the weather. We previously lived in Europe, SoCal, and Oregon and loved all of those places for what they are. Now the “globetrotting” continues. Work and schools are not an issue. We are in our thirties—not retirees yet—but can take our work wherever we go.

What cities/areas meet the following criteria from your point of view?
(if you have lived in Europe, SoCal, or Oregon, please try to compare your suggestion; that would help tremendously since we have not spent a lot of time in the South East … but will do soon)

WEATHER:
mild winters, i.e., not long stretches below 50F; sunny and green throughout the year--we understand that requires rain and/or humidity
CULTURE:
a place that offers live music gigs on a regular basis and has interesting cafés, libraries, etc. to hang out, performing arts theaters would be a plus; a place that encourages going out on a spontaneous note
SIZE:
having lived around LA, we try to avoid major cities and the bad traffic; anything between 50,000 and 300,000 inhabitants is fine (bigger if it is simply irresistible); too small and you generally have to drive more than half an hour to do things, which discourages spontaneous activity; proximity to an airport would be a plus
SURROUNDINGS:
beach or inland is both fine with us; we enjoy the beach, but we also enjoy the hills, mountains, and rivers; as long as nature can be enjoyed and is not taken over completely by concrete and asphalt
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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That's like saying...if you have ever lived in North America or South America make a comparison...

I can tell you Florida is different from the other states you are considering. It's more of a New York/California culture where the others are the South. South Florida (Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Weston) could be compared to Irvine, CA. Spread out, lots of new construction and developments, for the most part classy...especially Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton and Weston.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:27 PM
 
Location: North Florida
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Sounds to me as though you would like the tropical, international feeling of Miami and South Beach. If you are looking for something VERY laid back, the Keys might be something to check out while you are that far south.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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If you want "big city" then go to Miami. However if you want a nice little beach town with gorgeous beaches and a self contained little downtown with everything you specified look into Sarasota. My husband grew up in Europe, and is well traveled, and he thinks this is the nicest city to live in of anywhere he has been.
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Foothills of the Appalachians
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Ok, we will do our best to compare where we are in NW Florida to Los Angeles where we lived previously.

We are located along a stretch of beaches known as the Scenic 30A on the Emerald Coast.


WEATHER:
mild winters, i.e., not long stretches below 50F; sunny and green throughout the year--we understand that requires rain and/or humidity Weather in LA is great but much cooler in the evening. We loved not having to use air conditioning. We missed the rain in LA as you just don't get much of it. --- Our weather is different from South Florida. We do get cold winters. It does get down into the 20's and even lower sometimes in winter ... on the flip side, winter is nice because its' so quiet -- you may not see anyone else on the beach. It's a nice reprieve from the heat of summer. Summers are hot and humid! As much as we love the heat, there are times when it's pretty brutal .. but a quick deep in the pristine gulf will make it all better. Spring & Fall are our favorite times. We are lucky to be nestled into longleaf pine forests and surrounded by water -- the bay, the gulf and rare coastal dune lakes -- so we've got alot of green around. We're not palm tree florida but more pine tree florida.


CULTURE:
a place that offers live music gigs on a regular basis and has interesting cafés, libraries, etc. to hang out, performing arts theaters would be a plus; a place that encourages going out on a spontaneous note We are fortunate to have a lot of cool things around us. We are in the south and it's certainly not LA ... but no place is really like LA! We do miss the multitude of things to do, places to eat, people to see in california but love the quiet, easy, laid back life at our beach. All along our beaches, you can find numerous art galleries, boutique shopping, the Seaside Rep Theater, etc. Through the season, we have many outdoor events like the Jazz Festival, outdoor markets, festivals, etc. Live musicians are always performing at local restaurants, bars and outdoor events. You won't find the "big city" culture but we've got a pretty special local favor and are very supportive of the arts.



SIZE:
having lived around LA, we try to avoid major cities and the bad traffic; anything between 50,000 and 300,000 inhabitants is fine (bigger if it is simply irresistible); too small and you generally have to drive more than half an hour to do things, which discourages spontaneous activity; proximity to an airport would be a plus

Traffic is the one thing we don't miss about LA. We would guess there is somewhere around 40,000 in our county ... we're largely a second home / vacation home / resort like area. We do have 2 airports that are about 20-30 minutes away and a new international airport is scheduled to open in 2010 which will be about 20 minutes from us. In LA, you have to pay to park anywhere and you've got to have permits to park on the street, have to think about which day is street sweeping day here, etc, etc. It's so nice to just pull in the driveway, park on the street, park at the beach for free, simple things but it just makes life easier.

SURROUNDINGS:
beach or inland is both fine with us; we enjoy the beach, but we also enjoy the hills, mountains, and rivers; as long as nature can be enjoyed and is not taken over completely by concrete and asphalt[/quote] We've got plenty of outdoor / nature places in our own backyard and nearby. We do lack the mountains and a real diversity of landscape. It's beautiful though, there are so many shades of green within the greens, the coastal dune lakes with the red & green lily pads, the cypress trees and bay landscapes, the white dunes set against the emerald green clean waters of the gulf ... nature can definitely be enjoyed here.

Well, hope that gives you a little idea of where we live. If you're interested in more details, feel free to pop us an a private message ....

Best of luck in your search and your travels!
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:18 PM
 
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In Florida, I was thinking Ft. Lauderdale.
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