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Old 02-24-2010, 07:03 AM
 
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Island_OnThe_Land -

Excellent analysis! But my income not fixed. For me, Taxes does not apply. The only advantage might be that in Florida I can homestead my Crib. California seems to be higher all-around in Taxes but I'm used to high property taxes living most of my life in a college town (in Florida). I agree the fun factor in NorCal or SoCal prolly better than SoFL but traffic is much less in Miami area and cleaner air, better beaches, attractive Latin/Brazilian women and for traveling to Latin America Miami is pretty good. Frankly, I'd like to find a small town outside a major city. Heard good things about Huntington Beach in Orange County. Or maybe down past San Clemente between Orange County and San Diego. NorCal might be to cold but no one can argue about the natural beauty, climate and cultural options in the Bay Area. I got friends married w/kids out in Riverside, Moreno Valley area. Not sure if I could live way out there! Being single, 44 years old, no kids I want to be among like minded people. I'm no party animal. I like the quiet life.

Brickell Key is a small island off downtown Miami... Brazilians, Italians, Espanolos, Colombians, you name it. All upscale folks. it's a little paradise. Heck, I could buy a nice Condo on BK for under $200k. 180 view of Biscayne Bay and all the stuff that goes with that.

Have a nice evening everyone!
Hey I used to live in Ventura Ca and it sounds like a lot of what you would be looking for. It is not as expensive as some areas in Ca but has nice downtown,ocean and the commute to LA or Malibu is not too bad. Again though you are not going to get a nice place for 200k there like in Miami. For some people though the state outweighs not being able to afford as nice of a place. It is finding which person you are or if money is not a big issue which overall has more positives. Since you seem so mixed I would rent for awhile so you are not trapped.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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Hello All -

A pleasure to be apart of a great Forum. Thanks to the Moderators and Administrators for approving my registration.

About Me: Born/raised in small town Florida's east coast. Real estate manager/owner since 1990. Sold all my properties including my own home, my Corvette and most all my material possesions 6 months ago. I am semi-retired since 2008. 44 yrars old. No kids. Divorced. Don't want kids. Don't want marriage. I've lived and traveled a lot last 10 years mostly South America and Europe. I currently live in extended stay Hotel in Miami. Back the 90s, I lived in Los Angeles.... enjoyed my time in SoCal but was always on the verge of living on the street due to my unstable job(s). I lived in Spain and South America off and on last few years. I work from my Laptop so can live anywhere. I'm financially very good but I do live on a budget. Looking to enjoy life and pursue new friends, new hobbies and old passions. Seeking to settle a bit and buy a small Condo.

Southern California or South Florida?

Opinions and feedback appreciated in advance.

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PS: Admins/Mods: Seeking both state's viewpoints so posted in California Forum also. If I broke a rule, my apologies.
I think you should stay in South Florida. Miami perhaps? It seems your pretty young in spirit but probably exhausted of the night life scene. If you like California that much, just go there on vacation. You don't HAVE to live there and suffer the consequences that most So.Cal residents do.
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:49 PM
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Location: Miami, Florida / Marina del Rey, California
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If I choose SoFL, I'll prolly look in Coral Gables, Brickell Key, Miami Beach, or maybe Cocounut Grove.

Have a nice evening everyone!
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