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Old 09-18-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Carlsbad, CA
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Hello,
Im hoping to get some suggestions on places to relocate. My husband and I currently live north of San Diego and although we love the weather; were looking for a place where we can get a better quality of life for our income. I grew up in Portland OR and love the forests, lakes and rivers but moved because of the rain and grayness. I would move back in a second if it could be summer all year round. Here's some qualities that we're looking for. Please tell me a place like this exists?!

1) Long tolerable summers. Our ideal place (if it exists) would be sunny and 65-85 most days out of the year.
2) Abundance of young families and good schools where we can raise our newborn daughter

3) A high quality of living for an income of around $150K per year.
4) Plenty of Forests, Lakes and Rivers where we can wakeboard and go camping.
5) In or near a major city with a great music scene
6) Liberal/progressive
7) Within a 3 hour drive to mountains where we could snowboard
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Carlsbad, CA
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the last one can be excluded...not that important to us
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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1) Long tolerable summers. Our ideal place (if it exists) would be sunny and 65-85 most days out of the year.
I don't think you're going to find this outside of the west coast. You might find it along the Florida coasts where you get a good breeze off the ocean.
You might post your weather requirements in the weather subforum and see if you get any hits there. Or just repost your entire question in the general US forum, although you'll probably get a lot nonsense along with any serious answers.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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1) Long tolerable summers. Our ideal place (if it exists) would be sunny and 65-85 most days out of the year.
2) Abundance of young families and good schools where we can raise our newborn daughter

3) A high quality of living for an income of around $150K per year.
4) Plenty of Forests, Lakes and Rivers where we can wakeboard and go camping.
5) In or near a major city with a great music scene
6) Liberal/progressive
California meets all of your requirements EXCEPT for #3.

Austin, TX would be progressive with a great music scene, and lots of outdoor activities. But the summers are probably not what you would call "tolerable".

How about Denver, CO? Great mountains, great camping opportunities. I understand the winters are relatively mild?

Asheville, NC, has some of the best weather east of the Mississippi....the outdoor opportunities in the Blue Ridge Mtns. are fantastic, and the city is quite liberal. Asheville enjoys 4 beautiful seasons.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:29 PM
 
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Good luck. A suburb of Chicago might fit your criteria. The issue is #3, many places in the US that are cheaper to live, don't have the high salary that you get in California, so you may earn less, but have a much slower pace, and higher quality of life, but an adjusted salary for that area. After all, even a doctor in Alabama does not earn as much as a doctor in California, based on lower cost of living.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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Hello,
Im hoping to get some suggestions on places to relocate. My husband and I currently live north of San Diego and although we love the weather; were looking for a place where we can get a better quality of life for our income. I grew up in Portland OR and love the forests, lakes and rivers but moved because of the rain and grayness. I would move back in a second if it could be summer all year round. Here's some qualities that we're looking for. Please tell me a place like this exists?!

1) Long tolerable summers. Our ideal place (if it exists) would be sunny and 65-85 most days out of the year.
2) Abundance of young families and good schools where we can raise our newborn daughter

3) A high quality of living for an income of around $150K per year.
4) Plenty of Forests, Lakes and Rivers where we can wakeboard and go camping.
5) In or near a major city with a great music scene
6) Liberal/progressive
7) Within a 3 hour drive to mountains where we could snowboard
You forgot one...8) A place where we can continue to make $150K/yr doing....what? (or is your income not tied to a specific place?)
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Carlsbad, CA
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Thanks calgirlinnc! I'm looking into Denver and Asheville. Austin would be perfect if it weren't for the extreme heat and humidity.

Our income is not tied to a specific place and we'd continue to bring in around 150K but want to be able to upgrade our lifestyle by moving to a more affordable location
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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Thanks calgirlinnc! I'm looking into Denver and Asheville. Austin would be perfect if it weren't for the extreme heat and humidity.

Our income is not tied to a specific place and we'd continue to bring in around 150K but want to be able to upgrade our lifestyle by moving to a more affordable location
I think you will find that Asheville also has a great music scene.

I know Adele is going there, one of the few places in the Carolinas she will be going.

Good luck!
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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Thanks calgirlinnc! I'm looking into Denver and Asheville. Austin would be perfect if it weren't for the extreme heat and humidity.

Our income is not tied to a specific place and we'd continue to bring in around 150K but want to be able to upgrade our lifestyle by moving to a more affordable location
If Asheville stays on your short list, be sure to visit for a week or two in the summer. It's in the mountains, but eastern mountains are not the same as western mountains. Also, Asheville 85 degrees is not the same as San Diego 85 degrees. And Asheville will go many weeks without reaching 65 degrees. For comparison, the winter highs will be similar to Portland's, but the lows are significantly lower.
Climatology Comparison for Connellys Springs, NC (28612) - weather.com

Asheville is also pretty expensive and is not known as a family area (although of course many families live there). Read about it on the NC and Western NC forums.

Southern California is the only place I can think of that meets your requirements. (including the $150,000 - I can't imagine that not being enough.)
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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I think you will find that Asheville also has a great music scene.

I know Adele is going there, one of the few places in the Carolinas she will be going.

Good luck!
She cancelled her U.S. tour.

ADELE: Home

I wouldn't mind a place like the OP described. However, I don't want to live in any of the states mentioned, so quess I'll stay put.

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