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Old 11-08-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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Hey there! I am looking for good solid advice on where I could possibly relocate in this crappy economy... I am 30 yrs old and I am currently an administrative manager at a really great company in FL. Even though I like my job I really dislike the weather here. I am originally from California and I have lived in CO and NM. All great places and I love and miss the climate out West.

Here is what I am looking for -

Artsy town preferably somewhere out West where I could get around without a car (I like to walk or ride a bike) even in Winter. I am a fine artist on the side (not professionally yet), so I am looking for a place to get going with that. I do not want to pay more than $600 a month on a 1 bedroom apartment and of course this town must have good paying jobs available.

I know a bunch of you are probably laughing at me right now and thinking I am delusional for even asking if such a place exists. I am thinking this myself right now... But, seriously any info is welcome.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:00 AM
 
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Hey there! I am looking for good solid advice on where I could possibly relocate in this crappy economy... I am 30 yrs old and I am currently an administrative manager at a really great company in FL. Even though I like my job I really dislike the weather here. I am originally from California and I have lived in CO and NM. All great places and I love and miss the climate out West.

Here is what I am looking for -

Artsy town preferably somewhere out West where I could get around without a car (I like to walk or ride a bike) even in Winter. I am a fine artist on the side (not professionally yet), so I am looking for a place to get going with that. I do not want to pay more than $600 a month on a 1 bedroom apartment and of course this town must have good paying jobs available.

I know a bunch of you are probably laughing at me right now and thinking I am delusional for even asking if such a place exists. I am thinking this myself right now... But, seriously any info is welcome.
I'll trade ya lol.

All kidding aside, you might like Denver, where I live. The cost of living is mostly reasonable and wages are all right (though at this point you may want to try to find work before you were to move here given the economy). Boulder, Fort Collins or Colorado Springs are probably also decent places to look but it may be harder to travel out of state from these locations if you don't drive. Also the cost of living is higher in Boulder than these other places. If you do decide to choose Colorado, make sure you put potential addresses into Google for the Bedbug Registry given the rather bad bedbug problem plaguing Denver in particular. Hope this helps!
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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Lol! If you like heat with 90-100% for six months out of the year then come on down!

Colorado is very nice. I lived in Colorado Springs for a short time when I was a kid and I loved it. I've heard that the job market is not so good though like you said... I am definitely keeping it in mind though. Especially since there is an Art Students League in Denver, which is really cool.

Hope the bedbug thing gets handled soon!

Thanks Osito!
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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I meant 90-100% humidity by the way. Lol.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:39 AM
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Albuquerque? Austin? Not sure without a car though. West and car go together like a duck and pond.
Maybe get out the map and try to cancel out places you definitely don't want, places that are maybe's and places that are strong possibilities and work it from there.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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West and car go together like a duck and pond.
So true!!! It will be extremely hard to find a place that you can get around on a bike or on foot - as it would indicate more of a downtown-environment - which also means, more expensive in most cases. It won't really fit with your budget unless you were willing to compromise - for example, renting just a room, as opposed to your own apartment/studio.

Good luck on your search! There are already some great suggestions posted above.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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I dunno...just throwing an idea out there. How about Asheville, NC?
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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Haha! Thanks everyone. Yeah Asheville seems pretty cool. I just miss living in a dry climate. A downtown area is what I am looking for, not in a huge city. The search is still on for now.
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