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Old 04-04-2015, 07:22 AM
 
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i live in st louis i hate it
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:23 AM
 
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i'm a photographer
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:21 AM
 
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Try the moon (or Mars)...

Your requirements are conflicting, as others mentioned.
If you forget the beach, perhas Santa Fe or Sedona.
Both are artsy; however, both are NOT low cost.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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Google Find Your Spot. It is a lengthy but fun and easy-to-use on-line questionnaire about your likes, wants and needs, and then they recommend about 20 towns and/or cities that should suit you based on your answers.
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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How about Sarasota, Florida? Beautiful beaches nearby. If it wasn't for the low rent part, I would also suggest Laguna Beach or Carmel-by-the-Sea. They are not city-like but close to big cities.
both carmel and laguna beach are mega expensive.
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Old 04-04-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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i guess the most important is low cost and artsy
KC/Lawrence are okay art cities, Lawrence is more expensive though but a college town.
Other Midwest cities are good too like Denver. No beaches though.

There's some art/beach towns outside US that would be okay for lower COL.
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:52 PM
 
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i live in st louis i hate it
Ah. Well, there are some definite drawbacks to the city, so I guess I don't totally blame you. But since it has almost everything you're looking for, you might want to look internally. Places are what you make it. Or, as some say, wherever you go, you have to take yourself with you.

What specifically do you hate about St. Louis? If you knew that, you might be able to at least narrow down cities where you can avoid the things you hate the most.

No place is perfect. And definitely no place meets all your requirements that I know of.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:34 PM
 
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Gulfport, FL, near St Pete, sounds perfect for you.

I second the Find My (Your?) Spot website.
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:53 PM
 
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Identify your ideal location (warm, near ocean, artsy, etc) even if it's in an expensive city. To cut costs: rent a shared apartment there. You don't need your own apartment. Could even share a bedroom. Go for it!
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:10 AM
 
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Santa Fe is fairly expensive. It would need to be ALBQ for NM.

Requirement on distance to beach. Charlotte would meet the requirements but is four hours from the beach. Otherwise you might consider suburbs around a couple of the major cities in Florida but the areas with low COL may also have fairly low pay.

Note that there are cold places (IE maine) that have beaches. If you just wanted it to be much warmer in winter than Chicago, than Denver and Charlotte would be by far your best bets.
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