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Old 08-17-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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So I'm not looking to make any major changes until summer 2010, which is good because I have no idea where I'm going yet!

First thing is I am a single middle-aged woman who's family is all in PA and OH (which is where I currently am). I am ready to pick up and begin a new life and have no fears of doing so alone. But there are some things I am in need of, or at least am hoping for:

I absolutely need to get out of the humid climate! As the years go on the humidity bothers me more and more. The dry heat is tolerable as long as it isn't scorching. Also I am a bit of a tree hugger so a more liberal area would suit me better. I like being fairly close to an area that offers cultural events and happenings but certainly don't wish to live among the hustle-bustle of a large city. I also don't require a lot of space between my four walls but prefer to not live in an apartment setting. Renting would be ideal the first year, so affordable rental property would be helpful.

Unfortunately I have to work (haha) so a decent job market with cost of living is comparable to the housing costs.

I have been leaning towards New Mexico with Santa Fe being ideal but not really affordable. Or ABQ which would have more to offer I think. I don't know much else of the state.

Do I sound like a dreamer? I guess in some ways I am. But I have spent most of my life taking care of others and now it's my turn. Why can't I have it all?

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:46 PM
 
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So I'm not looking to make any major changes until summer 2010, which is good because I have no idea where I'm going yet!

First thing is I am a single middle-aged woman who's family is all in PA and OH (which is where I currently am). I am ready to pick up and begin a new life and have no fears of doing so alone. But there are some things I am in need of, or at least am hoping for:

I absolutely need to get out of the humid climate! As the years go on the humidity bothers me more and more. The dry heat is tolerable as long as it isn't scorching. Also I am a bit of a tree hugger so a more liberal area would suit me better. I like being fairly close to an area that offers cultural events and happenings but certainly don't wish to live among the hustle-bustle of a large city. I also don't require a lot of space between my four walls but prefer to not live in an apartment setting. Renting would be ideal the first year, so affordable rental property would be helpful.

Unfortunately I have to work (haha) so a decent job market with cost of living is comparable to the housing costs.

I have been leaning towards New Mexico with Santa Fe being ideal but not really affordable. Or ABQ which would have more to offer I think. I don't know much else of the state.

Do I sound like a dreamer? I guess in some ways I am. But I have spent most of my life taking care of others and now it's my turn. Why can't I have it all?

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Im sort of in the same boat as you..Single female looking for a change...Actually leaning toward the Phoenix, Arizona area...but first I need to sell my house.....(in this economy it will probably be never)
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:58 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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I HIGHLY recommend Phoenix and the surrounding cities. Houses here are dirt cheap right now: You can buy a 1,500+ sq. foot house for anywhere between $60-150k.

The economy here has been hit hard but there are plenty of places hiring people with experience.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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I'd consider Phoenix were it not that 'scorching' heat I was referring to! The housing situation sound perfect though. That's what Cleveland is like right now, only I'm ready to leave the area.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Cleveland area
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Austin! Great music scene, lots of outdoor activities, a city life if you want it, but lots of suburbs, Hill country and wineries!

These are some of the reasons I am planning to move to Austin as soon as my place in Ohio sells.

good luck to you
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:29 AM
 
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Austin is on my 'must-do' vacations list. From what I've read you are right on all accounts. I will have to visit and check it out first. Good luck selling your Ohio place. I hope you aren't in Cleveland like I am. Houses aren't moving too fast right now.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Cleveland area
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Actually, we are in the Cleveland area! I have a condo in Westlake that I just rented out for a few months, because I have not been able to sell at a price I want in the last 10 months. My fiance has a home in North Olmsted, just getting finishing touches on it to list it. Hoping his will sell sooner rather than later and i will rent my unit out for awhile. where are you located?
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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Actually I'm in Cleveland Heights! I really do love it here, the arts, restaurants, Cain Park, the architecture of the houses. But it's not where I want to ultimately hang my hat and I truly can't take the humidity. Despite the mild summer...this last couple of days have zapped my energy!

Much luck to you. Maybe you'll have better luck on the west side.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:08 AM
 
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Seattle or Portland have diverse communities and our very liberal. When Phoenix is mentioned the last thing that comes to mind is liberalism. Austin, Texas though pretty liberal how would you fair with their hot / humid summers?
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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Ugh...no humidity! Perhaps I'll just visit Austin as I've always expected to and continue my search for a drier climate.
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