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Old 03-11-2010, 12:41 PM
 
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Currently, my husband and I live in Central Minnesota and the topic has been brought up about relocating to a different state. He wants the ocean and warmth where as I want it all! Ocean, warmth, mountains and snow. I'm looking to find a "happy medium" for us meaning, reasonable driving distance to either the mountains or ocean. The problem I'm having is trying to find a state then choosing a city that is in an affordable area and safe. Any recommendations are appreciated.

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Old 03-11-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Los Angeles
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:47 PM
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Southern California. If cost of living is a concern but you don't mind driving a couple of hours to get to beaches and mountains, try going inland where it's cheaper. I'd post this question on the Los Angeles or San Diego boards to get a better, more informed answer to the best places to live that'll meet your budget, safety concerns, and recreational needs.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Pacific NW
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:00 AM
 
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Pacific NW
Warm?

Average High



Average Low


Average Precip (= 1/sunny)
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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South west Texas?
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Old 03-20-2010, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Yes, Southern California fits the bill for having it all as far as ocean, mountains, and warm weather. It all comes at a price though, so do your research!
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:11 PM
 
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It has been a very helpful tool for us! We are currently researching the cities that it suggests for our family. Would like to be moved from AZ to a new city before the 2010/2011 school year. We have a lot of work to do! So far looking at Washington, Oregon and *possibly* Texas. Parents want to move too and are considering Hillsboro, Oregon.
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:05 PM
 
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Northern California fits the bill. The bay area is close to the ocean, and mountains. Try the south and east bay. It's not cheap, but you could find a 1 bedroom (possibly 2) for 1100-1500 per month. Thats not cheap, but not too expensive either. Home ownership is ridiculous in these areas, so you probably would never own a home in these areas.

Also may try the Sacramento area. Two hours to Tahoe, two hours to the coast.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Warm?

Average High



Average Low


Average Precip (= 1/sunny)

This is all still better than central MN! It's all about perspective - and warm is a relative term! While it's not warm AZ weather or anything, it would provide a general overall warmth compared to the subzero winters of MN.

I agree though, pacific NW or northern CA...probably your best bet for getting it all....however cost of living compared to MN is going to be higher, you'll have to do a little research to see if your professions/jobs pay accordingly.
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