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Old 11-04-2010, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Tampa, fl
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Unhappy Help please - Las Cruces vs Tucson vs ??????

I'm sure, somewhere this has been asked and answered but here goes.

My partner of 9 years just passed away last week after a short battle with cancer. I am, of course, devastated.

We had planned on moving to Las Cruces, New Mexico in a couple of years. She had been there as a youngster and I have never been there.

Other places that have been mentioned are Tucson, AZ and some where in California between Merced and Walnut Creek. ( I have a sister in the former and an Aunt in the latter). I have read that Modesto is NOT a good place so not so sure about that avenue...

I have lived in Florida for the past 16 years. First in Daytona Beach and for the past 9 years Tampa. Tampa is TOO large for me and I want to get away from the hurricane threat. I cannot handle cold weather so I need to move to a place that has temperate weather.

I like smaller cities/towns; I like the mountains and the ocean; I'll be moving with two small dogs (chihuahua and a chihuahua mix) and <gasp> I'm a smoker so I'm sure finding a rental will be difficult.

I'm in my early 50's and am wanting to go back to college. Will need to rent for a while and won't have a LOT of money so will need to find work as well. I've spent the majority of my working life in apartment management but most recently in accounting/management.

I won't be making a move for at least 6 months because I promised I wouldn't make any drastic changes for 6 mos to a year.
Any feedback, suggestions would be helpful. Thanking you all in advance.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:52 AM
 
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I'm sure, somewhere this has been asked and answered but here goes.

My partner of 9 years just passed away last week after a short battle with cancer. I am, of course, devastated.

We had planned on moving to Las Cruces, New Mexico in a couple of years. She had been there as a youngster and I have never been there.

Other places that have been mentioned are Tucson, AZ and some where in California between Merced and Walnut Creek. ( I have a sister in the former and an Aunt in the latter). I have read that Modesto is NOT a good place so not so sure about that avenue...

I have lived in Florida for the past 16 years. First in Daytona Beach and for the past 9 years Tampa. Tampa is TOO large for me and I want to get away from the hurricane threat. I cannot handle cold weather so I need to move to a place that has temperate weather.

I like smaller cities/towns; I like the mountains and the ocean; I'll be moving with two small dogs (chihuahua and a chihuahua mix) and <gasp> I'm a smoker so I'm sure finding a rental will be difficult.

I'm in my early 50's and am wanting to go back to college. Will need to rent for a while and won't have a LOT of money so will need to find work as well. I've spent the majority of my working life in apartment management but most recently in accounting/management.

I won't be making a move for at least 6 months because I promised I wouldn't make any drastic changes for 6 mos to a year.
Any feedback, suggestions would be helpful. Thanking you all in advance.
My condolences for your loss.

It's kind of interesting in that I'm moving to the Tampa area to get away from big city congestion. I would think being close to family would be a good thing for you at this point so perhaps CA is the place to go. I'd recommend Concord in the northern SF Bay area which has reasonable housing costs, a somewhat thriving economy for jobs and access to BART for getting around for work/pleasure and school options. Good luck!
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Tampa, fl
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My condolences for your loss.

It's kind of interesting in that I'm moving to the Tampa area to get away from big city congestion.
First, thanks for the suggestion and I'll check out Concord. That's not even a city that's been mentioned by my sister...

Second, I can't believe you would move to Tampa to get away from big city congestion! Have you ever driven around Tampa during the many rush hours?
There are times it can take 30-35 minutes to go 4.5 miles! One reason I'm leaving is that Tampa is TOO BIG! And the 'big city congestion" happens at all hours! On Friday, you don't want to be on the roads between 3 pm and 7 pm if you can help it.. unless you like sitting in traffic jams that include school busses... (just my 2 cents)
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Sierra Vista AZ, up in the mountains 60 miles from Tucson, Not nearly as hot as Tucson or Phoenix. ASU has a Campus here, unemployment is the lowest in Arizona.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Tampa, fl
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Sierra Vista AZ, up in the mountains 60 miles from Tucson, Not nearly as hot as Tucson or Phoenix. ASU has a Campus here, unemployment is the lowest in Arizona.
I'll check it out, too Boompa~ What are the winters like there? I absolutely cannot tolerate COLD weather... right now it's 57 here w/13 mph winds so it feels like it's in the 40's... and the humidity is horrible!
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I'll check it out, too Boompa~ What are the winters like there? I absolutely cannot tolerate COLD weather... right now it's 57 here w/13 mph winds so it feels like it's in the 40's... and the humidity is horrible!
I was there in May the humidty kills you. Temps are between 80 and 50 right now but there is almost no humidity. It can be 100 in Tucson and 85 here. You can't get much better weather but you are on the end of the supply line on the Mexican border. It's only a couple hundred miles from Las Cruces, much like Silver City NM if you've been there
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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First, thanks for the suggestion and I'll check out Concord. That's not even a city that's been mentioned by my sister...

Second, I can't believe you would move to Tampa to get away from big city congestion! Have you ever driven around Tampa during the many rush hours?
There are times it can take 30-35 minutes to go 4.5 miles! One reason I'm leaving is that Tampa is TOO BIG! And the 'big city congestion" happens at all hours! On Friday, you don't want to be on the roads between 3 pm and 7 pm if you can help it.. unless you like sitting in traffic jams that include school busses... (just my 2 cents)
I'm not going to physically be in Tampa, rather Oldsmar which is in northern Pinellas County mostly removed from all of the congestion. It's a far cry from the congestion and grime of Philadelphia. Can't wait, 3 more weeks!
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Tampa, fl
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I'm not going to physically be in Tampa, rather Oldsmar which is in northern Pinellas County mostly removed from all of the congestion. It's a far cry from the congestion and grime of Philadelphia. Can't wait, 3 more weeks!
I live almost in Oldsmar ~ about 3 miles from there.. Just don't try to drive into Tampa on Tampa Rd/Hillsborough Ave between the hours of 7 am to 9 am or the opposite direction between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm!
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Old 11-06-2010, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Think about Lubbock, Texas. Not the most exciting place in the world, but very livable, with a big university. The employment picture there is pretty good, and the cost of living much much lower than further west. It can get some serious winter weather, but most winter days are very nice, sunny and mild, but cold overnight. Average daytime highs in midwinter the same as Las Cruces (52), and just as sunny, but about 5 degrees colder overnight (25). Most people familiar with Lubbock think of it as a well-kept secret.
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Old 11-06-2010, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Tampa, fl
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Thanks Jtur but am staying away from Texas as from what I've seen/read/heard it's pretty conservative for me.... I've visted Galveston/Austin before and I like those places ok. Still thinking and researching... need some more input from peeps
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