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Old 12-06-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: New England
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Hi All,

My family and I are interested in moving somewhere where our money can get us a bigger house than the 1300 sqft house we have here in Connecticut, but where I can still make a good living. I am a patent and trademark lawyer, which is a federal practice-which due to my patent bar, means I can practice in any State. Although my clients are nationwide, I do end up with a majority of my clients being within an hour of my office, so I would like to move somewhere that is in or near a decently large population center.

We like to play tennis, and play mostly indoors here in CT because of the weather, but the cost is quite high, so a place where we could play outdoors for cheap or free would be great. My wife and mother-in-law would like to be within an hour of a coast (I am not interested in the Coast, never liked sand).

So, in our dreams, we would love California, but it is even more expensive than CT. So, we are thinking now of Florida or the Carolinas, however we are open to new ideas from the readers of this forum.

In summary, we are hoping to move somewhere with the following: (1) decent cost of living (lower than Connecticut); (2) within 1 hour to a beach; (3) In or near a relatively large population center; (4) lots of tennis.

Any ideas from the group?
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Houston, low COL, good business city, within a hour from Galveston, lots of tennis.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:21 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Raleigh fits this request except it's a bit less than 2 hours to the beach. But, at least it's a "real" two hours since there's literally almost nothing between Raleigh and the coast on I-40 to slow down the drive. Lots of Raleigh/Triangle residents have coastal homes. Atlanta and Charlotte are other places to consider but both are even further from the coast.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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Savannah, Virginia Beach/Tidewater area, Richmond, Dover DE, Charleston SC, Jacksonville and Orlando.
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Savannah, Virginia Beach/Tidewater area, Richmond, Dover DE, Charleston SC, Jacksonville and Orlando.
Good choices though I would drop Orlando and add the Tampa-St Pete-Clearwater area, particularly the Pinellas County peninsula and specifically towns like Safety Harbor, Oldsmar/East Lake and Palm Harbor.
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Second for Raleigh/Durham area. Also Perhaps Austin Texas, I don't believe the beach is too far from there maybe around 2 hours similar to Raleigh.
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