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Old 01-08-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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My husband and I are looking around at options for cities to eventually settle down in, and would love a little input. We've lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and prefer relatively large cities. If it's a city our favorite bands would likely pass up, and where everything shuts down by 10pm, it's definitely not for us. There also has to be a thriving foodie scene - my husband's a chef, and we're both into fine dining and unique eating experiences. I love the ocean, and want to live as close to it as possible - my dream is to have the beach as my backyard. Lastly, we're both big fans of warm weather, but if a place is awesome enough we'd consider toughing out snow. Combined income is around $350,000.

Any ideas on cities that might fit this description?
Houston.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Perhaps Virginia Beach...
If having a Chick-Fil-A and Taco Bell at every exit qualifies as being a "Foodie" city, maybe.

Miami is a good pick, as is NYC (worth "toughing out" the snow, although there hasn't been any this winter).
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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My husband and I are looking around at options for cities to eventually settle down in, and would love a little input. We've lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and prefer relatively large cities. If it's a city our favorite bands would likely pass up, and where everything shuts down by 10pm, it's definitely not for us. There also has to be a thriving foodie scene - my husband's a chef, and we're both into fine dining and unique eating experiences. I love the ocean, and want to live as close to it as possible - my dream is to have the beach as my backyard. Lastly, we're both big fans of warm weather, but if a place is awesome enough we'd consider toughing out snow. Combined income is around $350,000.

Any ideas on cities that might fit this description?
Your combined income will remain 350k wherever you move ?
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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Chicago if you can believe the lake is the ocean isnt bad either.
It'd be tough to actually get on the beach in Chicago on their income, though, and the weather would kill 'em....
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Midtown, Sacramento
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Wow, thank you for all the replies! To answer a few of the questions:

I realize the cities we've lived in qualify, and it's quite possible we'll end up settling in one of them, but we've only lived in California and thus are pretty ignorant about what else is out there. We don't just want to move for the sake of moving - we understand that California is not the end all and be all of the universe. There are obviously a lot of other amazing places to live, and we're going to try to go visit many of them over the next couple years to see what they're like, but by posting here I was hoping to get some ideas on which places to look at. I really appreciate all of the suggestions, and am going to start looking into some of those cities today.

I believe our income will stay roughly the same no matter where we live, although one caveat is that we have to stay in the U.S. unless I can figure out how to get a medical license in a foreign country (Sydney might work). Unfortunately our income will not get us on the beach in California, NYC, or Chicago, but as I said it's a dream, and doesn't necessarily have to come true.

The need for a big city may change over time - we're in our late 20s and really enjoy the energy and options cities provide. That said, we're used to long commutes, so anything within a 30-45 minute drive of a big city would also be fine.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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Charleston, maybe Savannah, in addition to all the previous replies. Charleston has a foodie scene, albeit on a small scale. (I'm not so sure about Savannah.)

I don't know, OP... maybe instead of requiring the town be a foodie town... learn to cook it yourself?
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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My husband and I are looking around at options for cities to eventually settle down in, and would love a little input. We've lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and prefer relatively large cities. If it's a city our favorite bands would likely pass up, and where everything shuts down by 10pm, it's definitely not for us. There also has to be a thriving foodie scene - my husband's a chef, and we're both into fine dining and unique eating experiences. I love the ocean, and want to live as close to it as possible - my dream is to have the beach as my backyard. Lastly, we're both big fans of warm weather, but if a place is awesome enough we'd consider toughing out snow. Combined income is around $350,000.

Any ideas on cities that might fit this description?
Houston, New Orleans, & Miami all immediately come to mind.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:41 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Wow, thank you for all the replies! To answer a few of the questions:

I realize the cities we've lived in qualify, and it's quite possible we'll end up settling in one of them, but we've only lived in California and thus are pretty ignorant about what else is out there. We don't just want to move for the sake of moving - we understand that California is not the end all and be all of the universe. There are obviously a lot of other amazing places to live, and we're going to try to go visit many of them over the next couple years to see what they're like, but by posting here I was hoping to get some ideas on which places to look at. I really appreciate all of the suggestions, and am going to start looking into some of those cities today.

I believe our income will stay roughly the same no matter where we live, although one caveat is that we have to stay in the U.S. unless I can figure out how to get a medical license in a foreign country (Sydney might work). Unfortunately our income will not get us on the beach in California, NYC, or Chicago, but as I said it's a dream, and doesn't necessarily have to come true.

The need for a big city may change over time - we're in our late 20s and really enjoy the energy and options cities provide. That said, we're used to long commutes, so anything within a 30-45 minute drive of a big city would also be fine.

Thanks again.
I hear it isn't that difficult to immigrate to Australia. They need a lot of medical/psych/social work type people.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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How come nobody's mentioned Seattle? Loads of foodies and exciting restaurant happenings, all the bands come there, mild weather, not on the ocean but close enough that it's always considered coastal (and lots of water around when you don't feel like making the trip). Lots of rain, but there are plenty of people who don't mind. West Coast but not California if you want a geographic change but not that much of a change.

Though it's certainly not a big city, I'm glad Charleston's had some mentions in this thread. Possibly the best restaurant town I've ever been to, and I live in New York and have visited Barcelona. I had a lot of truly incredible food there and still fantasize about it more than two years later. Someone was wondering about Savannah -- I hit it on the same trip, and I'd describe the food as very very good, but not quite at Charleston's level (though the best meal I had on the trip was in Savannah, not Charleston).
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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If having a Chick-Fil-A and Taco Bell at every exit qualifies as being a "Foodie" city, maybe.

Miami is a good pick, as is NYC (worth "toughing out" the snow, although there hasn't been any this winter).
Well, I was thinking in terms of the whole area and it is the biggest city in that area. What about the seafood and other southern cuisine? Perhaps I should have said Norfolk.
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