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Old 01-14-2012, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Midtown, Sacramento
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mdp: That's really helpful - I haven't really been thinking about the practical matters and negatives of beachfront living.

My husband and I are going to try to take a couple weeks off this spring and based on all these suggestions we're thinking of starting in Miami and driving up the eastern coast to NYC or Boston, stopping off in Charleston, Savannah, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia along the way.

I'm somewhat biased, having grown up in Northern California, but I've always thought of the food scene in San Francisco as being about appreciation of the food and of the whole dining experience, whereas in Los Angeles it's about being seen at the trendy places more than about the food. Also, as already mentioned, there's a lot of variety on the lower end - good food trucks, for example, or fast food - but not as much in the way of fine dining.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:26 AM
 
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This is true, I grew up literally on the beach... so many bike chains rusted from the salt, along with other things.
You might also find that auto insurance rates are also higher.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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I'd consider Seattle. The culinary scene is under the radar, but it's really impressive. I lived in Sonoma County for ten years and I am continually amazed at how many great places there to eat here, and the rate at which more are springing up.

Here are the websites of two prominent local restauranteurs to give you a taste of what Seattle has to offer:

Tom Douglas - Home

Ethan Stowell Restaurants : Seattle

Also, Washington has no state income tax, which, in the OP's tax bracket, is a bigger deal than for most households.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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It'd be tough to actually get on the beach in Chicago on their income, though, and the weather would kill 'em....
With that kind of income they could get a magnificent condo just minutes from the beach in Chicago. We even put out some palm trees in the summer.

(Seriously, we do)
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