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Old 03-08-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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Ok, say you had a 100% telecommute job with a salary in the 50K-60K range and you were tired of the Mid-West. Where in the US would you live? A beach in Florida? A town high in the Rockies? The Pacific Northwest?
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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50K-60K isn't a ton of money anymore and won't go far in many dream destinations. Given your in the Midwest I would opt for a coastal location. Savannah could be a good option as it's relatively affordable and has quite a lot to do in terms of culture and entertainment.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:07 PM
 
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Yes, that salary range does exclude a lot of dream locations such as Hawaii, NYC, Coastal California, Aspen, CO. So, to add a criteria to the question, it would need to be an area with a decent cost of living.

I have some family that lives in Atlanta and they often sing the praises of coastal Georgia where they do most of their vacationing. Seems like a beach house near Savannah would be sweet (but would probably have to settle for a house at least a few blocks away from the beach).

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Old 03-08-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I'd live where I do now, or maybe Seattle. I could make $60,000 last four years here fairly easily.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: South Central Nebraska
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Yes, that salary range does exclude a lot of dream locations such as Hawaii, NYC, Coastal California. So, to add a criteria to the question, it would need to be an area with a decent cost of living.

I have some family that lives in Atlanta and they often sing the praises of coastal Georgia where they do most of their vacationing. Seems like a beach house near Savannah would be sweet.
If you have 800-1MM+ in cash maybe. You are not going to be able to afford the coast except maybe in Maine or somewhere that gets extremely cold in the winter. You could live in the North GA Mountains, Upstate South Carolina (foothills of the Blue Ridges), or some remote mountain area without a lot of amenities. Areas with a depressed economy like the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or northern Maine are affordable and beautiful but you won't like the weather. Unless you have money saved up don't expect much in the way of a house in your price range unless it is remote, not quite as scenic as other areas, has rough weather, is a depressed economy, and/or doesn't have a lot of jobs or high paying jobs around (which is ok for you as a telecommuter). Just wait until you see the prices in coastal GA/SC or in even semi-desirable mountain towns in Colorado and/or Wyoming - you will be shocked and start looking for alternatives in a hurry!
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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LA, from which I do in fact telecommute
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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San Fran. It would have to be a high-paying job, because it's San Fran, but I'd be there in a heartbeat if I could.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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If you have 800-1MM+ in cash maybe. You are not going to be able to afford the coast except maybe in Maine or somewhere that gets extremely cold in the winter. You could live in the North GA Mountains, Upstate South Carolina (foothills of the Blue Ridges), or some remote mountain area without a lot of amenities. Areas with a depressed economy like the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or northern Maine are affordable and beautiful but you won't like the weather. Unless you have money saved up don't expect much in the way of a house in your price range unless it is remote, not quite as scenic as other areas, has rough weather, is a depressed economy, and/or doesn't have a lot of jobs or high paying jobs around (which is ok for you as a telecommuter). Just wait until you see the prices in coastal GA/SC or in even semi-desirable mountain towns in Colorado and/or Wyoming - you will be shocked and start looking for alternatives in a hurry!
Ok, maybe I should have asked, if your tired of the midwest, is there any other part of the US that a measly 50-60K a year can give you a decent standard of living?
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Ok, maybe I should have asked, if your tired of the midwest, is there any other part of the US that a measly 50-60K a year can give you a decent standard of living?
50-60k is a good salary, it just isn't going to give someone a life of leisure or go very far in the most expensive markets. I think you would be comfortable on that salary in most places except for NYC, SF,DC, Boston, LA, etc.

Personally if I had that type of job lined up I'd probably go to New Orleans. I'm not sure about the COL of San Diego, but I've always thought it is a nice place.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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Ok, maybe I should have asked, if your tired of the midwest, is there any other part of the US that a measly 50-60K a year can give you a decent standard of living?

ehhhhh...

I think that guy was talking about beachfront property or "exclusive" communities. Modest homes in the coastal region of Georgia and NE Florida aren't terribly expensive. Check out around the Brunswick, Ga area for a good idea of what I'm talking about. That's right next to St. Simmons and Jeckyl Islands.
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