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Old 01-12-2013, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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Phoenix or maby Las Vegas
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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I've thought about some areas in florida. I guess I just don't know those areas as well. That's the only reason I say that I lean more towards the west. I'm a lot more familiar with it. But I know my bf has mentioned florida a few times (he's from Baton Rouge).

I've never really thought about North Carolina. How cold does it get there? Maybe I should plan a trip to the east coast...

Ventura is one of the areas I have seriously considered. It's one place (along with San Diego and Long Beach) that I would love to move to if I want to live at the top of my budget.

I guess that is another delimma of mine. I can't decide if I could have a better quality of life by living in my dream city at the very top of my budget or if I'd be happier living cheaper in a second or third favorite area. Anyone else ever ponder this?

Oh and how I love to visit Vegas but I've heard many stories about the "crazies" there. I just don't know if I could live there full time. I always see stories of people moving there and then moving away 3 or 4 years later. I feel like I will kick myself in the but for not ever living in the desert though. I find it so beautiful. That's why Palm Springs is towards the top of my list.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:17 PM
 
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Here's my criteria...

Weather - i love warm weather/mild temps, although i would consider colder winter areas that have very beautiful scenery and fit the rest of my criteria.

Scenery - i love palm trees and/or mountains. beaches aren't necessary but i do love them too. I like old charming architecture just as well as fun modern architecture. I hate bland "every apartment/building looks the same" areas.

Jobs - I would like to work with animals or in retail management/fashion. Have experience with both. Entrepreneurial type.

Safety - Of course i would like to be safe, but as long as violent crime rates are not high i'm ok.

Size - Would like medium to large city. I am in my late 20's. I would love to be in a charming place with a sense of community, but also lots of stuff to do. I like nightlife and shopping (enjoy thrift stores, swap meets and boutiques over chain stores). Also like hiking and general exploring.

Cost of living - Will be renting. For now I'd like to stay around $800-$1100/mo for a 1-2 bedroom. Could budge a little though.

Places I have considered(though they obviously don't fit EVERY criteria)...Coachella Valley, CA, Denver, Portland, cities north of L.A. although they may be a little too expensive. Any other suggestions? Maybe there are some quaint neighborhoods within a city that I should consider? I really think I want to stick to the wester half of the U.S. but if you have other suggestions, throw 'em at me. I need to make a good decision because I am ready to trade my JOB in for a CAREER!
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I've thought about some areas in florida. I guess I just don't know those areas as well. That's the only reason I say that I lean more towards the west. I'm a lot more familiar with it. But I know my bf has mentioned florida a few times (he's from Baton Rouge).

I've never really thought about North Carolina. How cold does it get there? Maybe I should plan a trip to the east coast...

Ventura is one of the areas I have seriously considered. It's one place (along with San Diego and Long Beach) that I would love to move to if I want to live at the top of my budget.

I guess that is another delimma of mine. I can't decide if I could have a better quality of life by living in my dream city at the very top of my budget or if I'd be happier living cheaper in a second or third favorite area. Anyone else ever ponder this?
Oh and how I love to visit Vegas but I've heard many stories about the "crazies" there. I just don't know if I could live there full time. I always see stories of people moving there and then moving away 3 or 4 years later. I feel like I will kick myself in the but for not ever living in the desert though. I find it so beautiful. That's why Palm Springs is towards the top of my list.
In this economy if one is moving, finding someplace to live well within your means is probably best. Given your criteria for warmth, beaches/palm trees, modern architecture mixed with charming, great nightlife, trendy boutiques, etc. and being within your rental budget your criteria speaks volumes for Coconut Grove. Since you're unfamiliar with a place that hits all of your criteria and are maybe avoiding it because you don't know about it, perhaps a visit might be in order.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:01 PM
 
Location: A little corner of paradise
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Palm Springs does meet most of your criteria - this time of year, especially. We can get to San Diego and Los Angeles in about 2 hours, Las Vegas in 3ish. The biggest drawback here is the heat in the summer, but that's why we have air conditioning!
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:22 AM
 
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I've been to Palm Springs and I really love it! I think I could handle the heat. Im from Kansas and it gets up past 100 sometimes with lots of humidity. What about it doesn't fit my criteria? The part about having lots to do and not so corporate/bland? I could see that...but I do think it is absolutely beautiful.

If I could choose anywhere, I think I'd pick Long Beach, CA. I loved living there. Its just so expensive for the nicer places...

I have considered Florida many times..I just don't know. Just doesn't feel right. Not sure why. I think it's because I tend to like the desert-y feel over the green and swampy feel.

I've also considered South Texas due to its lower cost of living.

After reading and thinking and talking it over, I think its definitely between:

South Texas
Colorado Springs
California - Cheaper inland city

I like San Diego but i just don't see how that would be in my price range?
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:24 AM
 
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oops you said it DOES meet most of my criteria...my bad!
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