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Old 06-11-2013, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Amsterdam, NL
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Hi, my name is Mark from Amsterdam (the Netherlands). We are a middle class family of 3 (babyboy is 1 year old).
I'm planning on moving to the US within 3-5 years. I'm moving because of my job.
My boss offered me to either go to New York City or to California (L.A/S.F). So i've 3 options.
This move could be for 5 or more years.

After long thinking we decided to take the step, BUT... i don't know what place would be the best for me and my family. We have been looking up a lot of info on the internet but since you guys live there you might know things a little better. I've been to NYC and to California but i know that living somewhere is something else than visiting. I enjoyed both NYC and California. We are looking for suburbs that are reasonably affordable, have good schools /good environment for kids and have low crime. Are there any good options for us? Our budget would be around 250.000$-300.000$.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:46 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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For that price point in Ca you won't find good schools and a good environment in LA or SF.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Amsterdam, NL
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Thanks for your reply. We don't have to live in those cities.. suburbs would be fine
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Oh I meant the suburbs. The suburbs with good schools and a nice environment will be like a minimum of $400-450K+ for a detached single family home, more realistically $500K+ minimum,at least in the Bay Area. LA might have slightly cheaper suburbs but not that cheap.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Amsterdam, NL
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oh wow. I'm sure that the average salaries are higher because of the higher cost of living is it not?
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:06 PM
 
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If you go with NYC, you may have to look into Putnam County(Carmel, Cold Spring, Brewster, etc.) or southern Orange County(Monroe, Woodbury, etc.). That means a longer commute, but I believe that both of those areas would fit the criteria. Maybe parts of Rockland County(the Nyacks, Suffern, Nanuet, etc) may work, as well as areas close by in NJ or CT.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:12 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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oh wow. I'm sure that the average salaries are higher because of the higher cost of living is it not?
Generally yes, the Bay Area more so than LA though.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Amsterdam, NL
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Thanks guys this is helping a lot!
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Amsterdam, NL
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anybody got any more tips for us?
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Where in "LA" is the office?

The housing market varies greatly.
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