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Old 07-14-2014, 04:13 PM
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Thank you. I've done some research on the schools in NC and you're right. Not particularly teacher friendly at the moment.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:38 AM
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Zillow Median List Price:

Sacramento - $255,000
Denver - $370,000

Sacramento hits all your points.

Added bonus:

Sacramento has Perfect Humidity levels, neither Bone Dry, nor sticky humid. More Sunnier than Denver.

Sacramento has lots of fresh water recreation: bigger lakes than Denver and Two Rivers, and Delta Waterway

Sacramento is 2hrs from Ocean beaches, and rugged coastline, and Redwood Forests

Sacramento has 3,000-5,000 feet elevation mountains - 30mins to 1 hour away

Sacramento has 5,000-10,000 feet elevation mountains (Lots of Snow) - 2hrs away

Sacramento has a very mild winter, but wet, Very Colorful Fall, Perfect Spring, No Snow,

Summer: cooler and more comfortable than the Southwest, Texas, Florida, the South, Midwest, and East. Key is our cool evenings, nights, mornings and lower Heat Index temps, and perfect humidity levels throughout most of the Summer.

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Old 07-16-2014, 07:15 AM
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Are you and your husband averse to living in the Northeast Corridor again? Even though the weather may not be super-desirable based on your wish list (e.g., little-to-no snow and low humidity) and housing can obviously be expensive (although affordable housing still exists in certain areas), it still covers the rest of your list extremely well.

Specifically, the Philadelphia area would be a place to look into, as it is still has the most reasonable cost-of-living, comparable to the Denver area.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:45 AM
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Hmmm....interesting suggestions for sure. I guess my feeling on the NE corridor, all the way down to DC, is we'd really be ditching the more laid-back, friendly vibe we have grown to love out here.

As for Sacramento - my husband was offered a job there about a year ago, and turned it down because he didn't want to move! Oh, life.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:29 AM
Location: Pittsburgh
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There is a long list of cities to recommend but your "low cost of living" disqualifies all of them. Those days are gone. I have been looking for a similar place between mountains and beach. You will have to pay up to live the lifestyle.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:59 AM
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Athens, Georgia would be a good option for you. The SW side has excellent public schools, the cost of living/home prices are well below your current situation, has close proximity to mountains/beaches, not much winter to speak but about two months of summer that's not the most pleasant (four seasons), it's a progressive/left of center town with plenty of unique local businesses and is a very desirable place to live in my opinion.

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Old 07-16-2014, 10:48 AM
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Cheaper than Denver, with beaches and mountains within a short distance.... if you want a city of a similar size to Denver as well, I would suggest Milwaukee.

It is about an hour from the "Western Wisconsin Uplands" and the "Driftless Area"...

Also has a close proximity to Chicago, Madison, the Northwoods, another great lake, etc....

A highly underrated, and therefore under-priced, city in comparison to cities of the same size range.

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