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Old 11-08-2014, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Durham
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After 27 years in Pennsylvania, 13 years in Seattle, WA and 7 years in Buffalo, NY (where I am now) I am finally looking to move somewhere sunnier and warmer in 2015. I am very tired of the cold and snow!

I think I have it narrowed down after several visits and lots of questions to forum members, as well as internet research.

That said, I am still open to suggestions.

I have some criteria (and instead of responding with "you'll never find a place like this", please just don't respond if that is your opinion; it's not helpful).

1.) At worst a short and mild Winter (i.e., having little annual snow, and average daytime temperatures between 40-50 degrees, with the occasional cold snap is just fine). 4 seasons are great too, as long as Winter is mild. NOTE: I would MUCH rather be warm or hot than I would cold, and I tend to be happiest in sunnier places. I don't care about humid vs. dry heat.

2.) Affordable (i.e., I want to be able to rent a 1-BR apartment for $850-900 a month or less). While I prefer walkable neighborhoods/areas with amenities like coffee shops and grocery stores, I have a car and driving is fine too.

3.) Either is or is close to (within 30-60 minutes) a "larger" metropolitan area (i.e., the population is 200,000 people or more - up to the millions) and within an hour or two at most of an airport.

4.) Offers access to great outdoor activities; hiking, running, swimming, kayaking, biking, etc. I'm active!

5.) Offers access to a decent student population (i.e., colleges and universities) since I'm a professor with a student-based consulting business.

Thoughts? Ideas? Input?

THANKS!
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Tucson or Tempe Arizona would be two college towns at the other end of the weather spectrum from where you're at now. The outdoor activities you mention are pretty popular here and you can rent a house here for $900 a month.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:16 AM
 
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Default Arizona

Thanks for the input -- I had a feeing Tucson would come up! :-)

I might consider it (and did look into it in fact), along with Phoenix.
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:09 AM
 
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I'd consider lots of cities and towns around Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater-Bradenton-Sarasota. Rents however are getting stupid high.


Temps are obviously higher as an average, but you don't need a winter wardrobe either.


That area has Univ of S FL, Eckerd College, New College, HCC, State College of FL, Univ of Tampa. Stetson Law, St. Leo, St. Peteresburg College,LECOM, FL Gulf Coast Univ, and a host of for profits.
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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Thing is, in the US, warm, sunny cities are either prohibitively expensive (e.g., LA, SD, Honolulu); have low-wage service-oriented economics complimented with public educational systems that leave much to be desired (e.g., Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, Vegas, Tucson); or have a polarizing socially conservative, Christian fundamentalist culture/mentality (pretty much the rest of the southern 1/3 of the US). Not too much in between, either, unfortunately.
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:06 PM
 
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Default Florida

Thanks Fountain47 -- I have considered these areas. I have spent extensive time in Florida over the years.

I looked at Clearwater specifically as it seems more affordable than say Tampa or Sarasota. I hadn't realized though that there were as many colleges and universities in the area.


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I'd consider lots of cities and towns around Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater-Bradenton-Sarasota. Rents however are getting stupid high.


Temps are obviously higher as an average, but you don't need a winter wardrobe either.


That area has Univ of S FL, Eckerd College, New College, HCC, State College of FL, Univ of Tampa. Stetson Law, St. Leo, St. Peteresburg College,LECOM, FL Gulf Coast Univ, and a host of for profits.
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:11 PM
 
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Default I agree!

I've both traveled a lot and researched a lot and have a hard time arguing with any of this 8to32characters.

I have found an area in the South that seems to buck these general trends, though I'm not disclosing it just yet as I would like to see what other ideas people offer.

For a while I was convinced Austin was the answer, but it's gotten pretty expensive, though I still contemplate choosing it over my other possibility.

Someplace like Atlanta could also work I think, but there are similar COL issues . . .


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Thing is, in the US, warm, sunny cities are either prohibitively expensive (e.g., LA, SD, Honolulu); have low-wage service-oriented economics complimented with public educational systems that leave much to be desired (e.g., Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, Vegas, Tucson); or have a polarizing socially conservative, Christian fundamentalist culture/mentality (pretty much the rest of the southern 1/3 of the US). Not too much in between, either, unfortunately.
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:46 PM
 
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Knoxville TN will meet your criteria, assuming 200K is for the metro and not the city proper.

Chattanooga might work if you can live with a smaller airport but better access to ATL. Smaller university, though.
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:59 PM
 
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What about Ventura county area? I love in Santa barbara but it's a lot more expensive then what you are looking to pay rent wise. But Ventura is nice. Still might be a little more expensive. But it's sunny year around with hardly any winter. Lots of kayaking/water sports, hiking as well. An hour north of LA and maybe a little bit long to LAX
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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Default California

I hadn't honestly considered Ventura County Kb8726 -- I assumed that almost anyplace decent in CA would be too expensive. :-)


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What about Ventura county area? I love in Santa barbara but it's a lot more expensive then what you are looking to pay rent wise. But Ventura is nice. Still might be a little more expensive. But it's sunny year around with hardly any winter. Lots of kayaking/water sports, hiking as well. An hour north of LA and maybe a little bit long to LAX
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