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Old 12-05-2014, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Thanks!

But none of those places are warm enough for me, and I already lived for 13 years in Seattle, and I love Portland, but it's too much like Seattle and I don't miss the Northwest weather at all (though I do miss other things).

Also, DC is VERY expensive -- it just surpassed San Francisco as the most expensive city in the United States (San Francisco is #2, and NYC is #3).

I'm headed South I suspect . . .


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OP: I think you would be interested in Washington DC. Good public transportation. Very little snow. A city like San Francisco is an option for what you want, but rather expensive. Cities like Seattle and Portland are also good option, but the weather is cloudy and rainy in those places. I'd suggest Chicago or NYC, but they definitely get snow and NYC is expensive too. I think the south may have combination of affordability and weather you're after, but I can't speak to how walkable those cities may be.
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Looks like there are a couple places on craigslist for =< $850 in Little 5 Points and Midtown of Atlanta. Maybe you should take a trip to NC and ATL then...you're on the right track. It won't be like Portland or Seattle but it sounds like the right compromise for you.
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Reseda (heart of the SFV)
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Tempe, AZ
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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I think it's funny that you describe Raleigh as hilly -- have you ever been to Seattle? THAT is hilly. And THAT shuts down in 1/2" of snow or "snain"
Yes, I have friends in Seattle. Raleigh in comparison is not hilly, but for a city in the southeast, it is, and it can still be challenging to drive in the ice and snow.. especially when roads aren't properly treated.

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Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh are -- by no means -- "warm" in the wintertime. In fact, I wouldn't even describe winters in those cities as having "mild" winters, either -- average wintertime low temps hover in the high 20's / low 30's, strong potential for ice (ice storms are a common winter occurrence in much of the Piedmont South), days and sometimes weeks of overcast skies, dead-looking landscapes, snowstorms on occasion (and I'm not talking "dustings"), etc.

The major TX cities (i.e., Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio) aren't really "mild" in the wintertime either, especially Dallas. You would think that after those long, oppressively hot and humid summers you'd at least be rewarded with "warm" or, at the very least, "mild" winters, but unfortunately, that's not the case. It gets quite cold for several months in TX, and ice storms are a regular winter occurrence in much of the state.

Vegas is colder than nearby Phoenix and certainly Los Angeles, but at least it's dry and sunny 85% - 90% of the time. By comparison, TX cities are cold, damp, and overcast in the wintertime. Ugh.

IMO, "mild" winter weather cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, and Tampa, and the only "warm" winter weather cities on the US mainland are Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, WPB, and Ft. Myers-Naples. There's a reason nearly 20 million Americans live in FL.
Everyone's perception of warm winters is different, but this is sort of extreme. Anyway, previous posters have commented on this post, so I won't comment any further.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Macao
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St. Petersburg Florida might be another place to consider.

I think Richmond VA might be the best 'southern' city with walkability. But, it seems that you've discounted that one as too cold.

How about New Orleans? Another nice option, for smaller and progressive measures, is Asheville, NC.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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You can find a studio in a nice neighborhood in New Orleans for $600, 1bd can easily be found for <$850, you don't know.

Dallas has lighgt rail and commuter, Houston have 3-4 light rail lines and a great bus system.

Miami is dense, not urban. Houston is pretty dense too.
Houston has one rail line not 3-4.

Also, Atlanta is colder in winter than Dallas.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Houston has one rail line not 3-4.

Also, Atlanta is colder in winter than Dallas.
Not sure exactly what the status is right now, but those 3 new lines in Houston were nearly completed last time I checked. Wouldn't be surprised if one or more of them are now operational.
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Durham
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Default Good options!

Thanks TigerBeer -- I am looking into N.O. right now. Asheville is beautiful, but I found the housing to be kinda on the expensive side (especially given the lack of decent paying jobs in the region -- I'd eventually want something part-time to supplement the income that I make working remotely for a large university in the West). I've been to Richmond, and love it, but I think to get the minimum warmth I want I need to go at least as far South as North Carolina.


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St. Petersburg Florida might be another place to consider.

I think Richmond VA might be the best 'southern' city with walkability. But, it seems that you've discounted that one as too cold.

How about New Orleans? Another nice option, for smaller and progressive measures, is Asheville, NC.
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Old 12-13-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Another vote for New Orleans. Great weather most of the year, and such a great city.
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