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Old 06-24-2015, 02:02 PM
 
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...and I don't want to live in California, what places should I be looking at?
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Housing budget? What type of job do you need (if applicable)? Lifestyle?

Your question is quite vague. I could recommend a thousand cities that fit your description, but we need to know more about your situation first.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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I agree the description is vague. I'm assuming you want a low cost of living, so I eliminated places like Santa Fe or Sedona. I'm also assuming you don't want extreme heat, so I eliminated places like Bullhead City and Yuma. I also assuming you don't want a small town. "Mild winters" is a vague term too. I'm assuming it means daytime highs warmer than refrigerator temperature.

That leaves me with these cities:

St. George, Utah
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Pueblo, Colorado
Prescott, Arizona
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:46 PM
 
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Housing budget? What type of job do you need (if applicable)? Lifestyle?

Your question is quite vague. I could recommend a thousand cities that fit your description, but we need to know more about your situation first.
Housing budget - 1.5 mil
Job - Self-employed (can work from anywhere)
Lifestyle - varied.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:56 PM
 
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I'm assuming you want a low cost of living, I'm also assuming you don't want extreme heat, I also assuming you don't want a small town. "Mild winters" is a vague term too. I'm assuming it means daytime highs warmer than refrigerator temperature.

That leaves me with these cities:

St. George, Utah
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Pueblo, Colorado
Prescott, Arizona
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Yeah, good assumptions. Thanks for the list. As for small town, I wouldn't mind as long as access to an international airport is within 3 hours away.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:17 AM
 
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If you're open to a smaller town I would throw in Durango CO. It has the amenities of a much bigger city, housing within your budget, a drier climate (20" precipitation per year) minus the arid landscape and is about 3.5 hours to Albuquerque's airport. There is daily service in/out of Durango on three major carriers (USAir, American and United) however so it might be worth it to bypass the drive especially if you're a frequent flier and on a miles program.

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Old 06-26-2015, 10:19 AM
 
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Prescott, AZ.

Tolerant, open-minded people with a live-and-let-live attitude. No one cares what religion you are, who you sleep with or where you're from.

Active, outdoors-oriented population--lots of people hike, bike, camp, fish, hunt, garden, kayak, horseback-ride, etc. Nature and the environment in general are very important and well-respected, unlike in the South.

Very safe/low crime.

Beautiful natural scenery and plenty of trees/greenery (if that's your thing--it's most people's). Very low humidity, lots of sunshine. On the warmer side, but has all four seasons and doesn't get extremely hot like the low desert areas (i.e., Phoenix, Tucson). Doesn't get too cold either, esp. compared to the Midwest, Northeast, Upper South, and most of the Intermountain West. They get some snow in the winter, but not much, and it melts quickly.

It's got a cute little downtown and reasonable home prices.

You can drive to Phoenix for things you really need on occasion--higher-end shopping, fine dining, pro-sports, travel, more culture. It's also close to Flagstaff if you want more snow, mountains, winter sports, etc. as well as Sedona and the Grand Canyon for some of the most breathtaking natural scenery on the planet.
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:50 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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...and I don't want to live in California, what places should I be looking at?
Curious, why not? I can list a few cool places there
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Sedona.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Carson City, Nevada
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