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Old 04-06-2016, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Palo Alto, CA
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tmg4me, so we're talking money then since the family is not that close. if you want to live near beach with warm weather, in a "very nice" town, and you make 81k, and need a 2 bedroom place and have dogs, I think much of CA is going to be very hard. Renting with dogs is very hard in the SF Bay Area; I suspect it's almost as hard in LA. I am not sure about dog friendly rentals in places like Santa Cruz, or central coast towns. By the way, check usclimatedata.com for weather info. Note that northern and central CA coast has less warm weather than southern coast.

So if moving to CA means buying due to dog issue: if you want to buy a house soon in a very nice area on the coast, you know the story with costs.

Maybe it's possible (buy or rent) by adjusting what you consider 'very nice.' Could Long Beach, CA work? You could focus on a few lower cost places near the coast (check prices online, say, on Redfin or Zillow) and then ask on those boards here on city data. I have a cursory knowledge of those areas, but I do know general price trends.

If I were in your shoes, I'd move to coastal CA if I was confident I could get my personal income up to at least 125k in the near term. With that level of income I theoretically could save at least a little and get an adequate rental. (Dont' know what your expectations are re: home quality) 150k would be nicer; could probably rent something pretty nice in Southern CA

Meanwhile, I think moving almost anywhere outside of the top-slice of the top tier in Florida on 81k would be a breeze, lots of choices. Craigslist.org is a good source to check out rental prices in CA. Not sure about FL.
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Old 04-06-2016, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Folsom
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I work from home as a Nurse doing Case Management for a large insurance company in NYC. My salary is $81,100/year so I don't have to worry about looking for work in Florida.

Right now in NY I'm renting a small, 830 sq foot, 3 bedroom home for $1100. I can do with just 2 bedrooms. It's just me and my 2 dogs.
Keep in mind, salaries in Florida are significantly less than California. Last time I looked, there was about a $30-40k difference. I would hope the COL matches. I have a co-worker from Florida, she's not going back for this reason, at least until retirement.

You could make a similar salary in certain parts California (not the rural areas, not central ca and not the coast), and as I mentioned in the Sacramento subform, you can buy a house on that salary.
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Old 04-06-2016, 05:05 PM
 
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OP, how's your relationship with bugs? Buddies?


I don't like bugs at all!!!
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Old 04-06-2016, 05:11 PM
 
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Keep in mind, salaries in Florida are significantly less than California. Last time I looked, there was about a $30-40k difference. I would hope the COL matches. I have a co-worker from Florida, she's not going back for this reason, at least until retirement.

You could make a similar salary in certain parts California (not the rural areas, not central ca and not the coast), and as I mentioned in the Sacramento subform, you can buy a house on that salary.
In doing a quick check the average is about $65,000.00 to $70,000 depending on location and experience. in FL. However in many cases the COL is lower as there is no State Income tax, which saves a nice chunk and housing, both rental and purchase, is lower.
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Old 04-06-2016, 05:30 PM
 
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tmg4me, so we're talking money then since the family is not that close. if you want to live near beach with warm weather, in a "very nice" town, and you make 81k, and need a 2 bedroom place and have dogs, I think much of CA is going to be very hard. Renting with dogs is very hard in the SF Bay Area; I suspect it's almost as hard in LA. I am not sure about dog friendly rentals in places like Santa Cruz, or central coast towns. By the way, check usclimatedata.com for weather info. Note that northern and central CA coast has less warm weather than southern coast.

So if moving to CA means buying due to dog issue: if you want to buy a house soon in a very nice area on the coast, you know the story with costs.

Maybe it's possible (buy or rent) by adjusting what you consider 'very nice.' Could Long Beach, CA work? You could focus on a few lower cost places near the coast (check prices online, say, on Redfin or Zillow) and then ask on those boards here on city data. I have a cursory knowledge of those areas, but I do know general price trends.

If I were in your shoes, I'd move to coastal CA if I was confident I could get my personal income up to at least 125k in the near term. With that level of income I theoretically could save at least a little and get an adequate rental. (Dont' know what your expectations are re: home quality) 150k would be nicer; could probably rent something pretty nice in Southern CA

Meanwhile, I think moving almost anywhere outside of the top-slice of the top tier in Florida on 81k would be a breeze, lots of choices. Craigslist.org is a good source to check out rental prices in CA. Not sure about FL.

Great, thank you for the thorough information. It will take a long while to get my salary up to $125,000 from $81,000 at only 3% yearly raises. Unless I worked a part time nursing job or a full time job in nursing but I don't want to leave where i am. I'm working the cream of the crop nursing job. Work at home, can work anywhere and still make good money doing it. I would probably work part time to supplement my income.
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Old 04-06-2016, 05:37 PM
 
Location: On the water.
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I don't like bugs at all!!!
You are heading into a quandry between Florida and California. California is nearly bug free by comparison. Florida is bug central. Big. Mean. Nasty. By the bazillions and bazillions.

Next issue: how about gators? Love 'em?

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Old 04-06-2016, 05:49 PM
 
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Keep in mind, salaries in Florida are significantly less than California. Last time I looked, there was about a $30-40k difference. I would hope the COL matches. I have a co-worker from Florida, she's not going back for this reason, at least until retirement.

You could make a similar salary in certain parts California (not the rural areas, not central ca and not the coast), and as I mentioned in the Sacramento subform, you can buy a house on that salary.

Hi, actually my salary wouldn't change at all. I wil still be working for the same company. It's a telecommute job so I will continue with the same company doing the same thing but I am very lucky because I can live anywhere so I will still make $ 81,100 per year. All i need is a modem hooked up to cable internet and Wa La
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Old 04-06-2016, 05:51 PM
 
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You are heading into a quandry between Florida and California. California is nearly bug free by comparison. Florida is bug central. Big. Mean. Nasty. By the bazillions and bazillions.

Next issue: how about gators? Love 'em?


OMG, The alligators scare me. I won't live near a canal. I will try to live close to the beach as possible because there are no gators there. I would worry about my dogs.
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Old 04-06-2016, 05:54 PM
 
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Great, thank you for the thorough information. It will take a long while to get my salary up to $125,000 from $81,000 at only 3% yearly raises. Unless I worked a part time nursing job or a full time job in nursing but I don't want to leave where i am. I'm working the cream of the crop nursing job. Work at home, can work anywhere and still make good money doing it. I would probably work part time to supplement my income.
You can make it in both States if you are careful. In FL you will be closer to beaches and be able to visit them more often as the "season" is longer and the water warmer. In CA you are likely to live further from the Beach. How important is that to you? Oh, by the way I am in FL now and in the Tampa area and .... no bugs to speak of and my windshield looks like it did no SoCal as to dead bugs. So. FL has them but the claims of a jillion bugs everywhere is a bit ... well let us say inaccurate. Been here twice this year so far and in about every month over the last few years and strange but, I have yet to see the famous Palmetto bug. OF course I avoid So FL, so that may explain it. Saw alligators ............ at Busch Gardens.
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:28 PM
 
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Well we currently live in Los Angeles and we are contemplating moving to Delray Beach/Boca Raton Florida this summer. I must say I love California there's a lot to do here within driving distance (depending on traffic which can be daunting) within 2 hours you can be in the desert, mountains or beach. It's also very pretty (mountains, hills, sunshine, beach, although city street are dirty). The weather is amazing, pretty mild all year around in Southern California. Living in Los Angeles is not a charm by all means. I live in West L.A. (10 minutes front the beach) and home prices are above a million for 1200sq. ft. home, real estate is so crazy that's why were thinking of moving. We've grown out of our townhouse and don't want to spend a million dollars on a small home (that is if we could find one). There's a lot of homeless people rummaging through trash on a constancy basis, which drives us nuts. Traffic can be tough, but you'll work from home so that won't be an issue. I actually like the people in general and have a great group of friends, but L.A. has become almost unlivable. Rents are expensive as well. If you have money you can have a good life. 80,000 isn't a lot in a big city, but you can live ok. I really like San Diego County (Carlsbad, Del Mar, La Jolla, etc.) if we were to stay in California. My other half doesn't want to live in Calif because taxes, smaller homes, etc. Since you are flexible I would say CALIFORNIA.

We went to Delray Beach/Boca, FL a few weeks ago and really liked certain things about it. You can get an amazing home with a pool in a gated community with all the amenities (tennis, pool, rec center, golf, etc.) for a quarter of what you'd get in Los Angeles. The roads are wide open and clean. The beach was much prettier than L.A. beaches (San Diego has nice beaches). It's an easier lifestyle although without living there I can't really say anything about the people. I do hear the weather and bugs are awful. I'm still struggling with our possible move, but we can't move anywhere in L.A that makes our lives better - I think Florida would allow us to. Good luck.
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