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Old 02-17-2008, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Upper Midwest
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Hi all:

If you had to choose a city out West, which one would you choose and why? I am considering a move out West and although I have lived in Phoenix and Albuquerque, I am looking for something different. I guess, my main concerns are good weather, a healthy job market and relatively affordable housing. I have been thinking about San Diego but I do not see how I could ever afford a home there. Any other ideas??
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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For similar weather and vibe, try looking at the Riverside / Ontario area. It's the same beautiful sunny California, but at a much cheaper price (similar to costs in Phoenix, maybe a little bit more).
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:14 PM
 
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Also - Las Vegas has a very alive vibe. There's the obvious nightlife and music scene on the strip, but also so much more. Great residential areas (Summerlin, Green Valley), lots of outdoor recreation available (lake recreation in the summer, hiking in the fall, skiing in the winter), festivals and local concerts in the park, lots of golf courses and tennis clubs, UNLV basketball games, great shopping and dining.

Lots of new jobs too.
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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San Diego has better weather and is much safer than ALBQ or Phoenix
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Either San Francisco or Seattle. To be honest, no larger city out west really thrills me.
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:08 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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If you're gunna be out west you might as well be on the coat. San Diegos weather puts Pheonix to shame
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: yeah
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All of them.
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:21 PM
 
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Hi all:

If you had to choose a city out West, which one would you choose and why? I am considering a move out West and although I have lived in Phoenix and Albuquerque, I am looking for something different. I guess, my main concerns are good weather, a healthy job market and relatively affordable housing. I have been thinking about San Diego but I do not see how I could ever afford a home there. Any other ideas??
How do you define "good weather"?

Salt Lake City can get cold in the winter, but it has gorgeous weather the rest of the year. It also has a booming job market and cheaper housing than California. And a beautiful setting with snow skiing just a few minutes from downtown.

Or try Reno NV.

Also, the housing slump in Sacramento has dramatically lowered its housing prices. For now.
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Old 02-17-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Santa Fe.

Those are my favorite western cities!
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Old 02-17-2008, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Portland, OR has a relatively affordable housing market (compared to the other coastal big cities: SD, LA, SF, and Seattle). And despite having its share of grey days, it also has a pretty mild climate. It's one of my favorite cities in the west.
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