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Old 10-13-2016, 07:32 PM
 
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Hi, I live in San Diego CA but I want to move to a more affordable area.
I work from home so I can live anywhere. I can afford about 500k-600k for a new home and I'd like to get a large 4 bedroom with a large garage (for a wood shop).

My requirements are:

Area:
- Within 30 miles of a city.
- shops and restaurants within short driving distance. We want to have a life.
- The state must not be too red (Texas is okay, Alabama is not). I am socially liberal so I don't want to be too deep in the bible belt.
- I'd like it to be beautiful and relatively close to beautiful outdoors and hiking trails.
- We don't have children so we don't care about school districts.
- Oceans or lakes are great.

Weather
- Not too much snow.
- Not too hot (like, I don't want to constantly live in 100 degree weather).
- Not too humid.
- Rain is not a problem.

Right now, I am thinking Austin, Portland or maybe Seattle area? or maybe Denver area?

Thanks
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Old 10-13-2016, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Denver doesn't have a lot of water and we get roughly 54" of snow per year. Other than that, the area can easily accommodate the rest of your wants.

EDIT - Take Austin off your list. It's humid and the thermometer will be close to 100 more often than not in June, July, August, and early September. Texas is also tea party central. Republicans hold every single statewide office.

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Old 10-13-2016, 07:54 PM
 
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Sacramento, and Hampton Roads Virginia are two other places that came to mind.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Sacramento, and Hampton Roads Virginia are two other places that came to mind.
Sacramento is a rather yucko city (imo) and it's extremely hot in the summer and the air quality is horrible. It's close enough to the mountains and it's close enough to the coast but it's basically neither here nor there ... just a mediocre (at best - i'm being kind to it) place in the central valley. So nah, sorry to disagree but not Sacramento.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:47 PM
 
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You literally picked the 4 most overhyped metros in the US.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:56 PM
 
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Sacramento is a rather yucko city (imo) and it's extremely hot in the summer and the air quality is horrible. It's close enough to the mountains and it's close enough to the coast but it's basically neither here nor there ... just a mediocre (at best - i'm being kind to it) place in the central valley. So nah, sorry to disagree but not Sacramento.
Loomis.... and many suburbs of Sacramento were amazing during my college days.
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Old 10-13-2016, 10:02 PM
 
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If rain's not an issue, move to Oregon. Great hiking, anything on the I-5 corridor is fairly big and close to the coast, and it's definitely more liberal in terms of politics and culture. Buying a house here isn't cheap ($200,000-$500,000, on average,) but a lot of people fall in love with it. Also, no sales tax! If you don't want snow or humidity, I'd go for Corvallis, Salem, or Eugene. Definitely a good amount of rain with those cities (they're all in the valley,) but rarely any snow, and the summers are between 70 and 85 most of the time.

Good luck!
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Old 10-14-2016, 12:38 AM
 
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You literally picked the 4 most overhyped metros in the US.
I haven't picked anything yet. What do you suggest?
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Old 10-14-2016, 12:39 AM
 
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If rain's not an issue, move to Oregon. Great hiking, anything on the I-5 corridor is fairly big and close to the coast, and it's definitely more liberal in terms of politics and culture. Buying a house here isn't cheap ($200,000-$500,000, on average,) but a lot of people fall in love with it. Also, no sales tax! If you don't want snow or humidity, I'd go for Corvallis, Salem, or Eugene. Definitely a good amount of rain with those cities (they're all in the valley,) but rarely any snow, and the summers are between 70 and 85 most of the time.

Good luck!
Thanks!
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:18 AM
 
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Given your criteria I would recommend the Boulder CO area. Check out nearby towns like Louisville or Niwot.
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