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Old 03-14-2017, 07:34 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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Sounds like Seattle to me, if Silicon Valley doesn't appeal. Outdoors, check; laid-back, check; no snow, check; bike to work, check; city vibe, check; affordable, half-check; the arts, check check.
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Old 03-14-2017, 11:05 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I have about $25k in cash and another $80k or so once I sell my house. I'm making $80k in Wisconsin, and it looks like similar positions in Portland, Seattle and various CA cities would range from $90-$130k. I'm qualified for a range of different types of positions.

I prefer smaller homes and don't like taking care of larger ones. In a low COL place, I would still try to buy a small house. I'd just have more left over afterward. I don't plan on having kids, but I do want to find someone.

I do realize that financially I'm better off staying put. I own a home in a gentrifying area with rising house prices and chronically low inventory. The COL isn't bad. I'm not happy, though. The economy is stable but stagnant, and the jobs and employers are boring. The first snow of the season was about six months ago, and I had to shovel again today. I hate cold and snow. Also, people think small here--I don't know a better way of putting that. I guess I'm trying to figure out if it's the same mindset that's making me cautious about pulling the trigger to move, or it really is a terrible idea. My family can't comprehend ever moving, so they're not very supportive.

As for the numbers for Nashville above, I'm going on what I've heard from people who have lived there, along with Austin. I've heard that it's difficult to date there once you're in your mid-30s, especially if you prefer not to date someone who already has kids.
This really sounds fine to me. Have you tried visiting for a longer trip to scout out some of these cities? Maybe stay with friends who live in the region?

Home ownership can be expensive in most parts of the west coast cities, but how much house are you really looking to buy? Anyhow, you should be fine.

I think probably the only of the major cities/metros that can end up being really financially trying would be the Bay Area.

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Old 03-15-2017, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Go west young person.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
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LA or San Francisco. You can do it. Now!
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I have about $25k in cash and another $80k or so once I sell my house. I'm making $80k in Wisconsin, and it looks like similar positions in Portland, Seattle and various CA cities would range from $90-$130k. I'm qualified for a range of different types of positions.

I prefer smaller homes and don't like taking care of larger ones. In a low COL place, I would still try to buy a small house. I'd just have more left over afterward. I don't plan on having kids, but I do want to find someone.

I do realize that financially I'm better off staying put. I own a home in a gentrifying area with rising house prices and chronically low inventory. The COL isn't bad. I'm not happy, though. The economy is stable but stagnant, and the jobs and employers are boring. The first snow of the season was about six months ago, and I had to shovel again today. I hate cold and snow. Also, people think small here--I don't know a better way of putting that. I guess I'm trying to figure out if it's the same mindset that's making me cautious about pulling the trigger to move, or it really is a terrible idea. My family can't comprehend ever moving, so they're not very supportive.

As for the numbers for Nashville above, I'm going on what I've heard from people who have lived there, along with Austin. I've heard that it's difficult to date there once you're in your mid-30s, especially if you prefer not to date someone who already has kids.

How far north do you live? I might move to the Upper Midwest myself this summer, and I keep track of the weather, and no snow in September in Minneapolis heck, no snow until late November last fall. Either you live up close to Canada or yer exaggerating WAY too much.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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how far north do you live? I might move to the upper midwest myself this summer, and i keep track of the weather, and no snow in september in minneapolis heck, no snow until late november last fall. Either you live up close to canada or yer exaggerating way too much.
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Old 03-29-2017, 12:58 PM
 
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Move to the West Coast where there are way more men than women.

Try San Diego.
SF if you like the nerdy type.
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