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Old 04-14-2017, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I currently live in Pennsylvania, and I would like to escape the winters. I'm looking for some suggestions of good places to live in the U.S., that don't have winter, but where I can still have good sized land.


Ideally I would like something in the following categories...


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#1 Somewhere that doesn't drop below the 70's often (mid sixties the absolute coldest).


#2 Somewhere I can find a house with at least 1 acre of land, and obviously the more the better.


#3 I would like to avoid as many natural disasters as realistically possible.


#4 It doesn't have to be near a city if it isn't possible, it can be rural or urban.


#5 If possible, somewhere that is more on the tranquil side.


That is all ranked in importance to me, from #1-#5.


I have been looking at different places starting with the weather, and so far some obvious stand-out choices are Los Angeles, CA, and Houston, TX. My main issue with either would be that LA is very expensive, and that Houston has so many floods.


Also, I'm trying to make sure that there are places there, where I can have 1 acre+ of land as well.


As far as a budget is concerned, this will be my home for a long-long time, so the expense of the area will not be a concern here very much, so just shoot for the list of five I gave up above completely ignoring the cost of living (though a warning if it is high is certainly appreciated).


Thank you for any suggestions to help me out a little!
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:23 PM
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Location: Ontario
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With your criteria I would chose north central Florida.
Inland, maybe somewhere in the Ocala to Gainesville area.

If you drop the 70F average winter highs to average 60F highs, then
I would chose southern New Mexico and SE Arizona.
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland/Indiana
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southern NM has lots of reasonable priced land such as Deming NM and fit or close to your criteria
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Old 04-15-2017, 03:20 AM
 
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Florida is affordable and would meet that. It's expensive near the cost, but further away, it's more affordable. Hawaii fits the bill too, but it's a little more expensive. Pretty much everywhere else experiences winter. Even Georgia, for example.

The southern tip of Florida (Miami) is tropical and so is Hawaii. Everywhere else it gets cold, although in large parts of Florida, it doesn't snow, but will occasionally drop to 30 degrees at night, but only a few days, not too much.
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:42 AM
 
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#1 Somewhere that doesn't drop below the 70's often (mid sixties the absolute coldest).


#2 Somewhere I can find a house with at least 1 acre of land, and obviously the more the better.


#3 I would like to avoid as many natural disasters as realistically possible.


#4 It doesn't have to be near a city if it isn't possible, it can be rural or urban.


#5 If possible, somewhere that is more on the tranquil side.


That is all ranked in importance to me, from #1-#5.


I have been looking at different places starting with the weather, and so far some obvious stand-out choices are Los Angeles, CA, and Houston, TX. My main issue with either would be that LA is very expensive, and that Houston has so many floods.
How did LA place so high for you given #3? Earthquakes, mudslides and wildfires are far more frequent than hurricanes and about on par with tornadoes in terms of occurrences. Check out SW Florida in places like Lehigh Acres (east of Ft Myers) or Orangetree and Golden Gate (east of Naples).
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Look on the Gulf side of Florida, north of Tampa. Lots of cheap, open land. Just be aware that it's cheap for a reason.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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With your criteria I would chose north central Florida.
Inland, maybe somewhere in the Ocala to Gainesville area.

If you drop the 70F average winter highs to average 60F highs, then
I would chose southern New Mexico and SE Arizona.
This^^. Florida ticks all your boxes, and inland Florida doesn't get the hurricanes as badly as coastal Florida gets.
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Old 04-15-2017, 08:11 AM
 
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Look on the Gulf side of Florida, north of Tampa. Lots of cheap, open land. Just be aware that it's cheap for a reason.
Which is why I directed her further south...
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Old 04-15-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Which is why I directed her further south...
To Fort Myers and Naples? Hope she's rich.
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Old 04-15-2017, 08:21 AM
 
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To Fort Myers and Naples? Hope she's rich.
Fort Myers is no where near expensive and while Naples is, the outlying areas are not.
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