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Old 07-01-2017, 05:26 PM
 
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Hello all,

I want to move to a beautiful town that has weather in the 50's and 60's year round, clean fresh air, sea level, safe, pretty.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have asked this in one way or another on CD for a few years now. I just can't decide.

New England really appeals to me, but the winters are too harsh. I do not want to deal with ice and snow anymore EVER, nor do I want high humidity or bone dry desert.

Northern CA like Monterey seems perfect, but it's too expensive. Washington state seems good, but it rains so much. Delaware looks affordable, but the milder weather is in the less populated beach towns it seems.

Southern states are not desirable to me in the least, especially Florida.

I live in suburban Chicago and can't wait to get to better weather and economy.

I look forward to ideas.

Thanks
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Old 07-01-2017, 05:45 PM
 
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Eureka ca
Bring your own job with you
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Old 07-01-2017, 05:58 PM
 
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Isn't that kind of remote and depressed?
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:10 PM
 
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Isn't that kind of remote and depressed?
You didn't mention not-remote, and not-depressed as two of your criteria.

There are coastal areas in CA that aren't as expensive as some. There's Ventura and Oxnard. Moro Bay. (All north of LA) There's the north coast. but you don't want remote. Remote can be nice; lots of redwood forests. There are jobs (depending on your field) in the Humboldt Bay area, and there's a nice middle-class and growing community as an option: McKinleyville.

If you want mild weather, the West Coast is pretty much your only choice. Some of that comes with rain. There are communities that are in a rain shadow, but they still get overcast weather. Sequim, WA and Port Townsend, WA, to name a couple. But as the gent earlier said, bring your own job, unless you're in teaching or health care. There's also a marine science lab in Sequim, if your field will fit in there.

Olympia, WA? Vancouver, WA? And btw, WELL within your lifetime, water will become a hot commodity. Think twice before you turn down the NW in favor of CA. That rain will shift from being a curse to a blessing, before you know it.

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Old 07-01-2017, 06:16 PM
 
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California obviously. Stop waiting and just move.
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:19 PM
 
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Isn't that kind of remote and depressed?

If you had to choose:

Would you sacrifice the city life and go more rural for a lower cost of living?

Could you live in a city that has a lower cost of living, your right size, but the weather is funky (either too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, or is rainy all the time)?

Are climates like Seattle and Vancouver, BC doable where you have a cool, dark, and gray (Nov-April) but the summer and early fall are sunny?

I will leave it to someone who knows more about the West Coast and Pacific NW then I do, but you may have to make some sacrifices because I don't know of hardly any place that would perfectly statisfy your weather requirement. The Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC area I think is probably the best bet.
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:33 PM
 
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You didn't mention not-remote, and not-depressed as two of your criteria.

There are coastal areas in CA that aren't as expensive as some. There's Ventura and Oxnard. Moro Bay. (All north of LA) There's the north coast. but you don't want remote. Remote can be nice; lots of redwood forests. There are jobs (depending on your field) in the Humboldt Bay area, and there's a nice middle-class and growing community as an option: McKinleyville.

If you want mild weather, the West Coast is pretty much your only choice. Some of that comes with rain. There are communities that are in a rain shadow, but they still get overcast weather. Sequim, WA and Port Townsend, WA, to name a couple. But as the gent earlier said, bring your own job, unless you're in teaching or health care. There's also a marine science lab in Sequim, if your field will fit in there.

Olympia, WA? Vancouver, WA? And btw, WELL within your lifetime, water will become a hot commodity. Think twice before you turn down the NW in favor of CA. That rain will shift from being a curse to a blessing, before you know it.

Good suggestions. Thanks.

BTW, I suppose I could have said "not remote", but I wouldn't think I would have to say I wasn't interested in living in a depressed area....
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:59 PM
 
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Good suggestions. Thanks.

BTW, I suppose I could have said "not remote", but I wouldn't think I would have to say I wasn't interested in living in a depressed area....
Eureka isn't "depressed", it's just not the big hustling city like the rest of the Bay Area.

You want mild temps, it has them all the time. You want cheaper COL, well it has it. It is somewhat of a tourist area as well, so it does have restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc... Plus if you enjoy the outdoors, there's plenty to do.

There's just not a real job market, unless you happen to be in the timber business.
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:11 PM
 
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Good suggestions. Thanks.

BTW, I suppose I could have said "not remote", but I wouldn't think I would have to say I wasn't interested in living in a depressed area....
lol! Well, you do when you're asking for mild weather. The only place with mild weather is the West Coast, most of which is "owned" by CA. So when someone says they need "affordable" + "mild weather", well, that doesn't leave you much choice, so people are going to suggest CA's north coast. Eliminate that, and you get down to slim pickings. Besides, some people love Humboldt. It's a matter of finding the right niche for yourself, up there.
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:14 PM
 
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Eureka isn't "depressed", it's just not the big hustling city like the rest of the Bay Area.

You want mild temps, it has them all the time. You want cheaper COL, well it has it. It is somewhat of a tourist area as well, so it does have restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc... Plus if you enjoy the outdoors, there's plenty to do.

There's just not a real job market, unless you happen to be in the timber business.
Is timber still a business up there? There's also a bit of a job market in teaching and health care, as well, and office staffing for various needs: hospital, clinics, colleges, businesses, local gummint. A small market, so yeah, it's best if you can bring your job with you, but still, there's something up there.
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