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Old 04-10-2018, 05:53 PM
 
Location: CA
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OK, so I've lived in San Diego for 5 years now and it's been great! But I'm ready to move somewhere else. I'm young and have a degree that will allow me to move pretty much anywhere after I find a job in said location.

I'm hoping the people of this board will be able to give some suggestions because I know there are plenty of people here who have traveled and lived all over the US. I have not really traveled and have not lived anywhere except Ohio, Pennsylvania, and San Diego.

Things I am looking for: DREAM LIST, obviously I don't think I can get all of these but this is what I'm aiming for!!!
--Warm weather for 8 months out of the year or more (60s or higher)
--NO snow or very rarely snow
--Nice people (I find some people in SoCal flaky and hard to connect with on a deeper friendship level- superficial types but yes you can have this anywhere. Just seems a greater population here)
--Close to water, either beach, rivers, lakes... I go to the beach with my dog every single day. I need this unwind time (or maybe an amazing park covered in greenery and plants can also do the trick?? hmmm)
--DOG FRIENDLY!
--Green stuff around me!!! I want plants! And trees! Enough of this brown dead desert! LOL
--Not rain all the time but a place that rains more than SoCal.
--Access to a city where there is culture, arts, entertainment but does not have to be IN THE CITY (prefer it wouldn't be actually)
--Not crowded roads and beaches. Yes, San Diego is a bit too crowded for me.
--Alternative Medicine type doctors and lifestyle- yoga, acupuncture, vegan/gluten free food options (does not have to be the default, but having an option would be nice)
--A bit of a slower pace of life
--Would love a walkable neighborhood
--More affordable than SoCal
--A population of gentlemen that are in their 30s to date/ find one to marry LOL
--Rentals that have yards or patios outside for me to let the dog run around or even get another one
--Less liberal, less regulated than California but this isn't an absolute necessity.

Would prefer East Coast/Midwest due to my family being in Ohio and easier ability to visit them but I am not counting any location out, including the west coast!

More details that may be helpful:
I am a 28 year old single female and don't intend to have children so I'm not really concerned about schools or child friendly places. Income is 80k to 6 figures+ (regardless of location, for the most part).

I work in the commercial construction/engineering/HVAC industry.

I currently live in OB and ADORE IT. But I need more green plants in my life and more affordable housing.

Also, as I'm sure people may wonder, I do not regret moving to San Diego at all 5 years ago and I'm so happy I did!! I went thru a breakup 6 months ago and I am just ready for something new, after I gave myself plenty of time to figure out what I really want out of this next chapter (no rash moves!!). I would love to live in several places over the next few years!!! I am open to travel, open to living in Hawaii, and also open to leaving the US.

I am going on a road trip in 2 weeks to Sarasota, Florida, as well as Savannah, Georgia and then Charleston, South Carolina.

I am making 2018 my year of travel to figure out where to go from here, so feel free to pass along your suggestions to me!!!!

I am truly looking for me and the fur child to call home Thank you!!!
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Hmm, nothing at the moment is really calling out to me as the perfect place, but I am excited for you and your upcoming trip might give you some good things to think about. All three spots you're visiting could be good in different ways and it'll be interesting to see what you think of them. They are all close to the water and have nice suburbs close to their very nice downtowns.

Good luck!!
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:04 PM
 
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Unless you're looking for a sugar daddy, Sarasota doesn't make much sense with an average resident age above 50. Tampa-St Petersburg makes much more sense given that criteria along with the remainder of your wish list.
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I agree, Sarasota skews pretty old, though it's been improving. The millennial population has steadily increased, however more older people have been moving there and the old people already there are living longer. And yes, Tampa could be a great fit. I think she'll have a better idea after her trip (hmm, Sarasota was nice but a little slow, small, and old)
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Old 04-11-2018, 10:39 AM
 
Location: CA
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Hmm, nothing at the moment is really calling out to me as the perfect place, but I am excited for you and your upcoming trip might give you some good things to think about. All three spots you're visiting could be good in different ways and it'll be interesting to see what you think of them. They are all close to the water and have nice suburbs close to their very nice downtowns.

Good luck!!
Thank you so much!!! I'm excited for me too!!
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Old 04-11-2018, 10:40 AM
 
Location: CA
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Unless you're looking for a sugar daddy, Sarasota doesn't make much sense with an average resident age above 50. Tampa-St Petersburg makes much more sense given that criteria along with the remainder of your wish list.
I had never even heard of st Petersburg before today!! So I will certainly have to check it out. I am not looking for a sugar daddy lol so Sarasota may be out!
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Old 04-11-2018, 10:44 AM
 
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I think Charleston will probably be your best bet. I've lived in Sarasota and personally loved it, but never was actively dating when I lived there so I can't comment on that area. It is absolutely beautiful though.
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Old 04-11-2018, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Savannah, GA has everything on your list. Come for a visit and you’ll be hooked.
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:42 AM
 
Location: CA
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Savannah, GA has everything on your list. Come for a visit and you’ll be hooked.
I am VERY EXCITED to see savannah. It looks absolutely gorgeous. I will be there in 2 weeks!! Only have a day there, unfortunately, but plan to make the most of it and get a feel for it to possibly return and start looking for jobs!
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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unless you're looking for a sugar daddy, sarasota doesn't make much sense with an average resident age above 50. Tampa-st petersburg makes much more sense given that criteria along with the remainder of your wish list.
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