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Old 11-09-2018, 02:40 PM
 
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I feel a bit like you myself. Personally I look at Austin & Raleigh as my top choices. However Raleigh is even smaller. All of the other major contenders in America for moving are either very expensive or in a cold area and most likely both. The other area that I would consider is Atlanta, never been there but it has an outside shot. You could check out something very small like Fayetteville in Arkansas. Personally I drew a line across Sacramento and figured that I would prefer to live below the line. That leaves either very expensive SoCal metros or other sunbelt boomtowns that are either 1) less appealing or 2) very small and likely both. In the long run, I think picking a place that you would like to live will win out over a place that is cheap. Quality > price. However I don't think that formula works ad-infinitum as the Bay area prices are so ridiculous that I wouldn't live there because I don't think it's worth it.

Personally I go back to Austin, it's not cheap, but way cheaper than what you would pay now. In the longer run Raleigh-Durham might be awesome and it's cheaper right now, but I haven't been there either. Get in fast though, prices are only going up. It's hard finding a good cheap metro.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Naples Island
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I feel a bit like you myself. Personally I look at Austin & Raleigh as my top choices. However Raleigh is even smaller. All of the other major contenders in America for moving are either very expensive or in a cold area and most likely both. The other area that I would consider is Atlanta, never been there but it has an outside shot. You could check out something very small like Fayetteville in Arkansas. Personally I drew a line across Sacramento and figured that I would prefer to live below the line. That leaves either very expensive SoCal metros or other sunbelt boomtowns that are either 1) less appealing or 2) very small and likely both. In the long run, I think picking a place that you would like to live will win out over a place that is cheap. Quality > price. However I don't think that formula works ad-infinitum as the Bay area prices are so ridiculous that I wouldn't live there because I don't think it's worth it.

Personally I go back to Austin, it's not cheap, but way cheaper than what you would pay now. In the longer run Raleigh-Durham might be awesome and it's cheaper right now, but I haven't been there either. Get in fast though, prices are only going up. It's hard finding a good cheap metro.
Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham are unique from other popular Sun Belt metropolitan areas in that most suburban neighborhoods feature large, wooded housing lots. You’re not going to find that practically anywhere in Arizona, California or Nevada. Large, wooded lots are more common in Florida and Texas, but only relative to the Southwest.
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:08 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Miami / South Florida?
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:36 PM
 
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I think South Florida is a nice alternative in some ways... but am not too crazy about the culture
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:51 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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When I read your post I immediately thought of Phoenix. It’s not a “big city” in urban terms, but you are coming from Silicon Valley (no offense - but San Jose is not a big city either). You get warm weather, no cold, affordability, upscale dense sprawl (can you spell S-c-o-t-t-s-d-a-l-e?) What are the downsides? You said nothing of heat intolerance, something I am afflicted by. Seems like a perfect match to me. Big enough for big city amenities, just spread out. Unless there are other factors we haven’t heard about yet.
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:34 AM
 
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Portland or San Diego: half the price of Silicon Valley with lots of jobs
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