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Old 03-17-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: USA East Coast
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Over the last few years my wife and I (and 2-year old son) have been thinking of moving out of coastal southeastern Connecticut to another coastal region. Our main reason for leaving is the cost of living. As cheap and frugal, and non-materialistic as we are - (I’m 43, and only own three pair of shoes), it gets tougher and tougher to make ends meet. We live with just the basics in life and try to enjoy the beach, sunsets, waves, and exploring interesting things. But where’re losing ground every month.

The cost of electricity here in southern Connecticut is through the roof! I pay $200-240 a month for electricity. The gas is killing us (my wife commutes 37 mile to work), I pay about $3500 a year in taxes. We live in an average 1,600 square foot ranch, nothing fancy. They say its worth around $375,000. I owe $155,000. We have it decorated nice and simple, with a touch of a shoreline theme, and bamboo and maiden grass growing along our driveway. It’s kind of cool because it like our little south Asia tropical house/garden hideaway.

We are only a few miles from interesting things to do (museums, hiking, casino, parks, malls). We love the little beaches in southeast Connecticut and the huge waves and suger white sand beaches in Rhode Island. When we want to do the city thing - New Haven and Providence are about 40-min away. The winters are not too bad along the coast, snow along the Connecticut/Rhode Island coast happens infrequently, and never last long. The weather is nice from April to late October, summers are hot and humid, but I love that tropical heat. I live for it!

I love warm weather. I love it here from late April till mid October. Then when the leaves fall, I get serious depression. As anyone who live along the upper East Coast knows – the local TV stations and the stupid Weather Channel ram that winter theme hard from November till March in the Northeast- even if the winter is mild. My wife says I have the worst case of SADS that she has ever seen in her 40 years

Our main problem is that WE LOVE THE OCEAN! As anyone who has ever been raised near the coast knows - fishing shacks, boats, seagulls…etc. gets in your blood – you can’t live with out it. In most areas I looked, we cold never afford. Our jobs are average semi-professional - my wife works at Yale, I have worked on and off as an environmental consultant. We have thought about Stuart, Florida, Palm Coast, FL, Wilmington, NC, Virginia Beach, VA, Cape May, NJ, and anywhere in Rhode Island. North of Rhode Island is totally out of the question because I hate winter. The West coast would be great from Santa Barbara south to San Diego (Central and Northern CA, and Oregon/Washington coast is too cold in summer for me), but from what we heard, we couldn’t afford a garage there even if we could find good jobs,

So where
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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If you check out the various forum with coastal towns and cities, you might be pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised at costs nationally.

I am literally on the road, and have been able to compare 7 of our states costs, and there are vast differences. However, with the privilege of amenities come higher expenses.

We were just checking petrol prices (gas) and it appears to vary inland and closer to the coast; and/or in areas like coastal MA and CT.

If we hear of anything "so where" I'll be onboard with you!

Here's to luck on the Paddy's day!
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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If you like warmer weather try coastal VA or NC.
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