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Old 01-13-2010, 11:36 PM
 
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Hello, young couple here thinking about relocating to somewhere warm.

We lived in Portland for 5 years and love the culture there. We currently live in Bend, and miss the mass transportation and food.

What places in the South of the US would be somewhat like Portland without massive rent?

We like an artsy culture with lots of independent shops, coffee, and good world cuisine. Belmont/Hawthorne/ type atmosphere would be ideal, but we could live with a pearl/23rd street/seattle type feel as well.

Mass transportation (light rail, subway, etc.) would be ideal.

I've heard Austin, TX but frankly Texas doesn't perk our interest AS much (can be persuaded, possibly). We don't like Los Angeles. I can't handle Hawaii.

DOES A PLACE LIKE WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR EXIST?

It needs to be warmer than Seattle/Portland in the winter. And a PLUS would be next to a beach (wife is from Hawaii).

FILL US WITH IDEAS!
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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Warm weather near the beaches...what's wrong with Hawaii?
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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San Diego?
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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Warm weather near the beaches...what's wrong with Hawaii?
I already lived there, it's too small on Maui, too dirty in Honolulu, and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else there. And the main reasons for not wanting to get back out there: housing is EXTREMELY expensive there and the locals are insane. I felt more racism there than anywhere else in the U.S.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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San Diego?
I've been reading a lot about San Diego and on these message boards it gets a good reputation but on the general internet it seems negative. I think it's a contender for sure. But are there any "earthy" Portland-like areas there? I've only driven through San Diego.
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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My hubby loved Mesa when he went on a business trip. He's been all over the place and he said if he lived in a warm place he would consider Mesa. We loved Portland too (lived there for 10 years before Salem) so that might help. Anywhere along the beach is going to be expensive so I would just rule that out if that is a criteria.
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:26 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Santa Cruz, although the "affordable" criteria would have to be tossed out a window.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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My hubby loved Mesa when he went on a business trip. He's been all over the place and he said if he lived in a warm place he would consider Mesa. We loved Portland too (lived there for 10 years before Salem) so that might help. Anywhere along the beach is going to be expensive so I would just rule that out if that is a criteria.
Yeah we'd be okay driving or taking some sort of transportation there =). I'll look into it.

Any other suggestions? We'd be okay with moving anywhere East/West
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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Not sure, But I use to live in Gold Beach. Not too Hot, Not too Cold. But WAY tooo Windy.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Oceanside and Chehalem Mtns.
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Tucson
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