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Old 05-28-2010, 04:57 PM
Location: The Lakes
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Check out Holland, Michigan.

Close to Grand Rapids, but also right on one of the most pristine stretches of freshwater coast in the world!

South Haven, MI is better for the beach itself, about 30 minutes from Holland.

Living costs are cheap
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by ckhthankgod View Post
What about Brunswick GA, which is close to the Sea Islands and the Atlantic Ocean? I would think that there are some cheap areas of town that are still nice around there.

Definitely look into the Georgia Coast:

1. Savannah Metro Area

2. Brunswick and the Golden Isles

*I think you'll find what you are looking for in these areas.

Good Luck!
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:54 PM
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Virginia Beach might be too close to home for a DC family, but its a few degrees warmer year 'round. There are lots of areas with variety of economic and social diversity. BIG military presence, so no escaping that feeling with two major military bases. But you are close to warm water, affordable housing and cost of living, decent job market, lots of education opportunities, culture, and less than an hour from Williamsburg (Bush Gardens, Water Country USA, Great Wolf Lodge, Historic Jamestown).

Plus if you still have family in DC, its close enough to drive back but far enough to keep a safe distance.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:25 PM
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I was gonna suggest Virginia Beach / Hampton Roads. I don't know quite how expensive it is but there are jobs there. The constant military presence probably helps with that. Too lazy to research it myself but I wouldn't be surprised if there are some good defense jobs down there.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:41 PM
Location: Florida -
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If SW Florida doesn't work, you should consider east coast of Florida. You could look at beaches near Jacksonville which will fit your bill for being close to a larger city. You could also consider east central beach towns like Titusville / Melbourne which would be close to Orlando. That way you would have options to live on the coast and just need to drive in to Orlando if you can't find a job on the coast.

Based on all of your criteria (warm, "loved Florida," jobs, affordable, top schools, great area) -- I absolutely agree with the Titusville/Melbourne -(Florida SpaceCoast) assessment! - You have found your answer!!
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:09 PM
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Wink If you live on the East Coast. Try Ocean City, MD

When I moved to Ocean City Maryland I had never in a beach town. When I got there, there were alot of bad Soviet Women. Trashy, dirty, smelly, lazy. Avoid them like the plague. They do not date American males and they do not bathe. Anorexic hookers.

I found a job with no effort. I was determined. I came in filling out applications. I was so succesful at it that I landed a job with the first interview. Full Time with pay differential.

If you check the unemployment rate for O.C. you will find this. Higher unemloyment in the winter because its seasonal. Don't let that scare you. Some people will be lucky and find a job in the summer. Be prepared to fill out lots of applications.

I filled out 15. Hotels don't hire as much in Ocean City, MD. But try anyways. You never know. Grocery was good to me.

When you meet other people who work in Ocean City, they are paranoid. Anything you do, makes them lie about working people.

Especially white females. Be prepared for them to act crazy and paranoid. They are. No one ever said that white females were smart. They are dopes.

You can get work. But you will lose friendships with women, fun times, partying, generally a life. You wont have alot of free time. The summer goes by quick. You will feel like a slave. But if your willing to work hard its possible.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:58 PM
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Georgetown SC may be a place to consider.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:19 PM
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Palm Harbour, FL. Pretty good areas, near the beach, surprisingly affordable. 10 mins from Clearwater. 35-50 mins from Tampa and St. Petersburg. Pinellas Bike trail is cool, too.
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