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Old 05-08-2015, 09:40 AM
 
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...it's worth a shot!

Ideally, I would like an area in the western half of the country (AZ, NV, CO, etc.), not a big city, but more of a suburb (so you can get to a city if you'd like), with four seasons and with a condo or townhouse in a nice, clean area under 200K. Also, low taxes and not months of rain, as in the Pacific Northwest. Winter is fine and appreciated. Most places I've investigated have real estate prices that don't correspond to reality or very high HOA fees, etc.

I know it's a lot to ask, but you never know...!

Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Living with desert dry is not for everyone either.

You would probably do best to narrow down areas and then narrow the focus from there. Northern AZ is very different from southern AZ. Sedona and Prescott are more the middle ground. You might like that area, it is too much winter for me.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:10 AM
 
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I've looked at Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott. Real estate prices are way too high for what you get. For me, not enough cold weather, but I could get by.

Tye desert would be my last choice, but I may have no choice.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:16 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I'm always singing the praises of New Mexico but in your case it sounds like a place you should look at. Rio Rancho is just northwest of Albuquerque and about 45 minutes from Santa Fe (there's a commuter train) and it has almost perfect four season weather and low humidity. This is high desert with about 10 inches of rain a year. Summer temps can reach 100 one or two days and winters can be brisk with a few days in the teens. Morning snow melts by 2 PM. I've never looked at condos so I can't share info on that. Cost of living is low. Culturally diverse...but with only two million people in the state so it isn't like California or the east coast but it has everything you would need other than a sea shore (we have the sand but no ocean). The majority of the state's population is in the Rio Grande valley. New Mexico politics is somewhat balanced but leans toward the liberal side.

There is also Las Cruces farther south near El Paso but I find the northern half of the state suits me better...others would probably disagree.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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Living with desert dry is not for everyone either.

You would probably do best to narrow down areas and then narrow the focus from there. Northern AZ is very different from southern AZ. Sedona and Prescott are more the middle ground. You might like that area, it is too much winter for me.
oh yes, I just got back from Phoenix and it was AWFUL! For some unknown reason we are having a very mild and wet spring here in south texas. AC barely comes on.

But Phoenix was 100 degrees!!! I would not live there unless I was very well off and could live in extreme comfort and not have to leave the house.

And I thought I wanted to move there. I've made many trips to the area during my air force career. Stayed for months at a time even during the summer. I don't know why it hit me like this - hated it.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:54 AM
 
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...it's worth a shot!

Ideally, I would like an area in the western half of the country (AZ, NV, CO, etc.), not a big city, but more of a suburb (so you can get to a city if you'd like), with four seasons and with a condo or townhouse in a nice, clean area under 200K. Also, low taxes and not months of rain, as in the Pacific Northwest. Winter is fine and appreciated. Most places I've investigated have real estate prices that don't correspond to reality or very high HOA fees, etc.

I know it's a lot to ask, but you never know...!

Thanks!
move to south padre island texas or Port Isabel, Texas
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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move to south padre island texas or Port Isabel, Texas
Oh yeah, that really has four seasons and winter is appreciated.........
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:04 AM
 
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Reno mostly fits your criteria. Sacramento is 2 hours away, San Francisco is 4.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:39 AM
 
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Oh yeah, that really has four seasons and winter is appreciated.........
he thinks he wants winter. There is nowhere he or she can go to get four seasons.

The best thing is to just move around to different parts of the country and follow the weather you want.

That is what I plan on doing in a few years.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:43 AM
 
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Look, snow on a south texas beach - 2004

South TX White Christmas 2004

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