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mindwaves
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May 15, 2015, 02:52 AM
 
I have been saving up for a while and have a sizeable down payment. Please recommend or suggest a place to live in the lower 48 states that meet the following requirements:

1) Less than $900,000
2) Generally good weather (no major snowstorms, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, not raining often)
3) Within 1.5 hours drive of a major city located on either East Coast or West Coast (no inland cities)
4) Single family house
5) Preferably no generic type of house (not a deal-breaker, but just preferred). I like Craftsman style, but not limited thereto.
6) No split-level type houses, single story preferred
7) No rural areas. Suburbia is ok.

Some ideas of mine:
1) Pasadena, CA
2) Portland, OR

I am open to moving anywhere, as my job is not limited by location.
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May 15, 2015, 03:06 AM
 
Portland or San Diego (the latter gets extra points for its amazing weather/climate, and being within driving distance of LA and Vegas)
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May 15, 2015, 01:54 PM
 
I think Irvine is one of the nicest communities around minus the fact that most of the city is HOA and mostly "generic type." Those are the two things you might get away from in San Diego and Pasadena.
     
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May 15, 2015, 11:33 PM
 
Thanks for the suggestions.

I have heard about San Diego and its nice weather. I'm worried about the numerous vagrants that I saw on the streets last time I visited there.

Irvine is nice, but seems too fakey to me. Lived there for a number of years also.

Keep the suggestions coming.
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May 16, 2015, 12:42 AM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
I'm worried about the numerous vagrants that I saw on the streets last time I visited there.
That would have been a certain part of downtown. Outside of there, San Diego doesn't really have a vagrant problem.

Have you ever seen Carlsbad? That's a nice community. Not sure what you will find under 900k there, but not really sure what's under 900k in Pasadena either.
     
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May 16, 2015, 06:48 PM
 
Too bad about the coastal requirement. Austin, Texas is amazing (and no state tax).
     
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May 16, 2015, 08:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
Too bad about the coastal requirement. Austin, Texas is amazing (and no state tax).
The Portland of the South, in a sense.
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May 16, 2015, 09:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cap'n Tightpants View Post
The Portland of the South, in a sense.
Except 30° hotter, admittedly.
     
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May 16, 2015, 11:05 PM
 
Between the snow in the north, and the hurricanes in the south, not much for you on the east coast. Unless maybe somewhere in the Carolinas, which I have no idea if that's nice or not.

Suburb of Seattle? Oh wait, rain.

San Jose is also nice. I'd live there, assuming I could ever afford it.
     
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May 19, 2015, 03:04 PM
 
Would you exclude all of Florida because of hurricanes?
     
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May 19, 2015, 03:55 PM
 
If you give me $899,999 you can live in my basement.

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May 19, 2015, 08:16 PM
 
Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
Would you exclude all of Florida because of hurricanes?
I would exclude all of Florida, because, Florida.
     
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May 19, 2015, 08:24 PM
 
The west coast will of course fall into the sea at some point. Worth keeping in mind.
     
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May 19, 2015, 08:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
I would exclude all of Florida, because, Florida.

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The Carolinas are nice, but they also get the occasional hurricane blow through. How about the Seattle area? Of course, the west coast has that nasty earthquake issue.
     
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Coastal Georgia is nice, if a little too humid in summer. Savannah is quite an experience, neat town.
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May 20, 2015, 01:11 AM
 
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm considering Portland a bit more now. And yes, no Florida because of the hurricanes and flooding.

I'm looking into San Diego and Carlsbad also. The Carolinas do seem to be nice. I'll keep into consideration.
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May 20, 2015, 06:56 AM
 
Given your "liberalness", definitely San Diego or Portland.
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May 20, 2015, 08:53 AM
 
I really enjoyed Portland. Not by the ocean but a short drive away. Not cheap but out outrageous either. I'm an outdoorsy activities person so it's really my dream destination - given that Vancouver is unaffordable. If only.
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May 20, 2015, 01:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
I really enjoyed Portland. Not by the ocean but a short drive away. Not cheap but out outrageous either. I'm an outdoorsy activities person so it's really my dream destination - given that Vancouver is unaffordable. If only.
Hey, if I ever buy a house out there, free night stay for (some) MacNNers. haha
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May 20, 2015, 02:02 PM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
I'm considering Portland a bit more now.
You'll wind up in Portland. I'm almost willing to put money on it.
     
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May 20, 2015, 02:05 PM
 
Portland. Great place to live.
     
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May 20, 2015, 02:15 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
I would exclude all of Florida, because, Florida.
Most of Florida sucks, but Destin is pretty awesome. Emphasis on pretty.

Down side: bull sharks.
     
   
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