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katrinajp

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Best Places to Live
« on: May 31, 2017, 11:30:40 AM »
Hi!
I'd love to learn from you guys what cities you live in and why. I want to move somewhere with lots of outdoor possibilities; mountains, parks, trails, bike friendly, etc.
Somewhere low in cost but rich in life experiences and natural beauty. Any suggestions?

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2017, 01:24:08 PM »
Well, Seattle is famous for outdoor activities. Plenty of parks and lakes and mountains. You hike in summer and ski in winter.

The only issue is that cost of living is high (though a lot of jobs) and rain, rain, rain, rain.

This year was especially nasty. Rain since October. Now we recover step by step and are waiting for the beginning of summer on ...July 5th. ))

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2017, 03:00:28 PM »
A good place to start is this thread which lists many places in great detail.  I hope you find your perfect location!

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/mustachian-relocation-guide/
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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2017, 03:02:09 PM »
I used to love Portland area. I still do, but the prices for everything have skyrocketed in the past decades. I currently live in SoCal (job), and can strongly recommend you to stay the hell away, as this place is horrible in every way, including cost of living.

We are looking to possibly Montana or Idaho, or perhaps a not-too-brutally expensive area of coastal California for FIRE.

OR maybe go back to Canada (lived there for four years as a postdoc) or Ireland!

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2017, 09:23:27 PM »
...or perhaps a not-too-brutally expensive area of coastal California for FIRE.

Where is this unicorn? =p

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 12:39:55 PM »
I live in a fairly expensive town, Bellingham Washington.  It is more than worth it because of the fantastic public transportation.  I was able to give up my car and save lots of money, more than enough to make up for the high costs of living. 

In other words look at things that will save you money or make your life better, and way that against the cost of groceries and housing.

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2017, 04:38:52 PM »
...or perhaps a not-too-brutally expensive area of coastal California for FIRE.

Where is this unicorn? =p
that's what I was wondering too. When I FIREd I left coastal OC and moved to Big Bear Lake (have since moved). It was a decent compromise to be close to elderly parents and family and friends, close to ocean but in a place that offered more outdoor activity and quality of life ( at a lower cost) then the hellhole that is the  LA/OC metro area.
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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2017, 08:44:01 PM »
I just moved from Portland to Spokane, WA. Lots of outdoor activities, especially if you like lakes. There is slightly less culture here but enough for my liking. Housing costs and commuting times are amazing.

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2017, 12:27:22 PM »
Hey Cerastez!  I'm in Point Roberts.  I go down to Bellingham every now and then for Home Depot or for one of the Whatcom County offices (I'm building a house).  I moved up here from San Francisco when I retired last year.  I agree that Bellingham is a VERY cool town.  I wanted to be a little closer to Vancouver and Point Roberts is substantially cheaper than Bellingham, especially with the favorable exchange rate.  I LOVE Bellingham, though! 

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2017, 02:12:54 PM »
...or perhaps a not-too-brutally expensive area of coastal California for FIRE.

Where is this unicorn? =p
that's what I was wondering too. When I FIREd I left coastal OC and moved to Big Bear Lake (have since moved). It was a decent compromise to be close to elderly parents and family and friends, close to ocean but in a place that offered more outdoor activity and quality of life ( at a lower cost) then the hellhole that is the  LA/OC metro area.

I would say Oceanside is the cheapest section of Coastal California. It's still expensive compared to most other states though.

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2017, 02:20:25 AM »
Well, Seattle is famous for outdoor activities. Plenty of parks and lakes and mountains. You hike in summer and ski in winter.

The only issue is that cost of living is high (though a lot of jobs) and rain, rain, rain, rain.

This year was especially nasty. Rain since October. Now we recover step by step and are waiting for the beginning of summer on ...July 5th. ))
Always wanted to visit Seattle ..

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2017, 10:04:32 PM »
...or perhaps a not-too-brutally expensive area of coastal California for FIRE.

Where is this unicorn? =p
that's what I was wondering too. When I FIREd I left coastal OC and moved to Big Bear Lake (have since moved). It was a decent compromise to be close to elderly parents and family and friends, close to ocean but in a place that offered more outdoor activity and quality of life ( at a lower cost) then the hellhole that is the  LA/OC metro area.

I would say Oceanside is the cheapest section of Coastal California. It's still expensive compared to most other states though.

Oceano, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Eureka, and Humboldt are also not too bad.

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Re: Best Places to Live
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2017, 10:19:20 PM »
...or perhaps a not-too-brutally expensive area of coastal California for FIRE.

Where is this unicorn? =p
that's what I was wondering too. When I FIREd I left coastal OC and moved to Big Bear Lake (have since moved). It was a decent compromise to be close to elderly parents and family and friends, close to ocean but in a place that offered more outdoor activity and quality of life ( at a lower cost) then the hellhole that is the  LA/OC metro area.

I would say Oceanside is the cheapest section of Coastal California. It's still expensive compared to most other states though.

Oceano, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Eureka, and Humboldt are also not too bad.

I think a lot of those are further out from the major cities though.