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Date: 2005-09-12 21:57
Subject: Where should Daniel and Kelly move to?
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So eventually after we get married and Kelly finishes school we are going to bail the Southern California area for greener pastures. Heck it might even be before she finishes school (but it would be less expensive for her to finish here instead of a state that we aren't considered residents in. So with that we have been looking at different places. When I went to Texas in the summer, I looked at a lot of houses while spending time with my best friend freshtastic73Doug and his wife. We also thought about moving up to Washington (state) where some of Kelly's family is, but that's pretty much be dropped since there are complications with those members of the family now. So now we are looking at just anywhere. Key points, the job market has to be good for me. So places where Time Warner Cable or any Time Warner company are is a plus, or places where there is a good tech market. Although I don't really have to do tech stuff. I'm sort of the type of person that can do anything if someone just gives me the chance to do it. I'm a quick learner and pick things up. But let's face it, they don't just let anyone do whatever they want.

We want to live somewhere that it's feasible for us to buy a house and work comfortably. She can find work easy because she's a dog groomer, there are usually always places looking for experienced groomers. I on the other hand can find a job but it will take a bit more work. We'd like a place that isn't HOT, we both like cooler weather, which is why Washington was high on our list. We really like to adventure, go on long drives and explore. Places that are close to beach, mountains, offroading, camping, national parks, are high on our list.

So we ask you the adoring public!

Poll #569542 Moving...

Where should Kelly and Daniel move to?

Stay in Southern California (Come on it's great where you already are!)
3(23.1%)
Northern California (The best of everything, stay a State resident but get away from the craziness of SoCal)
0(0.0%)
Northwest (Oregon or Washington, who cares about her family up there!)
2(15.4%)
Southwest (Prescott, AZ, where my aunt lives)
0(0.0%)
South (Dallas, TX area, where my best friend Doug lives, and Time Warner Cable is, great housing prices but really hot during the summer.)
0(0.0%)
Northeast (New York, where it's cold, Time Warner Cable is there, and so are maybe other things that might work out)
1(7.7%)
East (Herndon,VA, try and get a job at the Road Runner Corporate office, it was humid but nice when I visited for my training last year)
0(0.0%)
Rocky Mountains (Screw it go right in the middle of the country to Colorado and try to get a job at Time Warner Cable National, even though they aren't like the national corporation office, they just handle the small cable areas throughout the country)
2(15.4%)
Go somewhere else! (Write in your answer below)
0(0.0%)

Somewhere else?

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Jennifer
User: jennfurr
Date: 2005-09-13 05:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
the southern california market is just crazy. the ONLY good thing about buying a house (if you can afford it), is that if you wait another year, you can sell it for twice as much, assuming that the market stays as crazy. yeah right.

there's a 5 bedroom 3 bath house for sale across the street from us, with the asking price of $699,900. You can go to Idaho Falls, ID and buy the same size house, with a full basement and several acres for $250,000.

run away! run away!
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Princess DuckWeed
User: piroshki
Date: 2005-09-13 07:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The one down the road in Auxvasse, 3800 sq. ft., fifteen acres, four bedroom full basement and standing attic, went for under $179k about a year ago. But that's frame. As I understand it, the brick monolith a bit closer to town was almost $200.

My house, a brick ranch with full finished basement and original hardwood upstairs, appraised for right around $190k.

It's larger than my mom's house...which sold six years ago for something like $500k, and the house across the street and down one is in the $750k range now.

If not for y'all I'd really be celebrating leaving. How come nobody wants to move closer to ME?
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2005-09-13 13:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
you live too in the middle! That's why I didn't even put the midwest on my poll!
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Princess DuckWeed: genera
User: piroshki
Date: 2005-09-13 15:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:genera
Not quite sure what you mean by "too in the middle"... If the beach is important to you, be prepared to pay for it, and pay through the nose. At least half of The American Dream seems to be living "with an ocean view".

Then again, the Midwest, and particularly St. Louis, is home. It was always home, and - as you probably remember - I was desperate to get the hell out of SoCal every waking moment of it.

I will tell you that relocating is emotionally daunting and harder than hell...but it's well worth it.

And if you do end up cross-country...I'd like to hope you'd be able to at least stop by for lunch.
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Jennifer
User: jennfurr
Date: 2005-09-13 14:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
if it makes you feel better, I priced three houses in affton yesterday, and five in burnsville MN, just to see what was available.
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Princess DuckWeed
User: piroshki
Date: 2005-09-13 15:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cooooooooool...

I've never been sorry I left the West coast. Sometimes I really (really really) miss y'all, but...

...man, I hated SoCal.
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2005-09-13 13:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I actually have family in Idaho Falls, but there really isn't much around there. :)
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Jennifer
User: jennfurr
Date: 2005-09-13 14:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
yeah, but it's PRETTY! well, on the northeast end of town that buts up against ammon township is....
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Life mostly un-examined.: Cannot Pass
User: dipster
Date: 2005-09-13 05:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Cannot Pass
Whoa there Daniel.. Slow down! :-P
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2005-09-13 13:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No reason to slow down, we've been talking about it for awhile now.
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Life mostly un-examined.
User: dipster
Date: 2005-09-13 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh.. okay.. At least you didn't jump ahead to thinking about having kids yet. :-P
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2005-09-13 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No we'll wait a while for kids, we want to enjoy being married and alone, not jump right into having a kid.
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Jennifer: babies
User: jennfurr
Date: 2005-09-13 14:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:babies
kids! plural! you're gonna have TWINS!
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2005-09-13 14:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Two and out would be great.
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Princess DuckWeed
User: piroshki
Date: 2005-09-13 07:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Personally I'd recommend getting the hell out of SoCal at any cost...because no matter where you go, unless you're dead-set on downtown NYC or Newport News, it's going to be a third as expensive, if not less.

I would recommend waiting until you or Kelly (or both?) finished school, however...
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2005-09-13 13:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, I think we will pretty much wait, but if something was to come up before then we'd probably take the plunge and go.
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I reject your reality and substitute my own.: Green Monster
User: offy
Date: 2005-09-13 11:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Green Monster
I'd suggest Boston if it wasn't just named the most expensive place in the country to live. There's going to be a trade-off anywhere that you go though. Sure, you can move somewhere that's dirt cheap, but is there anything to do there? Do you have to drive triple digits in miles to see anything other than flat plains?

Even though the cost of living in Boston is insane (which can also be deceiving since the median salary is also higher here), I wouldn't give it up for anything. We've got great public transportation and that's a great way to save money. We've got 4 sports teams with legendary histories. The present isn't so bad either with 4 major sports championships over the past 4 years.

The big industry here is bio-tech, but there are also a lot of tech companies as well. I'm not sure if Time Warner Cable is here though. I think we just have Comcast and RSN (or whatever it's called).

We'd like a place that isn't HOT, we both like cooler weather, which is why Washington was high on our list. We really like to adventure, go on long drives and explore. Places that are close to beach, mountains, offroading, camping, national parks, are high on our list.

Boston can get hot in the Summer, but you won't be able to escape that anywhere. My favorite thing about Boston is that it's a great starting place for all kinds of trips. It's a 4 - 5 hour drive to New York City. For outdoorsy type stuff you've got Maine up north. If you can't get Red Sox tickets, there are a ton of great minor league teams in the area. There's skiing nearby in the Winter. There's plenty of beaches including Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard where everyone goes in the Summer.

If you were able to find jobs for both of you before moving then it's totally feasible. The housing market is at the tail end of the insanity phase. Supposedly the bubble is going to burst any day now. I'm hoping that lasts until Jenne and I are ready to start looking for a house.
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2005-09-13 13:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just don't see Boston in my future, we don't want to live in a huge metro area like that. And we'd be going into the same situation as we already have here where the housing is "on the bubble". They have been saying that for the last couple years here and now the median house price is 700k.
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I reject your reality and substitute my own.
User: offy
Date: 2005-09-13 13:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, that's about the price of houses here as well.

The one good thing about Boston is that the Metro area itself is pretty small and you don't have to go far to get to suburbs.

There's different housing problems everywhere it seems. My best friend lives down in Florida and they were looking to get a townhouse. They are on the front end of a real estate swing there. They got approved for a mortgage, but the only problem with that is the mortgage will only cover up to the appraised value of the house. All of the houses there are selling above that and they'd have to come up with that money themselves.
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just me...: stinky
User: misskris
Date: 2005-09-13 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:stinky
ha!
don't make it Florida.

HORRIBLE tech market out here now (didn't use to be when we were looking at it)
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2005-09-13 13:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
yeah we want to stay away from Hurricans and the swealtering humidity of Florida. :)
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