Of all the places you lived, where would you move to right now

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I have only ever lived in Wisconsin so I do not have a good idea as to how it compares to other places.  I know it always seems that the grass is greener in another state but I want to get some sort of consensus.

The south is only getting hotter.  Austin TX has seen the average number of 100+ days go from 14 to 24 in the last 30 years.  The north is getting warmer ... I have seen winters here get milder and milder.  I could go south, but Illinois has high taxes like California and there is an outflux of people from both states.

To me, the states in the middle seem appealing.  Like NC, SC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Nevada.

But I want to hear what you think.  Tell me a place that you have lived before and would be the one place you would live if you had nothing binding you to where you are now.

1. lived (in this order): Raleigh chapel Hill, Jacksonville Fernandina beach Fl + all 5 surrounding counties, Savannah Ga Tybee Island, Fairfax Va reston.

2. dont know except airbnb short-stay or intrigue me U.S.:  all medium to small size cities in NM, Utah, CO, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Kentucky, SC, NC, TN open to others but id have to leave when it drops below 50 degrees.

and as long as good wifi, co working spaces of some sort, trees, and ill source deals local and partner with anyone

3. part time 3 months: Croatia; my roots, medellion Columbia, Chiang Mai Thailand, Barcelona Spain, where i can still work, good wifi, community.

I lived in:

1. Western and eastern Oregon

2. Jackson, Michigan

3. San Antonio, Texas

4. Fort Walton Beach, Florida

5. Germany

6. Watertown, New York

7. South Korea

8. Colorado Springs, Colorado

9. Las Vegas, Nevada

10. Oahu, Hawaii

11. Cody, Wyoming

12. A few stops in Iraq and Afghanistan

The world has a lot of beautiful places, each with their own costs and benefits. I'm happy right where I'm at in Cody, Wyoming. Nice town, good people, great wildlife, and views to die for. Gets busy during tourist season but it's pretty quiet for nine months of the year. 

I don't intend to move for now. I would like to have the ability to winter in another location just for something different, maybe southern Italy or Mexico. Something with a lot of trees and water, and preferably warmer because I'm anticipating a Grand Solar Minimum soon and it's going to be rough up here!

Originally posted by @Kevin Rea :

I have only ever lived in Wisconsin so I do not have a good idea as to how it compares to other places.  I know it always seems that the grass is greener in another state but I want to get some sort of consensus.

The south is only getting hotter.  Austin TX has seen the average number of 100+ days go from 14 to 24 in the last 30 years.  The north is getting warmer ... I have seen winters here get milder and milder.  I could go south, but Illinois has high taxes like California and there is an outflux of people from both states.

To me, the states in the middle seem appealing.  Like NC, SC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Nevada.

But I want to hear what you think.  Tell me a place that you have lived before and would be the one place you would live if you had nothing binding you to where you are now.

Hey Kevin, I'm from Ohio which has a similar climate/culture to Wisconsin. I moved to Colorado Springs two years ago and wouldn't choose to live anywhere else. Relative to the midwest we don't really get winter here (in town), it's ALWAYS sunny and people are much nicer. If you like the outdoors you just can't beat it. 

 

My list of places lived is stupidly long. Depending on circumstances, I would move in a heartbeat to any of these: London, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Bahamas. Been all over the US too and as long as I'm in the US, I am not interested in any place other than Las Vegas. lol

I've had the opportunity to live in a lot of countries & travel through many more. Having seen most of Europe I was impressed with Graz Austria & had a few beers one afternoon while there with an old German WWII Luftwaffe pilot who told me they would drop their bombs way outside the town to avoid damaging it. 

We were based in West Berlin once & often travelled into the East through Check Point Charlie & that was depressing. There were a couple of attempted escapes during our time there & they were shot on the spot.

Then again nothing was more depressing than the winter in Moscow. The diesel fumes & coal furnace residue in the air was stifling. More depressing was a 3 day stint in Romania with a military friend I stayed with in Belgrade. It was back in the early 80's under the iron fist of Ceausescu & the poverty was appalling.

Nothing yet eclipses my birthplace Australia, the beaches & the lifestyle are tough to beat. But during my years at University we travelled a lot to Bora Bora for breaks, a bit like a northerner here going to Hawaii for spring break but with a ti-leaf skirt flair. Then there was the incredible beauty of NZ for 2 week jaunts with the Uni Ski Club, skiing in shorts & 90cent jugs of beer.

If things were suddenly different here, I would be back in Australia !!!


 

Hello from Puerto Rico with a random question: 
Have you conducted Real Estate transactions directly or indirectly in any of thse foreign countries? In particular, do you beileive "wholesaling" properties exists in places like south Korea, or Germany?
Excuse me if it seems like a dumb question just seemed a good chance to get an answer from somon with actual experience. 
Originally posted by @Nathan G. :

I lived in:

1. Western and eastern Oregon

2. Jackson, Michigan

3. San Antonio, Texas

4. Fort Walton Beach, Florida

5. Germany

6. Watertown, New York

7. South Korea

8. Colorado Springs, Colorado

9. Las Vegas, Nevada

10. Oahu, Hawaii

11. Cody, Wyoming

12. A few stops in Iraq and Afghanistan

The world has a lot of beautiful places, each with their own costs and benefits. I'm happy right where I'm at in Cody, Wyoming. Nice town, good people, great wildlife, and views to die for. Gets busy during tourist season but it's pretty quiet for nine months of the year. 

I don't intend to move for now. I would like to have the ability to winter in another location just for something different, maybe southern Italy or Mexico. Something with a lot of trees and water, and preferably warmer because I'm anticipating a Grand Solar Minimum soon and it's going to be rough up here!

 

I've lived in Cincinnati, OH and New York, New York. I would not want to live in NYC again long-term. I loved it, but it also takes a lot of physical and mental energy to live there, and you have to actively seek out nature and green spaces. I definitely wouldn't want to be there right now either with all that's going on pandemic-wise. 


I really like Cincinnati. There are a lot of parks, a pretty good arts community, good restaurants, and many beautiful homes and neighborhoods. The only thing I really don't like is winter, but it's not horrible.

If I could live anywhere, I'd move somewhere in Florida or maybe Hawaii. I want sun, nature, and the beach all year long. 

@Kevin Rea

I lived in Kansas City, Tucson, and Omaha. I have also been temporarily assigned throughout the US for several months at a time to Jacksonville, El Paso, McAllen, TX, Alexandria, Louisiana, Charleston, SC, and Columbus, Georgia.

I stayed in Charleston for a month and I absolutely love it. I also was in Jacksonville for three months and fell in love. Those are the two at the top of my list.

Originally posted by @Kevin Rea :

I have only ever lived in Wisconsin so I do not have a good idea as to how it compares to other places.  I know it always seems that the grass is greener in another state but I want to get some sort of consensus.

The south is only getting hotter.  Austin TX has seen the average number of 100+ days go from 14 to 24 in the last 30 years.  The north is getting warmer ... I have seen winters here get milder and milder.  I could go south, but Illinois has high taxes like California and there is an outflux of people from both states.

To me, the states in the middle seem appealing.  Like NC, SC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Nevada.

But I want to hear what you think.  Tell me a place that you have lived before and would be the one place you would live if you had nothing binding you to where you are now.

I live in Columbus, Ohio right now. If I could live anywhere, I would move to Athens, Greece

I have lived in suburbs of Chicago, Cincinnati, suburban Atlanta, and Winter Park, CO.

Winter Park was awesome, but I was also a ski-bum so had no family, limited responsibilities, etc.  Not sure if I could live there in my current stage of life with two small kids.  Getting slightly away from the question: I would live in a larger ski-town, where there are more year round residents, ideally Park City, UT.

Whistler or Vancouver are awesome cities to live. Chicago is great. Lots of my friends have moved to denver area it seems this is a hot spot for millennial tech jobs right now. Last time I was in denver tons of new developments. 

Originally posted by @Kevin Rea :

I have only ever lived in Wisconsin so I do not have a good idea as to how it compares to other places.  I know it always seems that the grass is greener in another state but I want to get some sort of consensus.

The south is only getting hotter.  Austin TX has seen the average number of 100+ days go from 14 to 24 in the last 30 years.  The north is getting warmer ... I have seen winters here get milder and milder.  I could go south, but Illinois has high taxes like California and there is an outflux of people from both states.

To me, the states in the middle seem appealing.  Like NC, SC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Nevada.

But I want to hear what you think.  Tell me a place that you have lived before and would be the one place you would live if you had nothing binding you to where you are now.

 I live in Cleveland, Ohio and I do not think I would ever want to go anywhere else! The cost of living is low, people are nice, all the benefits of living in a big city, but it feels like a small town. 

Ive lived in Iowa, Minnesota, Costa Rica and Utah. Park City Utah definitely takes the cake, my biggest problem here is having too many hobbies and too many fun places in the state to check out. Its a serious problem, too much fun. We have snowboarding/skiing, boating, Mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoneering, kiteboarding and paragliding, dirtbiking, off-roading and the list goes on. My new tenants are big into kiteboarding and I am trying my best not to get into another expensive sport....its a hard life out here :) 

@Jonathan Mueller - What part of CR and for how long? We spent 2 months in Uvita last winter, thinking about buying a place on the Pacific coast. Did you own property? What did you do for work?

Originally posted by @Kevin Rea :

I have only ever lived in Wisconsin so I do not have a good idea as to how it compares to other places.  I know it always seems that the grass is greener in another state but I want to get some sort of consensus.

The south is only getting hotter.  Austin TX has seen the average number of 100+ days go from 14 to 24 in the last 30 years.  The north is getting warmer ... I have seen winters here get milder and milder.  I could go south, but Illinois has high taxes like California and there is an outflux of people from both states.

To me, the states in the middle seem appealing.  Like NC, SC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Nevada.

But I want to hear what you think.  Tell me a place that you have lived before and would be the one place you would live if you had nothing binding you to where you are now.

I'm going to cheat a little bit on your question and include places that we've traveled to so often that some would say we almost lived there. I'll only include the places where the grand total of our stays exceed 3 months

  • New York City
  • Dayton Ohio
  • St. Lous Missouri
  • Orange County California
  • West Palm Beach
  • Dallas Texas
  • Fort Worth Texas
  • London
  • Paris
  • The Netherlands
  • Bangalore India
  • Brisbane Australia
  • Singapore
  • Seoul Korea
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, Il
  • Tokyo Japan

So where would we move right now? We'll maintain multiple homes. We're going to buy a small flat in Amsterdam, some of the smartest people in the world and the center of Europe so we can travel anywhere. We'll keep a place in Chicago because of business & we're going to buy a place in the Florida Panhandle.  

I've visited many US states. North Carolina and Virginia were some of my favorite states. Lifelong resident of Louisiana- it's beautiful but boy is it hot and humid. Unfortunately pollution has ruined the beaches people enjoyed here decades ago. Florida is lovely too. 

I have lived in

Montreal
Toronto
Long Island, New York
a small rural town in New Hampshire
suburb of Boston
Chicago
Santiago, Chile
Cologne, Germany
Hong Kong
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Hong Kong
And spent the majority of my life in San Francisco Bay Area.
Traveled most of the world. The only continent I have never been to is Antarctica.
My partner really hates SF so eventually we will have to go somewhere. As for me, I would pretty much like to stay in the Bay, especially the North Bay, Marin County to be specific. However, we can comfortably afford to live in San Francisco now because both of us have well-paid tech jobs.
Chances are, we will most likely move to Seattle or Austin. I didn't buy this idea at first, but then if I were to run my real estate business full time, it's more doable in places where the cost of living is lower.

@Henry Lazerow

Yeah, Denver's freaking awesome. Great beer, tons of awesome restaurants and bars, multiple cute little shops/bars/restaurant areas tucked into neighborhoods, parks, mountains, legal weed, 300 days of sunshine. I could go on. And compared to Vancouver, one of the other cities you mentioned, Denver's cheap. (Which is saying something about Vancouver prices, because Denver definitely ain't cheap.)

I've definitely been around the block but my decision is more based on the golf memberships I could obtain!  

I used to live in Beaufort, South Carolina and absolutely loved it.  That would be my #1 spot with a membership at Secession Golf club.

Next up would be overseas, in the Bahamas, with a membership at Baker's Bay.  These are great clubs and great places to live. Nothing too wild and crazy, just peaceful, relaxing, and low key.  

Originally posted by @Dean Letfus :

I've lived in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Fiji and Memphis TN. I don't think there's a better place on the planet than New Zealand!

 I'd second this. Also, I've lived in Australia and Malaysia too :)

Originally posted by @Kevin Rea :

I have only ever lived in Wisconsin so I do not have a good idea as to how it compares to other places.  I know it always seems that the grass is greener in another state but I want to get some sort of consensus.

The south is only getting hotter.  Austin TX has seen the average number of 100+ days go from 14 to 24 in the last 30 years.  The north is getting warmer ... I have seen winters here get milder and milder.  I could go south, but Illinois has high taxes like California and there is an outflux of people from both states.

To me, the states in the middle seem appealing.  Like NC, SC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Nevada.

But I want to hear what you think.  Tell me a place that you have lived before and would be the one place you would live if you had nothing binding you to where you are now.

 I have lived in:

wahoo, ne

lincomln, ne

kansas city metro

las vegas - traveled often

Boston - traveled often

I have looked at lincoln, which I love but I have not been able to find the value there. Of all of the places I have lived and traveled, kansas city is the only one for me. Boston would be great but don't think the numbers will ever work.