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Been in the Northeast my whole life & tired of winter. I'm in PA right now. Other half is a teacher, ESL specifically, so the hard part really is her landing a job so we can move. I work remotely so I can go anywhere.

Anyone have any idea of the best markets for her line of work that is not cold for half the year? So far, we've put FL, NC, SC, TN, AZ, TX, maybe NM or LA on the list of potential landing spots. CA is a no go. Zero interest in living there. I enjoy my fast cars & guns.

 

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3 hours ago, Terminalxylem said:

Of your list, I would think TX or AZ best fit the bill. Both are hot as Hades, have minimal gun control legislation, high speed limits and a ton of Spanish speaking people.

And terrible school systems and education policies that frustrate teachers. (TX at least).

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I just moved to Clayton NC (outside of Raleigh) from NY.

Booming here - I mean, really booming. Still 4 seasons, but waaay less cold / snow. Exactly what we were looking for.  

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18 hours ago, Helaire-ious said:

Why Austin? Neither of us are city folk, we are suburbs people. For example, I hate Philly.

What is important to you in an area besides school job and warm weather? Do you like suburbs or more of a rural setting? Do you want to be close to a big city? What do you hate about big cities? Does a beach matter? What about mountains or outdoors stuff? Lakes? Wineries? Good restaurants? 

I think all of these things are important to finding the right place.

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Just now, whoknew said:

What is important to you in an area besides school job and warm weather? Do you like suburbs or more of a rural setting? Do you want to be close to a big city? What do you hate about big cities? Does a beach matter? What about mountains or outdoors stuff? Lakes? Wineries? Good restaurants? 

I think all of these things are important to finding the right place.

Wineries, good food, etc yes = important. I don't want to have to drive 30+ minutes to get to a store i.e Target or Wal Mart, but don't want to live the city life. Beach is always nice, but I don't go enough for it to matter to me.

I don't even like going into Philly or places like that. I won't take my car b.c of the parking situations.

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3 hours ago, Sand said:

Huntsville, AL.  Chattanooga, TN.  Both are booming, particularly Huntsville.  Pretty areas of the country, as well.

Elaborate? I'd like to not be far from Nashville. Loved it when I visited, but don't want to live IN Nashville. Again, not a city life guy

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29 minutes ago, Helaire-ious said:

Elaborate? I'd like to not be far from Nashville. Loved it when I visited, but don't want to live IN Nashville. Again, not a city life guy

 My family loves Chattanooga but I know nothing about the suburbs there.  My guess is they probably are meh but it’s a cool 3-day weekend destination if you are in the Southeast.

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49 minutes ago, Helaire-ious said:

Elaborate? I'd like to not be far from Nashville. Loved it when I visited, but don't want to live IN Nashville. Again, not a city life guy

Then look at Chattanooga.  Nice hilly countryside, not a huge town, but big enough to have everything.  I've always liked it.  2 hours from Nashville.  Like everywhere I'm sure there is a burb that fits your needs somewhere close to there.

Or Oak Ride type area.  Another very pretty area that isn't too far from Nashville.  I happen to really like the Appalachian foothill type area and these fit that bill.

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On 4/30/2021 at 11:57 AM, Cjw_55106 said:

And more importantly, where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano.

I don't know man, the French are #######s

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22 hours ago, Helaire-ious said:

Wineries, good food, etc yes = important. I don't want to have to drive 30+ minutes to get to a store i.e Target or Wal Mart, but don't want to live the city life. Beach is always nice, but I don't go enough for it to matter to me.

I don't even like going into Philly or places like that. I won't take my car b.c of the parking situations.

I know you said no to CA but this exactly describes where I live in CA.  Central coast half way between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.  Weather is between 65-75 (coastal areas) 320 days a year.  You can live inland a bit to get it a bit hotter/colder if you want that.  You can have your guns and drive fast if you want to just don't publicize it...hahaha

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On 4/29/2021 at 6:28 PM, Helaire-ious said:

Been in the Northeast my whole life & tired of winter. I'm in PA right now. Other half is a teacher, ESL specifically, so the hard part really is her landing a job so we can move. I work remotely so I can go anywhere.

Anyone have any idea of the best markets for her line of work that is not cold for half the year? So far, we've put FL, NC, SC, TN, AZ, TX, maybe NM or LA on the list of potential landing spots. CA is a no go. Zero interest in living there. I enjoy my fast cars & guns.

 

Jacksonville or other parts of North Georgia would be a perfect match. TX too

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I lived all over AZ. Don’t regret it. 
 

Based on your comments I’d suggest Prescott. 

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On 5/1/2021 at 2:45 PM, Gally said:

I know you said no to CA but this exactly describes where I live in CA.  Central coast half way between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.  Weather is between 65-75 (coastal areas) 320 days a year.  You can live inland a bit to get it a bit hotter/colder if you want that.  You can have your guns and drive fast if you want to just don't publicize it...hahaha

I’ve heard the process for buying a gun in CA is incredibly involved. In Texas, I can be in and out in 20-25 minutes, and that’s with the federal background check. 

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2 hours ago, Zow said:

I lived all over AZ. Don’t regret it. 
 

Based on your comments I’d suggest Prescott. 

AZ and teachers aren't exactly a match made in heaven. 

There should be openings, though. 

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Moved to Florida in 2007, it’s pretty great. If you’re looking for relative peace and quiet, I’d suggest the Treasure Coast, basically anywhere from Jupiter to Vero Beach. Enough civilization to have stuff, but not too crowded; plenty of heat year round, schools everywhere looking for staff.

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7 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

Jacksonville or other parts of North Georgia would be a perfect match. TX too

Huh? I have heard Duval derisively called South Georgia....

Besides we're full.

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Anecdote about current state of North Florida real estate. Wife's friend and her husband bought new construction in fast-growing St. Johns County. They are just putting up houses in these developments as fast as they can get the lumber delivered.

Anyway, they have to sell their current house in Duval.  Decent 3/2 1960s ranch in an okay (but not upscale) part of town. Yard just big enough for pool etc. Met with realtor Thursday night. Put it on market Saturday.  Sold in 2 hours above asking price.  Buyer is their neighbors daughter who had missed out on 2 other homes in neighborhood. 

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Personally, I like states with no state income taxes and doing stuff outdoors. Three great ones are Florida, Tennessee, and Nevada. I also like going to the casino/poker room so that rules out Tennessee (I don't think they have gambling, right?). That would leave Florida and Nevada.

I guess Texas has no state income too but their gambling options are limited I believe. 

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7 hours ago, Bob Sacamano said:

AZ and teachers aren't exactly a match made in heaven. 

There should be openings, though. 

True. 
 

Definitely openings though. 

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7 hours ago, Kal El said:

Moved to Florida in 2007, it’s pretty great. If you’re looking for relative peace and quiet, I’d suggest the Treasure Coast, basically anywhere from Jupiter to Vero Beach. Enough civilization to have stuff, but not too crowded; plenty of heat year round, schools everywhere looking for staff.

Good recommendation. Hoping to get on at Patrick Airforce Base eventually and move to that area. We used to live in St Augustine. 

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I live in Charlotte (little south but still in NC) and love it. I think we’ll retire somewhere on the water (probably lakefront if we can still afford it sheesh), but pre-retirement it’s growing like a weed and there’s a ton in the suburbs with the city an easy 20 minute drive away. Plus, within 3.5 hours all around you’ve got Asheville and the mountains, Raleigh, Atlanta, lots of beaches like Hilton Head, Charleston and Savannah. Only 8-9 hours to Orlando and most of Florida is a day drive. Long day but still a day drive. With 2-3 kids (oldest has college spring break now) and the cost of flying/rental cars, we’ve driven to FL a bunch.

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10 hours ago, bigbottom said:

I’ve heard the process for buying a gun in CA is incredibly involved. In Texas, I can be in and out in 20-25 minutes, and that’s with the federal background check. 

The biggest thing is the waiting.  It's a few weeks before you can take possession but it's just filling out paperwork and waiting.  Not ideal but not impossible.  

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On 4/29/2021 at 9:28 PM, Helaire-ious said:

Been in the Northeast my whole life & tired of winter. I'm in PA right now. Other half is a teacher, ESL specifically, so the hard part really is her landing a job so we can move. I work remotely so I can go anywhere.

Anyone have any idea of the best markets for her line of work that is not cold for half the year? So far, we've put FL, NC, SC, TN, AZ, TX, maybe NM or LA on the list of potential landing spots. CA is a no go. Zero interest in living there. I enjoy my fast cars & guns.

 

Really don't know what PA pays for teaching, but I've spoken to a few ex teachers in NC and they all said the pay is terrible. Just wanted to mention as a heads up.

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5 hours ago, flapgreen said:

Good recommendation. Hoping to get on at Patrick Airforce Base eventually and move to that area. We used to live in St Augustine. 

My daughter had a field trip to St Augustine this year, she had lots of fun. 

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