We are on the three year plan of where should we move once our last one is out of high school. (Before we were on the five year, then four year plan. You got the picture.) New Jersey is the garden state but it is very expensive to live here. Both the state and real estate taxes strangle us. Plus, I want to grow a garden almost year round. (Shocker, huh?) But here is the problem. I have pretty strict criteria, and feel like Goldilocks. No place has seemed just right. So, I am reaching out to you for help.
- Must be warm most of the time but not Florida sweltering warm. I am not looking for that “I just came out of shower when I go outside” look.
- Must be somewhat green. Sure I would love a city that “gets me at hello” green, but that may not be possible.
- Would love a college town. Being around young people keeps you young. Plus, I want to continue learning.
- But in a town not so small you can drive from one point to the other in ten minutes.
- Must have cultural events and good food. (Um, bingo doesn’t count.)
- I can grow a garden about 9 months of the year. (Just to clarify. Growing doesn’t mean using an immense amount of water and soil hard as stone. Let’s be frank. I am not getting any younger.)
- Sunny most of the time. I am not a gray sky type of girl.
- Fun!!! By the time we move, we will be kid-less and we will need to occupy our time doing fun things other than staring at each other.
- A place my kids will want to visit. (Is this going to happen?)
- Taxes that won’t kill us. Been there, done that.
I haven’t ruled out 6-9 months in one place and living somewhere else the other part of the time. And we have not ruled out living outside of the US, so those options are on the table. I have to give you some slack.
Where Have We Visited:
Here is where we have been:
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Wilmington, North Carolina
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Ashville, North Carolina
- Alexandria, Virginia
- Charlottesville, Virginia
- Austin, Texas
- Florida–we know. I lived there for ten years before getting married.
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- San Diego, California (heaven on earth except it is so expensive.)
- San Francisco, California
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Los Angles, California
- Washington DC
Place We Still Want to Go:
- Savannah, Georgia. I tend to think of myself as Scarlett of Gone with the Wind.
- Boulder, Colorado. I don’t know if I can handle the snow.
- Seattle, Washington. What about the rain?
- Portland, Oregon. Again, the rain and gray skies?
- Athens, Georgia? We know Atlanta.
- Australia but I wouldn’t see my kids too often so I am on the fence about this one. (Threw that in to show you how flexible I am.)
I have totally discounted every state above the Mason-Dixon line because of weather. Should I re-consider? Tell me why. I can be convinced.
View Where is Your Favorite Green City? in a larger map
So I created a group Google Map so you can pin where you think I should live. You can pick anywhere in the world but try and stick to my criteria unless you think I need to re-think my priorities. (Again, tell me why. I love a good argument.) PS. You don’t have to pin. Just leave a comment.
Please leave a comment why I should move somewhere, but it isn’t necessary. Remember you are convincing me. And boy, do I need help.
Up next is my time in Austin and boy do I have a lot to tell you.
Join the Conversation:
- Where would you suggest I move?
- Why do you love your city? (Even if it does not meet all of my criteria.)