California is a great place to visit . If you find a home out here for $260,000 it is ready to be bulldozed and needs a whole rehall. Or how about Pittsburgh. Children have fun playing in the snow, going sledding, ice skating, building snow forts, indoor basketball, etc. The east coast is BEAUTIFUL (agree, there are pretty areas in the west as well) – pretty mountains, pretty beaches and the grass is green most of the year. Its a bit insulting and fairly closed minded to call a whole area like NOVA a biscuit. I like extreme variety in weather, whether it’s 0 degrees or 100 degrees, dry or humid, sunny or cloudy, rain, snow or clear skies. I came across this discussion while researching “pros to living in New England” as my husband and I are highly considering it. I know now that I am an Easterner, a flatlander to folks in CO. On hot sultry days in New England I dream of hat first snow storm. They are not open to people who think differently or believe differently. I lived in SF for 20 years and took the food situation for granted. As a visitor I could only dream of living in a place as beautiful as this. I find it completely rational to want to live on the East Coast. dress like homeless people. I’m in North Jersey — I’m less than an hour away from the beach (about two hours from Wildwood, which is my favorite), and an hour away from skiing/hiking/mountain biking trails. That said: I may have a chance to house-sit in the D.C. suburbs in the coming year, and I can’t wait for the chance to do the Smithsonian and other sights, as well as to take the train up to NJ to see family and maybe make day trips to New York and Philadelphia. You don’t get this kind of diversity and vibrancy anywhere else, not even in Paris or in London where I have also lived for a couple years. I am kind of kidding but you know what I mean. While I will never again live in Mass. Well, there are entire cities committed to old people, so I’m guessing when I get older I’ll always have a party to go to. Good point Dee. The West Coast also has a unique nightlife that some East Coast transplants may find surprising — namely the early closing times of bars and clubs. Yeah, greater liberty in the former Capital of the Confederacy–go figure that one. CA is great if you make a ton of money. sucks that i have to. I love the excitement of a paralyzing blizzard. It’s far removed from the rest of the country. People also make a big deal about race. My car has run maximum while living here in DE for pleasure (at present living) because everything is soooo close and in driving distance of couple of hours..I hate driving more than that. Need to see people with a lot of drive? It literally WILL get up to 110+ degrees in the summer (pretty much the only season here, lasts nearly ten months out of the year), and it’s only getting worse, as in, hotter, drier, and FAR more fire-prone every single year (Stockton is flat, but the smoke coming in from the fires will literally cut visibility by half, not to mention there are days sensitive groups of people wear surgical masks to BREATHE, yes, it can be that bad). Education: EAST. (Except for never being able to find broccoli rabe in the supermarkets regularly in California! We make over 250k a year combined and have imnaculate credit and cannot afford to buy a house in California because our cost of living is so high. Granted, my native Hawaii, as well as New Orleans, where I went to college for a year…I’ll take those over West Coast mainland OR the East Coast. 8) People are lazy, incompetent and flaky. I've just heard story after story about this same thing regarding business etiquette and attire. I love the summer thunderstorms. San Fran really is an awesome place to be. It’s dirty . Then.. don’t mention any unique pros of the west coast. I’ve been to Europe as well, so in other words, I have been around. They are all close by and easy to get between. Love it and the weather and the amazing amenities. I don’t think Nevada counts as the West Coast. The west coast is truly the best coast. On the East Coast, no one can accidentally set the whole county on fire so bad you can see it from space. The summer is more tolerable than the west coast due to the ocean breezes. I already assume that most people are rational and know the WC is better, so I don’t want to argue that point. I love the idea of four distinct seasons. Think of the tech monoculture in San Francisco, or the money Wall-Street monoculture of NYC. Haha, shhh… Nevadans tend to think they are west coast though ;). At any point of a 24hr day, I have the option of choosing amongst hundreds of activities that I can engage in within 10min of a walk, taxi, subway or bus! The same house in CA is 1 million in LA, and what I would call “bad areas” (high crime, mixed use, graffiti, vandalism, etc) STILL cost at least 375,000 in LA. Yeah, 4 colder months here can inhibit outdoor activities for sure. It’s like living on top of a hill with no view. Would love to read your follow up comment on the West Coast! I felt like everyone Actually had a sense of humor and loved how much there was to do Without having to get in my car. New England is by far the most progressive and most beautiful area of the country. Or what about “liberal” Portland, where Oregonians are even going as far as VANDALIZING cars belonging to CA natives! Let’s go! I am an East Coast man. Weather and natural amenities and of course jobs are the most important factors to picking out a location. Sign up for the private Financial Samurai newsletter! I’m a native. The history is great on the East Coast, no doubt. and summer is nice for maybe 2 weeks then gets to 112 plus heat index and gets very dry which isnt so bad but still hot. I didn’t pick this by choice. I take exception with most of the answers on the page. Having smaller homes means less carbon footprint and more reason to get out there and explore. You don’t know what good food actually is, you’ve set your standards so low that youll settle for something I could have microwaved from the frozen food aisle, if someone serves it to you in a restaurant. I don’t know… Running out of water AND sitting on one of the largest Faults around just sounds like one fat disaster waiting to happen. Yesterday was 91 degrees!! Doesn’t seem that legit. One thing that’s worth mentioning is that for the average heterosexual single guy, the dating pool is much better in cities like NYC, Boston, Atlanta, and DC than they are in California and the Pac NW. so miserable and depressing..people are in winter coats in early May! .-= admin´s last blog ..Who Needs A Job When You Have A Private School Degree =-. Thunderstorms make for an exciting evening, sitting on the front porch as lighting and thunder come in from a distance before it becomes to crazy to stay outside. The people are less filtered , but that’s a quality. The idiots spent BILLONS on a “road widening” project that , honestly, did NOTHING to alleviate the backup on 95/Route One. 1. The beaches and parks are where the ghetto people take themselves because it is free. There is plenty of museums and culture it is a different kind compared to the east coast… There are so many stereotypes about everywhere. Go to Miami or SoCal. It was hard for me to think of a fifth reason ;), Grew up in NJ, lived in NYC for next 20 years, then in San Diego from 2001 to 2009, now back in Jersey. Donno wassup with my Comment Luv. It gets chilly but not like the north by any means. THE OCEAN IS WARMER, MOUNTAINS ARE GREENER FOOD IS BETTER, AND CULTURE IS BETTER. The sun makes me happier. You need to ADJUST, people! There have bee times that I was just a google search away from buying a plane ticket back east just for some descent pizza or seafood. It’s way better out West! America has gone to pot. 5. If you must know, I guess I can write a new post, but it’s not fun rubbing it in how money the West Coast is! The missing link is income. The Keystone State has some amazing older architecture and fantastic deals are to be found all throughout PA. New Englander here….The weather is actually only good on the East Coast about 4 months out of the year (not half! Funny, I live in a town of 48,000 people in one of the worst states in New England and I have access to all those foods within a two mile radius. But the west coast has all the duck lipped, siliconed, fake- baked women. Then in fall, the temperature starts to drop and is in more of the 60s range, sometimes in 70s or 50s. fear for people to desire to leave. Pacific….cold, damp southern and mid/northern CA areas, Atlantic, warmer year round, great wreck diving…was never impressed with diving off California and I love swimming and diving even in cold water with no wet suit, but California….too cold too much of the time even for me and what is the point of being next to the water if you don’t want to get in. Yard size: This is perhaps my biggest beef with affording a CA home. I spend $500 dollars clearing leaves from my property every year. I have lived in California, Seattle, Charleston, Charlotte and New york. Also, you can’t compare NOVA to Northern Virginia! Your email address will not be published. That failed so I am stuck out west trying to return to FL again. .-= admin´s last blog ..“The Happy Loser” Archetype By Clotaire Rapaille =-. There was no traffic in the part that I lived. Now imagine living in New York or New Jersey with all those state taxes and the crummy weather. The East has nice spots as well, but because the climate is the same, it all kind of looks the same. So a move is still in order if I can find a way to do it. The weather’s mad volatile, things do get muggy, the communities are awesome though! -more competitive drive Depending on the region of Georgia, you can live in the mountains or just a few hours away. As I get older and the kids get ready to spread their wings, I’ll be a snowbird spending most of my winters someplace warm and 8 – 9 months or so back home around Lake Champlain. I see more Cali cars in DC area everyday. DISTINCT SEASONS, IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT GIVE IT THREE MONTHS IT WILL CHANGE. The area is simply too slow,generic,segregated and mundane for me. But I wouldn’t trade the museums, musical theater, etc. I only managed to make a few close friends in SC but more in VA. Our government. Awesome, Awesome post. All those places will be relatively cheap ish. It’s almost a point of pride to treat the customer with disregard or an annoyance – UNLESS OF COURSE you’re paying say $300 or more for a fine dining experience – I guess good service comes at an extraordinary price out here. Even the sushi is terrible in DC -SUSHI, a food that hit the east coast long before the west, a food made famous by east coast culture is terrible here in DC. Too expensive. Amazing point! .-= admin´s last blog ..Who Needs A Job When You Have A Private School Degree =-. Don’t get me wrong. D.C. is hit or miss when it comes to weather. I was born and raised in Southern California and have lived in quite a few cities from the Inland Empire, Palm Springs, and Northern San Diego. They have ruined my state. We can’t all live in one place…that’s why the US is so great with so much variety. Grass is green out here only in the actual lawn grass. If you call someone about a job or a school or even if you apply to MediCal, people don’t feel that committed to writing you back. Just my thoughts! 12. Same here, Roshawn. Out west, my heating bills averaged 200 bucks a month. Most people here are too uptight and don’t know how to relax. In my opinion, people on the east coast, especially the south tend to be more friendly, laid back, and patient. It is the best place on earth, especially if you are from there and have never left there. Really. California is a different animal . I have lived on both coasts (currently live in the midwest due to being married to someone with a business based here but in a few years that will change when he retires). Oh yes there are beautiful houses out here, with hardwoods and 4 bedroom but be prepared to shell out 700K up. Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by people from all around the world. If you just want to be a beach bum and suntan, the west is best. West Coast has incredibly high rents and added cost of NEEDING a car with expensive insurance, while East Coast has higher property taxes and homeowners insurance. Unless you are in IT/Tech. My grandparents were raised in the state and I have family heritage from before the Civil War. In a very passive aggressive indirect way. The English Atlantic coast. It’s a slower pace of life than even RI was and kids have time to be kids. If you can’t afford to travel, think carefully about where you put down roots. Some forums can only be seen by registered members. In winter you can get drive to get snow in the higher East Coast states….or sit on sunny, warm beach on the lower East Coast states. Highest suicide and depression rates in the country. January in Marin County was the gloomiest, most depressing time I have ever had in terms of weather – always foggy/rainy. .-= Earl´s last blog ..Spending Some Time in a Place Called Old Lyme =-. Culture – West Coast wins. On the East Coast, it’s always pretty clear what the weather will be like day to day. 3) If you have dependents and/or debt, it’s good to get term life insurance to protect your loved ones. If so, where exactly? There was maybe one week, at the peak of summer here, that even pretended to rival the misery of San Diego climates. Also, mountains. Donno if Fall alone for 2 months is worth the 6 months of weather hell. I did in 1999 and it’s been a blast! Just give me a basic ranch home and I’m good. Of self reliance. 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