Okay , I posted this question on another forum. The many answers have helped us greatly - and have helped us potentially check out new areas while dropping others off the list.Because I like this forum more- I used the other as a test shot. Basically The overall trend seemed to lean heavily towards Florida
-though which part seemed to be in dispute.
Here is our situation:
I would like all suggestions and opinions on plusses and minuses of both areas in regards to possible relocation.
I am married and have 3 kids
We own a successful buisness in Las Vegas but dont have to be here full time . We have been here 10 years (originally NJ) and need a change + dont want to raise kids
here any more. I own a Catalina
350 which is in San Diego(fin keel
6' 8" draft
would sell it if we went to Florida). I love sailing and fishing
equally. Though I love San diego
and the boat is there ,which would make it a logical move- there are some things which Kind of annoy me in Cali- the traffic,The showy mentality, water
not warm enough(for me), limited sailing destinations,state income
tax . Being that I love warm locations
- we have pretty much narrowed it down to San Diego/Orange County or South Florida for our next move.
(sorry no pac nw comments please)
We want to stay in the US . The boys are heavily into baseball.My wife is great at meeting people (me not so much).
From what I am seeing on S Fla so far:
more tropical climate
better sailing destinations
no state tax
could possible have a sailboat and fishing
boat docked in my backyard
great year round fishing
higher property tax
for boats and houses
As far as So Cal:
great temperate weather
good surfing /fishing
property values in good school
areas still too high
general Keeping up with the Joneses mentality
lack of destinations
state may be bankrupt.
may gray june gloom
We are looking for a place to raise the kids on or very close to the water.
we need great school area.
I would like great sailing destinations and fishing destinations (mainly saltwater inshore and offshore). Somewhat affordable.
We will eventually have a mid 40's Catamaran
and a 30 ft- ish sport fisherman. Extremely important is a good "atmosphere" for raising family with a sense of "Community"
Please submit you thoughts , opinions and experiances. Please feel free to point out areas that we may have overlooked or not considered.
I know there is not a perfect place. there are always drawbacks from any area.