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The idea of packing it all in and transplanting yourself to a whole new area can be very exciting; it can also be a bit daunting as there are so many places to choose from. In a country like the United States, you have a range of geographies, climates and cultures. But, with a bit of careful thought, you can really narrow down the choices to a select few that really fit the bill. And, remembering that you can always move again can help take some of the pressure off the decision.
This is probably one of the most important considerations since it will set the stage for the availability or lack of other important elements in the decision-making process. Do you thrive on the energy of a crowded urban area? Do you want all the big city has to offer right outside your front door? Or do you prefer a quieter, suburban area where you can easily commute into a big city or offers plenty of restaurants, shopping and entertainment within a reasonable driving distance? You need to figure out what you most value when deciding between bustling life in the big city or a quieter existence in a smaller town. More urban areas always seem more appealing because they have more things, but having 15 movie theatres to choose from rather than three, or 75 restaurants rather than 20, will probably not make you love an area. So, while having options is important to consider, an area with the largest number does not mean it is the best.
Weather is another huge factor when deciding where to live—climate can have a big impact on peoples’ satisfaction with their location. It can impact mood and how you are able to spend your time. While living in a area with your preferred weather is unlikely to key to everlasting happiness in life, going against your preferences in favor of other attractive elements of a location will probably catch up with you sooner or later. As someone who despises cold weather and has spent the last two years living in a tropical climate, I know I would be miserable in Buffalo, NY, no matter how much it met my other criteria for an ideal spot.
Different areas all have unique offerings in terms of how you can spend your free time and the general way of life. Going somewhere that will allow you to indulge your interests is an important consideration; you also want to think about the type of lifestyle you prefer. If you find the harried, rushed nature of city living does not sit well with you, moving to another city thinking it will be different is probably not a good idea. When it comes to your interests, you want to consider the extent you want to engage in them to decide on the best place. You may think that if you lived right on the beach, you would go every day, but you will probably find that the novelty will wear off—this is coming from someone who loves the beach and spent quite a bit of time living within minutes of it. If living a bit farther away, while still being able to access it easily, will afford you a much nicer place to live, that is something to consider.
Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who has blogged about various real estate topics; if you are thinking of moving to CA, check out these San Jose homes for sale.
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