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#1 Break81

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:36 AM

Ok, So the wife and I are discussing moving away from California in a next few years. We have little ones and are hoping to find a place a little less crowded, expensive and not going to tax us to death. Most importantly, we want a place with great schools with lots of families, but also of course a decent job market.

As golf is also part of the family structure, part of the decision will be based on access to decent public or moderately priced private private clubs.  On this I know I may miss is the abundant amount of courses available to me know, but will not miss the5.5 hour rounds.

  Next summer we are going to take a couple weeks to speculate some possible areas.  So far on the short list would be, TX, UT and AZ. Anyone great recommendations are welcome including info on clubs to join.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:50 AM

I'd throw Florida on that short list. Coming from someone who lives in Houston, TX.

In my life (Living wise) I've gone           Houston -> Orlando -> Los Angeles -> Houston

Florida was the least crowed, cheapest, and most golf.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:51 AM

Take a look at Western PA.

My wife and I are considering moving there in a few years (Pittsburgh area).

Cost of living much cheaper than where we are now (Boston).

Weather isn't any worse and there is much more public golf available.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:04 AM

Houston - BlueJack National GC + (100 golf courses in the area) - no state income tax - house prices are a fraction of California's.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:22 AM

Simpler to say that the only places I'd live in the country would be New England or the Pacific Northwest.


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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:27 AM

Salt Lake City, UT.  Great golf, low unemployment, and if you enjoy the outdoors then it's a no brainer.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:31 AM

I will also include Virginia, courses are open year around, best work (money) is in DC (traffic is terrible tho) and the further away from DC you live the best the bag for your buck will be, I live about an hour or so from DC and last year I bought a home in Fredericksburg, 5200 square feet for 300k...I will throw in Hawaii, but it is expensive, I lived there for 6 years (Army), loved it...
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:38 AM

you've had it with California, apparently so has Phil. I'll be behind you guys shortly.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:47 AM

Illinois. Lots of public courses in central part of the state. Taxes are around 5 pct on income. Property tax are higher than Texas or Florida but home prices much cheaper than the coasts. Bloomington Illinois has State Farm hq. and Decatur has ADM.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:52 AM

View Post2putttom, on 11 July 2017 - 09:38 AM, said:

you've had it with California, apparently so has Phil. I'll be behind you guys shortly.

   It's still tolerable, but the question is for how long?  Most importantly with 2 kids under age 5, they will be living at home until 40 if we stay in California. Everything is changing and not for the better.  

   Eastcoast states may be a bit rough as we will still need to visit CA often as both our parents are getting up in age and still live here. That being said if the situation is right we will absolutetly take a look.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 10:00 AM

great topic. i've been thinking about this myself. having lived central/southern california my entire life the summers are becoming miserable. if its 100 degrees in the summer i consider it a decent day (lol). i'm graduating in a year or so, id like to hit an area where id have to cover up opposed to sweating a bucket. if theres enough golf, northern california, colorado, or pacific northwest seem like good candidates.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 10:21 AM

North or South Carolina are great and have outstanding golf.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 10:28 AM

View PostBreak81, on 11 July 2017 - 09:52 AM, said:

View Post2putttom, on 11 July 2017 - 09:38 AM, said:

you've had it with California, apparently so has Phil. I'll be behind you guys shortly.

   It's still tolerable, but the question is for how long?  Most importantly with 2 kids under age 5, they will be living at home until 40 if we stay in California. Everything is changing and not for the better.  

   Eastcoast states may be a bit rough as we will still need to visit CA often as both our parents are getting up in age and still live here. That being said if the situation is right we will absolutetly take a look.

I may have recently left there after 5 years, but I think California (Norcal anyways) is great :)
Yes housing is flipping ridiculous, but then so are all the attractive places on the west coast from Vancouver to the Mexican border.

Depending on what industry you are in, Raleigh/Durham seems fairly attractive? For something you haven't already listed.

Here's some food for thought on Texas, from someone in a situation similar to yours:
http://www.golfwrx.c...rnia-to-dallas/

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 11:07 AM

View Postduffer987, on 11 July 2017 - 10:28 AM, said:

View PostBreak81, on 11 July 2017 - 09:52 AM, said:

View Post2putttom, on 11 July 2017 - 09:38 AM, said:

you've had it with California, apparently so has Phil. I'll be behind you guys shortly.

   It's still tolerable, but the question is for how long?  Most importantly with 2 kids under age 5, they will be living at home until 40 if we stay in California. Everything is changing and not for the better.  

   Eastcoast states may be a bit rough as we will still need to visit CA often as both our parents are getting up in age and still live here. That being said if the situation is right we will absolutetly take a look.

I may have recently left there after 5 years, but I think California (Norcal anyways) is great :)
Yes housing is flipping ridiculous, but then so are all the attractive places on the west coast from Vancouver to the Mexican border.

Depending on what industry you are in, Raleigh/Durham seems fairly attractive? For something you haven't already listed.

Here's some food for thought on Texas, from someone in a situation similar to yours:
http://www.golfwrx.c...rnia-to-dallas/
  Good info on Dallas,

    I currently am a sales rep for industrial products for machine shops, so there are some places that would be easier to go than others. Dallas has lots of manufacturing, so does Salt Lake.  St George not so much.  I could always cross to another industry as I also have sold some electrical products and mt parent company has locations across the states, but not really into starting completely over in my early 40's.

    Carolina's sound great from someone I know who recently moved there, but have no clue on job market conditions.  Something I will need to investigate before next summer, could make the trip a little more expensive unless I plan it around a trip to upstate NY I already have planned in the spring.  Just means I would be doing the trip solo.  Still plausible.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 11:14 AM

Pretty hard to beat Scottsdale during the winter months.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:15 PM

View PostNoTalentLefty, on 11 July 2017 - 09:47 AM, said:

Illinois. Lots of public courses in central part of the state. Taxes are around 5 pct on income. Property tax are higher than Texas or Florida but home prices much cheaper than the coasts. Bloomington Illinois has State Farm hq. and Decatur has ADM.

I like IL (was just there and played some golf), but it's run by a bunch of crooked politicians who are bankrupting the state.  And I mean literally the state is ready to go bankrupt.  Taxes just went up and will have to keep going up, and people are fleeing the state. Pains me to say it because there's a lot to like about it otherwise.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:23 PM

View Postbigjohntripod, on 11 July 2017 - 08:50 AM, said:

I'd throw Florida on that short list. Coming from someone who lives in Houston, TX.

In my life (Living wise) I've gone    Houston -> Orlando -> Los Angeles -> Houston

Florida was the least crowed, cheapest, and most golf.

I have lived in Florida my entire adult life (lived here for about 42 years) and I have to say that what this member said is not actually correct.
We have giant gators that actually feed on unsuspecting players, it rains almost every day and this often includes lightning, the greens fees are incredibly expensive and because of the heat at least three players die from heat related illness on every course every single round.

I am kidding of course.

We don't have any state income tax (Thank-you Disney), the courses are really nice, the humidity is bearable for 9 months out of the year, and there are hundreds of courses all over the place just waiting to be tried out.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:36 PM

Lived in Midwest, California, & Florida.  If I could spend summer in CA and the rest of the year in FL, that would be perfect.  If you can keep your CA salary, FL is awful cheap for housing, golf & taxes.  Groceries and insurance are more expensive than in CA.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:49 PM

I suggest looking at Idaho--especially the Boise/Meridian area.  Socially, politically, and culturally, living in Idaho is like living in the 50's with all the modern amenities to make things more efficient.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:57 PM

Don't choose Montana.

It's colder than sh*t from October to May. Housing is incredibly expensive, median income is low relative to cost of living.

No state sales tax, but that doesn't really offset much considering the average home in the city I live is $284k, whereas the average household income can afford a $177k house.

The state is beautiful (west half), with tons of great golf courses for the 5 months a year you can play them.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 05:41 PM

View PostBreak81, on 11 July 2017 - 11:07 AM, said:

View Postduffer987, on 11 July 2017 - 10:28 AM, said:

View PostBreak81, on 11 July 2017 - 09:52 AM, said:

View Post2putttom, on 11 July 2017 - 09:38 AM, said:

you've had it with California, apparently so has Phil. I'll be behind you guys shortly.

   It's still tolerable, but the question is for how long?  Most importantly with 2 kids under age 5, they will be living at home until 40 if we stay in California. Everything is changing and not for the better.  

   Eastcoast states may be a bit rough as we will still need to visit CA often as both our parents are getting up in age and still live here. That being said if the situation is right we will absolutetly take a look.

I may have recently left there after 5 years, but I think California (Norcal anyways) is great :)
Yes housing is flipping ridiculous, but then so are all the attractive places on the west coast from Vancouver to the Mexican border.

Depending on what industry you are in, Raleigh/Durham seems fairly attractive? For something you haven't already listed.



Here's some food for thought on Texas, from someone in a situation similar to yours:
http://www.golfwrx.c...rnia-to-dallas/
  Good info on Dallas,

I currently am a sales rep for industrial products for machine shops, so there are some places that would be easier to go than others. Dallas has lots of manufacturing, so does Salt Lake.  St George not so much.  I could always cross to another industry as I also have sold some electrical products and mt parent company has locations across the states, but not really into starting completely over in my early 40's.

Carolina's sound great from someone I know who recently moved there, but have no clue on job market conditions.  Something I will need to investigate before next summer, could make the trip a little more expensive unless I plan it around a trip to upstate NY I already have planned in the spring.  Just means I would be doing the trip solo.  Still plausible.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 05:47 PM

Tiger's design - BlueJack National is in north Houston, as are EXXON'S 10,000 person campus and the airport.

Houston is the city for oil company headquarters, oil field construction companies (Haliburton, Fluor, etc) + multiple refineries.

Sell a house in California and you can afford a mansion in Houston.

Look up BlueJack as a community to raise those young children - remote and gated community in a forest with fantastic family facilities!

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 05:55 PM

Great topic OP. I'm in a similar boat and looking at 5 year options on the west coast where I've lived most my life. I'm partial to the PNW since I grew up there and I think it's hard to beat the outdoor beauty of Washington and Oregon. As everyone knows the downside is probably the weather but it doesn't actually rain as much as people say. As long as you don't mind playing in wet/damp conditions, it's a great place to live with good schools and plenty of other outdoor activities. Home prices are also much more affordable compared to California. As for taxes, either state will also beat California as a whole.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:34 PM

My friend moved to Seattle with his family for work and absolutely loves it.  Its becoming a tech driven city like San Francisco so the price of housing is rising.  The median is currently $700K for a house.  But there is a big job market up there and I believe there's no income tax in Washington.  Most golf courses are long drives but are worth it.  I still take 40 minute drives to play a round of golf.   My friend says he lives about an hour away from Chambers Bay,  Olympic and Cascade.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:36 PM

Don't pick Texas.  We are full and don't need more Californians.

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If you do pick Texas, El Paso and Midland should suit you.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:50 PM

View Postbigchucksr, on 11 July 2017 - 04:49 PM, said:

I suggest looking at Idaho--especially the Boise/Meridian area.  Socially, politically, and culturally, living in Idaho is like living in the 50's with all the modern amenities to make things more efficient.
We are getting lots of California  cultural refugees here
  I have a childhood friend who recently moved to Star, ID and loves it. Very nice homes in the $250-$300K range.  He claims it doesn't get that cold in the winter as he thought but he only got there on the back end of last winter so maybe it varies by year.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:13 PM

View PostBreak81, on 11 July 2017 - 08:36 AM, said:

Ok, So the wife and I are discussing moving away from California in a next few years. We have little ones and are hoping to find a place a little less crowded, expensive and not going to tax us to death. Most importantly, we want a place with great schools with lots of families, but also of course a decent job market.

As golf is also part of the family structure, part of the decision will be based on access to decent public or moderately priced private private clubs.  On this I know I may miss is the abundant amount of courses available to me know, but will not miss the5.5 hour rounds.

  Next summer we are going to take a couple weeks to speculate some possible areas.  So far on the short list would be, TX, UT and AZ. Anyone great recommendations are welcome including info on clubs to join.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:29 PM

Come to any major city in Australia. Housimg is expensive in Sydney and Melbourne, but the job market is good, decent courses can be found with yearly membership under $1500, and golf can be played year round (early tee times in summer). I live in the burbs of Sydney and pay $1000 a year for a decent course with great facilities less than 10 minutes from home.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:04 PM

I would go with Dubai.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:13 PM

I second the don't move to Texas.  We don't need anymore liberal minded Californians here. Californians are moving away from California in record numbers because they fouled it up and now that they're here in Texas, they're trying to foul up our state as well.

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