West Coasters - Advice Please!

  1. Hey guys! Hubby just told me that there is a *chance* that we may be moving out west. Nothing for certain yet, just some rumours floating around right now. Would definitely not be a bad career move for him.

    My question - since it's so early on, we don't know where they *might* want us to live. The territory consists of CO, AZ, CA, OR, UT, NV. For all of you who live or have lived on the west coast, please throw your opinion in there - I'm a southern girl - lived in GA, SC and AL my whole life except for when I lived in Austria. I know nothing about the west and want to hear some of the pros and cons. Understand - no flaming please, this is just people's opinions!
  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   NurseShell
    As a native Southern Californian, my opinion is sort of biased!! You can't beat San Diego's weather!!!

    I have family in Oregon and they LOVE it.
    My Uncle lives in AZ...moved there for the "dry heat".
    Colorado is BEAUTIFUL (but is snows there)

    but, like I said, I'm partial to San Diego.
  4. by   semstr
    Once you lived in Austria, you can live anywhere!
    Go for it!

    btw, you never really told here, why you can talk German with an Austrian accent. Or did I miss that one?
    Last edit by semstr on Mar 27, '03
  5. by   renerian
    Santa Barbara or Ventura is where I would live in a heartbeat!

  6. by   coffeehound
    All I can say is to check whether or not his pay scale will be adjusted for the cost of living from one area to the next. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and wouldn't REALLY want to live anywhere else, BUT, it is EXPENSIVE to live here! A 2 bedroom 2 bath house up the street from me recently sold for $650,0000+ and I don't live in the "expensive" part of town. Whew!

    If the money will be the same regardless, I'd think about somewhere a little less expensive....
  7. by   prmenrs
    Ditto for San Diego--Check out the cost of living before you decide where you will be living, it will vary considerably in the areas you mentioned.

    The San Diego newspaper is the Union Tribune: www.signonsandiego.com you may want to look there, too.

    Good Luck in a new adventure!
  8. by   cactus wren
    Being a tad predejucied (SP?), I love my "dry heat". And my winters with a rare bit of snow. The summers are hot, but without your humidity, but hot anyways. Do you have a choice, or do go where the suits tell hubby ? Of California, I like San Diego....have been knowm to be a Zonie in the August monsoon season.. And did a travel assignment up the Central coast ,above Santa Barbara, and enjoyed that part ,too. but as a country girl, don`t care for Frisco or LA. There are beautiful spots in Co. And Utah, especially like the area around St. George.

    But, to tell the truth, if I had a choice between Phoenix metro area or S.D....I`d take S D.....but then I don`t care for urban living, and Phoenix today sure isn`t the Phoenix I grew up in.
  9. by   RN2B2005
    Portland, OR is a beautiful city (it's not called the Rose City for nothing). The weather is temperate and the environs spectacular--Mt. Hood is nearby, and Seattle, the Cascades, Olympic National Park, and assorted other things that make the Northwest the most beautiful place in the world are all within a five-hour drive.
  10. by   Rustyhammer
    You can't beat the West no matter WHERE you move to.
    It's a different life out here. Prepare to slow down a bit.
    Get ready for lots of outdoor stuff to do.
    We drink tequilla out here too.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You did not ask about Seattle, but seeing as it IS on the West Coast, I thought I would say I really like it here. Like you, I have lived a variety of places and like it best. Downsides: rain, lots of it. Traffic is a big problem....the economy is ROUGH due to problems for Boeing and the dot-commers (a big problem).........however...

    the scenery is unbeatable....job opportunities for nurses abound.....and there is never a dull moment. You can ski, snow board, fish, boat, hang by the ocean, summit a volcano, whatever. THAT makes it a great place to live to me.
  12. by   Momto3RN
    I have to make a plug for Utah!

    I live in SLC and love it. We have all four seasons (though, the past few years, they've occurred simultaneously) and the pace is not terribly rushed. People will even say "hi" to you on the street!

    Yeah, lots of Mormons here (including me) but we're harmless!!

    I lived in San Diego briefly ( actually, Coronado Island....doesn't get much better than that...) and I enjoyed it, if only for the fact that I was inspired to get into shape!!

    Good Luck!
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    I grew up in the backcountry of northern San Diego County, and I loved it there.......far less fog than on the coast, dry and warm (although sometimes TOO warm---it's been known to be 110 degrees in October). Trouble is, the only way to tell the seasons apart is by looking in the store windows. Here in Oregon's Willamette Valley, we get a lot of what we call "liquid sunshine", but we also have beautiful summers and gorgeous autumns, and it snows just often enough to make things interesting.
  14. by   Nurse Izzy
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    You can't beat the West no matter WHERE you move to.
    It's a different life out here. Prepare to slow down a bit.
    Get ready for lots of outdoor stuff to do.
    We drink tequilla out here too.
    Okay - prepare to slow down - you mean it gets slower than here in Alabama?

    Tequilla - yummmm.....we just got from having almost one too many margaritas (I can't drink it straight anymore but hubby can!)

    I'm so lost as to where to live if we get a choice. Every place sounds great - wonder how I can get them to pay for a 7 week vacation (one week each in WA, OR, CA, AZ, UT, CO, NV!)