Moving from SF Bay Area to Florida's Space Coast - Crazy?
My partner and I are considering moving to Florida, in specific the Space Coast. This comprises the following towns (I believe): Cocoa Beach, Melbourne & The Beaches, Port Canaveral, Titusville, Palm Bay, and Viera. My short question is: are we crazy?
I'm wondering, from a logical point of view, if it makes sense. We don't have kids but may in the next year or so. Our parents are all in their early 80's. His are doing fine, my parent needs help. His job could move him to the Space Coast, and would be his dream. Mine might allow me to work remotely (thought I'm not sure). The emotional part no one else can answer, but in practical terms, I'm wondering if folks have any experiences moving from the SF Bay Area to Florida (specifically the Space Coast) (or vice versa) and have thoughts?
Some more background info that may or may not be relevant to the logical decision question: Basically, he's all for it and I'm not so much, but I realize I may be provincial in my thinking. I don't want to be closed-minded or sacrifice an adventure and an easier financial future for current comfort and familiarity. We have been there twice in the last 6 months and plan to visit again over the winter holidays.
He loves it there. He prefers the weather (his sinuses do a lot better in a warm, humid climate), the people seem friendlier to him, his job would be his dream, and he thinks it's a better/easier place to raise a family than the SF Bay Area (we are trying but are not guaranteed a little one so the kids topic may be moot for us). His parents would be closer by - about 1.5 hours away (though they're doing fine now, he is thinking ahead). It's likely that a few of his colleagues would also relocate, so he'd have some community.
I'm a bay area person and I love it here, although living here does seem to get harder and harder financially and otherwise (city government issues, the heartbreaking and seemingly insurmountable issues around unhoused folks, cleanliness and crime problems). We probably could never afford to own property here. If we did have children here, caring for them would be harder (our parents are not available for this). My parent is local and needs help. The suggestion is that she move with us, although she has some family and friends here (I do too, of course). I have one friend about 45 minutes way from where we might live in Florida, and if I'm able to keep my current job, I'd be on my own out there (with likely trips back every other month or so to be in the office). I love the weather here, and the access to gorgeous natural areas, with California topography. I'm not a fan of the Florida heat, humidity, or bugs (who love me). That said, we could own property there, and I have to admit I do find parts of Florida beautiful.