Tired of it all- leaving the Bay Area...where to go?
Hi BPN community, As much as we love our community here in Berkeley, my husband and I feel the demands of urban life in a high COL area are wearing us down, and we find ourselves talking more and more about leaving. Mostly it is just that we are constantly living month-to-month on the meager finances we have with both of us working full-time. (I'm tired of the elitist mentality here too...like everyone in the Bay Area is better than the rest of the world but that is a topic for another post...) We don't have family here so that's not a factor. I'm having a hard time articulating what I love and what I hate about the Bay Area, and wonder if there is a place we could live on less, but still have good weather (the WEATHER is one thing I love here!) and slow down a bit to enjoy life more. We're considering a move to a smaller town, closer to nature, but are overwhelmed with the thought of researching a move to a whole new area. I've looked at Stockton (yes, Stockton, CA), Truckee/Tahoe area, Reno, and some at Portland OR but feel like I don't know what exactly I'm looking for. Have you left the Bay Area for greener pastures? Tell me about it...where did you go and why? How has it worked out for your family? I hope lots of people will weigh in on this...we'd prefer to stay in the Western part of the US but I'm open to hearing about any towns!