So here’s the scoop. Both I and my wife of six-plus years have lived in Los Angeles all of our lives (30 years for me, and just slightly under that for her). We both enjoy the suburban aspects of LA life and appreciate a lot that this metropolitan area has to offer.
We both take a certain amount of umbrage at the idea that we might live in one place our entire lives. My wife has always had the desire to wander, and I’ve just warmed up to the idea in the last few years.
Every year, around the time of our anniversary, we take a road trip to someplace we haven’t been before to see different parts of the country. Mostly, it’s purely for vacation purposes, but we’re also keeping an eye out for places to relocate in the next, say, 3-5 years. Maybe even sooner. Right now, the Portland, OR region (her choice) and Denver (mine) are at the top of our list. Other places we’ve been but aren’t really considering right now include Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, the Bay Area, and Vegas.
Ideally, we would love an area that is tech-friendly and has a big city/suburbia combination of some sort. We both want to live somewhere with weather and pretty thunder storms, but since we’ve never lived in snow, we probably don’t want to start off somewhere with four months of severe winter, either. Being near mountains and/or a large body of water would also be a plus, but perhaps not essential. Oh, and we don’t have any kids or any plans for kids, so that’s not a factor at all.
So I’m looking for suggestions from all of you lovely people about places that you either think would be an ideal match for us, or that you think we should at least look to visit on our next trip. Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated. And feel free to post additional questions my way if you want more detail.
P.S. - A city with a major league baseball team in it would be ideal, but don’t tell my wife that.