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Old 02-08-2010, 09:28 AM
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I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and over the last 18 months have lost 40% of my income due to the current economic conditions. Given that fact, the high cost of living here in the Bay Area and the presence of the left wing radicals in California, I have contemplated moving a number of times.

My job is not fixed to a specific location, although I absolutely must have easy access to a major airport that can get me to any point in the US easily and ideally it should have a Financial District.

So given those constraints I have considered moving, but the one self imposed constraint I would add is the desire to have a canal behind the home with deepwater access.

So my question, what sort of money would I have to hand over to get myself into a decent 4bed/2bath home with a dock at the back that has deepwater access?

Am I talking $500k, $1 million, $1.5 million? And what are some locations I could look into that fit the guidelines posted above?
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Oh and one other self imposed condition is that wherever this place is, I do NOT want snow!
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:20 AM
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I live in NJ and have a home in South Jersey, you can get a waterfront home by me for around 250K with Atlantic city int/ airport 45 min away or Philadelphia about 1 hr. away.
However we do get snow from time to time, it does not stick around as we've got all this salt in the air so it melts quick. But cold it is! So if it's cold you don't want head to Fl. Check out the Tampa area my best guess is about 500K for what you want in good shape. You can do better price wise around the cape coral area with fort myers right next door.

I'm sure others from Fl. will have better info and opinions, these are just the places I was looking into.

Good luck!
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Tampa area is a good bet. You can get lots for 500-1m. Lots of nice places and great fishing / cruising.
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Based on the requirements, you should be able to find a place in Florida that meets your requirements easily at $500K, maybe a little higher depending on the area. If you have kids, do your research on schools when looking at an area. Florida is really bad about going from very good to very bad in less than a block.


BTW, with airports in my area I have 3 to choose from. PBI, FLL, and MIA all within 1.5 hours. Of course I only use Miami for international flights, their airport code says it all!
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Originally Posted by rat_catcher View Post
.........................................Am I talking $500k, $1 million, $1.5 million? ...........?
Yes, and up.
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Originally Posted by rat_catcher View Post
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and over the last 18 months have lost 40% of my income due to the current economic conditions. Given that fact, the high cost of living here in the Bay Area and the presence of the left wing radicals in California, I have contemplated moving a number of times.

My job is not fixed to a specific location, although I absolutely must have easy access to a major airport that can get me to any point in the US easily and ideally it should have a Financial District.

So given those constraints I have considered moving, but the one self imposed constraint I would add is the desire to have a canal behind the home with deepwater access.

So my question, what sort of money would I have to hand over to get myself into a decent 4bed/2bath home with a dock at the back that has deepwater access?

Am I talking $500k, $1 million, $1.5 million? And what are some locations I could look into that fit the guidelines posted above?
In Charleston SC you'll need $1 mil. (or more) Great outdoors, and beautiful City. Not exactly a financial center. We are at the end of the airport line. There are many direct flights to Charlotte, Atlanta, and Chicago.

Might try JAX. Real nice town. Maybe more of an airport.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:19 PM
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Oh one more thing for you to be advised of, Florida has 3 things that Northern Ca does not. Heat, humidity, and bugs (lots of bugs). The good news is that we have water that you can get into to escape these three things without going hypothermic.
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In the SW Florida area of Port Charlotte to Cape Coral. Ft Myers area there is an excellent market. Ft Myers has a easy access airport. Depending on the area of access prices are quite inexpensive right now I have bougt and sold a few lots there over the years as investments.

Right now, the prices are 50-60% what they were in 2005 and 2006 when I lived there. Contact me if you want to discuss any particulars in price and such.
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Upper Florida Keys about 700k for Canal with Ocean/Bay access. Open water at 2 mil and up. Downtown Miami and MiA about 75 minutes. Trend is up from dreadful.
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500K will get you a nice home on a deep water canal in central NC. Canal lots are in the 100K range. 750-1.5 million will get a nice ICW home in the same area. Now is a great time to buy as many, many places are for sale around our beach home and I am sure deals are to be had. I am on a deepwater canal just off the ICW.
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Originally Posted by Mersiles View Post
Oh one more thing for you to be advised of, Florida has 3 things that Northern Ca does not. Heat, humidity, and bugs (lots of bugs).
Yeah the Admiral isn't real keen on these three attractions, so I guess FL is probably out!
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I live in NJ and have a home in South Jersey, you can get a waterfront home by me for around 250K with Atlantic city int/ airport 45 min away or Philadelphia about 1 hr. away.
What are some of the city names and how long does it take to get to NYC?
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However we do get snow from time to time, it does not stick around as we've got all this salt in the air so it melts quick. But cold it is!
I don't mind cold per se, it is just the thought of being snowed in for 6 months out of the year that I am not interested in.
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Originally Posted by Greg Manning View Post
500K will get you a nice home on a deep water canal in central NC. Canal lots are in the 100K range. 750-1.5 million will get a nice ICW home in the same area. Now is a great time to buy as many, many places are for sale around our beach home and I am sure deals are to be had. I am on a deepwater canal just off the ICW.
This sounds interesting. Thinking of the $500k option on a deep water canal in Central NC, what are some of the city names I should research?
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Tampa area is a good bet. You can get lots for 500-1m. Lots of nice places and great fishing / cruising.
One of my staff members lives in Tampa and he loves it, but the Admiral has said she isn't keen on Florida due to the heat, humidity and bugs.
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Thanks for the feedback so far. Anybody else have anything to add?
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:01 PM
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Morehead city, NC

Can get 3 br 3 bath 3 level codo with 1 car garage on the intercoastal water way and deep water boat slip for 1.2 mil. or same complex has a 3 br 2.5 bath with den, 1 car garage on intercoastal with deep water slip for under $500k.

Small connecting airport in Jacksonville about 1 hour drive or 2.5 hour drive to Raliegh airport.

I have a 2nd home there and love it,I live and work in Baltimore. I can't wait till I can move there full time. Fishing is great, people are great and they still have moderate season changes.
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Originally Posted by rat_catcher View Post
One of my staff members lives in Tampa and he loves it, but the Admiral has said she isn't keen on Florida due to the heat, humidity and bugs.

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You may want to vacation around at specific times of the year to the different areas (NJ, NC, FL). Keep in mind when I say heat in South Florida (Southeast Coast) that means the summer months it is 92 deg. Yes there is hummidity but that comes with the tropic atmosphere (and 12 months of boating). Honestly, you are going to get bugs just about anywhere on the east coast sooner or later.
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Outer Banks, NC I would guess 700-800K would get you what you are looking for a house in a nice community
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