After 8 years here, I am ready to leave SF. It’s just too much and since the pandemic its merits have been muted. Where to next? Want more affordable, coastal, cultural institutions, moderate seasons, educated.

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Southern California is likely your best bet. It’s slightly more affordable than SF.

I really like the vibe of some of the cities like Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine etc. much smaller than San Francisco of course but a very chill and laid-back vibe with amazing weather.

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Funny, SF just became bearable to me during the pandemic because it made me weight outdoors activities a lot more with the best parts of city living no longer being available (not that SF was ever above average as an urban center, but the strengths of incomparably better cities like Chicago/NYC have been blunted during the pandemic). But yeah the city has Problems™️, I don’t know if I can afford to stay either. Seattle might be my next spot.

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Orange County?

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What’s prompting you to leave?

Sounds like Austin would be a good fit for you. Getting crowded though

I’ve thought the same thing. What is coastal AND more affordable? And decent weather?

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