We've also been talking about moving to Atlanta. I know it's extra hot and humid, but the house prices are so affordable. Plus I love the country surroundings and it seems like a great place to raise a family. We're planning on visiting my husband's sister in September of this year to see what it's like.
So this was my 4th or 5th time going up to Oakland. I LOVE Oakland. Bump what you heard about Oakland being completely EXTRA ghetto. Sure East Oakland is hood, but that is just a small part of the hugeness that is Oakland. My in-laws live in seriously nice area of Oakland and the surrounding areas are SUPER nice. They live on he hill and the going price for those homes are $700,000+. Most of the homes overlook the East Bay and it's breathtaking. The only other thing is, is the prices of the homes at the bottom of the hill are a little pricey for our budget. There are a few homes going for $425,000+. That may sound like a deal for some folks, but we have bills, student loans, and we're trying to plan for a family and we want to live comfortable. Realistically, $300,000 would do us just fine.
In a nutshell, we've scratched the idea of staying in Long Beach & moving to Atlanta. We're moving to the Bay Area. I love everything about it. The weather, the people, the public transportation (B.A.R.T), the shopping.... wow the shopping in San Francisco is orgasmic. As a matter of fact, during my mini excursion this week I bought these wonderful shoes
from Macy's in downtown SF:
Michael Kors "Channing" Wedges in black
I promise there are the last pair of shoes I am purchasing until winter time. Seriously.
But anyways, my husband and I are thinking of moving to either: Oakland, San Leandro, Alameda, Fremont, or Hayward so far. All you Bay Area folks know what I am talking about. I just need to get all the info as to where the ghetto parts are, and where I need to steer clear of so we can make a sound investment.
I have also decided that after I get my B.A in Graphic Design (I have less than a year left after 5 years of going to school part-time) that I am going into the medical field to become a Physician's Assistant. What a 180 degree turn huh? Well I was pre-med before turning over to Graphic Design, so I guess it's just that I am going back to something that is going to be stable, and make my family life very comfortable. I just need a job that will allow me to make upwards of at least $90,000 or more a year. I might even think about becoming an R.N. This economy is going down the toilet and I just need a lucrative career at this point. As far as I'm concerned, I'll keep graphic design as a hobby and design sites on the side. Right now, I need to focus on my family and see how we can get to the top of that hill. :D
I just got back from Oakland/San Francisco for Memorial Day weekend about an hour ago. My husband and I have been seriously discussing where we were going to finally settle down and buy some property. Since we're already here in Long Beach, we were just going to buy a condo down here. The thing is the area of Long Beach I would like to live in (which is where I currently live) is really expensive. Since we're a few blocks from the beach, condos around here are going for around $500,000 and up. Yes, in the shamble that is our economy, people have the nerve to put up half a million dollar condos up for sale. We just can't afford to spend that much. And even if we could, it wouldn't be on a condo. There is also the downtown part of Long Beach. The area is just OK. Some blocks are a little more undesirable than others, but the area... it's just OK. It's mostly urban living, where you're living among shops and the sorts. We found a few condos down there for less than $250,000 for a 2Bd/2ba, but they want a tremendous amount of money in association dues. I am talking about $300+ with no swimming pool or no amenities. NO thanks. I'll pass.