I'm from southern CA (have lived in San Diego for 14 years, and grew up in Orange County). I LOVE it here! Mainly the weather and just my general comfort level with the city.
BUT, my husband doesn't make enough for me to SAH and that is my goal. I wish I would have realized this before having a baby and buying a home. It isn't until after I had DS that I realized how badly I wanted to raise him instead of our nanny.
We have a 1500 sq ft townhome (which we bought for almost a 1/2 million dollars) and we just can't really swing everything without my income. I make about 90k and DH makes 65k. We would have to either rent it out or short sale/foreclose as we are 200k under water.
DH is from the Seattle area and might have a chance to return to the Bellingham area where he worked before moving down here. We haven't contacted his old boss yet, but before we do, I want to make sure that I am prepared and don't get gun shy.
I would be leaving every family member that I have which also scares me. He is from WA and has a few cousins/aunt/uncle in the area and his immediate family is a few hours away.
-So, how was the move?
-How long have you been in WA?
-Do you plan to stay for a long time?
-How has the COL change been for you?
-How bad is the dreary drizzly weather? Any depression issues?
-Is Bellingham an ok city to live in (It's about 2 hrs from Seattle which just seems so far away)
-Any other suggestions or things for me to think about before pondering such a big move?
Thanks so much!