I'm kind of a house/real estate freak and I love seeing homes for sale.
Anyway, tonight I picked Tulsa, Oklahoma and Raleigh, North Carolina, for no apparent reason, and I was shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you!! What you can get for the money in these two cities is unbelievable.
Here where I live in Portland, OR the average tiny 2 bedroom 1 bathroom "starter home" runs around $250,000 to $300,000 which is something that I have just accepted as reality. HOWEVER - for that same amount in Raleigh or Tulsa, according to craigslist, you can get a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom MASSIVE home with a large yard.
(sorry to my friends down South in California - I know you have it way worse)
I also know that you always have to account for cost of living factors and yada yada yada - but let's be real, okay? When you are looking at houses for sale, you look at numbers first and when I see the numbers in these cities that are disgustingly lower than the prices in my city, I gotta wonder what is the deal? Why is Portland so expensive? We are just a city with a small-town feel and a bunch of ex-hippes who think there is a distinction between "casual" Birkenstocks and "fancy" Birkenstocks. (I, for the record, do not share this opinion - but let me tell you...you haven't SEEN hippie chic until you've been to the Opera in Portland...oh man - all sorts of outfits show up.)
I guess what I am trying to say is - when did Portland become one of those cities? I think of this place as so laid back and chilled out, but I don't think we are that as much anymore. Granted our proximity to a coastline and that little state called California automatically raise the cost of living...but...but...but - but I just want the kind of houses they have in Raleigh and Tulsa here in Portland but at those prices - is that too much to ask?
Grab your cowboy boots Dan - we might be moving to Tulsa.
Telling an Englishman to grab his cowboy boots makes me chuckle. It's like telling an American to grab their Wellies.