For those of you who missed my farewell to Austin post, I decided to move across the country yet again. A few people made guesses as to where I went and one person managed to get the state right on. It’s the Sunshine State!
There are a few reasons why my girlfriend and I decided on Florida. The obvious one is the weather. The first few days we were here it was sunny and in the 80’s. Talk about perfect weather, especially for December.
The second reason is due to the beaches (and palm trees). Ever since I lived in Honolulu, I’ve missed the beaches that Hawaii has to offer. Hanging out by the ocean was one of my favorite things to do and I’m excited to be located by one again. Austin had a few lakes, but nothing compared to the beaches they have here in Florida.
If Hawaii was cheaper, I would probably head back there sometime. However, the location is too remote for me and road trips are impossible there. So the only options left were California and Florida. I wasn’t that impressed with the beaches in California and the cost of the living was basically the same as Hawaii. So florida it was.
Once we decided on making the drive to Florida, we spent a month or so reading up on the cities located here in Florida. I must say, City-Data is one heck of a tool. I’ve used it every single time I’ve moved so far. It sure makes learning the neighborhoods and cities a lot easier.
We took a look at both coasts, specifically the large cities including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and Tampa. Orlando wasn’t really an option since I’d much prefer to be by the ocean.
After doing the research, we decided on the Tampa Bay area. The cost of living seems to be more reasonable than the Miami area. Once we decided on the area, we drilled down and decided which city we were going to live in.
After much debate, St. Petersburg was the choice we made. It’s affordable, located right on the bay, and has a downtown we can walk to. It reminds me of Honolulu in a lot of ways. Not only is there a nice park along the bay with a bike/running trail, but there is also a beach where you can swim.
We managed to find a nice apartment in the Old Northeast area, which is made up of brick streets and restored bungalows. Plus it’s only a few blocks from downtown and the beach. Best of all, the apartment is much nicer than the one we had in Austin and cheaper. We went with a year lease so I’ll be here for at least that long. We will see…
More Adventures To Come
I haven’t had much time to explore the city and take pictures yet but hopefully I will soon. We’ve got a ton of work to do since we sold everything we had back in Austin and we need to get internet setup ASAP.
Once I actually get settled in I’ll be writing a lot more about the city and what we find. So stay tuned for some new adventures from here in Florida.