Why You Should Move to These Three Coastal Cities This Fall
Take the Plunge and Move to the Coast!
If leaving the big city and moving to the coast has been on your mind for years, now is definitely the time to do it. With the cost of city living rising faster than ever, there’s never been a better time to leave the concrete jungle behind, as you retreat to a place where you can feel the sand between your toes and the wind in your hair.
Living on the coast has its hardships — you are farther away from the conveniences of a city, after all — but there are so many perks and benefits that make the negatives seem small and trivial. We’ve been researching the best cities on the east coast, and found that Virginia Beach, Providence, and Orlando have the best quality of life and most perks when it comes to coastal living. Read on to find out why.
Virginia Beach, Virginia Has It All
Research by the Urban Land Institute shows that more millennials are moving to Virginia Beach than to larger cities like New York and Los Angeles. In fact, an article by Time Magazine shows that the population of millennials in Virginia Beach metro area increased by 16% between 2010 and 2015.
So why are millennials moving to Virginia Beach? Not only is it an incredibly diverse city, but it is also quite affordable. A study done by Liveability shows that the median home value is a very modest $259,000. Don’t forget about the plethora of beaches, state parks, farmers markets, and historic homes that fill the city. Check out our City Spotlight on Virginia Beach if you need any more convincing.
Providence, Rhode Island Is Poppin’
Providence is a very unique city, as it has both classic New England charm as well as the perks of a great coastal getaway. Providence has recently undergone a facelift after a period of industrial decline, so now is the perfect time to get in on the budding economy and rallying housing market. With plenty of cute coffee shops, community gardens, and top notch universities, it’s the perfect city for families and young people alike.
Niche, a website that collects and publishes statistics about various American cities, gave the city of Providence an A+ for nightlife and diversity. It also has a great rating for outdoor fitness, with Waterplace Park as the focal point of the city’s downtown area.
Orlando, Florida Is All You Need
Although not technically a coastal city, with two coasts within short driving distance (the Atlantic coast is less than an hour away, the Gulf of Mexico beaches less than 2 hours), we thought Orlando required an honorable mention. With large expanses of water within its city limits, Orlando enjoys abundant fishing, gorgeous city parks, plenty of delicious food, and a hopping nightlife scene, making it a dream location for folks who love the beach life but aren’t ready to leave the city behind. According to Liveability, Orlando is home to 37 city parks, perfect for Sunday strolls and jogging after work.
World famous for its proximity to Disney World and countless other theme parks, Orlando also boasts thriving medical, aerospace, IT, and tourism industries, all of which conspire to create plenty of jobs. Interested in learning more? Check out Brunch & Gloss — an Orlando lifestyle blog with incredible food recommendations including Tapa Toro, a tasty tapas style restaurant.
Grab Your Flip Flops and Your Sunscreen — It’s Time for the Beach!
Whether you are looking to purchase a vacation home on the coast or to move there full-time, these three coastal cities offer the perfect getaway. With high quality of life, awesome food and activities, and all of the amenities available when you live at the beach, these cities make moving to the coast a no-brainer.