Q for those who moved to low cost places

VMware O0OO00OOO0
Feb 24 12 Comments

Relatively low cost I mean, within the US.

How are schools there? I browse Zillow occasionally, and often notice that while some city (Austin, Pittsburgh, Portland, etc) has much cheaper houses, on average, to live in a good school district you have to pay 2-3 times the average house price. Is it I indeed the case?

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  • Honeywell / Eng that1guy
    People want to live where there’s nice schools. Where there’s nice school there’s a nice town. Buying there also has much better resale value as well. So, yes, it is indeed the case.
    Feb 24 3
    • VMware O0OO00OOO0
      OP
      So not much save compared to SFBA? Here commute contributes more to a house price, it appears. Ex. a house in Mountain View (looks like a 3rd world country sometimes, and no good schools) can cost not much less than in Los Gatos (probably, the only place here remaining relatively livable).
      Feb 24
    • Honeywell / Eng that1guy
      Los Gatos is extremely expensive - if you can afford a house there by all means, it’s only going to keep going up in value (at least long term)

      But if you’re talking about other cities then, yes there are great schools in other places like Portland, Tucson, Denver, etc. the bigger cities will again be more costly for the better school.
      You’re looking at $1mil for one of these other cities. But it buys you a bigger house, more land for 25%-50% off what Los Gatos is charging.
      Go further into rural America, or smaller city and you’ll find places like in Michigan that have nice communities, great schools that can be individualized for again, even cheaper. But you have trade-offs apparently.

      I for one prefer to stick around the Bay Area. Keep making the SF money, keep building up, try to fit in best where I can for schools, and eventually maybe retire where my money goes a long way. But you may want those nice schools now. In that case you can get it cheaper, with better house, but you’ll be in.... Michigan. Heh
      Feb 24
    • VMware O0OO00OOO0
      OP
      No, I cannot afford a house in Los Gatos!
      If I could, I wouldn't have thought of moving.
      But I'd like to buy a house relatively easy, meaning for the price of 2, at most 3 yearly incomes, and my wife doesn't make any significant contribution.
      But I can compromise on a house - don't care about year built, granite counter this sort of things - or, rather, cannot afford to care. The only things I care about is good school and relative privacy - not a tiny patch of land, and preferably a single-storey house in a single-storey neighborhood.
      Feb 24
  • Workday cnmb
    How about relocating to AZ for BASIS
    Feb 24 3
    • VMware O0OO00OOO0
      OP
      What's BASIS?

      Edit: looks like this is some school network, reading now about it, thanks.
      Feb 24
    • TuneIn Pshush
      How much does it cost and why it is a good option (what advantages of BASIS over good public school)?
      Feb 25
    • Workday cnmb
      It is a public school in AZ, and the nation’s best (according to US News)
      Feb 25
  • Samsung WinterCame
    Define good schools and bad schools.
    Feb 27 0
  • TuneIn Pshush
    What characterizes good school? And what no so good. Is it rate at greatschools.org, or statistics of the test results? How do you know that the house in the good school district?
    Feb 25 0
  • Google 1234-/:;(
    Depends on what you consider is a good school. SFBA has many superb schools, even the “not good” schools in the area are better than what most of the country will have.
    Feb 25 0
  • Apple / Eng JCmS82
    I live in the Midwest. A four bedroom house in a good school district was $300k. I make less than the people working in CA and have to shovel snow sometimes but my money seems to go a lot farther.
    Feb 25 0