Skip to comments.California Exit?
Posted on 10/02/2019 10:35:16 PM PDT by wac3rd
The Nashville real estate market is exploding and the reasons are outstanding! Forbes ranked Nashville the eighth-best U.S. market to buy a home, U.S. News & World Report ranked Nashville #15 of the top 125 U.S. cities to live, and Travel + Leisure ranked Nashville as the friendliest city in America as well as one of the top 50 places to visit in the world. Nashville real estate offers all of that including no state income tax and the best music scene on the planet.
Any FReepers have any advice for leaving the Bay Area and/or Tennessee as a new place to call home?
Anyone left California for another state?
Pros, clearly culture, cost and taxes, but anything you can advise would be helpful.
Left over 14 years ago. For a startup company in another blue state, with amazingly more permissive 2A laws.
Good luck in your new home. best wishes.
I was born in California 70 years ago. Family still farms here after 200 years., I’m still staying.
They screwed up the most wonderful stare in the union.
Pardon my typing. No glasses on this late at night.
My advice is, if you’re leaving for financial reasons, that’s good. Franklin, Brentwood, etc, are high dollar. Maybe not as high dollar as Cali, but high dollar, nonetheless. And with all the folks moving there, home prices and taxes are going up with them.
As for Nashville, the Mayor put out a PSA a while back telling illegals how to avoid ICE. And the new mayor, whoever it may be, isn’t going to be any better. Nashville had a chance if they had went for Carol Swain, but she came in 3rd and was bumped out.
If you think Nashville is country music and all things Conservative, I politely tell you to think again. The city has been overrun with liberals and hipsters. As have Knoxville and Chattanooga. So, it’s probably more like California now, than what it used to be 5-10 years ago.
Like Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, past Governors and mayors from all those states did their best to attract the tech industry, and others, thinking it would bring jobs to the folks of Tennessee. The companies moved and they brought their liberal employees with them. The Tennessee office of Facebook doesn’t want Good Ol’ Boys, driving F250s and heading to the woods looking for deer, so they imported their help.
And toss in the fact that the Legislature, without the help of the previous Governor or AG(both Republicans) tried to sue the Fed’s over refugee resettlement(mostly Muslims) and the associated costs and just got shot down in US Appeals court if I’m not mistaken. Toss in a healthy dose of illegal alien construction workers to build all those new houses around the area and all those new buildings downtown and, well, I’m sure you’re familiar with all of that.
Happening everywhere in the South. Doesn’t seem like any place is safe from it. Good luck.
Franklin/Spring Hill etc are booming but so is the traffic....just was in the area....
California is one amazing state....its too bad about the rats....they’ve turned a perfectly golden paradise into a nightmare, at least in many areas....
Practically all of Tennessee is very conservative...except for Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. Those cities are getting filled more each day with liberals escaping the north. Well, in the case of Memphis, most of the conservatives have moved to the suburbs or north MS, leaving mostly Democrat voters in the actual city limits.
If you enjoy real people, if you enjoy people who still have manners, you will like Tennessee.
If during your visit you keep thinking...things are really slow here and behind the times, then pick another state.
I read that Nashville is mostly non white majority now....everyone thinks Nashville is some kind of old timey place....its not....its turning blue.
I’ll Ping Wardaddy for you. He lives in Franklin.
Franklin and south is good, as is east toward Cookeville. The city of Nashville itself has many of the same problems of other large cities in the U.S., all is not rosy in downtown Nashville. It’ll be a far cry from the problems of California though.
“If during your visit you keep thinking...things are really slow here and behind the times, then pick another state.”
Really great analysis, and spot on.
While driving across the country, I stopped in Nashville, intending to stay one or two nights night. I liked the town so much that I extended my stay to a week.
As for advice, the California Franchise Tax Board does not believe in ex-Californians. They think you should continue to pay them, no matter where you live. So, best of luck.
That gives me hope. I am thinking we move out into the hinterlands a few miles and avoid “city” issues. CA is going nowhere fast and it is overrun by Liberals and illegals.
“Nashville is Tennessee’s 37th safest city, according to a new report, but is safer than Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis.”
Feb 21, 2018
That doesn’t sound very safe to me.
Yes, we bought a home in Arizona in May, 2019 and are presently moving there, but not fast enough!!! So much has been accumulated over 50 yrs of marriage and 20 yrs in the same place....a lot to get rid of and a lot of pack. Can’t get there soon enough!! We are moving to the higher altitude: 6300 ft elevation, nice and cool in the summer in Show Low, AZ!!! When we take a load down and stay a few days....it’s very hard to leave there and come back to all the political garbage going on in CA!!! On the way home this last trip back just before Kingman, AZ we started
just counting Penske and big U-Haul moving trucks going East and by the time we reached Hwy 99, we counted 42 trucks and 1 Allied Van lines truck!!! Only 4 trucks were headed West!! LOL
Believe me, it's a sentiment deeply felt by those of us who live here. Nothing more infuriating than people coming here and wanting to change our way of life to suit them. Probably the sentiment of people living anywhere.
TN is a wonderful state and has a lot to offer. Beautiful countryside, many nice state parks, and plenty of towns to choose from within commuting distance of Nashville. My brother commutes from Cookeville. My step-brother and his wife moved to Spring Hill from L.A. this year and love it. He's in the music business and works in Nashville sometimes.
My husband’s college roommate moved from Louisville where he grew up to Nashville. He loves it.
There are a lot of things I won't miss about California. The politics. Impolite and surprisingly bigoted people. Poor water quality and the state's mismanagement of the resource. Mediocre air quality, exasperated by the state's mismanagement of forested areas and subsequent wildfires that are difficult to contain.
Despite all of that, I would go back tomorrow if my wife and only child wanted to move back there. Not because I dislike central Texas (I don't). It is difficult to pin it down to specifics.
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