· Beach in California is way too cold. I remember living along the coast for over 15 years and wearing my wet suit even on summer while I boogie board. I don’t need that in Virginia Beach. I know this is a very shallow reason but properties near the beach is usually where the best school (except Port Hueneme, where I lived for a while) and value of property is worthwhile.
· Virginia Beach is more culturally diverse and active than when I was living in Ventura County – an hour north of Los Angeles. Of course I can’t compare Virginia Beach with Los Angeles or San Francisco but imagine how much mortgage or rent I have to pay to live there with the same convenience. Except LA or San Francisco – Virginia Beach has a great cultural community we can relate to that has its own Philippine Cultural Center, blocks of Asian food.
· In my 15 years living in Southern California I’ve done less day trips outside of the state more than my 3 years living in Virginia: Washington DC, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida while I went to Las Vegas & Phoenix only. There is so much history, sights, diversity in the East Coast with the same proximity combined. I am not saying California is over rated if you compare it to Santa Monica, San Diego or San Jose (and other Saints - I guess California is so blessed they name many cities to Saints) to Virginia Beach (which is more laid back) but there are more choices.
· Four seasons.
· Great education (above 8.0 rating) and activities for children. Excellent recreational centers, public library all across almost every 5-10 miles from our home.
If you have any suggestions or wanted to correct me to help me decide even better, feel free to post your comments.