Has anyone vacationed there? What's it like? What's it like there in the fall?
Squid, did you travel there when you were based in Washington DC?
My friend's ultimate dream is to be a personal trainer on a beach - who am I to judge? Her first choice was somewhere in California. I told her California was very expensive to live in and she needed to think harder. Would you say that's pretty accurate or was I being too hard on the state? Her next choice was Hawaii. Ditto. So she asked me what I thought about Virginia Beach. I thought that by Canadian standards people might not mind working out on the beach in November but that Americans might find it insanely cold. I do remember my ex and I being the only people in the water in Georgia in the early spring and laughing at people at Yosemite dressed in heavy winter coats in May, so I understand that it's all about perspective. Plus, I have no idea whether the area is Atlantic City gross with the pawn shops and deserted parking lots just outside frame...
I was there about twenty years ago, so my info may not be accurate anymore. The two things I remember were that the beaches were very clean and that it was next to impossible to find a place that served alcohol. I'm pretty sure we had to go to another town to get a drink.
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Well, I don't know about where you live but I can compare it to Phoenix. And I would say a moderate place rent/own in Phoenix is very comparable to a moderate place INLAND in San Diego. Property taxes are higher in SD, gas, and food too. But the amount of free activities is huge here compared to Phoenix. Utilities are also cheaper in SD. In Phoenix, you either have the heat on or the air on. You can go many months without either in SD.
Yeah, the more populated coastal areas of California are pretty expensive. Not hawaii expensive... And there are lots of places to live here that 10-20 miles away from the beach that are not that expensive, and if you want to go 30 miles away or so, they are very affordable. (I'm thinking Inland Empire, for example... Riverside, San Bernardino, etc.) Downside is you need a car, upside is as long as you aren't working the standard commute hours the drive isn't bad. For example, Ruby has a job where she works nights and weekends a lot, and she lives in Riverside and commutes to Anaheim (which is still about 8 miles away from the beach). I would say most places where you want to offer personal training services that are very affordable, you aren't going to have a lot of folks knocking your door down for personal training. Also, I don't know too much about the weather in VA Beach but that's probably something you should consider if you are planning on working outdoors, and getting other people to pay for it. California definitely has the weather for it.
If she thinks she is getting a beach house in Cali, I would say forget it. But she can probably get something easy walking distance to the beach. It's not going to be a mansion though.
What do you mean by " I would say most places where you want to offer personal training services that are very affordable, you aren't going to have a lot of folks knocking your door down for personal training."
I just meant that for a lot of people, a personal trainer is a luxury. I would think there would be a lot more people looking for luxury services when you live in an area where you need money to live there. I can't tell you what kind of people live in VA Beach, I've never been there. I can tell you that it sounds like something people in coastal CA would pay for.