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15 US Cities Americans Would Move to if Money Was No Object 

Affordability is a significant factor in almost every American’s hunt for a place to call home. But what if that wasn’t an issue? These are the dream US cities people say they’d reside in if they had unlimited funds. 

Note: Some quotes in this piece have been lightly edited for grammar. 

1: Biting the Apple 

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A former New Yorker said they’d move back to Queens and buy a single-family house in the area they grew up in. “I’m from Bayside. So ideally, I’d move there, but anywhere near there will do.”

2: Winter Wonderland 

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One American said they’d move somewhere they’ve never been: Telluride, Colorado. “It sits in a box canyon with amazing views, beautiful historic buildings, and a walkable main street,” they said. You could step out your door and walk straight to the ski lift and ski right back into town at the end of the day. 

3: Peace and Quiet 

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A California dreamer says if money were no object, they’d move somewhere in Marin County or a quiet San Francisco neighborhood. 

4: Compromise Is Key 

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“Statistically speaking, the answer has to be California- right?” says one number-crunching commenter. “I liked the Kenai Peninsula a lot, but the winters up there seem awfully harsh. Oregon or Washington seem like they’d be decent compromises, though.” 

5: Island Life 

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“Hawaii seems like a nice place to live if money was no object,” a paradise-seeker said. Another disagreed, “I think I’d be very uncomfortable there, in a ‘whatever the opposite of claustrophobia is’ sort of way.” 

6: Closer to Home 

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One East Coaster says they live in a suburb about 25 miles from Boston. Their dream place to move? Just a bit closer to Boston. “Maybe Newton or Brookline.”

7: Where Dreams Are Made

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One person had their answer ready to go. “NYC. Immediately,” they said. Their dream situation would be “a cute little something” with a backyard near a park, a place to buy last-minute groceries, and “food my doctor won’t want me to eat regularly.” 

8: California Dreaming 

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Citing its perfect weather, access to nature, decently dense downtown, and great food, one person said they’d move to San Diego in a heartbeat. “The only downside would be traveling to other parts of the US. It’s a haul from San Diego to the east side of the country.” 

9: Home Sweet Home

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“I’d probably buy a home (instead of renting) right in my Seattle neighborhood,” one Washingtonian says. “Everything is within a five-minute walk – grocery, restaurants, coffee shops, light rail station. It feels like its own little town, but we benefit from the proximity to city amenities.” 

10: Coast Hopping 

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One person dreamed big and said they’d buy two houses—one for spending their summers in New York City and one for spending winters in Los Angeles. 

11: Perfect Climate 

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Yet another California city that made the list is San Francisco. “There are literally less than five places in the entire world with as perfect of a climate as coastal California,” one Cali fan said, adding that San Francisco has an excellent economy and public transportation. “The only issue with California is the cost of living. But if money isn’t a concern, what stops me from moving there?” 

12: How Picturesque 

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If money were no object, one person says they’d leave the country and move to Berlin. But if they had to choose an American spot, they’d “buy a huge beautiful adobe house with lots of acres and an apple orchard in Tesuque, New Mexico.” 

13: Big Money

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The prompt said, “money is no object,” and one person took that seriously. “I’d buy three homes; one in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ; one near the mountains in CO; and one in Kitsap Co, Washington.” 

14: Living Off the Land 

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Instead of a house, one person says they’d purchase a lot of land near Big Bend National Park. Plans of starting a ranch, perhaps? 

15: Anywhere Rural 

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One non-picky person said they’d choose somewhere rural but nice and even asked for suggestions. A helpful responder recommended Western Colorado, Maine, and Minnesota. “Parts of Utah and Idaho as well, but you may have to convert to LDS [the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints],” they joked. 

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