I’m an outdoorsman interested in all things nature (mountain biking, hiking, paddling, etc.) and I’m looking to purchase my first home to live in during the summers (May-Oct most likely) and have narrowed it down to two areas/cities:
pros: Has a trader joes, REI, a university (for seasonal renting), 1.5 hours from Seattle (I’m in tech) and property value is affordable, among the best air quality in the US.
cons: quite far from my home base (which is DC), so I’d be making the drive out there every summer which would take some time and it’s not as central as it could be. pretty dreary outside of June-Oct (constant overcast), and most of the mountains aren’t “ready” until early July.
pros: also proximity to dope mountains/wilderness, has 4 seasons in any direction (desert, mountains, etc.), quite central in the US so can use it as a launch point for any direction, more temperate year round.
cons: more expensive for what i get, less safe, susceptible to smoke accumulation from forest fires
Am i missing anything in my pros/cons? I’m looking at purchasing in the next year or so with a house budget of 500k and would look to almost immediately furnishing it and renting it out for 6 months.