Originally Posted by ksss
We have "natural beauty" here as well. Not all areas like that are expensive to live but some are. Here is what average income people do.........they don't live there. Places like Sun Valley (world class skiing, play ground for rich and famous) Jackson Hole, Wy (same as above). People of average means live outside those areas and drive to said "natural beauty" areas to work if need be.
If you want to, you can find a way out of your parents basement. If you don't want to get out of the basement you will likely continue to create reasons why you can't.
We have natural beauty and an explosion in population in this area. The Texas hill country may not have 100' trees but we have lots of them, crystal clear creeks, canyons, and rock formations yet $300000 can get you something awfully nice and possibly a lakefront cabin.
We have celebs moving out here and building ranches. CEO's are retiring here and creating exotic game ranches and this area is known for world class whitetail hunting and exotic Africa style safari hunts yet acreage can be had for $10000 AC on smaller tracts and 2-3k an acre on larger tracts in many areas plus the weather is tolerable!