Trust me. I love New York.
I’m proud to call myself a New Yorker. I lived there for 50 years. But there came a time for me to leave, and I did it. There were signs that kept giving me hints that maybe it was time to pick up and head West. Maybe some of these ring true for you, too. If so, you don’t have to go it alone. I can help you find a new home, great restaurants, other New Yorkers, and even show you the great stuff out here in Arizona.
So, is it time to leave New York? Here are some signs:
You saw the light — or, the sunlight! You may have recently vacationed somewhere sunny, came back home to New York, and realized that you kinda like the sunshine. And it’s not just sunshine. It’s the quiet. The slower pace. The clean air. Wide streets. Parking! You realize you overlooked all that because of the things you loved about New York. Now, not so much. You like this new lifestyle.
You no longer get excited to see the City. The City never sleeps, and there’s always something going on. You used to love that, it energized you. Now, Netflix and chill sounds just as fun. You start thinking, “If I want to go to the City, I can visit…in the Spring!”
Winter! And rain and sleet and muck and crap. One more day of potholes filled with freezing cold water just waiting for your foot like a sick joke, and you’ve had enough. You’re ready for some of that year-round golf weather.
It’s not as affordable anymore and your buying power is greater elsewhere. Plus there’s that State of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance or even a the cost of a Chai Tea Latte in Brooklyn to remind you about your cost of living.
You got an offer you can’t refuse. Maybe your job offered you a position in the new office out in Phoenix. Maybe you were offered the choice of retire or get laid off. Maybe your mid-life crisis is telling you to head out.
You’re not New York young anymore. Face it, New York was great when you were younger — all night partying and entertainment. Taxis and trains to whisk you off to whatever your heart desired. You could go all night and still make it to work and put in a full day. Now, you get worn out just by watching all the hustle and bustle around you. And it may be taking a toll on your mental health.
Your friends just moved to Arizona, and you’re kinda jealous. They post those photos of palm trees, golf courses, and that annoying screen capture of the 80o temperature in December. And you’re starting to get jealous.
You found inner peace and realize you don’t need the big city. Maybe you grew up in New York, or maybe you moved there to ‘make it.’ For whatever reason, you stayed, you loved it, it was home. You are a New Yorker and always will be, right? But now, like a Monk who lets go of all Earthly possessions, you realize that your inner peace, your happiness, comes from within, and you don’t need the City anymore. Like I said, you can visit anytime and get your fill of street meat, pizza, the theater, and…rats.
The kids moved out of state. This pulls more people out than anything else. The kids grow up and go to college out West. You visit them. You like it out here. The kids graduate and stay out here because, after all, they really didn’t choose to be New Yorkers. So they like this idea of living someplace new and setting down new roots. No way you’re going to let your kids live 3000 miles away.
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There you go!
Who knows, maybe even if you weren’t ready to go, you are now! Next month, I’ll make my case for moving to Arizona over some other popular destinations, and then I’ll let you know all the great things about living out here. So, subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss that!