We live in southern NH, about 2 blocks from the ocean. It used to be our summer cottage. When the kids went off to cottage we moved here from Connecticut, a politically CA-like state.
We had long been close to NH. Ginny was born here, got engaged here, and spent parts of many summers here. It was one of our better decisions to move here, partially to escape
a too busy experience in CT where at the time I had been involved in politics.
We like New England, and particularly NH. When it came time for retirement we considered retiring to either coastal Maine or coastal North Carolina. RVing came along and all changed.
In our travels we have 1,000s of place we could happily live and in a sense have gotten to live for short periods of time in many of them.
I almost took a job working for IBM in the Rutland area but......