My wife and I moved from Noe Valley to Berkeley in 2013, because we had a kid. Then we moved to Olympia, WA this past February (2018) because we had a second on the way. We’ve both been working remotely and we bought an amazing craftsman house half a block from a cafe and organic grocery store.
The pace of life is a bit challenging, and at times I feel like I’m going to have an anxiety attack from lack of stimulation. Occasional weekend trips to Seattle or Portland help a lot. But what really talks me down off the ledge is a quick look at housing prices back in the Bay Area. Godspeed to the SF YIMBY crowd, that’s all I can say.