Moving Away From Coastal California a ‘No Brainer’ for Some Home Buyers as Housing Costs Rise

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Construction is underway on the Morningstar Ranch community in Winchester, near Temecula. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Huntington Beach residents Chris Birtwistle and Allison Naitmazi were about to get married and decided it was time to buy a home.

Signs advertising new housing developments are posted at an intersection on March 6, 2013, in Gilbert, Arizona. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

They wanted to stay in the area but couldn’t find a house they both liked and could reasonably afford — despite a dual income of around $150,000.

So they decided to go inland — all the way to Arizona, where they recently opened escrow on a $240,000 four-bedroom house with a pool, just outside Phoenix. Their monthly mortgage payment will be about $500 less than what they paid for a two-bedroom apartment in the Orange County beach community.

“The only hesitation was [leaving] the great weather,” the 31-year old Birtwistle said. “But we talked about what we can get here and what we can get there for the same price and that was a no brainer.”

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