Leaving ClevelandI lived in Ohio nearly 40 years before moving out west. Never looked back. Used to live in Middleburgh Hts / Berea, and skied and instructed at Boston Mills and Brandywine where I first skied (going back to about 1968). I actually thought water was supposed to be brown or green, and winters cold, dark and slushy.
You will certainly feel some sticker shock if you look at real estate in the parts of the country where people WANT to live, but, its worth it, and it appreciates much faster too. BTW, there are more jobs, and they generally pay better here, assuming you are not into ski bumming full time. Skiing aside (not really), mountains offer lots of recreation, hiking, climbing, camping, rafting fishing etc. We are within 60 miles of Desolation and Mukolmne wilderness areas, 5 to 30 miles of American River, 100 miles from San Francisco and 55 to 80 miles from most Tahoe resorts. We can't live up there (still making a living), but its close enough to count.
I wonder why housing is so in demand. Hmmm