Arizona a destination for those leaving coastal California as housing costs rise

Signs advertising new housing developments are posted in Gilbert, Ariz. Residents of L.A. and Orange counties are increasingly moving to cheaper areas, including Arizona. /Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

That rate of “negative domestic migration” is 21% more than a year earlier.

By Andrew Khouri | 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.

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.

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