I was born in California but I’ve lived on the East Coast for 17 years (!). The truth is, I miss California desperately, and especially San Francisco. But Massachusetts has great schools, few fires, ample water supply, admirable politicians, and lots of swimming holes.
Oh, and as expensive as Massachusetts is, it’s still possible to live here without being a multi-millionaire. I think I miss the idea of California more than I miss California today.