Since you are in the Tech industry Phil have you considered Austin?
Compensation is amongst the top in the nation AFAIK. An outdoor city with an active, educated and vibrant populace; a legendary music scene; great food and lots of beer. Yes lots of beer. And BBQ recently stated as "best in the nation". Add to that lakes and rivers, hills with biking and hiking etc...
Real-estate is certainly higher than other areas in Texas but one certainly can find that home on a few acres in the surrounding area with an easy commute to the office. Even better if you telecommute and only have to drive in once every two weeks.
The only downside to Austin is the traffic can be bad. Another reason to telecommute!
The 3-4 months of Summer in Central Texas is balanced by the rest of the year being nice. I might have worn a jacket once or twice last Winter.
And there's pretty much a year-round growing window.
No income tax and the property taxes aren't too bad. Access to excellent Healthcare.
I certainly wouldn't buy into a looming French real-estate/European economic collapse. Might be more advantageous to wait and see if you have
to move due to a layoff or the like. Good luck!