for sure, it wouldnt be possible for you as a teacher to buy a 500k house probably anywhere, sadly teachers in our country are not paid what their servieces are worth, imho.
you make a choice to live in a wealthy community, there are lots of great, not wealthy cities to livwe in too
So, choice is isn't maybe the exact right term. Sometimes we find ourselves in an area that is just ridiculously expensive and have to deal with that -- so that housing and all other items are sky high.
I can't choose to move now -- divorce forces me to stay near my kids' dad; also our ties to the community here after 25 years run deep. And I wouldn't choose to move 1 1/2 hours from my job in order to find that $350,000 house (what they would be, even in this market, that far out from our urban center :-)).
The original point I was making was that "cheap" is a relative term. There was a time, in this area, when 1/2 mil was an impressive price to pay for a house. Sadly, no more.