Taitung is so nice because it doesnt have costco and all the logistical reasons that make costco feasible. So that is actually a positive.
People are better than the west. Quite noticeable.
The heat is hotter but there isnt nearly the same greenhouse effect you get in other polluted/humid areas. It is probably the driest county in the country. But those burning winds do in fact make it uncomfortable for a week or 2 out of the year. In comparison to across the hills in pingdong/ktown and tainan where the air is uncomfortable 50 weeks a year.
Cheaper than most of taiwan for land, but not for many items. Trucking fees drive up the price but its not crazy. Real estate keeps climbing cause people with money keep buying it up. The time to buy was 5 or more years ago. Story of taiwan. Certain odd spots that got embarrasingly “famous” made land/houses expensive but that isnt the norm. Cisheng, Dulan and Longtian are good examples of rich people buying up land and driving up real estate for no meaningful reason. Cisheng go expensive after the amazing #20 road to Tainan/kaohsiung closed. Ironic. Tv isnt doing anyone any good. Nor is crappy canned coffee.
Winds here are probably the main issue. Dry riverbeds and year round winds can cause serious dust levels in the air. Its not as polluted as the west but this is a serious issue actually.
Lack of water was another thing not realized before moving to taitung. Less of a problem with residential land but is in fact a problem. Will be worse if larger population and industry move in.
One of the few places where KMT still have morals, at least in the sense they dont go full on factory style. Better (still not great).
It is convenient and nice, it would be a shame when western/northern (taiwan) folks commercialize the shit out of it though. It is already very much underway
Lastly. Anyone who compares Taitung to Pingtung probably should just stay in Taipei and visit the hot air balloons and surf competion. Worlds apart.