I'm sure you'll get a lot of great responses regarding brewing equipment and such, so I won't add my own. But I would offer you this advice. Almost independent of where you live, you will probably want to control the temperature of your fermentation. It might not seem important to you now, but it made the biggest difference for me. So...
Buy a chest freezer or old refrig with some of your cash. And a johnson temp controller from Morebeer or some other place. That way, all year round, you can keep a carboy of beer fermenting at exactly the temp you want. You don't want to have a three tier brewing system and have to cool your carboy in the bathtub with 2-liter bottles of ice, right?
Any way you swing it, good luck to you. Have fun! Cheers!