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Old 08-29-2010, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I am planning to relocate to California. I am struggling to decide between Tiburon/Marin county, Carmel-by-sea or La Jolla. I run an online business and work from home. I have 2 little kids, who will be going to school soon. Good education is important to us. We would love to have: Ocean/bay, healthy clean air, beautiful sunny weather, and hiking/biking/walking trail. I would also prefer a neigborhood, where I don't have to use car all the time. I welcome opinions from people living in these neigborhoods...Thanks!!!
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:00 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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If you've got the money to live in these places, you have the means to check all of them out in person. All are nice areas to live. Check for the ratings on the schools and that may help with your decision.
I'd pick Carmel for the natural beauty.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: 'Shangri-La 'mountains west of Wolf Creek, Oregon
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Carmel Valley is one of my favorite spots.

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Old 08-29-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Carmel or Monterey. While we prefer Monterey both are really nice and right next to each other. There are tons of things to do around here for families. We have three children and they love living in the area.

Point Lobos is a beautiful State Reserve just south of Carmel and probably our favorite family place to hike all year. Most locals park just outside the entrance gate and walk/hike in. Since the Monterey Bay is a Marine Sanctuary we see all kinds of sealife including whales migrating.

Also if you like hiking Big Sur is hard to beat with the mountains meeting the coast.

Here are a few local pictures.

Point Lobos:




Notice the whales in the background here:







Big Sur (Garrapata):










And this is just the beginning with the entire Big Sur coast to explore.




Derek
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: RSM
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I'd pick Carmel as my vacation house, but not at my permanent residence. Probably La Jolla for that. Regardless, if money was no object I'd pick Surfside Colony or Sunset Beach instead of either of those, and both of those have excellent schools.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I live in SoCal and just got back from the Monterey/Carmel/Pacific Grove area. I've been to La Jolla numerous times, as well as the Monterey area. If it were me, I'd choose the Monterey Bay area over the La Jolla area. Just my opinion, but I just think the beauty of the area is stunning and breathtaking.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: 'Shangri-La 'mountains west of Wolf Creek, Oregon
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Very Beautiful Pics Bro,

I have a Great Love for Nature too

I love the Poppies too.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Very Beautiful Pics Bro,

I have a Great Love for Nature too

I love the Poppies too.
Thanks Hawk J, it must have been fun for you growing up in this area.

It's really cool how the poppies bloom around here in the Spring. Then in some areas they continue on - kinda like an extended Spring. Yesterday I walked with my kids down to the beach and we saw poppies sprouting up out of the ground in various spots. And it's almost Fall!

Derek
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Here&There
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Well if money wasn't an issue, I would move to Big Sur in a heartbeat.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Malibu for me.
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