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Old 10-16-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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im looking to retire to california i know its expencive but ive heard that nothern california is much cheaper then socal i dont mind harsh winters or high unenployment rates as im retiring ive looked into mendocino county and i like that area a lot but what other areas are similar ( beach and mountains and redwoods) im open to buying a house or a lot of land and building a house myself

thank you for your suggestions
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Pine Mountain Club, CA
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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does mendocino or humboldt county have cheaper land? what cities/towns are on the beach as far as those to countys i dont really want a huge house a little 1 bed 1 bath is all i need
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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does mendocino or humboldt county have cheaper land? what cities/towns are on the beach as far as those to countys i dont really want a huge house a little 1 bed 1 bath is all i need
Can you live with a PNW weather pattern which those areas reflect more than other parts of CA? The land will be cheaper depending upon which parts you are looking. But the reason I ask about the weather is that if you are ok with that you may want to consider OR & WA as well. They may be even more afffordable depending on where you look. Personally I find Southern Oregon to be a personal favorite when thinking in terms of a place to retire. Brookings is really a great retirement community IMO. I find it nicer than Crescent City which is only a 30 minute drive away. Brookings is also known to have milder weather than the majority of coastline up there.

Welcome to Brookings-Harbor, Oregon

Derek
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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Derek's suggestion (above) is excellent, imho ... however, I will answer your question most specifically to Calif., if that is where you want to be. Bodega Bay is the closet town to the Bay area that features actual beaches + a town (-ish sorta) ... Bodega Bay is not cheap, however ... but it does have an occasional deal here or there that is not the high-falutin' hoity-toity market ... it is a very small town, very quiet, very limited resources -- but one of my favorite places in all of California.

All that said, if you can't afford Bodega Bay or Gualala or Mendocino ... you might consider Guerneville on the Russian River about 30 - 40 minutes or so from Bodega Bay. The town actually has more life in it on all counts, is closer to real shopping in Sebastopol or Santa Rosa when you need ... it has a great river beach ... it has festivals and terrific weather ... it has quite a number of low cost cabins for sale -- and everything up to rich from there ... and it is not far from the coast.

good luck.
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