U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 08-24-2007, 01:08 PM
 
12 posts, read 96,032 times
Reputation: 22
Default Best Small Town in California

I am interested in retiring to a safe, open-minded, and less costly small town in California. Coming from Tennessee where it is cheap will be a shock. Ideally, I would like to own 5 acres and be in a friendly place.
A few nice restaurants, access to decent doctors, and affordable housing is key.
Does that exist anywhere in this great state?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-24-2007, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Northern California
3,471 posts, read 8,788,572 times
Reputation: 1460
Can you be more specific? Do you want to live in the mountains, on the coast or in the desert?? Do you want to avoid snow?
Frankly, you might be better off staying in Tennessee. Everything here is expensive. There are lots of Californians heading for TN, AR, KY, the Carolinas, etc.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-24-2007, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Fallbrook, CA
1 posts, read 20,266 times
Reputation: 10
Check out Fallbrook in San Diego County. Nice small horse property town. We are known as the avocado capital of the world. Still some nice pieces of property at decent prices for california standards. We are 20 minutes away from Temecula.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-24-2007, 06:04 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
1,357 posts, read 4,005,033 times
Reputation: 1095
The far north of CA is more affordable then most other areas of CA. Here is a website to search for homes, just set the prices you are looking for.

REALTOR.com - Real Estate Listings & Homes For Sale
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-24-2007, 06:20 PM
 
12 posts, read 96,032 times
Reputation: 22
Default best small town

Mountains or valleys will work.
Can't afford the coast and no desire for the desert. Is there a "Mayberry" with some cool people and a family atmosphere out there some place?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-24-2007, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Hunkering down atop Shasta
6,553 posts, read 6,045,557 times
Reputation: 4923
As Inthesierras suggested, it would almost all be in the north. In no particular order, Mt Shasta City, Quincy, Weaverville, Nevada City, Placerville, Etna, Susanville, Yreka.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-24-2007, 08:40 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
1,357 posts, read 4,005,033 times
Reputation: 1095
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woof View Post
As Inthesierras suggested, it would almost all be in the north. In no particular order, Mt Shasta City, Quincy, Weaverville, Nevada City, Placerville, Etna, Susanville, Yreka.
Great suggestions. Property is still affordable and the small town feel is there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-24-2007, 11:37 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
5,004 posts, read 5,209,080 times
Reputation: 2804
There are numerous horse ranches here in Humboldt county, dairy and horses are common here. The motto on a sign for McKinleyville is, " Welcom to McKinleyville Where horses have the right of way " . There are still rodeos in most of the towns here, The price of property is not too outrageous compared to the rest of the state and McKinleyville is on the coast and unincorporated, there is also Freshwater, Big Lagoon and Orick to the north of us. Acreage is easy to find here, even in McK and Arcata is just to the south between us and Eureka and it has a large agricultural section called the Arcata Bottoms . If you have Google earth use it to check out the area and you will see how much of Mck and the communities north of here are undeveloped. There are only 120,000 plus people in the whole county and Eureka is the largest city at 28,000 and has two hospitals, Fortuna has one and so does Arcata. I am always seeing people riding there horse on the beach and the trails in town.
Attached Thumbnails
Best Small Town in California-wherehorseshavetherightofway.jpg  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-25-2007, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Northern California
3,471 posts, read 8,788,572 times
Reputation: 1460
Check out Quincy, the county seat of Plumas county. Quincy Chamber of Commerce
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-25-2007, 01:40 PM
 
Location: West LA
3,206 posts, read 8,883,514 times
Reputation: 912
What do you consider a small city? Like is Bakersfield small for you? I'm used to LA, so almost every city is a small city. But i looked on Realtor.com, and i found a 2.5 acre empty lot outside of Bakersfield for 30,000. The only thing is that you would have to build a home on the lot, though.

Heres the link. REALTOR.com: Find a Home - Listing Detail

Here's another property that's almost 5 acres in NorCal. It's covered in trees, but it's cheap and big. But again you would have to build your own home.
REALTOR.com: Find a Home - Listing Detail

This one has less trees and is also in the same area as the previous one (Hayfork, CA)
REALTOR.com: Find a Home - Listing Detail

Here's the link to that search. Hayfork, CA Homes, Real Estate, Condominiums & More - REALTOR.com
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2011 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top