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Old 03-22-2012, 03:10 AM
 
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I am guessing that the above is mutually exclusive. Not expensive, not depressing, nice weather.

What is nice weather? Nothing harsh. No 101 degrees. No cold rainy places. Nothing cold.

Perfect temps? Low 50 degrees. High 80. Mostly 70.

Been to some beautiful places in CA - San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Monterrey. I don't mind parts of the valley.

Places that I wish to never visit again - El Monte, El Cajon, Riverside, and Needles. I was only in each for a day, but at least when I was, ten years ago, they were not for me.

Is there a nice place that is perhaps up and coming, that I am missing?

I am politically left of center, if that is of help.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:28 AM
 
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Paradise
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More $$ - Central Coast, Ventura, Western LA County, OC, Western SD County, Santa Cruz, Bay Area

Less $$ - Ukiah, Sierra Foothills (Paradise, Placerville, Jackson, Sonora, etc..)
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:31 AM
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I am guessing that the above is mutually exclusive. Not expensive, not depressing, nice weather.

What is nice weather? Nothing harsh. No 101 degrees. No cold rainy places. Nothing cold.

Perfect temps? Low 50 degrees. High 80. Mostly 70.

Been to some beautiful places in CA - San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Monterrey. I don't mind parts of the valley.

Places that I wish to never visit again - El Monte, El Cajon, Riverside, and Needles. I was only in each for a day, but at least when I was, ten years ago, they were not for me.

Is there a nice place that is perhaps up and coming, that I am missing?

I am politically left of center, if that is of help.
Perhaps you can elaborate on what 'not expensive' and 'not depressing' mean. To get that weather you seek, you will likely have to stay within a few miles of the coast. As you probably know, lots of people want that weather so it will be more expensive.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Yes, what is your rental budget? That's key.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I'd say northern coast, myself, like Mendocino on up to Crescent city. Thing is, I don't think any portion of the California, or even Oregon, coast is inexpensive. And areas in the upper-north region like Alturas (near the Oregon border) have cooler summers but cold snowy winters.

There are some towns near Yosemite that small and quaint, like Oakdale and Mariposa, that would be worth checking into. They still get a little hotter than you'd like, but I don't think their snowy season is very long. It IS considerably cheaper than most of California, though.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:23 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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Affordable? Oceanside, but probably not up your political alley
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Yet another nice weather, affordable living in Paradise post. Hmm... I wonder what happens to most of these folks once they come to realize this is not very common in CA? Its kinda like asking for what most everyone wants/dreams of (nice year round weather, low crime, good job market, good school districts, etc...) for a really low price. Unfortunately simple supply and demand dictates cost. So you aren't going to find the dream location for a really cheap price. Reason: everyone and their brother already did and that is why the prices are so high! What does that leave you with? A dose of reality maybe and time to reevaluate what is really important to you, also a willingness to compromise on some of the dreamy shangri la ideals. Why do you think many natives move out of CA? You guessed it, to find that affordable shangri la somewhere else, minus the perfect weather of course. Hello TX, AZ, CO, FL, SC, OK, etc... here come the Californians lookin' for love in all the wrong places.

What about jobs which weren't mentioned? What's your housing budget? Define affordable. If you are living on a fixed income and don't need a job then other more remote locations are a possibility like Santa Maria or Lompoc. Have you considered mobile living as Nullgeo referenced above, seriously? Check out 1000 trails. Its only ~50/month for unlimited year round hookups/camping: Best Camping Site | Best Campsite | Nationwide Camping Resorts

Derek

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Old 03-22-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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"depressing" is subjective.
"affordable" is relative.
you need to be more specific.
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:44 AM
 
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Affordable? Oceanside, but probably not up your political alley
How do you know my "political alley"?
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