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Old 04-04-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Fuzhou, China & Bay Area, California
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The wife and I have been researching and trying to decide which California city is for us. I grew up in the Bay Area, but it's too expensive. We only have a budget of $250K for a house, so we're limited to just the areas we can afford to buy a house in.

During our research, we filtered out all the cities we can't afford, have terrible air quality, or have other glaring issues (such as really depressing looking deserts--Bakersfield for example). The ones we are now considering are:

San Diego county - We're not sure if we can find a nice/safe neighborhood for $250k in this area, otherwise, it'll be our top choice.

Sacramento - Should have houses in the safe neighborhoods we can afford, but it's quite hot, and the crime rate's terrible (meaning we have to stick to the safer neighborthoods). There's also the danger of flood (but other Cali cities have to worry about earthquake). The AC bills will be higher too during summer.

Fairfield - Although strangely humid, it's not as hot as Sacramento. We don't know anything about Fairfield other than the statistics we can find online.

We don't have kids so we're not concerned about schools or raising children. We both work at home so we are't concerned about jobs either.

We'd like to hear some opinions on these three cities and how they compare.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:46 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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If you are an indoor person, it matters not where you live, if you are an outdoors person Sac and Fairfield win hands down, very close to the Sierra, Tahoe, the mtns of North CA, and the North Coast of CA.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Fuzhou, China & Bay Area, California
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If you are an indoor person, it matters not where you live, if you are an outdoors person Sac and Fairfield win hands down, very close to the Sierra, Tahoe, the mtns of North CA, and the North Coast of CA.
We're definitely homebodies. Our idea of a good time is to curl up with a book or sprawled out on the couch watching movie marathons (add video games for me, and gardening for the wife).
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:00 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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If you are an indoor person, it matters not where you live, if you are an outdoors person Sac and Fairfield win hands down, very close to the Sierra, Tahoe, the mtns of North CA, and the North Coast of CA.
The OP's said they're indoor people, but in case someone else is looking: San Diego wins hands down, very close to Laguna, Cuyamaca, and the South Coast of CA. I will cede that Vegas is much farther from San Diego than Tahoe is from Sacramento, and then I'll match that against San Diego's somewhat better weather.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:03 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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With your budget, you'll also need to be careful of neighborhoods in San Diego area. I don't know anything about Fairfield. San Diego has better weather than Sacramento. If you're indoor people that may not be important.

If I were you, I'd select based the best value for my budget in housing, since that seems like what matters more to you.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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The OP's said they're indoor people, but in case someone else is looking: San Diego wins hands down, very close to Laguna, Cuyamaca, and the South Coast of CA. I will cede that Vegas is much farther from San Diego than Tahoe is from Sacramento, and then I'll match that against San Diego's somewhat better weather.
I know I have a vast readership, who wait impatiently for my next nugget of wisdom, so I keep them in mind, incidentally, I did not have gambling in mind for Tahoe, but sailing, wakeboarding, mountain biking, peak bagging, skiing, etc.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Being indoor people I would say San Diego isn't worth the price more than likely considering one of its biggest selling points is year around outdoor activities.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:29 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I know I have a vast readership, who wait impatiently for my next nugget of wisdom, so I keep them in mind, incidentally, I did not have gambling in mind for Tahoe, but sailing, wakeboarding, mountain biking, peak bagging, skiing, etc.
Ah. In that case, nevermind my comparison of distance between Tahoe and Vegas. I'll compare it to the distance to Big Bear, which is where we do stuff like peak bagging and skiing. We do mountain biking right here. I confess I don't know what wakeboarding is ...
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: West Coast Wanderer
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If you are an indoor person, it matters not where you live, if you are an outdoors person Sac and Fairfield win hands down, very close to the Sierra, Tahoe, the mtns of North CA, and the North Coast of CA.
While SD isn't my favorite I gotta correct you on this one. SD county has some absolutely wonderful back country. But they tend to remain at home so I guess it doesn't matter for them.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: West Coast Wanderer
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Ah. In that case, nevermind my comparison of distance between Tahoe and Vegas. I'll compare it to the distance to Big Bear, which is where we do stuff like peak bagging and skiing. We do mountain biking right here. I confess I don't know what wakeboarding is ...
Tahoe is closer to Sacramento than Big Bear is to SD. Tahoe also offers a lot more than Big Bear does. Also in SD one rides Mountain Bikes but that's not Mountain Biking. You want that near an urban area the Bay Area wins on that one.
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