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Old 06-11-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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We will be retiring to California soon, kids are in the Bay area but we can not (nor do we) afford to live anywhere in the San Francisco area. We dont really like big cities nor heavy traffic so we found Lake County and since we still like to be close to the kids, Hidden Valley Lake, Middleton or Cobb look like just what we might like.
Does any one have a preferrence? Which has is the best, safest place to live?
What is there to do for two young retires?
Appreciate any info.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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There are some existing threads regarding Lake County / the Clear Lake Area.

The search function works well.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Pahrump, NV
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thing i know about lake county:

* it's HOT. hotter than sonoma or san francisco counties
* poison oak is present just about everywhere
* there are some very nice homes/properties surrounded by some not so nice homes/properties
* lake county as a whole, at one point, had a meth problem. not sure that it got bad in hidden valley, middleton or cobb, but it was THE place for tweakers & theives.
* things to do? um, well. there's the lake & the casino. because of the lake, there will be many opportunities for concerts - everyone from jimmy buffet to jazz to poison.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:38 PM
 
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Make sure you investigate fully before committing to buy. There are some homes in Lakeport that are sliding off the hillside.

Earthfiles.com Environment | What's Causing Lakeport, Calif. Houses to Slide and Crack Up?


Potential landslide develops at Lakeport subdivision; water leaks may have led to ground fractures, home damage

It appears the problem lies in the underground water supply. Don't buy in Lakeside Heights.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:45 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Hidden Valley Lake is a gated community, and therefore very safe. It looks great, I've been considering it myself. Real estate is priced very affordably for CA, and people say the vintners are starting to move into Lake County, so the whole county may be on the up-and-up. In any case, Hidden Valley Lake as a community is in much better shape, generally speaking, than the Clear Lake area, which is a bit more economically depressed and run down. Take a drive up there, and familiarize yourself with both areas.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Those towns would be good for you if you don't mind staying home a lot. You'll have to drive to get to any activity. Long drives to any kind of shopping. Cobb is very mountainous. Very pretty. I looked at that area quite a while back, and decided it was too remote for me. I used to love living in the country. Now I love the convenience of town.

I live in the Bay Area, but have applied for senior housing in Redding. 4 hours from the Bay Area, so probably too far from your kids for you. But, I can afford it and it has great shopping and lots to do. It's also known for some criminal elements. Any affordable areas will be that way.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:12 PM
 
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Those towns would be good for you if you don't mind staying home a lot. You'll have to drive to get to any activity. Long drives to any kind of shopping. Cobb is very mountainous. Very pretty. I looked at that area quite a while back, and decided it was too remote for me. I used to love living in the country. Now I love the convenience of town.

I live in the Bay Area, but have applied for senior housing in Redding. 4 hours from the Bay Area, so probably too far from your kids for you. But, I can afford it and it has great shopping and lots to do. It's also known for some criminal elements. Any affordable areas will be that way.

Me, too. I just wish there weren't so darned many people in town.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Those towns would be good for you if you don't mind staying home a lot. You'll have to drive to get to any activity. Long drives to any kind of shopping. Cobb is very mountainous. Very pretty. I looked at that area quite a while back, and decided it was too remote for me. I used to love living in the country. Now I love the convenience of town.

I live in the Bay Area, but have applied for senior housing in Redding. 4 hours from the Bay Area, so probably too far from your kids for you. But, I can afford it and it has great shopping and lots to do. It's also known for some criminal elements. Any affordable areas will be that way.
Funny POV since Cobb is way closer to the Bay Area than Redding.

Cobb is a good choice IMO.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Funny POV since Cobb is way closer to the Bay Area than Redding.

Cobb is a good choice IMO.
Hmmm, I don't think you read my post. We actually agree.

I like the convenience of town living is what I said. Cobb doesn't have that. So, it won't suit me, but probably will suit the OP.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:06 PM
 
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I had a choice of HVL, Middletown or Cobb and chose Hidden Valley Lake mostly for its property values, security and proximity to a couple of small shopping areas--grocery store, restaurants and drug stores. There are certainly some pluses in terms of amenities within the gated community, especially the swimming pool and lake. I had help from a really good real estate agent who showed me all three. By the way, since moving here, I've made more than a few good friends!
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