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Old 06-26-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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From that list, Santa Barbara, hands down! You also might look around Marin County, north of the Bay. Beautiful setting, beaches are close, redwood forests, lots of natural beauty. Expensive, but you can afford it.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Hello everyone, I want to start by saying thank you for the help.

My wife and I are from Denver/Boulder area and are moving to California. I'm flexible with where we live but dream is finding something that would allow me to combine my enthusiasm for hiking in the mountains with my desire to live close to an ocean area that is swim-able (I'm ok with weatsuits ). My preference would be for the ocean to be close-ish (I've no illusions of beach front) and mountains to be within driving distance (less than 2 hours). They don't have to be huge mountains (I can get that when I come back to Boulder to visit family), just somewhere I can enjoy the outdoors and tramp around through the woods/hills. My wife and I both enjoy boating, scuba, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, rafting, martial arts, competitive shooting and jet skiing. I'm a volunteer on our County's Mtn Rescue team, and in the past I've worked fire rescue and ocean rescue and would like to volunteer where we move. We also enjoy cooking and eating out (ethnic restaurants/international cuisine) I would love a place that has a large yard as we have an outdoor kitchen here. I'm also looking to purchase some unused land within an hour driving distance (something like 25-50 acres) in a more rural area.
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Thank you for your thoughts.
I would agree with Santa Barbara County and also include the Monterey County area as well. We moved from CO to Monterey ~ 5 years ago and enjoy many of outdoors activities including hiking in the local Santa Lucia coastal mountains. They are the highest coastal mountains in the lower 48. Carmel Valley would be a great place.







I think northern Santa Barbara County would be great as well:





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Old 06-27-2013, 10:57 AM
 
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Wow, that's beautiful. Are there Redwood or Sequoia forests in central California near the coast, or are those all north and inland? I'm trying to convince my wife that we should rent a car and drive from Santa Barbara up to the bay and pick a spot we like
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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You may find scattered redwoods around the bay area but if you really want redwood country, you have to head north, above Fort Bragg.

Your idea to rent a car is excellent. That's the best way for you to see it for yourself. While suggestions here are helpful, no one (except you) can make that final decision.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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I've known a few people who live in the Bay Area who volunteered for search and rescue in the Sierras including Yosemite including during Winter time.

It's a quicker drive to Yosemite from the Bay Area and Monterey than from most of Southern California. These guides were rock climbers including mountain climbing so they would get involved in the rescues above Yosemite Valley.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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You both will probably love "The Carmel Valley" (warmer then Monterey) close to Los Padres National Forest. It is best to visit there... Carmel Valley, California - carmelvalleycalifornia.com

carmel valley ca - Google Search

los padres national forest - Google Search
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Wow, that's beautiful. Are there Redwood or Sequoia forests in central California near the coast, or are those all north and inland? I'm trying to convince my wife that we should rent a car and drive from Santa Barbara up to the bay and pick a spot we like
Yes, in fact there are some just ~ 10 miles from Monterey/Carmel. Here is one example:







If you haven't driven the Big Sur coast yet then you've not seen the best of what California has to offer. This stretch of coastline of one of top scenic wonders of the state.

The Santa Cruz Mountains have nice redwood forests as well. Also when you live in this part of the state the drive to Sequoia NP is not that far (~3.5 hours). I was just on vacation there with family.






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Old 06-27-2013, 05:47 PM
 
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Beautiful photos, MtnSurfer. I take back what I said about "scattered redwoods." That place is gorgeous!
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Beautiful photos, MtnSurfer. I take back what I said about "scattered redwoods." That place is gorgeous!
Thanks, HereOnMars. The redwoods are just one aspect which make the Big Sur coast an awesome place to explore and enjoy. You are right in that larger groves can be found in Sequoia NP and NorCal. But there is something very special and unique about hiking through a redwood forest, then above it to see scenes like this of the pacific and rugged coast. During the Spring it is nothing short of magical.





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Old 06-27-2013, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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The Santa Barbara beach looks out at ....is that a ship....no, it's an oil rig! And then there's the tar on your feet. I love Santa Barbara, but the beach isn't so hot.

https://www.google.com/search?q=sant...w=1280&bih=636

I say Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley. Either is a reasonable commute to San Jose. You leave San Jose, and in 30 minutes (depending on traffic) you go through mountains and end up at a beach. Lots of surfing in Santa Cruz. Properties with acreage in the Santa Cruz mountains, too. There have been wineries in the area for ages, too.

And no oil rigs in sight.

Santa Cruz Mountains - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Look for the info on old growth redwood areas in above link, too.

I Think It’s Time To Go To Santa Cruz – August 28, 2011 | TriForce Online Triathlon Team & Coaching

Swimming at Santa Cruz above and below.

Slug swim team braves cold, jellies in eighth annual bay crossing - UC Santa Cruz
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