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Old 07-29-2013, 01:17 PM
 
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There are some fairly inexpensive areas on the Monterey Bay, believe it or not, and part of why is the very cool summers--lots of fog, it can even be in the 50's in July. I can't stand the weather but like it otherwise. Salinas, Marina, Castroville...pretty much from the Pajaro River southward. They could probably find a decent mobile home for around $100,000. Plenty of non-whites in the area, lots of farm workers and a fair number of Asians, mostly Japanese and Filipino. Hopefully not some of the people who commented on your post!
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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Can I judge being a white minority driving through many black, Hispanic and Asian towns? Maybe I should use some racial expletives like you have?
Sure, if you have been harassed, gotten threats, beat-up, teased, told to go back home, laughed at , etc
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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If they like the mountains, with little snow and a fantastic hospital, big box shopping just down the ridge, then I would highly suggest Paradise CA, or a bit further up the hill, Magalia CA. High Asian population in Oroville as well so the sight of an Asian would not cause people to run into the street screaming. You must have such a hard life...sigh. Hope they check out Paradise..very affordable.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:44 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Sure, if you have been harassed, gotten threats, beat-up, teased, told to go back home, laughed at , etc
All of those things have happened to me at one time or another, besides the to back home. Believe it or not, racism isn't only done by white people.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:28 PM
 
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All of those things have happened to me at one time or another, besides the to back home. Believe it or not, racism isn't only done by white people.
That is true, I've been harrass by all colors too. But I think for all (non european) races, it being done by whites is different. If you have not experienced it , you would not understand.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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I would recommend having them take a look at the Central Cal Coast. My father-in-law just retired there ~ a year ago and found a reasonably priced home in Santa Maria. You could check there, Orcutt, Nipomo and other surrounding towns.

Here is one example: 829 Vista Del Rio, Santa Maria-Orcutt, CA 93458 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

Nipomo: 449 W Tefft St Spc 21, Nipomo, CA 93444 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

Los Osos: 1675 Los Osos Valley Rd Spc 110, Los Osos, CA 93402 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

Some towns have a higher percentage of hispanics such as Santa Maria. But my FIL is Caucasian and is fine living in a hispanic community. In fact he and is wife say they have very friendly neighbors there.

Derek
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:42 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I would recommend having them take a look at the Central Cal Coast. My father-in-law just retired there ~ a year ago and found a reasonably priced home in Santa Maria. You could check there, Orcutt, Nipomo and other surrounding towns.

Here is one example: 829 Vista Del Rio, Santa Maria-Orcutt, CA 93458 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

Nipomo: 449 W Tefft St Spc 21, Nipomo, CA 93444 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

Los Osos: 1675 Los Osos Valley Rd Spc 110, Los Osos, CA 93402 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

Some towns have a higher percentage of hispanics such as Santa Maria. But my FIL is Caucasian and is fine living in a hispanic community. In fact he and is wife say they have very friendly neighbors there.

Derek
I've heard that houses like these (manufactured or mobile) depreciate in value, even if they come with their own land. Not sure why.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Aliso Viejo, Orange County, CA
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I've heard that houses like these (manufactured or mobile) depreciate in value, even if they come with their own land. Not sure why.
I understand where you may be coming from on terms of guarding one's investment, but it doesn't seem like that is one of the OP's primary concerns:

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Things they're looking for:

-Safe (as in low crime)
-Cooler weather vs warmer (snow is fine, 90 degree+ summers
not as much)
-Not a hick-town (they're Asian and do not want to be in a
place where they're made to feel uncomfortable)

As to the last point, because it could be controversial, there are places
even in California where people have apparently never seen a non-Caucasian
person before from the reactions you get. I'd just want them to be able to live
where they don't have to live with that all the time...

They're open to other states but since their children are in California (me
in NorCal, the other in SoCal), they'd like to be closer than
farther.
I would definitely go for it and recommend it to my parents if I were the OP, since it sounds like a fantastic fit.

Good find.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I understand where you may be coming from on terms of guarding one's investment, but it doesn't seem like that is one of the OP's primary concerns
Presumably, they depreciate because they become unlivable or too expensive to maintain.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Presumably, they depreciate because they become unlivable or too expensive to maintain.
Well, I know folks who have lived in them for many years and they are still functioning fine. Stick built homes can be just as expensive or more to maintain depending on age and condition. Some are down right money pits. If someone is retiring and only has ~100K to spend its a good option, especially in nicer areas nearer their families which they couldn't typically afford to live in. However if you can't get past 'manufactured' part and want a stick built house they can also be found affordably in places like Santa Rosa in the 100-200K range which is what my FIL bought there. But for many folks at retirement age buying a home as an investment isn't the highest priority. Rather livability, proximity to family, decent weather, good medical services, etc... become more important factors. Of course if you can have both its always a bonus.

Derek
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