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Old 07-24-2013, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Summerset, SD
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I've got a potential job that will take me to Sonora and Jackson. I'm looking to rent in a more urban area or close to it. First priority is low crime. Second would be good preschools. I'd like to be close to amenities, but given that my work commute will be long, it doesn't matter as much. My budget for rent is up to $1800. I was thinking Rancho Margarita, which is far from "civilization", but closer to work. Any other areas? What's a realistic commute time to Sonora? Thanks.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I've got a potential job that will take me to Sonora and Jackson. I'm looking to rent in a more urban area or close to it. First priority is low crime. Second would be good preschools. I'd like to be close to amenities, but given that my work commute will be long, it doesn't matter as much. My budget for rent is up to $1800. I was thinking Rancho Margarita, which is far from "civilization", but closer to work. Any other areas? What's a realistic commute time to Sonora? Thanks.
To Sonora from Rancho Murieta (I assume you meant R Murieta-R Margarita is south of LA) is about 90 minutes.

If you want low crime and good schools and decent amenities you'll find that in Sonora. Not exactly a hick town. And not driving a 140 miles a day will save much time and $$$. 140 miles times 40 cents a mile equals $56 a day or $1200 a month
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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To Sonora from Rancho Murieta (I assume you meant R Murieta-R Margarita is south of LA) is about 90 minutes.

If you want low crime and good schools and decent amenities you'll find that in Sonora. Not exactly a hick town. And not driving a 140 miles a day will save much time and $$$. 140 miles times 40 cents a mile equals $56 a day or $1200 a month
Plus, you could probably rent a palace for that much in Sonora.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Just be careful about renting a place heated by propane up here. We were paying $300 a month in the winter and we just had two very mild winters. Always hoping for more snow here other than 6 inches on the porch. A rental with a fireplace or firebox will save you money if you choose firewood , even wood pellets are cheaper than propane. We took our friends advice and used portable electric heaters and saved money.
On the upside gasoline in Sonora is often cheaper than Oakdale or Modesto and LA.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Summerset, SD
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My bad--I did mean Murieta. Sonora is nice, but it's a lot smaller than what we're used to (LA, Las Vegas, and Houston). Thanks for the heads-up on driving distance/cost... hadn't really thought about the impact of that.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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My bad--I did mean Murieta. Sonora is nice, but it's a lot smaller than what we're used to (LA, Las Vegas, and Houston). Thanks for the heads-up on driving distance/cost... hadn't really thought about the impact of that.
Summerset SD is a third of the size of Sonora (pop5000).


And Sonora serves close to 40,000 people as the County Seat. $1200 a month will get you a nice 3br/2ba house in the best areas-one with an acre+ lot. Compare that to what you'd get in RM-2bd apt-for $1200
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:05 AM
 
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You're just not going to find a big city within commute distance of Sonora. Sonora itself will be your best bet. Jackson is a bit of a haul from Sonora, so you'll probably want to know which you're working out of. Jackson is pretty small too, but does sport most of the normal amenities, like a full-service grocery store. If a big city is important, you could possibly make it from Sacramento/Elk Grove to Jackson on a daily basis, but I don't think I'd recommend it. Rancho Murieta, as you mention, is closer, but not sure how many places are up for rent and if $1800 is realistic for that. You're mostly talking horse and golf course properties out there, so unless that's what you're looking for, I don't think there's much appeal. I'd rather be in a small foothill town that had a full grocery store. From Sonora, you could technically commute from Stockton, but there isn't much a compelling reason to live in Stockton (there are okay parts and all, but not worth the drive).
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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You're just not going to find a big city within commute distance of Sonora. Sonora itself will be your best bet. Jackson is a bit of a haul from Sonora, so you'll probably want to know which you're working out of. Jackson is pretty small too, but does sport most of the normal amenities, like a full-service grocery store. If a big city is important, you could possibly make it from Sacramento/Elk Grove to Jackson on a daily basis, but I don't think I'd recommend it. Rancho Murieta, as you mention, is closer, but not sure how many places are up for rent and if $1800 is realistic for that. You're mostly talking horse and golf course properties out there, so unless that's what you're looking for, I don't think there's much appeal. I'd rather be in a small foothill town that had a full grocery store. From Sonora, you could technically commute from Stockton, but there isn't much a compelling reason to live in Stockton (there are okay parts and all, but not worth the drive).
Not only does Sonora have a full grocery store (actually has four) it has two McDonalds!


(actually Sonora has a full spectrum of excellent restaurants and ton of other cultural amenities)
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Not only does Sonora have a full grocery store (actually has four) it has two McDonalds!
(actually Sonora has a full spectrum of excellent restaurants and ton of other cultural amenities)
I know of the McDonalds at the Junction but not any others.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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We are thinking about moving to Murphys next year. More night life. My wife just became technical director at Black Bart Theatre.
Life music is no more in Sonora area, they busted all the drunks and no one visits the pubs anymore. My wife is a musician so she needs her work.
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