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Old 07-14-2017, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Yeah, I agree with Rosie. Your budget is totally doable and for significantly less if you find the right deal. So you'll really need to visit places to see what you like. Most coastal towns or near coastal areas have their own personalities, vibes, pros/cons, etc... Some are closer to the big cities and some further out.

In our case, we sold our home in CO when moving to Monterey. However, we weren't convinced it was a good time to buy which was a good thing because it was right before the great recession and crash. So we leased a couple of places. The first wasn't so great. But the second was spectacular and the owner has never raised the rent in 8 years!

My wife's family is in San Diego. Our favorite area is North County nearer the coast.

In OC, I'd probably pick Mission Viejo area. Although I generally prefer the other SoCal coastal counties for a variety of reasons.

In LA county, the South Bay is really nice - Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo, Torrance. The bike trail system on the coast is excellent and goes for many miles.

In Ventura County, Ventura itself as well as Camarillo and Thousand Oaks are worth checking out.

Regarding hiking, it depends what you really prefer. All SoCal has great coastal walking opportunities. But if you are looking for hiking in *real* mountains, you'll need to drive further. There are more real mountains the further north you go including some which actually have skiing/snowboarding in the Winter. These are closer to LA and Ventura. You also have the Santa Monica coastal mountains among other hills close to the coast between Malibu and the valley which have good hiking opportunities.

Although we moved out of SoCal for more wide open spaces along the Central Coast, if work required a move back, I'd probably prefer north of LA. Then head south if I needed to be in the city for some event, etc...

The only part I really miss about living in SoCal is going to places like the Hollywood Bowl for outdoor Summer concerts under the stars. Those are pretty amazing. While living in Torrance, they offered a bus service straight to the bowl. So you didn't have to mess around with parking. Just catch a ride and go to your favorite concert event.

Derek
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:35 PM
 
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One additional request -

Which coastal cities have the worst air quality on average over the course of a year? I may eliminate, out of hand, the city(ies) with the worst pollution to ease our selection process.
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:38 PM
 
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One additional request -

Which coastal cities have the worst air quality on average over the course of a year? I may eliminate, out of hand, the city(ies) with the worst pollution to ease our selection process.
All you'll get by asking that question is a lot of opinions without any real data. We all tend to think our location has better (or worse) air quality than just up the road, but our opinions are seldom based on factual data.

If you want actual data to compare, dig into the resources available at the EPA Air Now site:

https://airnow.gov/

You can see historical data by clicking on archived maps and each state and many cities each have their own data page. There's also a comparison tool that will let you compare selected counties.

Keep in mind that different parts of the same county or city can have very different air quality, so dig down as much as possible before dismissing (or adding) any location based on averaged data for the whole.

However, before you start looking at California air quality, I suggest that you first examine the data for the wider area where you currently live as a baseline for making your comparison.

As I said, people tend to have a false impression of the air quality where they live based personal opinions, not actual factual data.

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Old 07-19-2017, 05:30 PM
 
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However, before you start looking at California air quality, I suggest that you first examine the data for the wider area where you currently live as a baseline for making your comparison.

As I said, people tend to have a false impression of the air quality where they live based personal opinions, not actual factual data.
Good point, I have no idea of the actual pollution levels of the city I live in...the best I know is that after Phoenix came up in the top 10 for worst air pollution on a couple different lists, when moving to our current city, I tried checking a couple days on the airnow page and selected a suburb that was 25 miles south of Phoenix and seemed to be semi-hidden behind a few mountains. I didn't actually dig into the "real" data for my current city though.
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Old 07-23-2017, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Anything within 1-2 miles of the coast from the Oregon coast to the Mexican border will not reach 100 degrees.

Low 90s is fairly common here and there in the summer months, but I've never heard about any coastal community reaching 100 degrees.
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