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Old 02-09-2021, 03:12 PM
 
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We live in upstate NY but my son has been working at SpaceX for a year so I am researching a possible move to CA. My younger son is a junior in college so the move won't be for 2 more years, give or take. I am married, 52 years old, graduate degree in engineering and working in a corporate R&D facility.

I have no problem down sizing a little to make the move somewhat affordable. But upstate NY is cheap so we don't have a ton of equity. We need a lower cost of living area.

Weather is a factor. I hate rain, and heat w/humidity. My wife hates cold. Neither of us are fans of extreme dryness. For me, humidity needs to be moderate. Not oppressive (high dew point) and not super dry (desert). We would like to be reasonably close to LA so we can see my son on weekends and he can come up and help me work on my car.

Crime is a factor. My wife is paranoid. Schools are not a factor for us anymore.

My wife does like to have shopping nearby. She also is a big fan of farmer's markets. I am not talking high end shopping. I am not interested and it would be too dangerous for her. I am talking Kohl's, Target, Home Depot and a good grocery store. Decent restaurants would be a plus. So would a job that I can work at into, and possibly through, retirement. I would rather die at work than retire early and die far away from my children.

So far, my search has drawn me to Ventura, Santa Barbara and SLO counties (excluding the expensive towns like Santa Barbara). So what do people suggest? Vandenberg Village looks affordable, has decent weather and the crime seems OK so long as we choose the neighborhood wisely. Prices appear to go up as one moves toward LA or SLO. And crime seems spotty and highly localized. The climate is also localized. Lots of micro-climates and micro-crimelates.

Lastly, I will finish with a touchy subject. I have no issue being neighbors, friends or relatives with anyone from any race but I have to admit that I have never been a minority where I live. Maybe I would adapt but I have no idea how weird it will be. Being Italian, I would probably fit into a Mexican-dominant community fairly seamlessly but I guess, given the choice, I would still prefer to not be a minority in a community where I don't even speak the prevalent language.
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Old 02-09-2021, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Richmond, CA
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I would look to Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Riverside, San Bernardino, and Kern Counties will be too hot, and Orange County will be too expensive. Lompoc (and Vandenberg Village) are out in the sticks. At least a town like Santa Maria (or the nearby bedroom community of Orcutt) have a little more going on. I would focus on Ventura County if your budget allows. Making the move while keeping job prospects in mind, you'll probably want to locate somewhere that allows you to reach LA without going too insane. Check into where Metrolink stations are.
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Old 02-09-2021, 10:53 PM
 
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I would look to Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Riverside, San Bernardino, and Kern Counties will be too hot, and Orange County will be too expensive. Lompoc (and Vandenberg Village) are out in the sticks. At least a town like Santa Maria (or the nearby bedroom community of Orcutt) have a little more going on. I would focus on Ventura County if your budget allows. Making the move while keeping job prospects in mind, you'll probably want to locate somewhere that allows you to reach LA without going too insane. Check into where Metrolink stations are.
I am definitely NOT going to commute into LA. I live a pretty simple and frugal life. I don't need a high income. I just need something to enable me to survive retirement in CA. Hell, I could be a Private High School or Community College Physics or Math teacher.

One thing that I found interesting is that the weather in Vandenberg Village is supposedly better than Lompoc even though they are right next to each other. Slightly less rain. Slightly warmer in the winter.
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Old 02-09-2021, 11:36 PM
 
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A housing budget would be helpful. Rent vs buy?

Italians are around 5% of the California population, and less so in Southern California, so you are going to be a minority here. You should be ok. Most people won't look down on having Italian neighbors, as long as you aren't some kind of stereotype out of a mafia movie.
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Old 02-10-2021, 10:59 AM
 
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Port Hueneme
Thousand Oaks
Camarillo
Santa Paula
Fillmore
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Old 02-12-2021, 12:58 PM
 
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A housing budget would be helpful. Rent vs buy?

Italians are around 5% of the California population, and less so in Southern California, so you are going to be a minority here. You should be ok. Most people won't look down on having Italian neighbors, as long as you aren't some kind of stereotype out of a mafia movie.
Prefer a house but I would consider a condo or something like that. I would like it to be single floor or have a bedroom on the first floor. (thinking ahead, hopefully WAY ahead) I am thinking about $500K but could go a little more I think. Would want at least 2 bedrooms but prefer a third to use as an office. Need at least 1.5 baths but prefer 2 full.

I am a stereotype and I am ok with that. I actually like diversity. That is why I am hesitant to live in an area dominated by one group.
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:04 PM
 
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Port Hueneme
Thousand Oaks
Camarillo
Santa Paula
Fillmore
Camarillo is possible. A little expensive but not crazy. Thousand Oaks is probably out of my range. I know and have found very little about Port Hueneme. On Santa Paula and Fillmore, I worry about them being at the foot of a mountain and on a river. Do they flood?
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Old 02-12-2021, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Camarillo is possible. A little expensive but not crazy. Thousand Oaks is probably out of my range. I know and have found very little about Port Hueneme. On Santa Paula and Fillmore, I worry about them being at the foot of a mountain and on a river. Do they flood?
Regarding the potential of flooding in Santa Paula and Fillmore, there would be more of a risk due to wildfires than from flooding, IMHO. While you're considering communities in Ventura County, look into Moorpark and Simi Valley as well.
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Old 02-12-2021, 07:36 PM
 
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Regarding the potential of flooding in Santa Paula and Fillmore, there would be more of a risk due to wildfires than from flooding, IMHO. While you're considering communities in Ventura County, look into Moorpark and Simi Valley as well.
+1 on Simi. I have a hunch this is the best balance of all the OP's needs.
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Old 02-12-2021, 08:18 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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To the OP, I don't know if you would be interested in Laguna Woods Village in Orange County, east of Laguna Beach? It's a 55+, which you might be by the time you move. You can google the details but just a couple points for you:

It's one of the largest retirement communities in the country; population 16K+. You may get turned off by the median age (78) but there are definitely many boomers and beyond moving in because of the affordability compared to the rest of the area.

You can choose from a wide array of units, ranging from 1 BR condos to single-family homes. Some of them are co-ops, not quite sure of the difference but you can check it out.

You can check their website for a list of the many, many clubs and activities -- one of which is an Italian-American club. Coming from the east coast, I know it can be tough to lose that cultural identity when you move to CA (I'm originally from a largely Italian town in the Philly 'burbs).

I was just out there in 2019 to look at it, as I was 99% sure I was moving there. The grounds are beautifully kept, sooo many flowers. You'll laugh, coming from NY, but the reason I decided not to was: It was too cold for me! But that's because I'm now 70 and my blood is thin from seven years in Florida. But I did live in OC for two years when I had just turned 50 and the weather was absolutely glorious.

Well, anyway, just thought I'd throw it out there. Also, check out any HOA rules/regs wherever you're moving (I noticed something about working on a car, sometimes that's frowned upon).
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