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Old 10-10-2008, 10:07 PM
 
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Default Moving to CA from NYC: Small town recommendations please

Can anyone recommend a small (ie population under 2000) california town with mostly sunny weather (no wind or fog or months of rain), near a river or some body of water? I'm a teacher who would like to buy a house, so I'm also looking for a town that has relatively cheap housing market, but where I could still find a job (perhaps in a larger town in a 30 mile radius). Really what I want to find is the phonecia, new york of california. Anyone? And is it possible to throw in a Whole Foods within 30 mile driving distance? Thanks y'all!!!
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:40 PM
 
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How much heat would you be willing to tolerate? It sounds like what you're looking for might be in the desert or central valley.
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:18 AM
 
Location: LA
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or the inverse, how much cold could you tolerate, because there are also some towns in the mountains that may also suit you.
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Old 10-11-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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you're looking in the desert most likely. the mountains would be too cold/cloudy i think in the winter considering what you're looking for. i would use lake elsinore as a starting point and look around that. there still are some small town type cities in the area i believe.

you also may want to check out julian in san diego county. im not sure of the cost of housing there, but its a nice quaint little town under 2k residents
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Old 10-12-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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Default Small Town and Sunny Weather in California

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Can anyone recommend a small (ie population under 2000) california town with mostly sunny weather (no wind or fog or months of rain), near a river or some body of water? I'm a teacher who would like to buy a house, so I'm also looking for a town that has relatively cheap housing market, but where I could still find a job (perhaps in a larger town in a 30 mile radius). Really what I want to find is the phonecia, new york of california. Anyone? And is it possible to throw in a Whole Foods within 30 mile driving distance? Thanks y'all!!!
If you are looking for a small town in California with somewhat fresh air and nice housing. You may want to head up to Northern California. Around the Santa Barbara area.
If you look hard you can find a home in Santa Barbara County for around $200.000. The area is nice and clean with a wonderful costal breeze. Lompock, Ca is just beyond Santa Barbara, also very nice. Just a few miles up the road you will find yourself on Pacific Coast Hwy. One of the most beautiful drives in California. It is worth the google if you check out the map.
The other areas mentioned on this sight such as Lake Elsinore are very HOT! in the summer. You will find alot of aparments, condo's and fast food restaurants. However if you manage to find an actual homes less than $600.000 your doing great. But you would have to love your neighbors the way they jam pack the homes in.
Good Luck .....
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:05 AM
 
Location: Baywood Park
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Santa Margarita (SLO County). Relatively cheap is the question.
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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Check out the Sierra Nevada Foothills anywhere from Grass Valley down to Oakhurst along Highway 49. I think you'll find what you're looking for.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:08 PM
 
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Second that emotion about Calaveras county in the foothills. Great elevation. Typically below the snow line, above the fog line and we see four seasons. Lots of small towns. What price range are you looking at for housing?
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:48 PM
 
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Can anyone recommend a small (ie population under 2000) california town with mostly sunny weather (no wind or fog or months of rain), near a river or some body of water? I'm a teacher who would like to buy a house, so I'm also looking for a town that has relatively cheap housing market, but where I could still find a job (perhaps in a larger town in a 30 mile radius). Really what I want to find is the phonecia, new york of california. Anyone? And is it possible to throw in a Whole Foods within 30 mile driving distance? Thanks y'all!!!
Sounds like you're looking for a village! Seriously, 2,000 population is a very small place by California standards, a cross-roads or lost outpost. You might find something in the desert, Sierra foothills, Owens Valley/east Sierra or northern CA mountain communities. It's unlikely that you'll find a community that small within 30 miles of a larger population area without feeling like you're in a larger populated area (i.e. a small incorporated city in a greater metro).

That said, there are a lot of smallish cities in CA, population 10,000 - 20,000, that offer a small-town feel. If you could expand your criteria to include them, you might have a more realistic chance of finding something that meets your other needs. Please ask if you need more info in this regard.
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Old 10-17-2008, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Check out the Sierra Nevada Foothills anywhere from Grass Valley down to Oakhurst along Highway 49. I think you'll find what you're looking for.
After looking up Phonecia, NY on the internet, I agree with the Sierra Nevada foothills - towns dating from the 1850 gold rush period such as Jackson, Sonora, Angels Camp, Jamestown (which has a railroad which looks like the Esopus train). You will have a hard time finding a Whole Foods store in towns with 2000 population.
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