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Old 03-16-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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My family and I currently live in Western PA (unfortunately!) and we're considering moving in the next couple years. I've been looking all around and I'm thinking somwhere in Norther California might be a good fit for us. Perhaps Paradise or around that area? What do you think?

First, I'm looking for someplace with a mild climate, perhaps a little warmer than PA. I'm not a surfer, so the southern coast isn't that appealing to me. I'm a hike-in-the-woods kinda girl. I LOVE temps in the 60's to 80's, sunshine, green everything, and a nice waterway that I can plan in every once and a while. I dream of a backyard garden and some fruit tree's I can pick from nearly every day.

Secondly, we're thinking rural or suburbs. We're definitely not city people. We come from a town of like 700 people, and while some more people would be awesome, I just don't care for the hustle and bustle of the city. We're sort of private. We wouldn't mind buying a house thats a little out-of-town if it means a nice big yard and some privacy.... In fact, that's probably what we would prefer. I'm not too picky as far as schools go, I believe they all have their good and bad points. Of course, a good one would be nice, but it can't be much worse than the one I went to (my graduating class was 40 students, 12 went to the military, 3 died of drug overdoeses, and pretty much the rest went to jail!)

I'm studying to be an RN. Lucky for me, they seem to be hiring RN's just about everywhere! Still, though, I'd prefer to be close to a hospital or some sort medical facility.

Also, we're liberal people. We had considered moving south, as in VA and NC but I just don't think we'd fit in there. They are great places, very beautiful and the people are great in their own way, but the south simply doesn't like us "yankees" and I'm afraid my neighbors would shun me when I informed them I am not religious. That being said, I thought maybe we should move west. How is Northern CA as far as values? Am I correct in thinking its a more liberal, less religous-y place?

And I think thats all, let me know if theres anything else I should know. Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:30 PM
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Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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Anywhere in the Sierra Foothills would be a good fit.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Anywhere in the Sierra Foothills would be a good fit.
I agree! Check out Amador County in Gold Rush country Amador County - Welcome! The town of Jackson has a hospital.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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A close to perfect fit for you would be the Chico/Paradise area of Butte Co. The landscape is breathtaking, Chico is a university town and is beyond quaint. Pleanty of great places to eat. Paradise sits up in the foothills and is a small mountain town, but has a great hospital.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: SW MO Aux Arcs
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My oldest daughter and her family (husband and three children) moved to Paradise from Sacramento about four years ago and love it there -- a real sense of community and gorgeous scenery.

By all means, make the move. California can always use more liberals!

Good luck.
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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My oldest daughter and her family (husband and three children) moved to Paradise from Sacramento about four years ago and love it there -- a real sense of community and gorgeous scenery.

By all means, make the move. California can always use more liberals!

Good luck.
So Curmudgeon, now you have me curious regarding Paradise. I have heard it is pretty nice up there also, of course no place is perfect. But did you ever consider that as one of your retirement options prior to the move to Missouri?

Derek
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