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Old 05-11-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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27 year old couple looking to relocate to California from Philly for many reasons. We have been researching different towns/cities and are curious what the masses have to suggest.

Here is our short n sweet list of items we would like to hit at our next residence:

1. Good, high-demand restaurant and wine business. We are both in the food and beverage industry.

2. Within 25 miles of good music and dance clubs. The best place for this in California would be LA of course.

3. The option of living close enough to the beach/ocean where we could see it every morning (without spending $3,000/mo for a 1br).

4. Good People! For anyone who has been to Philly you know why we ask of this!

Thanks to everyone!
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:28 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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San Diego might work for you:

> 1. Good, high-demand restaurant and wine business. We are both in the food and beverage industry.

Check! Gaslamp is one of our popular restaurant areas: dining

> 2. Within 25 miles of good music and dance clubs. The best place for this in California would be LA of course.

I've seen better music scenes but we're OK. Look here: San Diego CityBeat - Your local resource for Music, Concerts, Restaurants, the Arts and More

> 3. The option of living close enough to the beach/ocean where we could see it every morning (without spending $3,000/mo for a 1br).

A 1bd with ocean view in a young area of town will run you about $1500-$1700 a month for a nice place.

> 4. Good People! For anyone who has been to Philly you know why we ask of this!

There are lots of ex-Philly people in San Diego (I'm one of them). All the rowdy Eagle fans seem to stay in Philly.

I rarely check this California forum. You'll find lots of friendly people in the San Diego forum to answer any questions you may have about San Diego.

Good luck with your relocation!
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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My first thought was Napa. They really do have some good restaurants right in town as well as nearby areas. And are right in the middle of the wine industry.

But they are a bit further from the beach then I think you want. So my second thought would be the Sonoma County area. Again some good restaurants, wine industry and close to the beach. I have a friend who lives in Santa Rosa who goes running at the beach every morning.

You are also close enough to SF that you can hit the dance clubs - of which they have (or at least used to have when I was dancing not too long ago) quite a few.

The last part about Good People - well I don't know Philly so not sure what you are talking about. But in general I think most people are good and I certainly have never had a problem up in this area.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I moved from Philly to San Francisco, it was great. Live in the City so you can take Public Transit to work
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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i would consider the central coast of CA, great wine and plenty of coastline. santa barbara probably even has a decent music scene. otherwise, any of the big cities should meet your basic requirements. Food and drink are big across the state. SF is probably the #1 food city in the state with LA not too far behind and SD coming in a distant 3rd. as for good people, there are good people everywhere, but in CA they are going to be different than what you're used to in Philly. I've spend some time with people from Philly and they are quite different than us west coasters. not really better or worse, just different. the same can be said for entire east coast.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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I hate to say this, however, have you TRULY thought about what you are doing? Have you really looked into the costs of living in California? Rent? Owning? Etc? I don't think you really have. A small, studio apartment in the places suggested to you, can cost in excess of 2 thousand dollars a month. Which is probably, much more then you and your husband will be making; unless you have some sort of great skills. Remember, that is rent alone. Don't forget everything else, which will be another thousand dollars plus.

My suggestion is to sit down and REALLY think about coming here. California is a good (or was) state. However, it has HUGE problems right now. Taxes are high and are going to get higher. Property values are off the charts, etc. Be realistic about your earning potential. The food industry here isn't all that good; unless you are a 5 star chef. Being a waitress will make you, maybe 12-20 bucks an hour, which, again, is NOTHING in this state.

I'm not trying to be negative, I am trying to be realistic. Think long and hard. And REALLY do your research.
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