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Old 08-05-2013, 08:51 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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We grew up in the Pacific NW and relocated from Portland to Charlotte 3 years ago for work and to get more sun. I like the sun but Charlotte is not the place for me. Too hot, too conservative, not enough outdoor pursuits. So we're looking to head back to the West coast somewhere, anywhere really, with better weather than Portland, not too small but not too crowded.

We have 4 kids ages 14, 11 and 5 (twins). We own our own company and work from home so no need to look for work or commute. We can afford a $1.5 - $2 million home but it needs to be 4+ bedrooms and at least 3500 sq feet and preferably not right on top of the neighbor.

We need:
GOOD public schools or private close by
Close to ocean
Mountain biking and skiing 2 hrs away
Sun
Airport no more than 1 hr drive
Husband loves tennis, would like to find clay courts like they have in the south for his bad knees
Safe area with shopping, independently owned stores and restaurants, music scene, kid's activities etc.
Liberal, educated families like ours

Help! A few years ago I drove from Half Moon Bay to Carmel and fell in love with the area but didn't spend enough time researching actually living there. We wonder if Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz area would work? Is it too cold and foggy? My 14 yr old is very smart and wants to do technology camps and such in the summers. He needs a top notch high school. Bay area would be great for him but I don't want to give up a larger home or endure tons of traffic. Marin County?

We could also do North County near San Diego but wonder about traffic and schools? I hate hate hate driving kids 30 mins to private school like I do now.

Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We grew up in the Pacific NW and relocated from Portland to Charlotte 3 years ago for work and to get more sun. I like the sun but Charlotte is not the place for me. Too hot, too conservative, not enough outdoor pursuits. So we're looking to head back to the West coast somewhere, anywhere really, with better weather than Portland, not too small but not too crowded.

We have 4 kids ages 14, 11 and 5 (twins). We own our own company and work from home so no need to look for work or commute. We can afford a $1.5 - $2 million home but it needs to be 4+ bedrooms and at least 3500 sq feet and preferably not right on top of the neighbor.

We need:
GOOD public schools or private close by
Close to ocean
Mountain biking and skiing 2 hrs away
Sun
Airport no more than 1 hr drive
Husband loves tennis, would like to find clay courts like they have in the south for his bad knees
Safe area with shopping, independently owned stores and restaurants, music scene, kid's activities etc.
Liberal, educated families like ours

Help! A few years ago I drove from Half Moon Bay to Carmel and fell in love with the area but didn't spend enough time researching actually living there. We wonder if Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz area would work? Is it too cold and foggy? My 14 yr old is very smart and wants to do technology camps and such in the summers. He needs a top notch high school. Bay area would be great for him but I don't want to give up a larger home or endure tons of traffic. Marin County?

We could also do North County near San Diego but wonder about traffic and schools? I hate hate hate driving kids 30 mins to private school like I do now.

Thanks!
One of your biggest problems will be size of the home. Remember homes in California are inclined to be smaller than in most other states. You have quite a wish list there as well: good schools, ok, sun ok, but to be near the ocean and less than 2 hours from skiing, might not be that easy.

I might suggest someplace like Palos Verdes, but you won't be that close to skiing and it is probably to conservative for you. The same with areas like So Pasadena, and La Canada. As for the bay area, you are looking at fog near the ocean and certainly not close to skiing. The closest would be Tahoe, which is a heck of a lot further than 2 hours. One area that would fit some of want you want is Sierra Madre, but the schools are part of the Pasadena School district. The southern part of Marin County has some of what you want: good schools and liberal but the homes are not going to be all that large.

I would suggest you take a week or two vacation, fly to CA. rent a car and check some of the areas you are interesting in out for yourselves. You might find an area you love and will be willing to give up some of what is on your wish list.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:26 AM
 
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We grew up in the Pacific NW and relocated from Portland to Charlotte 3 years ago for work and to get more sun. I like the sun but Charlotte is not the place for me. Too hot, too conservative, not enough outdoor pursuits. So we're looking to head back to the West coast somewhere, anywhere really, with better weather than Portland, not too small but not too crowded.

We have 4 kids ages 14, 11 and 5 (twins). We own our own company and work from home so no need to look for work or commute. We can afford a $1.5 - $2 million home but it needs to be 4+ bedrooms and at least 3500 sq feet and preferably not right on top of the neighbor.

We need:
GOOD public schools or private close by
Close to ocean
Mountain biking and skiing 2 hrs away
Sun
Airport no more than 1 hr drive
Husband loves tennis, would like to find clay courts like they have in the south for his bad knees
Safe area with shopping, independently owned stores and restaurants, music scene, kid's activities etc.
Liberal, educated families like ours

Help! A few years ago I drove from Half Moon Bay to Carmel and fell in love with the area but didn't spend enough time researching actually living there. We wonder if Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz area would work? Is it too cold and foggy? My 14 yr old is very smart and wants to do technology camps and such in the summers. He needs a top notch high school. Bay area would be great for him but I don't want to give up a larger home or endure tons of traffic. Marin County?

We could also do North County near San Diego but wonder about traffic and schools? I hate hate hate driving kids 30 mins to private school like I do now.

Thanks!
You waited too long. A year ago or better yet, 2 years ago. Now, that 3500 sqft home isn't readily available with the conditions you describe in the areas you describe.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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This skiing is for my husband so it could be farther, no biggie to me I'm coming from Portland where it's overcast and drizzly 300 days a year. I'm trying to wrap my head around how that compares to foggy coastal?
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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I think y'all wood love "The Carmel Valley" ...

Carmel Valley, California - carmelvalleycalifornia.com

https://www.google.com/search?q=carm...w=1524&bih=685

Have a Wonderful Adventure...
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I love Carmel. What the nearest big airport? San Jose? My husband doesn't have to commute but he does travel some for work.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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I love Carmel. What the nearest big airport? San Jose? My husband doesn't have to commute but he does travel some for work.
Yeah, San Jose is the larger airport. Though sometimes business travel works well right through Monterey depending on the flight. We use both.

Carmel is you best bet for public schools. Carmel Valley is a little warmer with less coastal fog also. There are many nice homes on larger lots in the hills between Carmel Valley Rd and Hwy 68. Take a look around Laureles Grade. Corral de Tierra is really nice also. Though I don't think its Carmel School district.

Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz has a good school district as well. Take a look here and zoom in to compare: California School Performance Maps
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Folsom, CA
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Carmel is you best bet for public schools. Carmel Valley is a little warmer with less coastal fog also. There are many nice homes on larger lots in the hills between Carmel Valley Rd and Hwy 68. Take a look around Laureles Grade. Corral de Tierra is really nice also. Though I don't think its Carmel School district.
Corral de Tierra is in the Washington Union Elementary school district, which has three great schools (two elementary and one middle). However, for high school, it's zoned for Salinas High. But if you got the money and if your kids can get in, you have York School right off 68 which is also a great school.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I think you should look at Folsom, Ca. Close to the mountains for skiing, etc. great area for tech work, amazing school system. Check it out.
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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Hi, Not sure if your'e still deciding, but do check out San Luis Obispo County. Tons of great things for kids to do, and you can get a home in most areas in your price range. Have you considered it? The schools are great there, I know this because my daughters went through the system, and frankly it was far superior to their schooling in washington state. And yes.. there is sunshine!

check out visitslo.com for more info. Not sure if it hits all of your requirements, but it's a nice place for families.
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