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Old 06-29-2014, 07:42 PM
 
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Hello,

I am looking at moving to somewhere with mild weather in California. I have also posted in the San Diego section, as I am considering that area as well as the Monterey area.
Initially I can spend about 12-1500 on a place, and I'd love to have a small house with a yard. A true guest house would be great. The prices I have seen are all over the place, and I've seen a lot of awful places for ridiculous amounts of money. I definitely will not rent anything that's junky. So, can I possibly find anything nice in a nice area close to the coast?
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Hello,

I saw your post on the San Diego forum which provided more information about what you are looking for. Honesty, that range is a bit low for all that you seek. You are basically looking for a really good deal and not the standard market prices. This is especially true if expecting to be in the nicer neighborhoods near the coast whether that be in San Diego or Monterey. We have family in San Diego and know that area pretty well.

I would say you need to list out all of your wants being more specific and then prioritize them. This all sounds pretty dreamy still. While it's ok to romanticize about the ideal place, finding a home with a yard *and* a guest house for example in this range is out, seriously. I'd don't know what prices are like where you live now. But the California coast is prime real estate and therefore more expensive than most of the rest of the nation. So you have to adjust your expectations accordingly if you want to move to warmer environs. An older, smallish cottage with a smallish yard is what you will find if you really look around. That will be your California Coast deal.

Become familiar with searching on Craigslist. It will help you gain a better sense of current properties available in various markets. In Monterey you should probably stick with these cities if you want to be close to the coast. I'm not really sure how close you mean which can make a big difference when considering price:
Monterey, Pacific Grove, some areas in Seaside and Marina. Carmel is out.

Here are a few examples to look at in the Monterey area in your range:

Cottage In Quiet Neighborhood - 462 Hannon Ave.

2 Bedroom, Salinas Area

2 Bedroom 1 Bath pet friendly house

Derek

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Old 06-29-2014, 10:21 PM
 
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Thanks. I guess I am dreaming..

Just to be clear, I didn't mean a house plus a guest house. I meant renting a guesthouse would be nice.

The examples you found are not places I could ever live in.



I'll have to look elsewhere.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Yes, maybe Florida or the Carolinas? If you hope to find nice, newer homes with a yard in nice neighborhoods near the coast in that range I think you need to expand your search. Those older cottages will be typical of what you will find in your range.

You would be surprised, or maybe not, how many people seek what you do in CA for lower prices, similar to where they are coming from. However similar to places like Hawaii, California has some of the highest costs when it comes to housing if you pick prime locations (e.g. nice coastal towns with moderate weather). Where demand is high housing rises accordingly.

Derek

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Old 06-30-2014, 11:16 PM
 
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Thanks so much. Clearly I have been doing a bit of wishful thinking.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Can you handle more clouds? What about Eureka/Arcata area? Way more affordable. Also I heard just today that there is a quaint town north of Eureka on the coast that someone went on a fishing trip with his family. I couldn't find it on Google maps (they changed it and I find it harder to navigate with my laptop - no touch screen - grrrr). Anyway, it started with a "T" like Tripoli, or something like that.

Anyway, think about that area. Way cheaper, still at the ocean, though cooler and cloudier. And there is a university in Arcata, so that gives it a nice energy, IMO.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Can you handle more clouds? What about Eureka/Arcata area? Way more affordable. Also I heard just today that there is a quaint town north of Eureka on the coast that someone went on a fishing trip with his family. I couldn't find it on Google maps (they changed it and I find it harder to navigate with my laptop - no touch screen - grrrr). Anyway, it started with a "T" like Tripoli, or something like that.

Anyway, think about that area. Way cheaper, still at the ocean, though cooler and cloudier. And there is a university in Arcata, so that gives it a nice energy, IMO.
The area is Trinidad which you speak of. IMO, I don't think it's the safest of communities. There is a high transient population there coupled with lack of jobs. Typically I don't mind somewhat seedy areas and pretty much just go about my business. But it is more apparent there. For example I parked my car in an area near the beach with a nice hiking trail down to the water. Then as I was getting ready to head down to the beach I saw this 'big warning sign' about recent break-ins and that parking there was not safe. You have been warned kind of thing. Consequently I drove quite a bit further to a residential street and walked down from there. I noticed this while getting gas as well. But the area itself is beautiful.

Derek

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Old 07-01-2014, 07:49 PM
 
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The area is Trinidad which you speak of. IMO, I don't think it's the safest of communities. There is a high transient population there coupled with lack of jobs. Typically I don't mind somewhat seedy areas and pretty much just go about my business. But it is more apparent there. For example I parked my car in an area near the beach with a nice hiking trail down to the water. Then as I was getting ready to head down to the beach I saw this 'big warning sign' about recent break-ins and that parking there was not safe. You have been warned kind of thing. Consequently I drove quite a bit further to a residential street and walked down from there. I noticed this while getting gas as well. But the area itself is beautiful.

Derek
Interesting. This man I met today said they loved it. But, I haven't been there, so I don't know. Sounds kind of like the situation in Redding. You just learn what areas to avoid.

That's funny that my brain registered Tripoly instead of Trinidad. I knew it was "tri" something.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Here's what Trinidad looked like on that trip I took up there:











North of Trinidad near Crescent City:





Derek
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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The wild ocean & wild azaleas, are very beautiful...
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