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Old 07-27-2018, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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I would think that the most affordable places with beach view are cities like Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada - basically these villages between SF and Santa Cruz that are nowhere convenient to job centers and don't have much infrastructure
Unfortunately, no. I just took a look and there isn't any affordable housing there. Its very similar to the rest of the Bay Area $1.x-2.x million and up! In fact, it looks more expensive than Monterey which I like better if I had $1.x million to drop on a place.

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Old 08-30-2018, 06:33 AM
 
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So many good answers here, but can folks offer some more specific suggestions about which communities in greater Monterey/Santa Cruz are most affordable (for buying, not renting) and are also safe (or have large safe areas)? Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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So many good answers here, but can folks offer some more specific suggestions about which communities in greater Monterey/Santa Cruz are most affordable (for buying, not renting) and are also safe (or have large safe areas)? Thanks!
How close to the ocean are you looking to live? Because if you go just a little bit inland, there are some more affordable towns - like Watsonville, San Juan Bautista, and Salinas (which does have SOME good parts). The town of Marina is also more affordable AND close to the water, but I don't know much more about it. Pretty sure it's around a military base?
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Lifetime in Monterey
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How close to the ocean are you looking to live? Because if you go just a little bit inland, there are some more affordable towns - like Watsonville, San Juan Bautista, and Salinas (which does have SOME good parts). The town of Marina is also more affordable AND close to the water, but I don't know much more about it. Pretty sure it's around a military base?
The military marched out in the mid 1990s and the conversion of the former base is an ongoing thing. There's a college that has a lot of the former army properties. And a lot of blighted old barracks that await their turn to be something else.

There are new residential areas being built up. Marina Dunes is close to the freeway and rest of the old Marina town for 800K, none are single family homes from what I see. The other new area is East Garrison. Overlooking fields of produce and about 5 miles from town or beach, also overpriced for hohum construction IMO.

Marina's beach is a windy place with undertows.

Marina has a Walmart.

Marinas was known to be accommodating to homeless people living in RVs on the streets until a short while ago.

I live in Marina because it's cheap. I'd leave fast if I was able to move back to Pacific Grove.
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Old 09-01-2018, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Hendersonville, NC
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