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Old 11-30-2012, 01:11 AM
 
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Default Cheap way to live in Laguna Beach?

Hello all,

I just got back to Wisconsin after an 8 night vacation in south cal. My favorite place was Laguna Beach, by far. This place seems like everything I want. Such a better quality of life than the cold Wisconsin. I'm 22 years old, and make ~55k salary working from hom, so it doesn't matter where I live in regards to my job. I know LB is (very) expensive, but I was wondering if theres a way I could make it work if I moved there. Maybe a cheap rental, i don't need anything big. All i want to do is be within walking distance of the beach so I can sit there every day and enjoy the sunset and ocean. Do you think i could make this work, or am i crazy? Any tips on how to do this/insight would be very helpful. Also any info about LB would be great too. Also, if you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for any help!

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:15 AM
 
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Find a room for rent.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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. Do you think I could make this work
Sure. Get a couple housemates:

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Old 11-30-2012, 02:01 AM
 
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Thanks to both of you. I read, in another thread, someone saying that housing is only a part of the cost of living in LB, implying that there is much more. Do you know what he might be talking about, or could I survive there just like any other (cheaper) place?
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Aliso Viejo, Orange County, CA
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Thanks to both of you. I read, in another thread, someone saying that housing is only a part of the cost of living in LB, implying that there is much more. Do you know what he might be talking about, or could I survive there just like any other (cheaper) place?
You can rent a room in Laguna Beach. I can't think of any hidden costs in living there. Maybe he's just referring to the fact that the general cost of living in this area is much higher than the US average. Some call it the "Sunshine Tax." Maybe he's referring to the fact that the city is clogged during tourist season; or that access/egress is always limited. Who knows?

Still, Laguna Beach is a wonderful city and you should be able to make it there on 55K provided you budget carefully and have a housing share of some type.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:38 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Thanks to both of you. I read, in another thread, someone saying that housing is only a part of the cost of living in LB, implying that there is much more. Do you know what he might be talking about, or could I survive there just like any other (cheaper) place?
Seems like they would be things that wouldn't apply to you. Since you work from home you'd have no commute costs. People do complain about gas prices. Food costs pretty much the same as anywhere else and the quality is better. Taxes would be higher if you made a lot more money. That's another thing people whine about in CA. I can't think of anything other than you'll need more sunscreen.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Thanks to both of you. I read, in another thread, someone saying that housing is only a part of the cost of living in LB, implying that there is much more. Do you know what he might be talking about, or could I survive there just like any other (cheaper) place?
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm 22 years old,

Do you think i could make this work

Find the right person looking to rent a room.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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At $55,000, you won't experience much tax hike in CA compared to WI.

In fact, if you make under $60,000, CA loves you, a lot.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I think you should go for it. What a wonderful experience - it might be a little harder to meet friends if you work at home - but if you had room mates they could introduce you to their friends.
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