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Old 01-07-2014, 07:29 PM
 
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I have been intrigued by the thought of living in a mobile home (an idea I got from this very thread), preferably in a community where the residents own the land rather than lease it. These appear to be scattered throughout California and Iím interested in checking them out in the San Diego area as well as Santa Cruz and Monterey.
Don't let the naysayers keep you from doing what you want to do. CA is beautiful, that's my dream place to live and not all places in CA are crowded. Northern CA has some beautiful towns that aren't crowded

Just outside Sonoma there's a beautiful mobile home park, I'm pretty sure it's for 55 and up, not sure if you own the land but it sure is a nice place. It's not your typical trailer park. And it's in a beautiful spot outside the business of downtown, which is gorgeous!

I say, go for it, you only live once!

 
Old 01-07-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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... hadn't planned on retiring just yet (I'm only 56), but ..., I should be in a position to retire now.
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If you find CA too expensive, consider WA (near Sequim for best 'mild' weather or Ocean Shores (rainy but cheap)). No income tax in WA (similar to TX). I live on the border of WA and OR, so have sales tax free shopping in OR, but more important to me, is ez access to many colleges / culture and a great airport PDX (To get to CA, CO, or TX for sun). My place in Kerrville, TX is pretty safe. I just don't go there in Summer. (PNW is ideal during summer). Wenatchee or Walla Walla are on the east side of Mtns and have drier weather, and both great retirement locales.

I fly to San Diego, or Bay area frequently and VERY cheap. I stay in Hospitality homes ($10- $20/night), so it is a good escape from rain.

There are lists of 'Resident Owned Mobile home parks'... usually you do NOT own your lot, but you own a share of the whole park. You can also buy a MH in the countryside on it's own lot / well / septic. Very cheap living, and I can get them for under for $100k in my area.

Good luck and get busy throwing stuff OUT...

Remember the box trick.
BIG box = throw-away'
med box = Give away
small box = put away / keep. Place them in a prominent place where you have to stumble over them, and empty them every day.
 
Old 01-07-2014, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Washington
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Just outside Sonoma there's a beautiful mobile home park, I'm pretty sure it's for 55 and up, not sure if you own the land but it sure is a nice place. It's not your typical trailer park. And it's in a beautiful spot outside the business of downtown, which is gorgeous!

I say, go for it, you only live once!
I'm not at all familiar with Sonoma, but you are the second person to mention it. I had to check a map to see where it was! It's reasonably close to the coast and definitely worth a small detour!
 
Old 01-07-2014, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Washington
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If you find CA too expensive, consider WA (near Sequim for best 'mild' weather or Ocean Shores (rainy but cheap)). No income tax in WA (similar to TX).
I know that area, my mum lives in Sequim. She chose that for her retirement after researching the weather (and micro climates) in that region. She loves it there, but at times longs for a bit more sunshine.

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Good luck and get busy throwing stuff OUT...

Remember the box trick.
BIG box = throw-away'
med box = Give away
small box = put away / keep. Place them in a prominent place where you have to stumble over them, and empty them every day.
Thanks for the advice! I'm not much of a shopper (I hate shopping), yet I'm surprised how much junk I have managed to accumulate. I'm hoping to whittle everything down to fit into a single moving pod, although I might end up with two.
 
Old 01-08-2014, 08:50 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice! I'm not much of a shopper (I hate shopping), yet I'm surprised how much junk I have managed to accumulate. I'm hoping to whittle everything down to fit into a single moving pod, although I might end up with two.
Yes check out Sonoma!

I've moved both ways, east to west coast and back, regarding pods, don't use ABF, LOTS of dirt gets inside those pods and they use fork lifts to move them around which can be a really bumpy ride. And if you don't pack them really type and use straps to secure your stuff, things WILL get damaged.

It's cheaper and safer to use a moving company, meaning one of the independent guys. I found someone through Movex, worked out great, much cheaper and my stuff arrived in one once with no damage. Faster transport than the pod. The driver gave me updates along the way. some of them will transport your vehicle as well.
 
Old 01-09-2014, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Washington
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.... regarding pods, don't use ABF, LOTS of dirt gets inside those pods and they use fork lifts to move them around which can be a really bumpy ride. And if you don't pack them really type and use straps to secure your stuff, things WILL get damaged.
I hadn't considered that. When it's closer to my moving date I will have a look through Angie's List and check which moving companies people have had good experiences with.
 
Old 01-10-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'm 35 and retiring to Costa Rica.

Just 30 more years (or 35, or 40, or....) of working to go until retirement!
 
Old 01-10-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I'm 35 and retiring to Costa Rica.

Just 30 more years (or 35, or 40, or....) of working to go until retirement!
35 is a perfect age to retire.

Retire early, retire often. You can always go back to work if you must.
 
Old 01-13-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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35 is a perfect age to retire.

Retire early, retire often. You can always go back to work if you must.
I "retire" every Friday afternoon, but by Sunday night I get bored and change my mind and head into work on Monday morning.
 
Old 01-13-2014, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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35 is a perfect age to retire.

Retire early, retire often. You can always go back to work if you must.
Depending on one's skill set, experience, and certifications, it may be easy to just "go back to work" as you state, or it may be very difficult to impossible to return to a decent-paying job once one is out of the work force. Apparently you have had no trouble doing that, but it may not be such a slam-dunk for others.
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