U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Retirement
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 11-27-2016, 05:05 PM
 
1,194 posts, read 585,574 times
Reputation: 938

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by jr6035 View Post
Got my pension in TX. Talk about a cheap place to live. But the housing is getting expensive there, property taxes are high. There is no natural beauty. So, I'll get my Sag pension in Cali at 60,so I will be here for another 5 years. So other than the liberals, it's really not that bad. You can get an affordable place outside of LA, Santa Clarita,which is real nice. The state is beautiful, so you really don't have to pay for expensive vacations, like if you lived in Texas. Other than SoCal,It would be Florida for me. I'm not in a high tax bracket so state taxes are not that bad. Like they say, you gotta pay for pretty. None of the "low tax" places appeal to me. Don't let taxes dictate your life, your gonna pay them one way or the other. Oh, Trader Joes galore out here, so there is your low cost groceries. And if you have a Costco card, gas is ok, or buy a Prius.


Ok, when you say there is NO natural beauty in Texas, I've got to wonder if you lived in Amarillo!? The Texas Hill Country, the coast south of Corpus Christi, the Piney Woods that cover much of the eastern third of the state (with many lakes) are areas many natives and visitors would point out as attractive.
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-27-2016, 05:07 PM
 
1,194 posts, read 585,574 times
Reputation: 938
Quote:
Originally Posted by OChomepro View Post
I live in Orange County CA in a 55+ community with a 27 hole golf course, several 9 hole golf courses, several club houses, several pools and spas. Also only about 6 miles from Laguna Beach and within close range of Newport Beach, etc. Cost is important but so is location. Average price in this area is over $700,000. You can buy a 2 bedroom / 2 bath 1,100sf place here which has been completely redone for less than $200,000. My association fee and taxes here run about $650 per month. Taxes are a consideration in Calif., but si is weather, utility costs, location,overall costs, etc.

I grew up in Orange County and love living here. Personally, I wouldn't consider a place to retire to with hot weather(Phoenix), cold weather(notheast) or humidity(Florida, Texas, etc.). But everyone has different ideas. To each his own with their choices in life. Cost of utilities here are very nominal due to the general warm weather. Personally, I haven't used my heater here for several years. If I get cold(around 60) I put a sweatshirt on. If I really get cold (40 or 50) I put two sweat shirts on.

Everyone here has different as to what's important to them.


I have some friends/family south of you in San Diego County and north in L.A. That 2bedroom, 2 bath caught my eye. Can you please provide more specifics including whom to contact?


Thanks
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-27-2016, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Tennessee at last!
1,886 posts, read 2,034,979 times
Reputation: 3796
Quote:
Originally Posted by walker1962 View Post
I have some friends/family south of you in San Diego County and north in L.A. That 2bedroom, 2 bath caught my eye. Can you please provide more specifics including whom to contact?


Thanks
You can look at Laguna Hills and Laguna Woods for townhouses/condos/mobile homes in that price range. Laguna Beach has mobile homes in that price range. If you specifically wanted the 55+ community likely the post was referring to Laguna Woods with the 55+ requirement plus golf, tennis, swimming, 7 club houses, over 200 active clubs, 2 gyms, library, horse stables and a free bus system.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-28-2016, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Aliso Viejo, Orange County, CA
4,964 posts, read 6,363,937 times
Reputation: 4083
Quote:
Originally Posted by walker1962 View Post
I have some friends/family south of you in San Diego County and north in L.A. That 2bedroom, 2 bath caught my eye. Can you please provide more specifics including whom to contact?


Thanks
Try Redfin.com. These Laguna Woods homes are all $200k or less. Click on the photo of a property you may be interested in, and you will see more details, plus contact information for the listing agent.

https://www.redfin.com/neighborhood/...max-price=200k
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-28-2016, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
5,692 posts, read 4,410,496 times
Reputation: 11649
We have decided to go check out Laguna Woods!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-28-2016, 08:03 AM
 
249 posts, read 196,866 times
Reputation: 492
If one wants more of a beachtown try Leisure World Seal Beach, it IMO, isn't as nice but it does cost less money than Laguna Woods with great weather and a short shuttle to downtown Seal Beach.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-28-2016, 11:24 AM
 
26,589 posts, read 52,257,058 times
Reputation: 20405
Quote:
Originally Posted by Submariner View Post
We have different ideas of what makes a modest home.

A $80k to $125k home is more modest home in my mind. Not a low priced home, and not a high priced home.
1000-1100 square feet on a 4500 city lot post WWII tract housing that would be a tenth of the price in many areas of the country.

Cashing out with 500k tax free and leaving California is how many fund retirement.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-28-2016, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Southern California
372 posts, read 447,880 times
Reputation: 559
Quote:
Originally Posted by sd-bound View Post
While many of our friends are moving or planning on moving out of California on retiring, mostly for the COL, we chose to relocate in California. I've traveled all over the country and can't imagine living anywhere but California. I retired last year and just moved from the bay area to San Diego. Of the three largest metropolitan areas, it's the least expensive, so we'll be able to enjoy even nicer world class weather, plus a $400 monthly reduction in my health insurance cost.

[mod cut]
That's similar to our situation. Newly married, we moved from North San Diego County up to the SF Bay Area, and 32 years later, in retirement, we returned to SoCal to be closer to family again.

We love to visit other states, but CA is home.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-28-2016, 11:36 AM
 
Location: SoCal
13,191 posts, read 6,308,074 times
Reputation: 9815
The temperature is in the 40s here for Southern California. Even my husband and I want to escape to Hawaii for the month of Dec and Jan.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-28-2016, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Southern California
372 posts, read 447,880 times
Reputation: 559
Quote:
Originally Posted by NewbieHere View Post
The temperature is in the 40s here for Southern California. Even my husband and I want to escape to Hawaii for the month of Dec and Jan.
We get a little tired of the sun by September or October, so we head to OR and WA to visit friends
and enjoy their rain and greenery. However, after 10 days or so, we're ready to head back south.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:
Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Retirement
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top