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Old 11-19-2018, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Congrats on your move back to CA. Affordability is relative though. Many seniors could not afford to move even to Prunedale though you consider that affordable but compared to Santa Cruz, it's a bargain.

From CD - Prunedale, CA
Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $636,126; Detached houses: $669,972; Townhouses or other attached units: $562,659; In 2-unit structures: $499,321; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $457,348; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $330,443; Mobile homes: $132,884
Median gross rent in 2016: $1,426.



Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Pruned...#ixzz5XLJmPEKP
Just an observation. I also live in an affordable and nice part of CA. Just out of curiosity I compared the C-D stats for median home prices vs what the local realtor offices say. C-D says $358K. Local realtor office places it closer to $280K Home values here have gone up since 2016. In 2016 the median value was around $250K Median home prices are published in our local paper a couple times a year. And those prices are what the homes actually sold for, not the asking price

Yes you can find a million dollar home here and you can easily find a nice place for under $200K

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Old 11-19-2018, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Hmmmm. Good question. Who am I??

I'm 76, long divorced, retired woman. Live in central NY (near Syracuse) in a low-income one-bedroom apartment.

Last of family of origin. Have two kids, one about 20 miles away from me, the other one lives in OK. The three of us are not close. Long, sad, stupid story. Gave up trying to make it all work about a year ago.
I was married 21 years. Divorced since 1983. Have had some relationships but decided going it alone was better for me. Though there are times when I wish I had someone in my life.


Retired since 2010. Eye surgery made that decision. Long time getting vision back to some kind of normal. It's OK, I drive and read (not at the same time!!) but close up stuff is difficult. Prefer large print.

Nothing interesting going on in my life now. Just day to day stuff, but I'm OK with that. I have had way more excitement in my life than I ever wanted. I like peace and quiet. I like mother nature, the outdoors, animals, etc. I have two cats who are often my comedy relief. So funny at times.

I do believe in God but do not go to church. I've tried a few and none of them are what they claim to be.

I decided to not worry about anything. I found out a long time ago it doesn't help. What will be, will be.

One day I was thinking about all the things I wanted to do. Making it to a convention a year, hopefully not a star trek con, but more a wider science fiction mantra one is something I dearly do still wish for. But I'd go to the parties and munch my way to full and sit and talk all night and get all dressed up in my garb and be someone else.


Most of all be with people LIKE ME.....


There's a decent one in OKC, so maybe, if I could get together the money and how to get there.... I even got asked if I had a way to work with them on the con, complete if very obvious FAN, but it wasn't close enough. Less costuming and formal events, but good parties and a GREAT consuite.... MY KIND OF PEOPLE!


I'm pagan, a sort of naturalist sort over perscribed ritual, and I find OK very spritual. Just don't say much about the politics....


There is rumored to be some organized pagan groups as well and even if their standard stuff is somewhat different, it would sure be great to be with MY family.


I have come to see that as my health got better but always had a possible return that I enjoy each day and even when it wasn't quite what planned, I look for the good and the strong in life which keeps life together. And as I have also come to see that I NEED my family, the ones in the con suite at the hotel, I need to start looking for ways for it to be made real. Time to take over and tell the fears to go.
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:58 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Just an observation. I also live in an affordable and nice part of CA. Just out of curiosity I compared the C-D stats for median home prices vs what the local realtor offices say. C-D says $358K. Local realtor office places it closer to $280K Home values here have gone up since 2016. In 2016 the median value was around $250K Median home prices are published in our local paper a couple times a year. And those prices are what the homes actually sold for, not the asking price

Yes you can find a million dollar home here and you can easily find a nice place for under $200K
You hit the nail on the head, Mr. 5150.

When we started looking 6 years ago - we actually tried to look for land to build.... and crawled through the most ungodly hills, mountains and mud of Santa Cruz county and could not find what we wanted. Cal Fire also wanted us to have access for them and in most places that was not possible. Monterey county had even fewer properties - we saw one or two in gated communities but the building pads were never where we wanted them

So we went to Plan B.... looking in the outskirts of Carmel Valley (which is actually Salinas), Prunedale, Royal Oaks, Watsonville, Aromas, etc. for a home.

We saw homes from $200K to a over a million. Some in gated communities/HOAs and some in the unincorporated parts of the county. Many of them with more than an acre per parcel - just what we were looking for.

What I will say is that homes in the area are being scooped up FAST. Precisely because they are bargains compared to cities and towns closer to San Jose and San Francisco. We wanted to be out this far from the metro area because we didn't need to commute and didn't want the madness of living in an urban setting.

We also own our home here in Utah outright. And it's been an excellent investment. People are moving to Utah in droves too - probably escaping unaffordable California - so we benefit there as well. So buying in California is not the stretch most people think it is.

If you look hard enough - you can find what you're looking for.
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Old 11-19-2018, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Forest bathing
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I was born where I currently live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest to two very young irresponsible parents. They were soon divorced then my mom married the abusive jerk who caused me to be diagnosed with PTSD from Severe Childhood Trauma. My mom’s family has lived in this area since before Washington became a state.

I survived my childhood, received a B. S. in Visual Communications. I could always draw so this is what I chose to pursue for my education. Unfortunately, at the time, no one knew what a graphic designer was so I worked unrelated jobs. I visited bigger cities but they were not compatible with my rural mindset. I did take a timeout to spend a year studying art in Italy (thanks Georgia Pacific). I was able to visit many European countries and their museums. I did learn Italian but once I returned home, I couldn’t practice so I can sort of read it but no longer converse.

My working career was in various and unrelated industries: paper mill got me most of the way through school but mind numbing boring, salmon cannery, Unemployment Office, media production tech, commercial fishing in Southeast Alaska, local refineries as a welder helper and pipe insulator and a cashier/water aerobics instructor/janitor. I managed to be the sign maker and illustrator at various jobs plus self-employment so my training wasn’t wasted.

I was married at 34 for the first time to a guy I had the hots for in high school who at the time was a “bad boy” and didn’t give me a thought. We met again at 25 and dated for 9 years off and on until we decided we were each other’s best friend. We had a daughter together who is now 30.

When I was 58, I returned to school where I received an A. A. with honors in Visual Communications. Unfortunately, I graduated in 2008 so not only were graphic designers being laid off but no one was hiring. I did learn Photoshop so expanded my photography skills into second shooting weddings and concert photography. I have photographed many national acts such as Queensryche, Jethro Tull, UFO, at Seattle venues plus became a staff photographer for a Midwest music festival. You may have heard of Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Halestorm, Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, KISS, etc.

Now retired (DH was a refinery machinist), we live where we bought when we first married. It is a rural property close to the city limits but quiet. Our acreage has large old second growth evergreens, several ponds and a mostly year round creek. We have a retail nursery on the premises in addition to a parking lot for recreationists.

Our time at home is spent gardening (ornamental and edible), feeding birds, hiking the trails that are within walking distance and socializing with our customers. We have a black standard poodle and a pudelpointer who love to play in the creek and woods. We also have an indoor house cat who is a tabby/Siamese cross who rules the house and dogs.

We have a pop up truck camper mounted on a 4x4 off road full-size pickup that we travel and camp in throughout the west. We have been to just about every western national park so now we explore more remote and off the beaten path places. Our favorite things to do are rockhounding, photography, exploring ghost towns and driving down unpaved roads to see where they lead.

It has been a very enjoyable read about other posters’ lives. Thanks everyone for sharing.
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Old 11-20-2018, 02:15 AM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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Who I am.

I walk with one foot in two different worlds. Iíll give the mostly benign version. This is my ninth attempt to paraphrase .. me:

For one; Iím not retired. Iím 50 & have been caregiving for my just turned 15 year old son for the 13 years since Autism came. I just appreciate people who have lived long enough to have had a lot of life experience.

I was born in Tokyo, Japan, one year, one month, one day & one hour after my parents were married. They were the best parents in the world & I was a difficult child. I am Hyperlexic & ASD, known in the 1970ís & prior as an ďidiot savantĒ. I personally donít mind the term; for me, itís appropriate.

My mom was a literal genius, as were her siblings. She developed part of the protocol for Celiac diagnostics. Her sister (my aunt) invented a novel HIV vaccine which went to development on October 23 of this year. My auntís husband was chief of medical science at a well known university & is now the professor emeritus of a large foundation.

On my dadís side, I have a great uncle & great aunt who were married & were both MDís. He was the Boulder County director of Public Health during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. My grandfather was a surgeon & was at Normandy on D-Day during WWII. My aging hippie uncle was a personal friend of Alan Ginsburg (Beatnicks) & did the photography for a Janis Joplin album, as well as several other well known artists.

My mom died in March of 2017. I have a sister who lives in Denver (more like Parker) & my dad, who is 76. My father is my hero. He is my Slayer of Dragons.

I have lived in Colorado Springs for 46 years. I left home at age 16, was pregnant by age 17 & at age 18 I started college with a ninth grade education & a baby. I graduated as an RN in 1992, nine months pregnant with my fourth. I have eleven children that I bore & four grandchildren.

Strange facts:

I became part of an FBI research project on victim profiling in the late 1980ís after acquiring a serial stalker.

I lost a daughter in 1994 & developed PTSD. Became addicted to drugs & had a SO who was a founding member of one of the top five outlaw motorcycle clubs in the US. He was 16 years older than I & I now have a lifelong NCIC tag for organized crime.

Iím actually a very unorganized person.

I worked as an independent escort for years; you would know a few of my clients but I donít kiss & tell. I was treated better by men during that time than ever before & ever since.

I am married to a Boomer (62 years old) but he lives downstairs. Iím not even going in to all that!

All my kids, including this youngest disabled son; are the best thing Iíve brought to this world
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Old 11-20-2018, 06:07 AM
 
Location: State of Grace
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JesseLeighBrackstone

Plenty of links there, and also a *bio*?page. My personal (as opposed to professional) FB page doesn’t leave much to the imagination!

http://www.facbook.com/jesseleigh.brackstone

SlŠinte!

Mahrie. (AKA - Jesse.)

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Old 11-20-2018, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Just an observation. I also live in an affordable and nice part of CA. Just out of curiosity I compared the C-D stats for median home prices vs what the local realtor offices say. C-D says $358K. Local realtor office places it closer to $280K Home values here have gone up since 2016. In 2016 the median value was around $250K Median home prices are published in our local paper a couple times a year. And those prices are what the homes actually sold for, not the asking price

Yes you can find a million dollar home here and you can easily find a nice place for under $200K
To me, $280k is still a chunk of change! That's nearly double the median in my neck of the woods.
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Old 11-20-2018, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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Only downside to this thread>makes my life seem very, very boring!
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:13 AM
 
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Only downside to this thread>makes my life seem very, very boring!
I think I speak for many people who would greatly prefer having a "boring" to one unpleasant drama after another!

(Actually, I think I would prefer to have a MOSTLY boring life.)
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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I'm not yet retired - 54 and plan to work until 62. DH retired from NPS in 2013 and has been following me as I get promotions with federal government - just as I followed him until his retirement. Currently with NPS in SE TX. We want to retire in more Central TX when I finally retire. He was 51 when he did with LE early retirement. He is a realtor now and we have investment properties.

We have 4 adult children (although youngest is 6 weeks shy of 19). Our oldest 2 are from my first marriage and they are the ones that have given us 6 grandchildren. When I first learned that I was to be a grandmother I was 45 and said no way would I be called Grandma - I decided they could call me CC - well, that plan went out the window when I first held granddaughter Lydia (she was 3 mo) and I just looked at that child and said "oh Lydia, your Grandma LOVES you". and CC became Grandma Chris. BTW - on CD I was House4kids -but now GrandmaChris.
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