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Old 06-24-2008, 04:15 PM
 
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Hi, Everyone.

I'm contemplating a move to Ventura, CA, from West Los Angeles. I've visited several times (on sunny, non-foggy days) and I think the city is beautiful. The high cost of living doesn't really faze me because I get ripped off on a daily basis here in Los Angeles, and my job pays well. And yet, I'm hesitant to make the move because of the following:

1. I'm single: I know that Ventura is a great place for a family, but what about for young, unattached professionals?

2. I'm Asian: I'm not concerned about racial discrimination or anything like that; I'm more worried about fitting into a predominately Caucasian/Mexican population. I'm from Los Angeles and clearly there's no shortage of Asians (or Asian women, for that matter) and Asian cultural outlets like restaurants, etc, in LA.

3. Nightlife: I guess this is also linked to reason number 1. I intend to keep my place in Los Angeles to take advantage of the city nightlife, but what about the nightlife in the Ventura area?

If anyone can give me any helpful info on the above topics, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:06 PM
 
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I think you got a good feel of the situation already.
I had the same problems as you do when I lived in Moorpark. I was a single guy in familyville. To make matters worse I worked at Point Mugu, a Navy base. I think it's easier to meet chicks at San Quentin than at Point Mugu.

I lived in Ventura County for 19 years and the presence of an Asian would be completely unnoticed, meaning, it wouldn't seem unusual at all. I'd be more concerned about being a single guy - by far.


Ventura itself might be the best place for singles in Ventura County because everywhere else is really, really suburban. There a lot of Filipino on the Oxnard Plain.
I assume you have your job/commuting situation squared away and know about the traffic on the 101 and PCH.

Interesting you wrote you intend to keep you place in LA. Not sure how that works financially but if it does it would benefit you socially.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:19 PM
 
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Charles, I liked your San Quentin reference... Hahahaha. Puts things in perspective.

Yeah, I did consider moving to TO just to be closer to the city, but I visited and was instantly depressed (no offense to anyone who lives there - I'm sure it's a wonderful place for families). Plus, I hear the commute through "the grade" is horrendous in the morning.

So I figured I'd move to Ventura the city... I liked the fact that I can live by the ocean and there would be somewhat of a social scene there. But of course, I have no friends there so I have no idea what to expect.

Yeah, I'm keeping my condo in LA for the weekends and financially it's not a big deal, but I'm thinking, if I need a place in LA so that I can enjoy the weekends, maybe this move isn't right for me in the first place? I get the feeling that if I was in a difference place in my life right now (married, maybe a kid), I wouldn't hesitate to move to such a gorgeous place. Konfusion, indeed.

Any negatives about living in Ventura?
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Any negatives about living in Ventura?
Ventura is essentially at one end of the employment mass. If you live (own) in Ventura and you work near there, great. What happens when you lose your job and you have to find another one? There's only one direction to go and that is east, just like everyone else. Unless you get something in Goleta or Santa Barbara.

Other than that, I love the entire region and the central coast too. Perfect weather, nice scenery, good amenities and services like hospitals, libraries, restaurants, shopping, auto service, etc. Close enough to LA for those once a month things.

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Old 06-25-2008, 01:00 AM
 
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There's not a lot of night life in Ventura aside from a few bars. If you work in Ventura and are single, you'll probably find more to do in Santa Barbara, due to the happening downtown and nightlife. I commuted from Santa Barbara to Oxnard for a while and always passed Ventura at the half-hour point, so that may be something to consider.

However, If you're going to spend your weekends in LA, you might be better off in Camarillo. That way, you're 15 minutes closer and LA is only 45 minutes away instead of an hour. Or, live in Point Hueneme, and take the PCH to Santa Monica in under an hour.

I live in Ventura now and personally love it (disclosure: I have a family), but there aren't a lot of jobs here unless you work for the County government. Most professionals I know commute to Oxnard, Camarillo, and the Conejo Valley.

Regarding your ethnicity: My wife is Asian and has never said a thing about stares or racism. True, it's not as diverse, but it's a non-issue. If anything, there's just a really bad lack of good Asian restaurants (aside from Sushi).

I guess one possible negative is that if you have friends that live in SB, they will look down on you for living in Ventura. When I lived in SB, I thought I was better than the Ventura people. Now that I live in Ventura, which I happen to like ten times more than SB, I think all those people are just silly.

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Old 06-25-2008, 09:21 AM
 
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I live in Ventura, and although now have a new family, many of my friends are single... and they're still single. Honestly I think that has more to do with my friends than Ventura. There are plenty of events/happenings that you could participate in to meet more people.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Default What's with all the Ventura threads?

Check out this link for my long monologue on Ventura.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/los-a...g-ventura.html


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Hi, Everyone.

I'm contemplating a move to Ventura, CA, from West Los Angeles. I've visited several times (on sunny, non-foggy days) and I think the city is beautiful.
This spring has been great! Maybe 2 days of May grey, and 1 day of June gloom. During the recent heatwave it was calm, clear, and about 80 degrees with warm water and nice surf.

COL is way lower than in the SFV or LA. You can find a good place for under a grand if you do a little hunting. You can eat cheap if you want to. Gas is slightly cheaper too if you know where to go.

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1. I'm single: I know that Ventura is a great place for a family, but what about for young, unattached professionals?
I'm married, but I would've liked it single. Then again, surfing is my main focus. If you don't surf or enjoy other water-related outdoor activities, it might not be for you.

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2. I'm Asian: I'm not concerned about racial discrimination or anything like that; I'm more worried about fitting into a predominately Caucasian/Mexican population. I'm from Los Angeles and clearly there's no shortage of Asians (or Asian women, for that matter) and Asian cultural outlets like restaurants, etc, in LA.
Shouldn't be a problem, except for the complete lack of decent food. Sushi Harbor isn't really that good, just passable. Best the town has to offer. There's zero decent Chinese, you'll need to head at least back to the SFV, and downtown or Azusa really. SB is no better, and really worse, actually.

Ventura is pretty much Caucasian once you leave the Avenue. I haven't seen a single asian guy, but there is a tiny smattering of asian girls in town. Nobody seems to care, though you might get a curious look or two at the bars until you're recognized as a regular.

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3. Nightlife: I guess this is also linked to reason number 1. I intend to keep my place in Los Angeles to take advantage of the city nightlife, but what about the nightlife in the Ventura area?
Sedate. Nothing like LA. We went from 4-hour dance marathons at industrial and techno clubs to maybe 1.5 hours bar-hopping and listening to local bands screech their way through their classic rock (and sometimes punk) covers. Drinks are cheaper, though. There are 3 clubs (2 established, 1 being built) in midtown. The new one looks pretty cool. The existing ones are pretty vanilla with the usual top-40, hip-hop, r&b mix. The decor is nice and the crowd is so-so. The dives are populated by fun esotheric people, but not really any lookers.

If you wanna try it out, I know of a cheap 1-br apartment--good location, nice and quiet, safe, friendly manager. PM me and I'll put you in touch with the management.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:04 PM
 
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I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and suggestions. You all have been very helpful...

I do enjoy the ocean, but I've never been a surfer or anything like that... And I can't really imagine being one of the few Asians in town, without a place to go to get decent Asian food. I'm beginning to think that maybe Ventura is a great place for me to visit, but living there might be a different story.
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:12 AM
 
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Ventura is essentially at one end of the employment mass. If you live (own) in Ventura and you work near there, great. What happens when you lose your job and you have to find another one? There's only one direction to go and that is east, just like everyone else. Unless you get something in Goleta or Santa Barbara.

...I love the entire region and the central coast too. Perfect weather, nice scenery, good amenities and services....
All true, especially the perfect weather and nice scenery. I lived in Ventura in my 20s and found plenty of things to do. Concerts at the Ventura Theater, Music Festival, Street Scene and other events throughout the year. But it wasn't all Bombay and Club Soda (dating myself here? ) One of the west county's greatest appeals for me has always been the proximity to nature -- rustic beaches, river walks, hiking, biking opportunities, lakes, parks.

Work-wise I would add to Charles' remarks that there is a commute pattern between Ventura/Oxnard and Valencia/Santa Clarita as well. Commuting there is just about the same distance as commuting to Goleta or Warner Center. For those who don't mind commuting around 50 miles one way, opportunities exist in several locations. Valencia does not have a commuter public transpo link yet, but Santa Barbara and L.A. do. Good luck!

PS. Don't know if it's of interest to you, konfusion, but the Japanese Language School and Buddhist Church in Oxnard hosts various events and clubs throughout the year. The Obon festival every year in August draws a big crowd. As a jumping off point, maybe these articles will provide some insights for you:

Oxnard Buddhist Temple
Preserving California's Japantowns - Oxnard

Last edited by Winston Smith; 06-26-2008 at 01:38 AM.. Reason: Obon & links
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