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Old 02-08-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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The city itself was fine for me to live there between 2000 - 2002. Seemed safer the closer to the beach you were, than some other outer areas, but I always took walks or jogs throughout the city and never had trouble. The one problem I foresee for you is that it's boring! There isnt much to do especially if you are single. There's the Naval base, the older community and the migrant farming community, but I didnt see much else. The beach is so dead in general, which is good if you like that. There isnt that much business right there in the city but you have neighboring cities with potential jobs I suppose. I commuted to work an hour and a half into Santa Monica.

Carpenteria is so cute and tiny, but you have Santa Barbara up the way. I'm sure it's more expensive, but if you like a tiny, ex-hippy town, Carpenteria seems like a cute place to research more. I havent ever been to Morro Bay but I'm sure it's expensive as someone said.
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
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Carpinteria
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:24 PM
 
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Hi Cinbad68,
I'm new on this site, and your one of the first single woman (like me without kids) asking around about the central coast. I'm looking to move back to CA but can't handle the traffic in LA where I used to live. Keep us-me posted on how it goes.
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:31 PM
 
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Steller9,
How about single, 40, one cat and Independent
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:51 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
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have u considered Monterey? they have the aquarium, cannery row, a lifestyle shopping center, Cinemark movie theater, and the pennisula, and a state college.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:00 AM
 
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Hi there,
I am a young married guy, who moved to Carpinteria about 3 months ago. I am in my 20s, and could be described as lower middle class. I have travelled all over the country, and my wife and I would never leave Carp...if we could afford housing here.
The beach is BEAUTIFUL here, and very safe. There are sea lion colonies within walking distance of town, and dolphins come within 20 feet of the waters' edge. There is every sort of imaginable outdoorsy type of recreation within an hours drive here. Eg State Beaches, Lakes (Casitas and Cachuma), Hiking, and Parks. The scenery here is spectacular, with the Las Padres national forest overlooking the valley, and coastline streching for miles in both directions. Santa Barbara is only a 15 minute drive away, and that has anything you need, although it may be a little more pricey than other areas.
The town itself though has almost anything you would need, despite having only slightly over 15,000 people. I work at the UPS Store and deal with a ton of different people every day who have professional businesses in town. Dentist, Doctor, Vet, and Accountant; they are all available very freely. There are terrific schools, 3 grocery stores and a ton of cute little art galleries and resteraunts. It is a perfect small town set with a beautiful backdrop...
The only problem is $$$. We pay $2k a month for a nice 1 bedroom with a big yard and 2 parking spots. It is a little more than what most other people pay. My workmate pays $1500 a month for a 2 bedroom condo, and studios on the south side of town run at about $800-1000. Is it worth it? Maybe, maybe not. The people here are very nice, although maybe a little uppity in spots. There are a million Mexicans here, but they are pretty quiet and keep to themselves. The town is VERY safe. My wife and I haven't locked the door or the car the whole time we have been here. Personally I don't like Santa Barbara, because the people who tend to live there are rich and uppity, and the town makes me feel inferior. But Ventura, 20 miles south, is nice and has plenty of larger town things.
Gas is about $2.69 at the moment...
Anything else you wanna know?
Hi thanks for all the information. If you don't mind me asking, do you find prices for things like groceries, auto maintenance, utilities, phone bill, car insurance, dining out, ect much more expensive in Carpinteria than other areas you've lived outside of California? Also, what is the sales tax rate and hidden expenses (if any) in this area? Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:39 PM
 
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Hi Coastnut,

I was very excited to see your post. We have much in common. I will be turning 40 this year, I have a cat, but no kids, and am also independent. Tell me more about yourself, your interests, and your experiences in CA please. Are you originally from CA? If not, where do you hail from originally and where do you live now? How long were you in CA? What are some of your best/worst experiences in CA? If you're interested, maybe we could communicate via e-mail as well as this forum. Welcome to this great forum! I've been away from it for a while, but my interest in CA has never waned. It's always in the back of my mind. Looking forward to your reply.
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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Crapinturia is one of the dirtiest towns in the USA . I WONDER If it still is in the USA or part of Mexico . With the dirty streets and crime and drugs, gangs etc. Crapinturia is so bad the drug stores lock up all the men's shaving blades , disposable and higher price also ! In the worst and i have seen it NYC is a nicer place to live ! WEST PHILLY is nicer and safer. WATTS is nicer and cleaner ! The water in Crapinturia is 3rd world at best and IS THE HIGHEST PRICED IN THE STATE of CA. And maybe all of the country. And being so close to Santa Barbara which is a overrun city of gangs and drugs and is as dirty as and other city if not more so . With a small population of counted people and a group that is not counted , terrorizing everyone else . Santa Barbara is a 3rd world class dump not a place to more , to spend any time in , streets are dirty , drugs being used by punks in open in the streets, STABBING AT CITY PARADES. Litter and bad food . Most of the people that work in the restaurants DONT WASH THEIR HANDS AFTER USING THE RESTROOMS . DIRTY DISHES BEING REUSED. S.B and most of the county is not a place to live or visit STAY AWAY THE RUBBER BAND FOR THE DUCKS ( as in duck under the border , anchers away, drug users in the malls ) FROM THE BAD LANDS OF MEXICO MUST STOP IN S.B. COUNTY !!!! Morro Bay is a lot nicer .
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:08 PM
 
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I have to chime in because Hollywood Beach Elementary School was mentioned. I used to live in Hollywood Beach oceanfront. Hollywood Beach is in Oxnard. The children that go to that elementary school are the children of Hollywood Beach and SilverStrand Beach. So if you do not live in either of these communities your child if you have one will not go to this school. Even Oxnard Shores students do not go to this school. The schools in Oxnard and Pt. Hueneme are awful. That is a fact. Hollywood Beach is special and not the norm for that area. We knew several people living in Oxnard Shores that put there kids in either private schools or schools in Thousand Oaks and Westlake where they work.
To the OP, you said you were a single female and I would have to tell you to be very carefull in Oxnard and Pt. Hueneme. What area in particular in Pt. Hueneme are you looking at? I am a female married and we lived ocean front but I would never move there as a single female. Please understand this is serious advice and not to knock living on the beach there. We would do it again in a heart beat but you really need to know where to go and most importantly where NOT to go.
I agree. If PH isn't the worst place in Ventura County I'd like to know what is.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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Default cinbad68

I haven't been on this site lately, I'm in the middle of moving. I will be free in a couple days to answer your questions. You can email me at lehreid@aol.com. I'm not sure how to work this site yet.
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