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Old 04-24-2007, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I have a sister in "The Valley". She keeps begging us to leave nyc and move there. My wife hates the traffic in LA proper. If we made the move to Ventura, would we go stir crazy? How awful would it be to visit my Sis in LA from Ventura?
We are thinking of the city of Ventura or Oxnard along the coast.
What do you think?
We're in our early to mid 40s with no kids.
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:30 AM
 
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I lived in Oxnard on the beach at Hollywood Beach for 3.5 years. If you would go stir crazy is up to you. I lived in Ventura County for 30 years and I never once went stir crazy. My husband and I are in our early 40's and we have no children either.
It all depends what you are looking for. What do you like to do?
For us, If we did not live on the beach we would never of lived in Oxnard. I grew up in Thousand Oaks. I love the Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Agoura, Calabasas area.
So it all depends on who you guy are and your interests.
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Old 04-24-2007, 02:02 PM
 
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Yeah, it all depends on who you are. Are you guys public transportation people or car people? Do you like density or sprawl? Do you like having 4 seasons? Do you like scenery? Do you like walking?

It all depends on your taste.

Want urbanity, 4 seasons, public transportation, walking, and density...NYC is your place.

Want scenery, cars, warm weather, and suburban neighborhoods....LA is your place.

Here's a cool survey that'll tell you what cities fit your personality:

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Old 04-24-2007, 11:58 PM
 
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Ventura/Oxnard to the San Fernando Valley is around 40-50 miles. It's not a big deal to travel between the two areas. Naturally, there are certain commute times you'd want to avoid. You can easily make the trek by train, too.

West Ventura County is not NYC by any stretch. The combined population of Oxnard/Ventura is around 300k. Though cultural events do exist, it's not like NYC. You have to go to LA for anything comparable. You will dig the weather, mild all year long with 300+ days of sun. When you visit your sister in the SFV during summer and temps are 100+ every day, you'll love coming back to Oxnard/Ventura where it's 30-40 degrees cooler.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Yeah, it all depends on who you are. Are you guys public transportation people or car people? Do you like density or sprawl? Do you like having 4 seasons? Do you like scenery? Do you like walking?

It all depends on your taste.

Want urbanity, 4 seasons, public transportation, walking, and density...NYC is your place.

Want scenery, cars, warm weather, and suburban neighborhoods....LA is your place.

Here's a cool survey that'll tell you what cities fit your personality:

http://www.****.com/Default.asp (broken link)
I took the survey twice. I even tried to make it more California friendly the second time. Not a single California city was listed either time. Strange?
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
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Ventura is a great place. Its got great weather almost all year long. There is a great main street area, the beaches are very nice, its an easy commute to Santa Barbara, or to Thousand Oaks for more to do. During 'peak traffic times' the drive to the 'valley' or LA would be long, but at off-times it wouldnt be too bad.

I dont know that I would recommend Oxnard, parts of it are pretty nasty. The Hollywood beach area is nice, there are a couple nice areas over by the channel islands area. Just be careful in Oxnard ...

Thousand Oaks is where I live (actually Newbury Park) and we love it here. I have lived here about 30 years and I have not gotten stir crazy yet, but I am also not use to the NYC lifestyle. What I like about Ventura county area is that we are close enough to drive to the hustle bustle of LA, or to the mountains, deserts, casinos, basically most anything you'd want. Yet, you come home to a nice, clean, safe community. My kids are teenagers & this area has been a great place to raise a family. I know you dont have kids, but I thought you might like to know its a nice place for families as well as for those without kids.

Good luck with the move.

mhogan: I also did that ****.com quiz and I did not get one California city either. I got mostly North Carolina & Georgia.
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:52 PM
 
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I dont know that I would recommend Oxnard, parts of it are pretty nasty. The Hollywood beach area is nice, there are a couple nice areas over by the channel islands area. Just be careful in Oxnard
Oxnard has some very nice areas. It's unfair to lambaste the whole city based on a couple of neighborhoods. Oxnard is twice the size of Ventura; crime in the city is at a 16-year low. The highest crime areas include Colonia and South Oxnard. North- northeast, west- and mid-Oxnard have some nice neighborhoods ranging from old to brand new homes. There are a lot of exciting and positive things happening in Oxnard. The city is changing and its economy is booming.

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Old 04-25-2007, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
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Oxnard has some very nice areas. It's unfair to lambaste the whole city based on a couple of neighborhoods. Oxnard is twice the size of Ventura; crime in the city is at a 16-year low. The highest crime areas include Colonia and South Oxnard. North- northeast, west- and mid-Oxnard have some nice neighborhoods ranging from old to brand new homes. There are a lot of exciting and positive things happening in Oxnard. The city is changing and its economy is booming.
Thats what I meant.. that 'PARTS' of Oxnard are pretty nasty. And they are! I am glad to hear that positive things are happening. I still would recommend being CAREFUL in Oxnard.
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:32 PM
 
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Exclamation One should be careful in ANY city!

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Thats what I meant.. that 'PARTS' of Oxnard are pretty nasty. And they are! I am glad to hear that positive things are happening. I still would recommend being CAREFUL in Oxnard.
Forgive me, but which parts? I wouldn't characterize Colonia or South Oxnard as "nasty." They have a higher crime rate than other areas of Oxnard, but they're not "nasty." And, the city is focused on fixing the problems in those areas.

One should be careful in any city. In Ventura, I would strongly recommend avoiding lower Montalvo, parts of Saticoy and the lower Avenue. The so-so areas include downtown and midtown. I lived in both places and loved it! East Ventura purports safer neighborhoods, but they are the most expensive (and least convenient), baring beach areas and the hills. The beach areas in both Ventura and Oxnard attract thieves.

That said, to someone relocating form NYC, how bad can it be in Oxnard/Ventura?

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Old 04-26-2007, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Oxnard has some very nice areas. It's unfair to lambaste the whole city based on a couple of neighborhoods. Oxnard is twice the size of Ventura; crime in the city is at a 16-year low. The highest crime areas include Colonia and South Oxnard. North- northeast, west- and mid-Oxnard have some nice neighborhoods ranging from old to brand new homes. There are a lot of exciting and positive things happening in Oxnard. The city is changing and its economy is booming.
I find this especially interesting. I have a Masters degree in Urban Affairs and am interested in community development. Any knowledge of city agencies or nonprofits that I might check out for work?
My wife is an RN and never has trouble finding work.
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