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Old 12-06-2013, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Hi everyone, I wasn't sure where to place this post but hoping to get some directions from you guys.
I am a single parent of a 13 years old boy and although I have a 19 years old daughter, she is in college. Preferably, I would like to move to an area that is not congested, not too expensive and has a good school system. I currently live in Florida and while I love the weather here (love the heat and hate the cold), I am not too crazy about the people and the lifestyle. What I am looking for is a a small town life style, a place that my son will be comfortable with, i.e. city league sports (football, soccer, and basketball) and a place where I can find a good job (executive assistant / bookkeeper/ transcription).
I've been to California twice and love it. I've visited Santa Barbara and San Diego; love Santa Barbara and not too crazy about San Diego, but to be fair, it could have been the area that I was at.
Any feedback regarding a good place to live that has a small town feel to it, close to a place I can travel to for work, has a good school system and low crime rate would be awesome. As California is pretty big and really know next to nothing about it, any feedbacks are welcome.

Thank you
key2success2
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:46 PM
 
Location: California
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Santa Barbara is very beautiful but also very expensive to live there. A good substitute for Santa Barbara might be San Luis Obispo. It is a college town, not too big or congested. Near the beach, and a few lakes as well. You can't beat the weather either. It might be a little pricey, but not as bad as Santa Barbara.
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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I currently live in Florida and while I love the weather here (love the heat and hate the cold), I am not too crazy about the people and the lifestyle.
What is it about the people and lifestyle you're not crazy about? Also need to know your budget, as any desirable place in CA is $$$$$.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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Hi everyone, I wasn't sure where to place this post but hoping to get some directions from you guys.
I am a single parent of a 13 years old boy and although I have a 19 years old daughter, she is in college. Preferably, I would like to move to an area that is not congested, not too expensive and has a good school system. I currently live in Florida and while I love the weather here (love the heat and hate the cold), I am not too crazy about the people and the lifestyle. What I am looking for is a a small town life style, a place that my son will be comfortable with, i.e. city league sports (football, soccer, and basketball) and a place where I can find a good job (executive assistant / bookkeeper/ transcription).
I've been to California twice and love it. I've visited Santa Barbara and San Diego; love Santa Barbara and not too crazy about San Diego, but to be fair, it could have been the area that I was at.
Any feedback regarding a good place to live that has a small town feel to it, close to a place I can travel to for work, has a good school system and low crime rate would be awesome. As California is pretty big and really know next to nothing about it, any feedbacks are welcome.

Thank you
key2success2
What be your budget is?
What housing you be looking for (house, townhome, apartment)?
Buying or renting?
Is daddy OK with you moving to CA from FL?
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA/Seattle, WA
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What be your budget is?
What housing you be looking for (house, townhome, apartment)?
Buying or renting?
Is daddy OK with you moving to CA from FL?
What "be" yo location so I can recommend a nearby educational facility? (Seriously)
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:09 AM
 
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not congested, not too expensive and has a good school system.
Going to be not so easy in CA. As a general matter, California is expensive, especially if the public schools are good. Plan on paying at least double, and possibly triple, your Florida housing expense.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA/Seattle, WA
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Going to be not so easy in CA. As a general matter, California is expensive, especially if the public schools are good. Plan on paying at least double, and possibly triple, your Florida housing expense.
Affirmative. Do yourself a favor and move elsewhere. There's a reason californians are flocking like birds in the winter.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I recently moved to Redding and really like it here. I moved from the SF Bay Area, and it's completely different here. There isn't much diversity here - in case that's an issue for you. But, I've found it to be a really friendly town.

The cost of living is cheap here, which means pay is low, too. Schools seem to rank okay overall, some as high as 9 out of 10:

Redding Schools - Redding California School Ratings - Public and Private

For comparison, here's the results for Red Bluff which is a smaller town than Redding, about 30 minutes south in the same county:

Red Bluff Schools - Red Bluff California School Ratings - Public and Private

What I like about Redding, is that it is a lot like the Pacific Northwest, where I used to live. It's really pretty - Mount Shasta can be seen from town, it's got lots of hills in town, pretty fall color in the trees - 4 seasons here. Summers are really hot, but not humid. We just got some snow, but that's a fairly rare occasion.

There is a homeless problem here, but they mainly hang out downtown, and I have had no problems with them at all, even though I live downtown.

It's a very casual town. You mainly see tee-shirts and jeans or otherwise casual attire. There are lots of shopping options here - pretty much anything you can think of that isn't Gucci - you will find here. It's also the county seat, so living here is really convenient for me. Everything I need is right here in Redding.

Here's the Redding craigslist ads for jobs, housing, etc.:

craigslist: redding classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events

As an aside: If you can afford it, my daughter's best friend moved to Pacific Grove (by Monterey) and enrolled her son in school there, where he thrived. It's foggy there, and she hates the weather, but she moved from Portland, OR, where her son was in trouble. Even though she hates the weather in PG, she is staying until he graduates because of the school.

But, the pay isn't good in the Monterey area, either, even though it's expensive to live there.

Back to Redding : Another great thing about Redding is the outdoor activities. The Sacramento River runs right through town - known for great fishing. Lots of hiking, boating, etc., hunting - if your son is into that.

Here are some meet-ups for the area, just to give you an idea of things to do:

Meetups near Redding, California - Meetup

Redding rentals are for the most part dog-friendly, too, if your son has or wants a dog. I always thought this looked like a blast:

Shasta Splash Dog Dock Jumping Club

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUGmG6ySjhA

Anyway, good luck to you, wherever you land :-)
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