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Old 08-05-2006, 12:12 PM
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I'm thinking of relocating from Laguna Beach to Rio Del Mar. What should I expect - good and bad?
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Old 08-05-2006, 06:45 PM
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If you're talking about the Rio del Mar that's in Santa Cruz county, I can tell you a few things. I lived in Santa Cruz for 11 years, but moved away 7 years ago.

Rio del Mar has lots of interesting looking houses nestled in its little hills by the ocean. Some of the houses are extremely nice and some are quite rundown. They are all, like everything in Santa Cruz county, ridiculously expensive. The beach in RdM is a small strip and parking can be a pain, but there are many other beautiful beaches nearby. Santa Cruz is a fantastic place to live if you can afford it. It's gorgeous and politically liberal (a positive imo).

Coming from Laguna (also a fantastic place), you'd have some of the same concerns: often foggy and geologically iffy at times. If buying a home you'd want to be sure and pay extra for a geologist report (not just the $75 quick check, but a more thorough one).

Traffic on Highway 1 can be atrocious at times and if it's a rainy winter, it'll be a lot rainier than Laguna. Also, the job situation in SC is not great. Jobs there usually pay a lot less than you would expect considering the cost of housing. Many people commute over the hill to jobs in Silicon Valley. (I did it for more than 7 years.) That drive can be a serious nightmare in bad weather or post-earthquake, but in good weather it's spectacular. Views of acres of redwood trees with the sea shining beyond. There are several alternate routes that can be lots of fun to drive if your car has a good turning radius. Plus, when it's hideously hot in the valley you get to drive home into the beautiful, cool fog.

If you can afford it and you've got a job there, go for it -- it's great. There are plenty of other nice little towns around there, too, like Aptos, Soquel, and Capitola.
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:18 PM
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You can see information about the areas around Rio Del Mar at my blog at:


Just delete the [url]'s at the beginning and end of that URL when you type it in.
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