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Old 06-17-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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I visited Catalina Island and fell in love with it. I want to move there and wanted to know the best way to go about this. I have done some research and talked to a few locals when I was there, but wanted to get more insight. I am 41, SWF and have 3 small dogs. My career is in veterinary medicine, mostly administrative.
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I visited Catalina Island and fell in love with it. I want to move there and wanted to know the best way to go about this. I have done some research and talked to a few locals when I was there, but wanted to get more insight. I am 41, SWF and have 3 small dogs. My career is in veterinary medicine, mostly administrative.
Nice pipe dream.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I imagine outside of the tourist business it's got to be hard to make a living on the island.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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If you want to continue working - have you checked into if any vet offices are there or what type of work might be available? I would certainly start there. I'm assuming you wouldn't commute daily to the mainland. I would think prices of things would be higher too - gas - food -maybe not but it seems like something I would check out when looking at the whole scenario.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I lived there in 1978.

The town gets very odd in the fall/winter. Only one restaurant was open each night and you had to know which one.

If I was to live there again it would be on a live aboard in the harbor. Many people will share a house to cut cost. Avalon is a small town at one square mile. If you got up and used the toilet twice in one night the next day everyone will be asking you if you are ok. The "locals" hate the tourists with a deep distain.
There is very little to do even in the summer. The casino has a movie theater but the same film runs 3 months on one screen. I ended up shore fishing each night after work.

I had a truck there. It was there conditional as we were only allowed to have it as we were taking it with us when we left, construction. They tried to pull it off the barge after we left but I had it on the manifest. There is a waiting list to bring any vehicles over that still has the same name at top for over 40 years or so. Most people use golf carts or bicycles.

Very crooked town. LA County Sheriff but there was only one, he drove a black and white Baja bug with a light bar. This officer was the big drug king on the island.

This is small town living for wealthy people. As in most small towns there are only the jobs you bring to town. Other wise you watch the obituaries for job openings as these people take their jobs to the grave. Burglary is common, rooms are broken into for clothing theft. Clothes are hard to get there as you have to fly or take the boat to mainland to buy clothing. The boat is not cheap, thievery is worth their risk it appears.

There is a trend you notice after a few months that many think of the island as one of the Hawaiian Islands.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:30 PM
 
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Thank you for all your thoughts and suggestions. I think the job thing is going to be the biggest challenge. I lived in the moutains of Vail for 4 years. I suspect its similar without the snow and highway traffic, but with the "locals" mentality.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Thank you for all your thoughts and suggestions. I think the job thing is going to be the biggest challenge. I lived in the moutains of Vail for 4 years. I suspect its similar without the snow and highway traffic, but with the "locals" mentality.
Waaaaaayyyy smaller. Like, a rich guy's girlfriend's Vail walk-in closet smaller.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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BTW, I was serious about the towns concern after 2 flushes in one night.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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That place is slow to change. I believe Avalon was the last place in the country still using the old fashion "cord board" central telephone exchange that had to be manned by live people. Even as late as the mid-to-late seventies, phone numbers out there were three digits, and when you picked up your home phone you got the operator over at Central.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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One neat fact.
Toilets use salt water due to low fresh water supply.
I understand Catalina was the first to have a desalination plant.
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