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Old 07-07-2018, 09:28 PM
 
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I'm interested in possibly moving to SoCal, after living in NorCal most of my life. The reason being that my ideal is to live close to the ocean, enough so to have some view of it from my residence. The only way I can remotely make that possible is by buying a condo, due to the high price of homes in such areas putting them out of reach. Also, homes require more maintenance and upkeep, and I am looking at a move with an eye towards retirement that is 10+ years away.

So I've been thinking my most realistic option is a newish luxury condo (at least 1bdrm) with elevator access, garage space(s), pool, hot tub, fitness room, etc., located close to a good major hospital and good supermarkets, restaurants, public transportation, etc.


Sacramento isn't an option since it's not by the ocean or bay. The SF Bay Area isn't an option because everything with a view of the water is very expensive. In SoCal, San Diego can be expensive but for a smaller place maybe still within reach if I'm lucky.. La Jolla is out of reach. But I've heard Long Beach can still have some condos within reach, located close enough to have a view of the water. I also heard that I should consider also looking into Orange County. I've been to Carlsbad and that seemed like a decent area but not sure how much condos are there. I heard Dana Point may be also a decent option?

Anyway, to make the move possible, I have to take steps to apply for State jobs down there (provided that there are equivalent jobs to my current one as an IT Specialist I) and secure a job offer. Ideally the job would be a short distance away from my condo. I don't wish to spend 1hr + in commute each way twice daily, unless I could work from home 3 days a week or something.

So are there any State workers in SoCal reading this that could let me know how the job opportunities are there for State jobs in IT? Especially those located somewhere that wouldn't be too much of a commute from where I'd like to buy a condo (close to the water enough have a view).

If I could identify a cheaper state to live in, with much lower property prices, that was by the ocean or bay, I'd even consider looking for jobs outside of State jobs and look at moving there.. but I'm not sure where else would fulfill my criteria..
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Memphis, Tn ~ U.S.A.
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State employees must do pretty well in California. When I grew up those jobs were pretty much civil servants
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:58 AM
 
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State employees must do pretty well in California. When I grew up those jobs were pretty much civil servants
There's a wide variance in salary among state workers. You could make $50K as a clerk or $300K as an administrator.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Why don't you go on the State website and find out for yourself?
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:35 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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What's your buying budget for this ocean-view condo? (Don't forget the HOA)
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Memphis, Tn ~ U.S.A.
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There's a wide variance in salary among state workers. You could make $50K as a clerk or $300K as an administrator.
Wonder how much a meter reader makes? Would be fun riding around all day pissing folks off issuing tickets/having cars towed
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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Wonder how much a meter reader makes? Would be fun riding around all day pissing folks off issuing tickets/having cars towed
The counties administer such services in California
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:19 PM
 
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What's your buying budget for this ocean-view condo? (Don't forget the HOA)
looking for a 1bdrm at least. up to high $300k. as for the HOA.. they can be high,especially for places with more amenities. that's certainly a concern.. not sure if i'd like having it paid off by retirement but still having to pay hefty HOA dues well into retirement.
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:21 PM
 
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Wonder how much a meter reader makes? Would be fun riding around all day pissing folks off issuing tickets/having cars towed
or watching them running for their lives towards you in hopes of getting to their car before you can write them up.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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Pay varies not sure what an IT specialist 1 does exactly .

Almost any place is less expensive than SoCal these days .

If you want to live by the beach and not have to make a ton of money look into Florida although they have some tough months of humidity . Salaries are generally lower but housing is much lower and gas and no state income tax .
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