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Old 05-19-2008, 06:18 PM
 
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Thinking of a move out west within the next 5 years, will be mid 40s by that time. I've been out to So Ca many times, spending a majority in the Burbank area, which I find very appealing. I think that, despite Burbank's charm, closer to the beach is where I ought to be. There are so many beach towns, and I've been to so many of them over the years that they all meld together in my mind. My question is should I forgo the beach thing and stick to Burbank, or are there beach communities that are as affordable as Burbank, and still as nice? Or, should I just move to Maine?
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:44 PM
 
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I can't think of any beach communities in So Cal that I would call affordable, but you might get closer to the beach than Burbank and still be able to afford it. What's your price point -- looking to buy or rent? Not sure I'll be able to help, but I can already tell you that those on here who have good info, first thing they will ask is for you to put a dollar amount to the word "affordable."

I'm not even sure I'd call Burbank affordable, but what do I know.

I live in Thousand Oaks where you can get to the beach in 30 minutes, and sometimes you can even feel the ocean influence here, and our 4 bedroom older home is worth about $800K (and dropping in value as we speak, so who knows in 5 years )
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:24 PM
 
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My friend lived in Seal Beach for a number of years and loved it. I think she paid over $2000 a month for a 2-bedroom apartment which was really close to the beach. I loved it there... they had a small little shopping area with fun restaurants and the beach was clean.

I lived near Burbank for years. Used to work in Burbank, too. I really like it there but felt a little landlocked for some reason. If I had the opportunity to spend my days closer to the beach, I'd do it in a second I guess it also depends on your job and commute... but all being equal, I'd totally pick the beach.
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