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Old 08-16-2009, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I had never heard of Hovanian Home communites until I did a subsearch of them. I hope you're not limiting yourselves to where those communities are built. When you say that the most important part will be the people, you want to be aware that there will be quite a difference in the people who are attracted to a city like Beaumont, as opposed to those living in, say, Pasadena.
Very true and this may be where the OP runs into a problem with So California. Areas like Beaumont, Bakersfield, etc which might be small town will not give them the cultural exposure them seem to want and areas that offer lots of arts and culture will not give them exposure to the basic, downhome friendly neighborly citizens. Many living in areas like Pasadena are too busy with their lives to get involved with those around them. This isn't all good or bad, just fact.

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Old 08-16-2009, 02:21 PM
 
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Nita, I think I understand what you're saying, but I don't necessarily know that I agree; LA isn't like a small town, but there are definitely areas that feel somewhat defined as a community, and at least in my experience of living in a small town and a lot of bigger places, people in LA/Pasadena are just as likely to get involved as those elsewhere.

The Pasadena arts community is actually pretty small once you get involved. Not small as in not a lot of people interested, but small as in you can get to know people pretty fast. A lot of the local foundations give money to encourage/enhance local volunteer programs, both at the arts organizations and other nonprofits, and there are a lot of older people who spend a lot of time volunteering at various spots around town. And, like someone else pointed out, there are many, many other arts options in the LA area beyond what you find in Pasadena, but one nice thing about Pasadena's cultural offerings is that they're pretty tightly packed together, with many within easy walking distance and certainly even easier driving distance. There's a lot of overlap between people involved in the various organizations, and the City of Pasadena helps support things like ArtNight (free shuttles linking participating sites, all with free admission that night plus free activities). LA is a huge city, and Pasadena is plenty big in its own right, but it starts to feel pretty small once you get involved.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Nita, I think I understand what you're saying, but I don't necessarily know that I agree; LA isn't like a small town, but there are definitely areas that feel somewhat defined as a community, and at least in my experience of living in a small town and a lot of bigger places, people in LA/Pasadena are just as likely to get involved as those elsewhere.

The Pasadena arts community is actually pretty small once you get involved. Not small as in not a lot of people interested, but small as in you can get to know people pretty fast. A lot of the local foundations give money to encourage/enhance local volunteer programs, both at the arts organizations and other nonprofits, and there are a lot of older people who spend a lot of time volunteering at various spots around town. And, like someone else pointed out, there are many, many other arts options in the LA area beyond what you find in Pasadena, but one nice thing about Pasadena's cultural offerings is that they're pretty tightly packed together, with many within easy walking distance and certainly even easier driving distance. There's a lot of overlap between people involved in the various organizations, and the City of Pasadena helps support things like ArtNight (free shuttles linking participating sites, all with free admission that night plus free activities). LA is a huge city, and Pasadena is plenty big in its own right, but it starts to feel pretty small once you get involved.
you could be right, I just think of areas outside of Los Angeles (at least 40 miles) as being small town, like know your neighbor. I don't put Pasadena in that catagory, maybe So Pas. again, I haven't lived there for quite awhile so can only base my opinion on what I remember and still hear from our friends.

Nita
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I know very little about motorhomes but perhaps the Good Sam Club would have the resources to answer your questions?

There is a pretty large dry dock in either Arcadia or Monrovia (on Peck Road) which is east of Pasadena. When I drove by it within the last year, it appeared to be packed with motorhomes and boats. I have no idea how much rent would cost.
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