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Old 07-13-2020, 10:05 AM
 
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I would like to permanently move to CA, but as a widowed female, it's somewhat daunting to do on my own since I don't know anyone there. I'm semi-retired and only work from home, so have flexibility where I live.
I have several questions. I currently live in the midwest and can't tolerate the temperature extremes or the frequent barometer shifts so I think somewhere in central or southern CA close to the coast would be best because of the weather. I realize it's a lot more expensive there. Is it mainly housing? Or also things like groceries, property taxes, utilities, etc. that are higher priced? I don't dine out or do much for entertainment, so those would be my main expenses.

Although I'm an introvert, I do like connecting with others so a community would be nice. Safety is probably my number one priority. I'm sensitive to chemicals, so would need my own laundry and am a little leary about renting an apartment because of potential chemical smells. I would love to live in a tiny house (perhaps a larger one so I could have a main floor bedroom). I assume there is no land available and even if there were, it's probably too expensive and with some zoning laws, I'd have to build a bigger and more expensive house. Is there a way to find people who might have an ADU or willing to put one on their property? What about mobile home parks where they sell the lot? I've done some searching, but all seem to come with an older mobile home on it. I'd love to find a property in which I could build my own custom park model or tiny home.

As I transition there, I would like to rent a place for the winter and perhaps check out other areas. Areas I'm considering are San Diego, Carpinteria, Aliso Viejo, Oceanside but would definitely consider other areas in which it doesn't get too hot in the summer. It would be nice to find an area where I could meet people that share my interests (volunteering, liberal, raw food, connecting deeply with others, organic gardening, hiking), but my main priority is to move there for the weather.

Any ideas or suggestions would be welcome!!
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Old 07-13-2020, 10:20 AM
 
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Please post your budget
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Old 07-13-2020, 01:43 PM
 
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Great post, you mention a lot of things to consider. However, there are some issues of which you should be made aware. Primarily, money. bouleboule asks the question because neighborhoods, cities, and regions vary greatly in cost, for example: Aliso Viejo is master-planned, meaning they have taken great care to lay out the city in certain ways. A single family home there will run approx 1 Million dollars. Townhomes maybe half that to 3/4 that (500-750K). SD and Carpinteria are hundreds of miles and worlds apart.

Oceanside, Carlsbad, etc. are ocean-adjacent, but so are the costs. A smaller, slightly inland city like Vista may be more appealing to your purse. SD has an affordable (comparatively) town called Imperial Beach. However, one should know that it is on the Mexico border to the south, and the US Naval bases to the north. What this means is the ocean is awfully polluted there, hence part of the affordability factor.

As for safety, that will vary also. There is crime everywhere. Currently, coastal areas "enjoy" a lot of property crime due largely to the phenomenal amount of drug rehab and sober living homes importing abusers from across the country in order to run insurance fraud schemes more so than assist those with demons to confront. Less desirable (hence more affordable areas) will enjoy a crime rate that tends to skew averages higher rather than lower.

If you are looking for liberal areas, as you suggest you are such, then be prepared to sleep in the bed that liberalism has made. I think it's great that you are looking to move to California rather than polluting a conservative area with your political bent and society-destroying, feelings-based voting. Moving to California means that you will be paying outrageous fees for nearly everything in order to carry the costs of those services and offerings to those less fortunate (Hey, don't blame me, you voted for these people and policies). Welcome to the land that long-term Democratic supermajorities and decades-long control by four liberal families has created.

Your property tax will be approximately 1 to 1.25 percent of your purchase price. So in that Aliso Viejo million dollar house you will be paying between 10,000 and 12,500 per year, due every six months thankyouverymuch. That property tax is due to skyrocket as democrat politicians work industriously toward removing the ballot protections instituted in the 1970's by Proposition 13. That was passed, by the way, because of elderly people who bought their homes decades ago and paid them off, but the skyrocketing market value of them created assessments those retirees could no longer afford and they were losing their homes because of it. Those protections have been eroded and are set to be removed all together in the near future, thanks to the liberal voters and the politicians they have installed.

Do you want to go to the beach today? Expect to pay $10-$20 for the honor of parking there. Want to go to a park? Expect to pay to gain entry to many "public" parks.

You want to put gas in your car? Expect it to be 1-$2 more PER GALLON than you pay now. Why? Well because California has an AQMD. This semi-God like agency is in charge of improving air quality. California requires petroleum refineries to create and sell only a specially formulated gasoline in the state. Then you will pay for the over $.50/gallon in taxes to support our roadways/highways/infrastructure. The AQMD even tried to outlaw backyard bar-be-ques, and fast food places like Carl's Jr (Hardees to you) that grill burgers and create (gasp!) smoke.

How is that gasoline tax working out? Well, glad you asked. L.A. is full of potholes and rough seams (try taking the 5 through the SFV). When the Oroville dam nearly collapsed, the state did not have the funds to repair it properly because all those increases of gas taxes ACTUALLY went to social services for illegal aliens. You will soon find that every single little thing you do or buy has additional fees, taxes, etc. attached to them. Your $100 speeding ticket is actually over $500 due to added costs to manage the court system and other programs of criminal deterrence.

So welcome to California, the Golden Jewel that liberalism has destroyed. Since you and your brethren are complicit, I am sure you will be very happy here. Bienvenidos!

All told, with how you describe your interests and that for which you seek, then Laguna Beach sounds like exactly what you want. IF you can afford it. I just left there after 20 years.
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Old 07-13-2020, 04:38 PM
 
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Max $500k would be my budget.

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Old 07-13-2020, 04:42 PM
 
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Thank you ElDiabloJoe for your post. Those were many things I didn't think about because here most parks are free (or relatively--maybe $30 for a year's park pass) and beaches are free. I'm not really too political and consider myself more in the middle, leaning towards liberal. I've also learned that a liberal/conservative can be defined differently in different areas.
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:14 PM
 
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I live in Aliso Viejo, so I might be able to clarify a few things. We have about 22 parks, and they are all free. The city is involved in an active campaign to increase the number of trees. The emphasis is on "green." There are plenty of hiking and biking trails. There is also an old ranch that the city is redeveloping and turning into a small organic teaching farm.

The beach is about 10-15 minutes away.

Politically, Aliso is almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, but local politics are mostly a nonissue here.

Aliso Viejo's vibe is active, and most people seem to be involved in a variety of things, but you can be as involved, or not, as you want.

Aliso is small (About 7 sq mi and 52,000 people) with mostly attached dwellings. It's also safe, clean, and well managed with a balanced budget and goods schools.

Aliso Viejo has a Town Center, so shopping is easy as no one lives more than maybe 1.5-2 miles away from it.

Here's a drone's eye view of the city:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISgGMqlB4W4&t=12s

FWIW, or not, this country's only Buddhist-inspired university, Soka, is also located here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OafiIBamOIc

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Old 07-13-2020, 06:05 PM
 
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There's also a nice wilderness park out here:
4K Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Aliso Viejo, California (April 11, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltdrO-Ci_IA
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Old 07-14-2020, 08:42 AM
 
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There's also a nice wilderness park out here:
4K Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Aliso Viejo, California (April 11, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltdrO-Ci_IA
They are very nice. They are also crowded. They are enjoyable running and hiking trails, but you will also frequently deal with the mountain bikers zooming at and past you. These trails are excellent for MTB, so much so that some of that sport's elite live locally and use them for training.

Stunning scenery however, when not blocked by homes and Soka on the ridge lines. The views over Laguna Beach from parts of those trails are absolutely breathtaking.
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Old 07-14-2020, 08:47 AM
 
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Thank you for clarifying that. I spent two months there one winter and really like it. How affordable is housing there?

[quote=pacific2;58634232]I live in Aliso Viejo, so I might be able to clarify a few things. We have about 22 parks, and they are all free. The city is involved in an active campaign to increase the number of trees. The emphasis is on "green." There are plenty of hiking and biking trails. There is also an old ranch that the city is redeveloping and turning into a small organic teaching farm.
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Old 07-14-2020, 08:48 AM
 
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That does look gorgeous!


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They are very nice. They are also crowded. They are enjoyable running and hiking trails, but you will also frequently deal with the mountain bikers zooming at and past you. These trails are excellent for MTB, so much so that some of that sport's elite live locally and use them for training.

Stunning scenery however, when not blocked by homes and Soka on the ridge lines. The views over Laguna Beach from parts of those trails are absolutely breathtaking.
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