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Old 02-19-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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Okay, so we're a married couple in our early 20's relocating to either Lodi or Elk Grove.

Husband will work in Stockton daily and attend school in Gold River (just north of Sac) 2x weekly...
Wife will seek work as a stylist in a spa/salon.

Lodi is definitely more house for our dollar... yard for the dog, nice country setting, etc. etc.
However, wife is used to Bay Area and wants access to more of a metro area for networking and clientele building purposes; as her job relies heavily on this aspect.
We aren't looking for any nightlife whatsoever.

Overall, we're wondering if moving to Lodi will just leave too much to be desired???

It wouldn't be worth the bargain if we have to leave town for everything...

Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Studio City, CA 91604
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Elk Grove is probably more conveniently located and better suited for your husband, but I like the profile of Lodi much better and would pick it over Elk Grove myself.

Lodi is the closer of the two to the Bay Area, if that matters.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Go West young man...
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Okay, so we're a married couple in our early 20's relocating to either Lodi or Elk Grove.

Husband will work in Stockton daily and attend school in Gold River (just north of Sac) 2x weekly...
Wife will seek work as a stylist in a spa/salon.

Lodi is definitely more house for our dollar... yard for the dog, nice country setting, etc. etc.
However, wife is used to Bay Area and wants access to more of a metro area for networking and clientele building purposes; as her job relies heavily on this aspect.
We aren't looking for any nightlife whatsoever.

Overall, we're wondering if moving to Lodi will just leave too much to be desired???

It wouldn't be worth the bargain if we have to leave town for everything...

Thanks!

Elk Grove will have more retail and more choice of housing. East Elk Grove has a more country feel given that it's the part of town that has horse property. It will also be convenient as you can take 99 south into Lodi and Grant line to Sunrise Ave to get to Gold River. Additionally, you are closer to downtown Sacramento for entertainment.

I lived in Lodi as a 20 something for a short time and the locals indicated most of the young single people moved out to the Bay Area, Sacramento, etc. Found myself heading into San Francisco just about every weekend. It seemed like a fine place to raise a family but there isn't much for young people to do ( the 20 somethings that lived there were couples who started families early on).

If you decide on Lodi I would stick to the west side of the city.

IMHO if you are used to the Bay Area Lodi will be a very significant change.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Folsom
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I just drove that way last night. I personally would not want to drive from EG to Lodi on a daily basis. Valley folk have a tendency to sit in the fast lane, instead of driving in the slow lane, forcing those who go the speed limit to weave in & out & around the slow pokes. It's totally aggravating, especially when the weather is bad.

Just noticed this..."Husband will work in Stockton daily and attend school in Gold River (just north of Sac) 2x weekly...."

Gold River? that's located in the eastern suburb of Sacramento, off Hwy 50. But since he is only going there 2x/wk, it just makes more sense to live closer to work. You can also go the back way, up Grant Line...a 2-lane road. And there are a few other "short cuts" on county roads.....they aren't quicker, but just a nice change of pace from the freeway. I need it the change of pace by the time I get to that point!!

What school is located in Gold River?

If you all want long drives, then you may want to consider Rancho Cordova, the Anatolia area, in addition to EG. It's probably nicer that EG. But you would still have to drive for shopping as not much is out there at this time.

Or....Wilton is nice. Or Galt. Very country, with large lots, and between EG & Lodi.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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Elk Grove is closer to Sacramento than Lodi, but Lodi has a population of at least 70,000 and should meet most of your needs (retail, restaurant, etc). Lodi will be much closer to your husband's job in Stockton. It should be an easy commute.

I have been to both towns and liked Lodi better. Lodi has a much larger downtown than Elk Grove. Elk Grove may have slightly more mini-malls. It will surprise you and at least on the weekends the restaurants/bars stay open later than you would expect.

Another plus is that Lodi has the Central Valley's greatest number of wineries and most are within ten miles of town. The west area would be nice and is close to a lot of these wineries. A friend and I have visited many and they are very friendly and down to earth compared to the Napa/Sonoma scene. If you like wine and most importantly the shorter commute for your husband, choose Lodi.

BTW, I would stick to Lodi for your evening entertainment as well. Stockton has definitely seen better days. There is the excellent Garlic Brothers restaurant by the marina in the northwest part of Stockton and the Asparagus Festival (never been there..it is held in April). I would stay away from Stockton at night, though.

You are still not too far from Sacramento to go to a Rivercats baseball game or to Old Sacramento by the river on occasion. Still, I think downtown Lodi will pleasantly surprise you.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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I just read your post again and missed the part about not needing any nightlife. I still think it is a plus to have the wineries (Lodi), because that will provide some activity on the weekend and there are special events at some of the larger ones. Elk Grove has some nice areas, but also some areas that border the south Sacramento gang territory, where as Lodi is a good fifteen miles away from Stockton.
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