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Old 11-10-2019, 07:56 PM
 
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Hello Everyone,

My girlfriend and I are looking for a home with some acreage (between 5-10) that is within/around an hour drive to downtown Sac. So far, the areas of around Placerville and Somerset seem to fit our criteria, but I‘ve heard that people in rural towns can be very hostile toward outsiders. I’m Asian (26) and my girlfriend is White (24). I grew up in a small town on the countryside and would love to go back to that way of life to live and raise a family.

Please let me know your thoughts on this. If you have any other locations to suggest, please let me know. Thank you in advance!
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:51 PM
 
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I have friends who live in Somerset and they wouldn't think twice about it. Can't speak for the entire area, though.
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Old 11-12-2019, 07:44 AM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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I don’t think you will find many that care about mixed race couples. I’m in an El Dorado County Chat FB page and mostly I see people are extremely giving and supportive of their neighbors and the community (always a few exceptions). The few complaints I see about newcomers are in regards to people moving there and then complaining about it being different from the city.
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Old 11-12-2019, 01:45 PM
 
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Thanks Andria and Nina for your valuable input! It really put me at ease regarding this matter as it has been on my mind for a long time now. Hopefully I’ll be able to find a good home and become part of the community.
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:58 PM
 
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Naw, despite what those who live in the cities say, this part of the state is a wonderful place to live. People are super friendly and personable and will bend over backwards if you need any help. Mixed race couples aren’t as prevalent as in the cities but it’s certainly not anything unusual.

Where are you moving from? The reason I ask is because there are a couple things happening currently you need to be aware of:

First are the rolling power outages. They can go for several days so at the very least you’ll need a portable generator for your fridge.

Second is the cost and availability of homeowner’s insurance (if you plan to buy). Insurance companies are non-renewing policies all over the place and many homeowners now pay 3-4 times for less coverage. If you buy, make it contingent on being able to get homeowners insurance.

Join the facebook page for the town you’re looking in. The locals love to help out newcomers.

You’ll probably be on a septic tank so you might want to read up on those if you’re not familiar. You’ll probably also be on propane so find out if you own or rent the tank. If you own it you can use any propane company and get some good deals. If you rent it you have to buy propane from the company that owns the tank. Air conditioning is also good to have if you’re below 3k elevation.

Placerville this past year has started to feel the pressure of homeless moving eastward from Sacramento. Although not a huge problem yet, it seems to be something the town has had to deal with more lately. I suppose it’s that way everywhere these days.

You’ll have four seasons, gold-medal wineries, many excellent restaurants, tons of small-town festivals, friendly neighbors, and you’ll be at the gateway to the beautiful Sierra. It’s the epitome of country living.
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:06 PM
 
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Thank you Quewbism for the detailed response! I really appreciate your time. I’ve been living in Rancho Cordova for the last 10+ years. My biggest concern is wildfire and the insurance for it. I have friends in Grass Valley on a 40+ acres farm that told me clearing vegetation on the property takes up most of their free time, and I believe them. I work in downtown so my commute will be around 2 hours everyday, but I am ready for it. I am looking forward to move next summer.
Thank you again for taking the time to write a a very informative and detailed response!
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Old 11-14-2019, 07:05 AM
 
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I work in downtown so my commute will be around 2 hours everyday, but I am ready for it.
Oh wow, OP are you sure you want to do this? That commute is going to get real old real fast. You want to enjoy the rural lifestyle and raise a family, but you aren't going to be around to see them very much! And think of what you will be spending on gas!

There are rural-ish areas in Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks and Orangevale that might be a more livable compromise. Also check out the Lincoln/Rocklin/Loomis area. The latter options are in good school districts and have much less fire danger than the Placerville area, too.
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Old 12-29-2019, 11:29 AM
 
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That commute will get old fast, especially in the winter. A lot more rain up there than in the valley, and always the chance of snow. Your commute home will be a lot longer than in the morning. Make sure you always fill the car in Sac because up around Somerset you’ll pay dearly. Lots of dear on the roads as well up there. And the power will be out a lot. Snow will knock it out, as will windy days, and there’ll be the PG&E shut offs. A friend of mine lives in Somerset and she was shut off for 3 days and 5 days this past summer, along with other shorter planned outages. When power is off in winter you’ll need an alternative heat source, like wood. And a way to heat water. On a well? Good luck with the power being off.

As far as the mixed race issue, I’m sure it’s a lot better than it was 20-30 years ago. It’s still the mountains, though. And if a neighbor or two make your family uncomfortable up there, it can feel pretty isolated away from civilization. Places like Pollock Pines and Swansboro and Mt Aukum used to be fairly intolerant of minorities when I was younger, but I’d guess it isn’t quite as bad these days. I wouldn’t gauge Facebook groups as a barometer of local tolerance, though. FB groups have rules on conduct, and only a very tiny percentage of the population are on social media anyway. You may get to an area and find out the people are NOTHING like what you see online!

People up there are pretty resilient, but a lot come up from other areas and are shocked at what regular life is like. Best not to go in blindly optimistic and hope for the best.

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Old 01-05-2020, 04:38 AM
 
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Thank you Quewbism for the detailed response! I really appreciate your time. I’ve been living in Rancho Cordova for the last 10+ years. My biggest concern is wildfire and the insurance for it. I have friends in Grass Valley on a 40+ acres farm that told me clearing vegetation on the property takes up most of their free time, and I believe them. I work in downtown so my commute will be around 2 hours everyday, but I am ready for it. I am looking forward to move next summer.
Thank you again for taking the time to write a a very informative and detailed response!
You might look at going for the larger end of lots closer to urbanized areas in existing neighborhoods as a compromise to qualm worries about fire. Look for details about proximity to major roadways, freeway, fire stations, etc. Maybe there is a compromise in El Dorado Hills that can meet your expectations? Good luck on your search.

Rob
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:16 PM
 
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I don’t think it’s an issue. There are lots of people that come through Marshall from different backgrounds. I’ve never seen so much as an ugly glare. Many of the people that come through live in the rural areas.
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