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Old 09-27-2020, 08:39 PM
 
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Hello. Thanks for taking the time for a thoughtful response. What are the "people vibes" in Auburn vs Grass Valley? Is there a difference? Looking to buy a house on some land (I know, me and everyone else). I only know the areas from my childhood. (Waaaaayyy back when.) Are there any "sneaky cool" areas with great people still? Penn Valley? Cool? Is Nevada City too much of a drop-in "tourist destination" now? (By "now" I mean it's not so easy to find places to chill without being shoulder to shoulder with people who have the exact same idea.) I'm over the "proud to be a redneck" thing. Sorry. It was my upbringing, too. Traded my gun-rack for a walking stick. Thanks again for your enlightenment. I know these questions are always a "personal choice" thing. But I genuinely appreciate your insights.
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Old 09-28-2020, 04:01 PM
 
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Where are you working?

Grass Valley is further from Sacramento. There are more people working in service industries and more hippy pot growers in Grass Valley/ Nevada City, but the elevation is a little higher and these communities themselves I think are a little more quaint. Auburn is a bedroom community of Roseville/Rocklin. You can find a fair number of people who moved up to Auburn to get more space and maybe some horses if they live on the outskirts of town. There are a lot less people working in service industries because Auburn is more integrated into the greater Sacramento employment center.
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:10 PM
 
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Property = check for fire insurance before committing.

We had 5 acres in Grass Valley. Some nice people, a lot of meth heads.
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Old 09-29-2020, 12:48 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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My brother is finally under contract to sell his house on 5 acres in Penn Valley. Based on his experience I would suggest that as being the best chance for a good deal, but don't wait too long. It's completely remodeled, with a new well, but had been on the market since the spring. According to his realtor people moving from cities like Sacramento with working from home, and distancing has brought much more interest lately in rural areas.

He was a volunteer firefighter, and so far that area has not been affected.
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Old 10-02-2020, 10:21 PM
 
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Quaint is good. Meth, not so much. What about "walks?" Are there areas/places to go for walks without running into hordes of people with the same idea? I've seen the listed "hikes." I'm not a serious hiker. Just like to see some big nature without the people. Any recommendations? And as far as the fire thing? This is pretty much our new normal. They don't even call it "summer" in Montana anymore. It's fire season.
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Old 10-28-2020, 01:23 PM
 
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I believe people live in small towns or in rural areas near small towns because they either can't afford a better place to live, have issues with people that don't look like them, or both. You'll find lots of diesel pick-ups with a DPF (diesel particulate filter) delete so they can bellow their FU to the establishment.
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Old 11-04-2020, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Oakley. Ca
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My Ex Husband's homewrecking mistress lives in the GV/NC area.Some would say she is "really" friendly.
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Old 11-04-2020, 10:01 PM
 
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Ha. Not meaning to laugh at your misery. But this was artfully communicated. I shall be wary of said "friendlier" homewreckers.
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Old Today, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Lots of tattoos and bigots in pickup trucks with Trump flags in Nevada County. After six years, I cant recommend it to regular folks who have jobs and dont use meth. My 2c worth.
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Old Today, 04:38 PM
 
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Lots of tattoos and bigots in pickup trucks with Trump flags in Nevada County. After six years, I cant recommend it to regular folks who have jobs and dont use meth. My 2c worth.
C'est la vie. Judging from local marches, there appear to be a whole lot more BLM advocates than anything. Thankfully no Portland-style Kristallnacht (yet) but it's still early days. Investing in the plywood industry looks like a smart move.

One thing to keep in mind about Grass Valley is that the crime rate appears to have about doubled in the last 15 years. I expect it's a combination of the vast increase of homeless combined with trimigrants. At some point the homeless camps will likely burn down the area as there is generally a hands-off policy by law enforcement and a fire always makes camping a more cheery affair.

It could well be that most of small town California has seen the same blights so it might be impossible to escape without a longer distance move.
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