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Old 09-21-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Monterey, CA
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Hi all, I'll be relocating from Los Angeles to either the Monterey or Santa Cruz areas this fall. I've seen rental prices fluctuate from Seaside to Monterey and they border each other. Is it crime that makes Seaside cheaper to live in? Any other info on Seaside or Aptos would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:21 PM
 
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Hi all, I'll be relocating from Los Angeles to either the Monterey or Santa Cruz areas this fall. I've seen rental prices fluctuate from Seaside to Monterey and they border each other. Is it crime that makes Seaside cheaper to live in? Any other info on Seaside or Aptos would be greatly appreciated.
Seaside is paradise compared to L.A. The crime I'm pretty sure is minor as it is a small community.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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If i lived in Monterey county i'd live in Monterey, Pacific Grove or Carmel.
Seaside, to me, is kinda nowhere land ... a bit soul-less.
What will determine which county (Monterery county or Santa Cruz county) you live in?
Why Aptos?
Will you be working in Monterey and want to be as close to it as possible if you live in S.C. county?
Just curios.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Monterey, CA
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Thanks for the fast responses. I'll be working in Watsonville. I've seen Aptos/Capitola and like it very much. However not many rental choices at the moment. I also like Monterey as well, Seaside looks decent, but the cheaper rent may be because of crime?? I just dont want to live in a gang zone crime area. Pacific Grove is beautiful but I hear the fog is very heavy up there.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Geez, if you're working in Watsonville, i don't know why you'd want to live south in Monterey County.
You have the entire Santa Cruz county to choose from and yes, i do know how expensive it is.
Actually, not the entire county ... if you're up in the Santa Cruz mountains the commute to Watsonville would be a pain.
Aptos has a lot of fog but there are parts (further inland) that have very little fog .. some places that rarely have fog.
And certainly don't limit yourself to Aptos and Capitola.
Also, there are definitely communities in Watsonville that are safe and quite nice.
The public transportation system in S.C. county is excellent by the way.

If you're living in Monterey county you will have a much longer commute and do realize that the traffic gets really heavy coming north on HWY1 in the a.m. (many, many commuters traveling to to San Jose area) and really heavy going south on HWY1 in the p.m..
Although if you're able to get off HWY1 at one of the first Watsonville exits you'll avoid the real congestion which usually begins just south of Aptos.
But that's also a rather accident prone road ... the part of HWY1 that is only two lanes.
I understand the financial concerns but working in S.C. county and living in Monterey county is ... well ... interesting.

But, if you're set on Seaside, Mtn.Surfer is a regular poster who knows Monterey county very well.

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Old 10-22-2011, 03:37 AM
 
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Seaside has always had a bad reputation for crime, to put it in one word. Would not recommend living there. I lived in nearby Marina at one time and it was not much better. If you are going to work in Watsonville you might be interested in some of the nicer areas, even a nicer area in Salinas, if you don't mind the drive, and the added cost to live in a nicer neighborhood. Do some looking around and ask questions of the locals once you get there. You can also ask real estate property managers for frank info on areas that are considered to be safe.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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Thanks for the fast responses. I'll be working in Watsonville. I've seen Aptos/Capitola and like it very much. However not many rental choices at the moment. I also like Monterey as well, Seaside looks decent, but the cheaper rent may be because of crime?? I just dont want to live in a gang zone crime area. Pacific Grove is beautiful but I hear the fog is very heavy up there.
Weather is much nicer on the Santa Cruz side. The entire Monterey Peninsula is often shrowded in fog, while it is sunny on the Santa Cruz side. I also think there is a bit more going on in the Santa Cruz area, as Monterey is more slow-paced and more appealing to retirees (although that may be appealing to you).
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Monterey, CA
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Thanks CD'ers! This thread is a tad bit old, but I still appreciate the advice. I found a place in Monterey, much nicer area than Seaside. I love the SC area just didn't have any luck finding a pet friendly place. Thanks again.
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