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Old 05-10-2017, 11:56 AM
 
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Hi everyone! My wife and I visited Ojai recently and we fell in love with it! In fact we'd like to retire there, which is coming up in a few years.

I can't seem to find much online about retiring in Ojai. Are there other retirees there? Is it reasonable as far as retirement locations go (cost of living, medical care for seniors, etc.)? We live currently in Massachusetts, how would the cost of living compare?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-10-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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Most of the housing stock is older. Some condos, a lot of bungalows. Have you looked at the real estate prices? They are high for property in Ojai town proper. It's a bit cheaper going down the hill to Oak View, Mira Monte or Casitas Springs, but there are a lot of trailer parks and farmworkers living in those places.

Ojai is considered a cultured tourist town and a bit posh, and many celebrities live there on big ranches on the outskirts. There is almost no diversity in the 8,000 population. There is no particular senior angle, about 20% over age 65. You will need to drive everywhere unless you live right in the middle of town.

The small community hospital is ok. There are some MD's in town. Be aware that Medicare and supplement plans in Mass. are open-issue while in CA they are not---so research before you sign on to any retirement health plan. Shopping is limited to groceries, gift ships or boutiques. Things are slightly overpriced in Ojai but generally carries the same COL of CA coastal areas. No tax on food, gasoline high, heavy car taxes, Prop 13 property taxes, high electric and water costs. CA does not tax Social Security but it does tax pensions. Nice restaurants. Strong metaphysical bent with astrologers, tarot readers, health spas. Liberal, blue political attitudes. Some pricey private boarding schools. Horse riding, hiking, etc. A festival or two each year. It gets very hot in the summer, 100+ degrees not uncommon. Very dry climate. Has had some drought problems, and there is usually a good wildfire every few years.

You will need good cars because you will be driving on the twisty, traffic-laden, small highway down to Ventura a lot. The big hospitals, the County seat, shopping centers, and the beach are there.

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Old 05-10-2017, 01:28 PM
 
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Most of the housing stock is older. Some condos, a lot of bungalows. Have you looked at the real estate prices? They are high for property in Ojai town proper. It's a bit cheaper going down the hill to Oak View, Mira Monte or Casitas Springs, but there are a lot of trailer parks and farmworkers living in those places.

Ojai is considered a cultured tourist town and a bit posh, and many celebrities live there on big ranches on the outskirts. There is almost no diversity in the 8,000 population. There is no particular senior angle, about 20% over age 65. You will need to drive everywhere unless you live right in the middle of town.

The small community hospital is ok. There are some MD's in town. Be aware that Medicare and supplement plans in Mass. are open-issue while in CA they are not---so research before you sign on to any retirement health plan. Shopping is limited to groceries, gift ships or boutiques. Things are slightly overpriced in Ojai but generally carries the same COL of CA coastal areas. No tax on food, gasoline high, heavy car taxes, Prop 13 property taxes, high electric and water costs. CA does not tax Social Security but it does tax pensions. Nice restaurants. Strong metaphysical bent with astrologers, tarot readers, health spas. Liberal, blue political attitudes. Some pricey private boarding schools. Horse riding, hiking, etc. A festival or two each year. It gets very hot in the summer, 100+ degrees not uncommon. Very dry climate. Has had some drought problems, and there is usually a good wildfire every few years.

You will need good cars because you will be driving on the twisty, traffic-laden, small highway down to Ventura a lot. The big hospitals, the County seat, shopping centers, and the beach are there.
Thank you kindly! I appreciate all of this info.
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:49 PM
 
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Most of the housing stock is older. Some condos, a lot of bungalows. Have you looked at the real estate prices? They are high for property in Ojai town proper. It's a bit cheaper going down the hill to Oak View, Mira Monte or Casitas Springs, but there are a lot of trailer parks and farmworkers living in those places.

Ojai is considered a cultured tourist town and a bit posh, and many celebrities live there on big ranches on the outskirts. There is almost no diversity in the 8,000 population. There is no particular senior angle, about 20% over age 65. You will need to drive everywhere unless you live right in the middle of town.

The small community hospital is ok. There are some MD's in town. Be aware that Medicare and supplement plans in Mass. are open-issue while in CA they are not---so research before you sign on to any retirement health plan. Shopping is limited to groceries, gift ships or boutiques. Things are slightly overpriced in Ojai but generally carries the same COL of CA coastal areas. No tax on food, gasoline high, heavy car taxes, Prop 13 property taxes, high electric and water costs. CA does not tax Social Security but it does tax pensions. Nice restaurants. Strong metaphysical bent with astrologers, tarot readers, health spas. Liberal, blue political attitudes. Some pricey private boarding schools. Horse riding, hiking, etc. A festival or two each year. It gets very hot in the summer, 100+ degrees not uncommon. Very dry climate. Has had some drought problems, and there is usually a good wildfire every few years.

You will need good cars because you will be driving on the twisty, traffic-laden, small highway down to Ventura a lot. The big hospitals, the County seat, shopping centers, and the beach are there.
There's also Carp, but admittedly much less there than Ventura, and 150 is even more winding and steep than 33.
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