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Old 06-23-2019, 07:29 AM
 
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I'm 74, male, single, living in a Portland, OR suburb. Like the Ventura climate. Can deal with the cost of living. I would be renting and not owning. Am concerned about the quality of available medical care and social life. Any thoughts, either positive or negative about relocating there?
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:14 AM
 
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Assuming you are referring to the west county . . . between Ventura and Oxnard, medical care will not be an issue. There is a Kaiser and St. John's in Oxnard and CMH in Ventura. More hospitals in Simi/T.O., which is also close to the Valley. (I used to the Kaiser in Woodland Hills because I liked my doctor. It was worth the drive.)

Not sure what to say about a social life. In my 20+ years while living in Ventura County, I had no complaints about my social life. Then again, it revolved around church or whoever I was dating at the time.

I expect you'll love being in Ventura. It is one of those special places, (but rapidly changing).
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Old 06-23-2019, 02:40 PM
 
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Services for older people in Ventura County are generally good, both medical and otherwise. You might want to know about the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging and the Area Housing Authority as resources:

https://www.vcaaa.org
Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura - Home.

I've lived in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara for over 30 years. During the late 80s I lived in downtown Ventura, and dug the area. It's turned a bit "hipster" in recent years, however. Still a nice area, though. No disparagement on hipsters. Live and let live, which is generally the attitude of the area.

Though I've owned two houses in Oxnard, both are now sold in favor of renting an apartment in a 55 and older building, all electric with utilities included. It's turned out to be a nice opportunity to simplify and save. The VCAAA might be able to get you familiarized with 55+ rentals, if that appeals to you. I find them to be a slightly better deal than family rentals.

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Old 06-24-2019, 01:31 PM
 
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Ventura seems like a favorable place to retire if you can afford it. The population I see out and about is quite gray, with many rich old retirees. I'm glad to have them around, because they have time to donate to civic stuff like the Museum, the Botanical Garden, etc. Also, they tend to slow the manic pace of traffic on city streets.
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:42 PM
 
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Also, they tend to slow the manic pace of traffic on city streets.
A slower pace was one of the fundamental attractions for me when I moved from Los Angeles to Ventura County in 1986. The area has grown since then (doubled in population), but I still find the pace of life and people to be mellow and friendly.
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Old 06-27-2019, 03:01 PM
 
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How is crime in Oxnard/Port Hueneme area? A coworker wants to move there but unsure which area is best. They will be purchasing and not renting. Is that area good for someone who wants to eventually retire as well? They are about 10 yrs from retirement but want to stay in the area at retirement so need to chose a good area. Is there senior services like a bus that might take you to doctor or shopping if in the future after retirement my coworker can utilize if needed? Just gathering info for them. Also, is the homeless problem an issue in Oxnard/Port Hueneme and is crime bad in either of those two areas? He is white so would he be accepted by the Hispanic population? We heard there is a lot of Hispanics in Oxnard so he was worried if he would not be accepted by them if he moved in. He has no kids just himself and an older parent. Are property taxes high as far as the rate? He looked into Ventura and Camarillo but the prices of homes were too high in those two cities.
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Old 06-27-2019, 04:56 PM
 
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How is crime in Oxnard/Port Hueneme area? A coworker wants to move there but unsure which area is best. They will be purchasing and not renting. Is that area good for someone who wants to eventually retire as well? They are about 10 yrs from retirement but want to stay in the area at retirement so need to chose a good area. Is there senior services like a bus that might take you to doctor or shopping if in the future after retirement my coworker can utilize if needed? Just gathering info for them. Also, is the homeless problem an issue in Oxnard/Port Hueneme and is crime bad in either of those two areas? He is white so would he be accepted by the Hispanic population? We heard there is a lot of Hispanics in Oxnard so he was worried if he would not be accepted by them if he moved in. He has no kids just himself and an older parent. Are property taxes high as far as the rate? He looked into Ventura and Camarillo but the prices of homes were too high in those two cities.
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Crime in Oxnard is no better or worse than the area in general. Oxnard is big in both area and population, so some areas suffer more than others. There's a lot of detail to dig into in Oxnard. Too much for a quick reply.

Plenty of retirees call Oxnard their home. If it gives you an idea, you'll find quite a few 55+ apartments and developments in Oxnard/PH. Keep in mind the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA). A web search finds them right away.

Homelessness is a factor throughout southern California. Coastal Ventura County is no exception. You will see homeless people, but I've personally never been bothered or harassed by anyone. The city and county have had the issue on the radar for several years. Homelessness services exist to the extent that resources are available to provide them.

There are door-to-door bus services for seniors and disabled. Check Gold Coast Transit for details.

The area is majority Latino, but it's a mix of new arrivals and long-established families. Many of the new arrivals are Oaxacan/Mixteco. Non-latinos in Oxnard are accepted, and it definitely helps to know a few words in Spanish. Oxnard's population of Latinos, Caucasians, and various Asian groups co-mingle quite successfully.

Property taxes in Oxnard range from around 1.5% to somewhere over 3% for areas with Mello-Roos fees.

That all said, a lot of things can change between now and ten years from now. Just a quick-facts snapshot of today's conditions from my humble vantage point.

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Old 06-28-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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This helps tremendously. Thank you for the information!

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This probably qualifies for a new thread, but in short:

Crime in Oxnard is no better or worse than the area in general. Oxnard is big in both area and population, so some areas suffer more than others. There's a lot of detail to dig into in Oxnard. Too much for a quick reply.

Plenty of retirees call Oxnard their home. If it gives you an idea, you'll find quite a few 55+ apartments and developments in Oxnard/PH. Keep in mind the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA). A web search finds them right away.

Homelessness is a factor throughout southern California. Coastal Ventura County is no exception. You will see homeless people, but I've personally never been bothered or harassed by anyone. The city and county have had the issue on the radar for several years. Homelessness services exist to the extent that resources are available to provide them.

There are door-to-door bus services for seniors and disabled. Check Gold Coast Transit for details.

The area is majority Latino, but it's a mix of new arrivals and long-established families. Many of the new arrivals are Oaxacan/Mixteco. Non-latinos in Oxnard are accepted, and it definitely helps to know a few words in Spanish. Oxnard's population of Latinos, Caucasians, and various Asian groups co-mingle quite successfully.

Property taxes in Oxnard range from around 1.5% to somewhere over 3% for areas with Mello-Roos fees.

That all said, a lot of things can change between now and ten years from now. Just a quick-facts snapshot of today's conditions from my humble vantage point.
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