By Jondi Gumz
An nameless question the week earlier than Christmas on the Aptosia Facebook web page requested this query: When you moved away from this space (with its ocean seashores and delightful sunsets) the place would you go? On the lookout for all the standard issues, cheaper, clear, low crime, good climate, clear water and air, good job market, respectable procuring, much less site visitors, extra housing obtainable, no universities, nature, and so forth. Faculties will not be a priority, empty nesters.
Greater than 300 folks joined the dialog.
Clearly a well-liked subject.
However there isn’t a straightforward reply.
Some say they’d go to the forest and the mountains, Lake Tahoe, Auburn, Twin Harte, Truckee, however you must shovel snow.
Others would go north up the coast to Eureka or Arcata or Mendocino or south to San Luis Obispo or Avila Seaside or Los Osos close to Morro Bay.
San Luis Obispo has a Cal State campus, in order that’s out.
Plus, similar to Aptos, San Luis Obispo could be very costly and has a number of homeless, commenters mentioned.
Central Valley? Too sizzling.
“Los Osos,” one lady posted. “Fantastic small coastal group that appears like Pleasure Level 30 years in the past.”
To which one commenter replied, “Common dwelling $1 million.”
Morro Bay was cheaper however now a mean dwelling goes for $1 million+ and there are many homeless. In comparison with Aptos, it’s foggier, not often burning off within the afternoon, mentioned one lady who moved there from Aptos.
Carmel or Pacific Grove? Should love fog.
Cambria is small however has a number of site visitors — and water points.
Trinidad close to Arcata? There isn’t a actual employment in Trinidad until you’re employed for the county, plus it’s so moist, you want a dehumidifier, mentioned one lady whose children lived there. They left after two years for Denver.
One lady reported a number of transients and meth points and automobile break-ins in Eureka.
Close to Forests
The downsides of Tahoe: Robust job market and plenty of site visitors.
Nevada Metropolis is enticing however the native job market is underwhelming.
Grass Valley is gorgeous however one mentioned it has a whole lot of fire smoke and residential costs are going up.
The draw back of shopping for a house close to the forest is that insurance coverage firms are elevating the value to insure it towards fireplace, usually unaffordable, leaving the last-ditch selection — the state of California FAIR plan, which is costly, too.
One man who moved just a few years in the past close to Twain Harte three hours from the ocean and he purchased a home for $225,000.
One other purchased in Arnold, a three-bedroom dwelling for $400,000 – once more three hours from Aptos – in a FireWise licensed neighborhood to decrease the house insurance coverage charges.
A person who retired and acquired a three-bedroom home in Groveland close to Yosemite for $169,000 raved in regards to the gated group at Pine Mountain Lake, the place his mortgage is $500 a month.
“I really like and miss Santa Cruz, however I find it irresistible right here too,” he wrote. “I can see a bald eagle from my deck!”
One has a brother who moved to Roseville close to Sacramento 20 years in the past and has a beautiful dwelling and with big again lot and pool.
In keeping with Brittany McClellan, who moved from Aptos to Rocklin in 2016 and works as a lender with builders, houses begin within the $500,000s.
One other lady mentioned Roseville has “sizzling as heck summers” and better Sacramento is getting costlier and crowded with an enormous homeless inhabitants.
One more posted that her household moved to Sacramento County 5 years in the past, however they weren’t joyful as rents elevated rather a lot so that they moved again final yr — proud of that call.
Clovis is cute however sizzling — 110 levels in summer season — and doesn’t have clear air, one shared, however one other mentioned it has improved.
“In every single place in California is dear,” concluded one. “Possibly a distinct state altogether.”
A enterprise proprietor with a household mentioned they been contemplating South Lake Tahoe, Petaluma and Sebastopol.
And nonetheless, one shared, “I’m scared to promote ‘trigger I’ll by no means be capable of return.”
“There’s simply not an ideal place,” concluded a lady who loved breakfast on the oceanfront deck of Zelda’s in Capitola. “Reminding myself how beautiful it’s right here.”
“What you’re in search of is 1970,” one lady posted. “Let me know once you get there.”
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