Just out of curiosity, what small towns in California might be
recommended for (1) good place to retire: (2) good place to garden.
I'm currently living in a tornado alley and it doesn't seem to me to
be a very good place to settle down. I'd like to live inland.
Thanks in advance!
Certainly is cheaper inland but the central valley in the summer is HOT.
Talking 105 F with weeks off 100 F. I think the foothills is the latest
niche if you don't have to drive to work. I would think around an hour
from Redding, Sacremento or Fresno would be OK. All three are college
towns, so there would be some intellectual stimulation. Must be some
on-line realtors. Near Auburn, East of Sacremento, on Route 80, would
have you on the way up to Lake Tahoe. Down side would be that Sacremento
is a large employer, so the market may already be tight. I like hills
and lakes so, I'd probably prefer the Redding - Chico area. But if you
find the right house, it could be anywhere. Sit down before you look at
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My mom's house is for sale in Georgetown, Calif. It's
within a reasonable commute to Sacramento (about an hour
away), but it's up in the foothills at 2500' MSL, so it
doesn't get the brutal summer heat of the valley and doesn't
get the deep snows of the High Sierra.
Gorgeous house -- my little brother, the building contractor,
built it. My mom, with her green thumb & PhD in botany, laid it
out for easy/good gardening (the house & yard). (The inside looked
like a conservatory. I quit travelling with my mom because she
was always stealing cuttings, then smuggling them across state/
international borders. I was *so* freaking worried that we'd
The house sits on one acre, has it's own well, propane backup
generator (the power can go out for a week at a time in the hills),
woodburning fireplace with a heatalator thingy'bob along with
um, I think propane heat. (Gee, I'm not sure what the primary
heat is.) Air conditioning. Killer view. Decks. 2 car garage.
1-1/2 bedrooms, 2 baths. (Ma didn't want any of us to move home.
She put a futon in a small room that would make an awesome
home office.) Walk-in master closet and the master bath is
bigger than my kitchen.
Mature pine trees, two cherished cedar trees and one oak tree
on the property.
The house is in USDA Zone 7. Cold enough for apple/pear trees.
Hot enough to grow tomatoes out in the yard. Very nice growing
The town has, oh, maybe a couple of thousand people. It's an
old Gold Rush town. Lots of Victorian buildings downtown and
a big supermarket down in the new mall a mile down the highway
from downtown. Ma's house is about a mile from downtown, headed
Email for details...
Jan in Alaska
Bedouin proverb: If you have no troubles, buy a goat.
On May 30, 8:18 am, email@example.com wrote:
I think you need to narrow your query to Northern, Central or Southern
California. Then ask what towns or cities should be eliminated from
California has scores of towns / cities that fit youdr requirments.
I agree that you need to do a little traveling and research on NorCal,
SoCal and Central. There are too many small towns to even begin.
Inland could also mean Coast Range, Central Valley, Sierra Foothills.
Decide whether you want hot, foggy and damp, or snowy cold winters
etc.Growth rate, medical facilities, cultural: there's a lot to
in NorCal Sacramento Valley
On 30 May 2007 08:18:02 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you are very wealthy and money is no object there is a beautiful
little town called Soquel. It's about an hour north of San Jose
airport and in the rain forest with huge redwoods, and on the ocean.
Just beautiful. Nice and cool in winter and not horrible in summer.
If you aren't very wealthy I'd say the Austin, TX area is far more
money wise and weather in winter is an average of 65 degrees during
the day with maybe one week of "sort of" freezing, and about one very
short lived ice storm a year.
The writer said "INLAND". Soquel is just off Hwy. 1 (the coast highway).
Most of the time it will be cool and overcast. On days when there is a
heatwave inland, it is very pleasant. Prices are probably in the
$800,000 - $1,200,000 range. Prices have gotten high all along the
coast. A little less near Morro Bay, west of San Luis Obispo.
The most affordable coastal homes would be up in Humbolt and Del Norte
Counties but they have more rain than most places in the "Land of
Eternal Spring and Summer".
Look at the foot hills away from large metropolises, so that you don't
have to compete with commuters for your best deal.
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Like I said, it's about an hour south of San Jose airport. I go on
retreat there every year in a Buddhist Dharma Center. I drive myself
from the airport to the place and I've been there enough to know where
it is, thanks. I don't think I mentioned anythng abut Santa Cruz.
I was in Austin once...being a college town, it is somewhat more, uh,
less, uh, YOU know...than the rest of Texas.
But all things considered, would one really want to leave in Texas?
(prepares to be shot down...)
I don't know about Texas, per se, but the oldest business in Austin is
Scholtz's Beir Garten:-) (if you put an umlaut over a "u" [u] it sounds
a lot like an English "o"). The it is an university town and then there
is the music. Austin, to me, sounds like an oasis,
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It's a beautiful place to live. Tons of city parks, bike trails
everywhere, public transportation, plenty of theater and all the
"acts" come through here. We see Carlin, Richard Lewis, Kathy
Griffin, Lion King full production, and there is a great orchestra
which hosts people like Nadia Salerno and there is nothing like he
music scene. We also have more wildflowers along the roads than any
state in the union, ecology minded people including a large gather of
people involved in the "Save Our Springs" project. There are natural
pools of clean water to swim in, amazing sunsets, the largest urban
bat colony in America, great shopping and a population of people, 67
percent which have higher education and of those, half have PhD level
I love it here. Houses are affordable and beautiful.
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