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Where would you live in NO CA if money grew on trees?

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big sur

if youve ever been there, no explination is needed
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Medecino. Or even further north. Because money does grow on trees there!
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Probably West Marin County--Point Reyes, Bolinas, Stinson Beach, etc...-- because it's so gorgeous and it's a reasonable distance to S.F.--and I need my city fix.
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big sur

if youve ever been there, no explination is needed
Ditto this.
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Originally Posted by TeresaZofia View Post
Probably West Marin County--Point Reyes, Bolinas, Stinson Beach, etc...-- because it's so gorgeous and it's a reasonable distance to S.F.--and I need my city fix.
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Yup, West Marin County. My second choice would be El Dorado Hills just because I would love to be close to Tahoe but be near the shopping that Folsom has....I love the American Rivers.
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My second choice would be El Dorado Hills
I'm in that county (El Dorado), and real estate prices are plummeting here. Might be some real home-buying opportunities in the near future for people without money trees. (Of course, if banks just aren't giving loans to much of anyone, that's no help.)
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Probably West Marin County--Point Reyes, Bolinas, Stinson Beach, etc...-- because it's so gorgeous and it's a reasonable distance to S.F.--and I need my city fix.
Me too! I totally agree with you! It's no wonder the Bolinas residents hide the highway sign.
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Probably West Marin County--Point Reyes, Bolinas, Stinson Beach, etc...-- because it's so gorgeous and it's a reasonable distance to S.F.--and I need my city fix.
I agree. San Geronimo Valley area is great too.
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In a redwood grove in the country of unincorporated Sebastopol. I love Sebastopol and love the redwoods and would ideally like to live on plenty of land where we could build our own home, be submersed in nature, be close to the ocean and have plenty of room for the kids to romp around and explore, safely.
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Originally Posted by TeresaZofia View Post
Probably West Marin County--Point Reyes, Bolinas, Stinson Beach, etc...-- because it's so gorgeous and it's a reasonable distance to S.F.--and I need my city fix.
Hi ya'll! I'm a native chicoan, transplanted to Vancouver, Canada for the last 10 years (including a magical year on bowen island) and now we're in New Zealand for a year or two...

when we come back to north america (family and all that jazz) we'd like to live in California for a while, or maybe forever, to be near family and friends there. West Marin county is home to one of the companies that my dh could work for, and I've just been checking out that area a little more closely...

is it really just insanely expensive to live in any area there at all? are there any regions that aren't? My dream would be a somewhat rural/greenish area that wasn't too far from the whole Lucas empire there -- ideally under 30 minutes commute each way... does that exist? we're renters, paying off debt, and will arrive back in CA *hopefully* debt free, but not likely to have any savings to speak of, though my husband's industry pays well, we've just always had too much debt to feel the rewards of that...(student/stay at home mom pair for years, musician before that = debt)

enough of my blabbering! thanks for the tips!
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Mill Valley, San Anselmo, West Marin (if dh didn't need to commute to work), or certain neighborhoods in San Francisco - Noe Valley, Seacliff, Hayes Valley, Inner Sunset.
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I'd live in a downtown highrise apartment in San Jose. Or down on the new waterfront in San Francisco.
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Big Sur & West Marin are so beautiful. They would be fantastic places to live. Point Reyes also has nice, local food, too. It's hard to say, though. I also like a lot of sunshine. Maybe on several acres somewhere in the Napa Valley on a hillside with a huge garden & vineyards. I also keep tossing about the idea of moving back to San Francisco, though. I can't decide if I'm a city girl or want to live on several acres in the middle of nowhere with lots of gardens, a few chickens and let the children run around all day.
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Calistoga or Mill Valley.

Beautiful, but close to 'real cities.'
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SF. Maybe Berkeley or Oakland. Possibly Napa, San Rafael or Walnut Creek. (Can you tell my family lives in the Bay Area?)

But most likely, we'd live in The City.

I wish
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North Bay - Mill Valley, Stinson, etc... Just so beautiful and nice and close to the city, beaches, etc... My job has us trapped in Sac long term, though! Poor DH, who is not a fan.
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Probably either the Berkeley, Albany, Oakland or Hayward Hills. Also, possibly El Cerrito.
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It's not technically Northern CA, but Santa Cruz would be my first choice--hands down-- then Carmel, then Big Sur or Mendocino. I used to live in Santa Cruz (two houses from Seabright Beach) and I miss it daily.

I really do like Sacramento, though. it's a good compromise for us and I have been successful in my career here, which would be more difficult to accomplish in smaller communities.
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