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.
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!
We're Tiffani , Mark , Lucy (9/99) , Dexter (8/01) ,and Zachary Marvin (3/07) and Naomi Rose (6/09), home 11/10, by way of Ugandan adoption.
But most likely, we'd live in The City.
NishaG - Wife to Big K for 20 years - Mama to KJ and KC, and our 1st baby girl, KS, born 1/20/12 !
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.
M.Ed. Mama to Chunka (1/07), Beauty (5/09) and Elizabear 3/12): Birth Doula (working toward certification) AAMI Midwifery Student, Advocating with Solace for Mothers & The Birth Survey
We just found a SMALL two bedroom house for rent that we'll move into in 3 weeks for guess how much?
But it's worth it to live here, we think.
Beth- WOHM -Madly in love with my Wife- SAHMandSophia, born 11/2/10, at home! Expressing love, one ounce at a time!
Otherwise, we honeymooned in Mendocino/Little River (beautiful if you don't mind being far form cities), and would love to return.
Is Monterey too far South? Love that spot, too.
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.
It's close to home, Martinez, but not too close. It's pretty and unique
I guess if I HAD to pick a place other than Sacto., I'd probably say Truckee - because I'd be *IN* the snow and be able to teach my kids to snowboard in our own yard. Plus, the summer's are cool and beautiful there.
joyful mama to DS 2-05, open adoption birthmama to DD 5-07: and DS 6-98, and my littlest one 7-09. crazy in love with DH!