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Postby Luciano136 » Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:42 pm

The Defiant One wrote:Wildfires aren't anywhere near as deadly as earthquakes, either, they're just a whole lot more common (forget microquakes).


If you live in the hills down here, you will burn a lot faster than your house will be devastated from a major quake. As a matter of fact, you run the risk of burning EVERY SINGLE YEAR!
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Postby The Defiant One » Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:56 pm

Luciano136 wrote:
The Defiant One wrote:Wildfires aren't anywhere near as deadly as earthquakes, either, they're just a whole lot more common (forget microquakes).


If you live in the hills down here, you will burn a lot faster than your house will be devastated from a major quake. As a matter of fact, you run the risk of burning EVERY SINGLE YEAR!


:) That's what I'm sayin.
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Postby Luciano136 » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:19 pm

The Defiant One wrote:
Luciano136 wrote:
The Defiant One wrote:Wildfires aren't anywhere near as deadly as earthquakes, either, they're just a whole lot more common (forget microquakes).


If you live in the hills down here, you will burn a lot faster than your house will be devastated from a major quake. As a matter of fact, you run the risk of burning EVERY SINGLE YEAR!


:) That's what I'm sayin.


HAHAHA!! I completely misread that sentence. That's what I get for being in a hurry :)
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Postby The Defiant One » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:43 pm

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Postby scottmitch » Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:41 am

OK narrowing this deal down here you guys have been great so far>>>

The SF/ sac territory is basically San Rafael to Santa Rosa then Napa and I80 over to Davis and west Sac. The southern part is Vallejo and the big delta thing running east west.

Looking for good schools, restaurants, some culture and trying to avoid the subdivison trackhousing hell.
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Postby mtndonkey » Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:44 am

I echo what Ksolem said. I live just north of Pasadena in Altadena and it is a great location and I am right at the base of the foothills so it hardly seems like living in a big city, but we are not far from the city or culture. J-tree and Tahquitz are just over 2 hours, big bear 2 hours, Mt. Baldy for mountaineering when you are too lazy to drive to the Sierra is an hour, and Southern Sierra is around 3.5 hours.

The are several train lines running in and around Pasadena and a hub of freeways that connect to get you most anywhere. It isn't exactly cheap where I live but it really isn't all that much worse than a lot of other areas. The difference in a mortgage of 400k vs 500k is not very much a month so I wouldn't let that dissuade you from SoCal. The San Gabriels are often overlooked but really contain a vast amount of hiking and mountaineering possibilities.

Coastal OC vs inland OC makes a huge difference so choose the spot wisely. I have relatives near Sacramento and that is a pretty good location as well, but I think SoCal offers more variety of rock climbing and mountaineering than Sac-town. The closer you get to San Fran, Santa Rosa etc significantly increases your drive time to the mountains.
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Postby gordonye » Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:58 am

You're considering the following counties: Yolo, Solano, Sonoma, Napa, Marin

Marin county has all the best school districts, is close to culture and has the most beautiful setting, but also the most expensive. A bit far from the mountains, but closest to the ocean. Best road/mountain biking areas.

The next best school district is in Davis, Yolo county. It's in the middle of the valley, so the climate is not favorable and it's far from SF, but it has a lot going for it in terms of the university, culture, and closeness to the Sierra.

The best school district in Solano county is in Benicia. It's on the shore of the Bay and has ferry link to SF via Vallejo. Has a quaint waterfront area. It's close to I-80 so traveling to mountains is relatively easy. Real estate prices are mid-range.

Napa and Sonoma counties are the famous wine country, have a beautiful setting, fairly expensive, and don't seem to have great school districts. Traveling to both mountains or SF aren't easy. Probably won't be your first choices.

Other than the above, potentially you can look at the East bay (Contra Costa and Alameda counties), much closer to SF, a few good school districts, a bit less expensive than Marin but still high, and surprisingly closer to Yosemite than the other counties.

see school district rankings below:
http://www.ap.org/California/schools/counties/index.html
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Postby scottmitch » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:59 pm

I was checking out Davis which looks nice and am getting a little sticker shock on the housing. Is $300/ SF pretty typical of the region or is Davis on the high side? Welcome to CA i suppose...
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Postby Bubba Suess » Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:54 pm

1000Pks wrote:Ironic that such an Ag school is situated in an area well known for swallowing up Ag land! Development is rampant nearby in mostly Vacaville, Fairfield, and by Dixon. They envisioned a strip city built along I-80, mainly commuters tired of Bay Area home prices and high rent.


Actually, it is ironic that ag land around such ag school is being developed. The school was founded as a farm in 1905.

scottmitch wrote:The SF/ sac territory is basically San Rafael to Santa Rosa then Napa and I80 over to Davis and west Sac. The southern part is Vallejo and the big delta thing running east west.


The Northbay is great, and you can hike year-round, but be warned that if you live in Sonoma County it can be a real pain getting to the main transportation arteries in the Central Valley. There is no direct route other than Highway 37 and this is in Marin.

Also, skip the Delta unless you want to buy dirt cheap in the ghetto. If that is what you want, let me know. I work in foreclosures and I can hook you up (in the Delta or anywhere else, for that matter). Business in booming.

By the way, has anyone ever been to Al the Wop's?
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Postby Luciano136 » Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:01 pm

scottmitch wrote:I was checking out Davis which looks nice and am getting a little sticker shock on the housing. Is $300/ SF pretty typical of the region or is Davis on the high side? Welcome to CA i suppose...


$300k ? Unless you live in the boonies or less desirable areas, my guess is that there aren't too many places in Cali that sell houses much cheaper. In coastal OC, you'd drop 700k to a million for a house :shock:

Even around Lone Pine, it's still about 200k for something decent. There's a reason people move to AZ. They all seem to come back eventually though :D
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