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Subject: Best small towns to relocate to in California -- quaint, jewish, affordable
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: pallen-ga
List Price: $12.00
Posted: 11 May 2003 14:13 PDT
Expires: 10 Jun 2003 14:13 PDT
Question ID: 202420
My wife and I currently live in New York. We moved here from San
Francisco so that she could complete a medical fellowship. We're
considering relocating back to California in exactly one year and
we're researching locations to purchase a home and put down roots. We
realize no place will be ideal, but since we have some freedom to
select our new spot, we'd like to choose something that meets a few,
if not many of our ideal qualities. I'm looking for a comprehensive
list of as many towns as possible to consider -- no less than 30 --
that meet some or all of the criteria below. I've already done
research on '' 'best places to live index' and the milken
foundation 'best places' list. I'd like to obtain more thoughtful,
unique, and independent research based on more knowledge of specific
towns in California. Below is a list of the criteria
that the ideal spot will meet:

A little more background on us. My wife is a doctor specializing in
geriatrics and I am a non-profit executive specializing in economic
development and markeitng. We have one child on the way.

1. VALUES: we're not looking for LA glitter and fake Hollywood values,
although if there is a suburb of LA that's got a small town feel,
could be fine.
2. TRAFFIC: the less the better -- half hour commutes to and from
3. OCEAN: we love the sea and would prefer to be as close as possible
to it.
4. LAND: our dream would be to buy something with 15+ acres so we can
someday have horses and a little farm.
5. HOUSE: we're not looking for the fanciest house on the block --
rather, something comfortable for a family of four and an occasional
visitor. I'm handy and would be able to renovate myself.
6. CLIMATE: moderate is great. the only thing we don't love is extreme
7. CULTURE: we like 'quaintness' and a small downtown area with a
couple places to eat is ideal -- we don't need to be really close to
major theaters and museums. we enjoy arts and crafts, so a gallery or
two, or a lively local arts program would be terrific.
8. NEIGHBORS: we're friendly and we're looking for a place where the
people are too. guess we're looking for midwestern values in
9. RELIGION: we're jewish and we'd like to find a place that has at
least one synagogue nearby or in town. lots of small california towns
have only churches and although we have many friends that aren't
jewish, our preference is to meet some other jewish families.
10. JOBS: ideally we'd like to be within a half hour of a research
university hospital, or a medical research institute. proximity to
some kind of growing industry, besides tourism, -- manufacturing,
biotechnology, software, is also ideal.
11. OUTDOORS: we love hiking and wide open california spaces.
12. LOCATION: although being near the sea is a preference, the other
preference is to be within 2-3 hours of los angeles. we will
definitely consider locations outside of this perimeter, but being
close to los angeles --specifically manhattan beach, is ideal.
13. PRICE and LIFESTYLE: my wife and I earn a decent combined salary,
but work and having material things is DEFINITELY NOT our top
priority. we're looking for a location that hopefully will allow us to
afford a decent home and lifestyle at a reasonable price. We're
looking for purchase a home for 450-550k.
14. INVESTMENT: of course we'd like to buy something where the value
will likely increase over the next ten years.
15. TOWN SIZE: not really an issue if we're able to purchase a large
size of land -- however, ideally town would have at least 15,000
16. ARCHITECTURE: we love the old victorians of san francisco but we
don't have our hearts set on a specific type of home. however, as for
the downtown of the actual city, we would like something that has some
character and few or no chain stores and 'big boxes' like walmart and
home depot.
17. EDUCATION: a decent public k-12 system is ideal.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Best small towns to relocate to in California -- quaint, jewish, affordable
From: secret901-ga on 11 May 2003 14:33 PDT
I might be biased when recommending this, but Irvine, California (a
planned community) in Orange County meets many of your requirement:
1) It's a suburb of LA, within an hour's drive
2) The traffic, based on my experience, is moderate.  There's a plan
to build a monorail-like system that goes through the city.
3) It's about 15 minutes from the beach.
4) There used to be lots of land here, but I'm not sure if it still
6) The weather is moderate.
9) In a town of 143000 people, there are several synagogues and
10) The University of California, Irvine is a major research facility.
 It has a teaching hospital in nearby Orange.  Orange County has a
growing biotech industry.
11) There are wilderness and hiking areas right in Irvine.
12) About an hour's drive from LA.
13) The price is within your price range.
15) The population is 100000+ (university town)
17) The public school system is excellent.,%20California
Subject: Re: Best small towns to relocate to in California -- quaint, jewish, affordable
From: czh-ga on 11 May 2003 14:36 PDT
Hello pallen-ga,

Please take a look at the Google Answers pricing guidelines.
$10-$15   Can be answered with 30 minutes of work 
You're asking for a research project with 17 variables. I'd love to
work on your question, but I couldn't even organize my search
strategies for the amount of information you're seeking at the price
you're willing to pay.
Wishing you a happy move to California.


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