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NOTHING STAYS THE SAME..... Posted On: 6/4/2006 2:01:13 PM
I've lived in several states across the country since my husband was frequently transfered due to his job. Last stop when we retired: Northern California. We then decided to move to an area that had milder winters yet still within California. There is every kind of climate and region to choose from here! Coming from New York and remembering how much I love being by the ocean, my first thought was San Diego! Since my first visit there about 30 years ago, that was my "perfect place". The smell of the ocean in the air, the seagulls cawing, the sun glinting off the water: after all these years I'm ready to go! HA! I should have bought a place back 30 years ago because now it takes a million or so just to start looking 10 miles inland. The people we met who were also looking to move, all recommended the cities of Temecula and Murrieta for affordable and beautiful housing. Temecula is Wine Country and it is just over the San Diego border (inland) in Riverside County. No ocean but it was doable for us. The area was still like a small town. We quickly found a house "on the edge of town" by a beautiful golf course. We got a great price in a new subdivision and settled in to enjoy the peace and quiet. That was 7 1/2 years ago and some say we have a much better quality of life here now. We have every kind of restaurant, fast food, small boutiques and large stores, a huge man-made lake and recreation area just down the road from us and houses, houses, houses. We are no longer on the edge of town. Four more subdivions have been built around the golf course. At least 500,000 more houses are being built past us. Most families commute to work in L.A. or San Diego which means lots of traffic and gridlock. It used to take us 10 minutes to get to our doctor. Now we have to plan at least 30 - more if school is just getting out - and hope there are no accidents on the way. Many "new" residents here before us came to get away from the congestion and overbuilding in Orange County. O.C. was once like the old Temecula/Murrieta area. Sure, it is nice that we have so much more available without making a trip out of town. All those amenities do make for a better QUALITY OF LIFE. For me though, I'm ready to move again to a place without the road congestion and overbuilding. There must be such a place. And when I do find it (sshhhh) I may not tell.