- May 13, 2008
- someplace warm
Steve, are you and @gimmie11s both near Rancho Cucamonga? Based on your geographic description I'd assume so...Ontario/RC area? My wife and I used to live there about 20 years ago and loved it. It was "California-lite" IMO. Loved the area and once they built the 210 getting in/out of LA was so much easier. We have passed through RC many times on our way to LA/beaches many times (we are now living in Vegas) but haven't stopped by. It looks like it has grown quite a bit since we left.lol at CA weather sucks, coming from someone in AZ. the only tolerable weather there is in Flagstaff. it topped 100 degrees a few days last year, thats it. isnt it over 100 like 4 months straight? and 100 at night? wtf? i was in Phoenix about two years ago. talk about a shithole. i know surrounding areas are nicer, but the point is, every state has its shithole areas.
we just sold our house in the san fernando valley (LA suburbs). every where you look there are homeless encampments and theft/burglaries are skyrocketing. i cant believe we sold our house for almost $1 million with homeless tents a few hundred feet away. we had to get out of LA city as its falling apart, and LA county as well. the guy we bought our house from is moving to AZ lol. and bringing a huge bank account full of cash. he outright owned his home and sold it to us for $$$.
now we're 60 miles east of LA. much closer to Gimmie11s area. there are NO homeless in the area we're moving to. and we bought a much newer, bigger, nicer home for less $. out here, its faaar more conservative. i see LGB stickers and flags all over the place. and no having to wear a mask everywhere you go. that's an LA thing (along with asking to see your Vax card). you cant judge this massive state by LA and SF alone. they are the outliers. id love to get out of here but wife wont due to family. and since she has stage 4 cancer, i cant really complain about that.
$400k in CA is $50k elsewhere? where do you live Tijuana? we make nowhere near that amount and have a nice big house and handful of cars. my brother in law is a single father and makes $130-150k a year as an ironworker (depending on OT) and he bought a very nice house in Gimmie11s city for a whopping $500k. all on his lone salary, with a teenage son whom he bought a nice car. if you cant make it on $400k you are either an idiot or living waaaaaay beyond your means. another friend makes just under $200k as a painter for the city (with OT) and lives in a nice area near LAX. his house is now at like $1.3 million. he is pretty much the sole earner and has three kids. he's constantly doing sick upgrades to his house. oh and he owns a handful of sick muscle cars and dailys an escalade.
another friend makes about $200k (mechanic at the port) and his wife, a nurse, probably $100k. they bought a $1+ million house with a view of the ocean in palos verdes. and he owns a bunch of sick cars.
and i know people who make "peanuts" who own homes out here. of course, NOW is a difficult time to buy if you dont make good money and have a sizeable down payment. my wife's cousin and her husband make maaaybe $100k combined. they bought a brand new (built for them) house in Hemet (way out in the sticks). its a nice house in a large neighborhood full of brand new homes. he has to drive to commute but he's not complaining with his mortgage. i think they paid $400k (just before Covid). she drives a new wrangler too. now she's a stay at home mom and they can easily afford their lifestyle.
granted, living in SF area/silicon valley is a different story. that may as well be on the moon lol.
the homeless problem in SF and LA is so out of control due to the easy going weather and the cities lack of enforcement (thanks to ACLU). my wifes friend works for social services in san bernadino. she said they advise people to head to LA so they can get more benefits from the city.
but dont worry, Brandon is going to make sure every state turns into a shithole by sending all the illegals your way. CA was a great state when it was run by Republicans and before they let the flood gates open at the border.
and id take LA over Chiraq or NYC any day of the week hands down. regardless of the cost of living. just like LA, outside those major cities are some nice areas to live in. but ill pass on having to use a metal detector to find my car on a winter morning after a snow storm.