San Francisco: With a thriving city like this you can view the amazing arts scene, world class food, a culturally diverse population, and countless tourist destinations, including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio, and numerous museums. The average cost of a mortgage is $3,500 (this being for a low end style home.) The cost of living here is 26% higher than the rest of the US, which is why so many people commute to work in the city. A beautiful vacation destination though if your into beautiful beaches, aquariums, and art.
Los Angeles: This city is fast paced and makes you feel alive! LA is all about the glitz and glam with beautiful destinations and kid friendly activities such as Universal Studios, Pirate Dinners, Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Wax Museum and so much more. The average cost of a mortgage in the LA area is actually less than you would think ranging from $2000-$3000. Moving here though expect a lot of time in your car, as traffic is a challenge to go anywhere!
Fresno: A hidden little gem with a ton of charm. Fresno has amazing underground gardens, the Chaffee Zoo, Museums, Art Galleries, Wineries, and amusement parks. Very kid friendly with beautiful trails and outdoor activities to explore. The average cost of living is between $1200-$3000 with a central location, family friendly environment and a ton to explore. Create your fresh start.
Santa Barbara: Southern California Beauty with Northern California Reality People. The snootiness is just not in the city! Everyone seems very down to earth and friendly. Santa Barbara has beautiful beaches, is a college town, and has attractions such as the Stearns Wharf, State Street, and a ton of Eco Out door activities. The average cost of mortgage is $254,000.
Napa: Beautiful rolling hills of Wine Country. Amazing culture, fun shopping experiences, wineries on every block with charm and quaintness of a small town feel. The average mortgage is between $2500-$3000 in the city but the outskirts you can find as low as $2000. This city is quiet and peaceful with a relaxing spa like atmosphere.
Lake Tahoe: If your athletic or adventurous, there is no place in the world like Tahoe. From parasailing, beautiful beaches, mountain activities, snow boarding, skiing, sledding, fun restaurants, and any water activity you can think of this is your spot. Some of the most beautiful trails in the world with Cool Summers and Snowy Winters. Great vacation spot! The average cabin cost is between $2500 – $5000.
San Diego: Surfing the beautiful oceans, sunshine nearly every day, Pacific Beach, San Diego Zoo, Whale Watching, Surf Lessons, SeaWorld and a hot downtown night life makes this a desirable vacation spot or living spot for the energized! Cost of living averages $2000.
Anaheim: Hello, Goodbye!!! My favorite vacation spot and also known as the Happiest Place on Earth. This is the home of Disney Land and California Adventure! Amazing Spot to Spend 3-5 days and escape reality to become a kid again. Mortgage here is surprisingly low but get ready for tourist everywhere all the time…Average Mortgage is between $1200- $2000.
The Sierras: Relaxing and Peaceful. Very quiet area for the most part and covers several “small mountain cities” Amazing trails and out door activities, close rivers and lakes, rafting, snow boarding, and skiing are all regular activities. The average cost of mortgage is $1800-$3000.
Santa Cruz: comparable to “Jersey Shore” with a beautiful boardwalk, totally kid friendly, very laid back city, surfing, beaches, warm but not too hot. Red wood forest steam train adventures, Sailing and Amusement park and game atmosphere down at the board walk. You can also escape to the cute little town for beach restaurants and sand between your toes. Average cost of living is between $2000-$4000.
Monterey: Gorgeous Bay off of the ocean where you can go down to the beach and find starfish, amazing shells, hear the giant waves crash in. Kayaking in the bay is a favorite of mine, seals and otters come up all around you while out on the ocean. Monterey also offers some of the best clam chowder, and of course the famous aquarium. Average cost of living in this quaint beach town is from $3500-$5000.
Palm Springs: Palm Springs pretty much has it all. Vegas with out the casinos everywhere. Botanical Gardens, Cactus to clouds trail, Museums and Art, Tram Way, Joshua Nation Park, hot air balloon rides! Absolutely gorgeous city to soak in some rays. Average Mortgage is between $2000-$3500.
Now let’s get adventuring. Remember life is about taking chances, enjoying experiences, and taking in the little moments.