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Suth'n CA. roadie's and Roadette'smackgoo
Aug 25, 2003 9:26 AM
I need your collective opinions. I have a very good chance of realising a long standing dream. Move'n to Suth'n CA.! Now don't get me wrong, right now I live in Plymouth, MA. and right now it is probably one of the most beautifull place's on earth. But,,,,,,, already I'm thinking of Winter and getting depressed. I built up a cyclo cross bike a few years ago and that has saved me. But,,,,," Suth'n CA. is the place I oughta be". So if this happens I would live in either San Clemente or Oceanside, maybe even Dana Point. So if you had your choice where would you choose? Plymouth has a population of about 50K, bunch of tourist's in the Summer. I live right in the "down town" area. 5 minutes and I'm on beautifull back roads where I hardly ever see a car. I have a 15 mile loop that I do every day no matter what, from there I can go 50, 100 what ever. Anything like that where I'm planning on going? Any of these place's have tree lined streets? Is there any where even clost to "the quaint New England town"?
Also any one here work at San Onofre?

Thanks your humble Campyholic, mackgoo
No problemfracisco
Aug 25, 2003 9:34 AM
I grew up down around the San Clemente area. It's a nice area, a real surf town. It does not snow in SoCal, and it really doesn't rain all that much in the winter. The closest to a quaint town of the areas that you talking about would be in Carlsbad (just south of Oceanside), on the west side of the freeway.

I cannot speak for the cycling in the area.

The Mexican food in San Clemente is 1000 times better than the Mexican food in Plymouth.
re: Suth'n CA. roadie's and Roadette'sNo_sprint
Aug 25, 2003 9:49 AM
There are lots and lots of roadies that do several routes all along the upper San Diego beach towns. One that comes to mind is Vulcan street. There you'll find one of the largest Klein dealers in the U.S. The town of La Jolla is really kinda neat.

It would take a serious to major miracle to get me outta SoCal.
Forget about not seeing another soulCHRoadie
Aug 25, 2003 10:23 AM
Think of SoCal as one big city. You can't go anywhere without seeing cars. I went for a ride near Corona, on what I considered to be 'backwoods' roads, and there was still a constant flow of traffic.

You're going to have decent hills pretty much anywhere along the coast south of Huntington Beach, and Dana Point is where you'll find the infamous Pacific Island Drive, but to get any kind of serious climbing you'll have to go inland to the mountains (but that's only about an hour's drive).

All three cities are what I would consider pretty. Just lots of traffic. There's not much riding around San Onofre.
Northeast nativeRubberbandman
Aug 25, 2003 11:40 AM
I grew up north of Boston and moved to San Diego about 11 yrs ago. The weather is the most obvious benefit. You can ride all year and on the coldest days not have to bundle up too much.

SoCal does have its fair share of traffic but most roads have bike lanes and drivers are more considerate than Boston drivers.

The best riding is off the coast (inland). Less traffic and more challenging routes.

good luck,
Have you visited there yet?Kristin
Aug 25, 2003 11:45 AM
This New England girl experienced quite the culture shock when visiting California for the first time. Its one thing to adjust to the midwest brick trend, and quite another to adjust to all that stuco and red slate. I'm not sure how I could decorate around that. :-)
Retiring to San Diego area?McBaine
Aug 25, 2003 1:48 PM
While we're talking San Diego Area. My folks (non cyclists) are considering retiring in San Diego. What area should they look into? They will probably want a $200,000 to $300,000 house. They are used to living on the edge of the suburbs and country but would like complete suburbia too.
Housing in San Diego very highkilimanjaro
Aug 25, 2003 4:10 PM
I remember hearing that medium price for all houses (I am pretty sure it is for the entire county) is above 350K recently.

Go to and check for prices as a gauge.
Retiring to San Diego area?HAL9010
Aug 25, 2003 4:13 PM
Not gonna find much in the 200k-300k range that isnt a shack in San Diego. And you are correct, at that price range the coast is out of the question. The median price here is at and about 350k, if you can find it. Even the east county (boondocks) is up there.

We be way pricey these days 'round these here parts.

Oh, and gas is over $2/gal.

But we do have nice riding weather year round.
How about inland?McBaine
Aug 26, 2003 3:40 PM
Being in San Diego proper isn't important. How about way inland? Does it get really hot inland in the summer? They are mostly want warmer winters (50+ degrees) but not super hot summers.
How about inland?Rubberbandman
Aug 27, 2003 8:17 AM
Inland is less expensive and it does get hotter, much hotter.

You may want to check out Temecula or Murrieta. Its about a 1.5 hr drive to downtown SD.

I would suggest you get a map and check out real estate websites to get a better idea of pricing.

Retiring to San Diego. I should add....McBaine
Aug 25, 2003 2:02 PM
I should add that being right near the coast is not important. But they would like realistic real estate prices with healthy appreciation. Thanks for your input.