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Old 02-10-2005, 05:19 AM   #1
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Lake arrowhead (CA) as a reirement spot

Lake Arrowhead seems to a good place for retirement because of the following:
Climate: 4 seasons (mild winter and summer is 10 degree cooler than Los Angles)
Housing cost: reasonable (near national average)
Promximity to metropolitan area (e.g., 100 miles east of LA).
Views: pretty view of the mountains and houses are far apart from each other).

I am also researching places in Utah and New Mexico. My criteria are simple: reasonable housing cost, mild climate, scenery (e.g. mountains and lakes), proximity to metropolitan area for hospital access, theaters, book stores, shopping centers, etc.

Any opinion?

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Re: Lake arrowhead (CA) as a reirement spot
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Re: Lake arrowhead (CA) as a reirement spot

Let me know what you find in Utah and New Mexico.
I was looking at Cedar City, Utah.
If you are looking at Utah, look a little west to Nevada - no income taxes.

Western Utah or eastern Nevada appeal to me for the same reasons you list.
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Re: Lake arrowhead (CA) as a reirement spot

You will have to check a lot more details to keep curent on Arrowhead. They had extensive fires a year ago that burned 3/4 of the trees (and a lot of the houses) in the area. The lake was drying out until the recent record rains. The houses are expensive compared to local communities. But is was a nice place to visit over the years.
I would look for Crestline/Lake Gregory or Big Bear. Big Bear is more of a self sustaining town.
Just my opinion but Arrowhead is too upscale a place for a LBYM/ER type place.
Then on the back (north) side of the mountains are what I imagine to be some John Gault type places like Pearlblossom and Hesperia.
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Let's not forget that pesky San Andreas fault nearby. Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire!
Well, that includes almost all California, some places in Oregon and even Washington.

That's a hugh area to avoid in an anticipation of a possible natural disaster that may never occur in my life time.
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