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Old 12-15-2013, 11:10 AM   #21
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If you have a place with cheap rent or a mortgage free house and Prop 13 property taxes, living in the Bay Area can actually be relatively inexpensive compared to other parts of the country. The weather and scenery are free to enjoy. There are many hiking trails, biking trails and public parks and beaches. The public transportation system is extensive. Heating and cooling costs are minimal compared to areas with more extreme climates. Food from the Central Valley is relatively inexpensive at farmer's and ethnic markets. A library card and memberships in NARM and AHA for an annual ~$100 cost can get you into most of the museums, gardens and assorted attractions for free all year long. You could probably go to a different park, garden, beach, museum or tourist attraction every day for over a year and never run out of fun and free / cheap things to do.
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If you have a place with cheap rent or a mortgage free house and Prop 13 property taxes, living in the Bay Area can actually be relatively inexpensive compared to other parts of the country.
Now you have me thinking wistfully about that house I bought in LA in 1997 (and later sold). It was so cheap compared to prices now......!

Yes, Prop 13 is the gift that keeps on giving to homeowners in CA.
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