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It's Just Not Fair (Coastal CA Weather)
Old 08-13-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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It's Just Not Fair (Coastal CA Weather)

I keep looking but there's just no place I can find, that we can afford, that provides anything like the moderate climate of coastal CA. The average temperature for the year is about the same, but the difference between San Francisco and St Louis couldn't be much starker. I read a joke somewhere years ago that the St Louis Chamber of Commerce could leigitmately claim the same average temperature as San Francisco.

I fully understand why, but it's still not fair...
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I keep looking but there's just no place I can find, that we can afford, that provides anything like the moderate climate of coastal CA. The average temperature for the year is about the same, but the difference between San Francisco and St Louis couldn't be much starker. I read a joke somewhere years ago that the St Louis Chamber of Commerce could leigitmately claim the same average temperature as San Francisco.

I fully understand why, but it's still not fair...
Of course it is fair. Move there, and pay what it costs, or stay where you are and fry in the summer, freeze in the winter.

Really attractive things that many people want are always expensive. I believe that the differential between the very attractive and the so-so will increase until some pox wipes us out. Anyone who can afford to live where they would really like to should move asap, or just realize that life is unfair, so what. No place costs $0/sqft, so just decrease space until you can afford San Francisco or the East Bay or whatever suits your fancy.

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The central pacific coast of Peru (Lima) is about the same as San Diego, low of 60 in the winter and high about 82 in the summer. Also no rain and Multi-Million dollar views for 1/3 the price! Luckily, When I bought prices were 1/3-1/4 of what they are now.
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I have never been as cold in my life, as I was during my six years in SF. The cold there is wet and bone-chilling, and it was never warm enough in the summer to feel really warm. Fog looks great, but it is so, so cold clear to the bone.

There, now do you feel better? . I am telling the truth!
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Keep in mind that San Francisco dammed Yosemite National Park for their water supply.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Shaughnessy_Dam

Do you want to live in a city that would do such a thing?
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I have never been as cold in my life, as I was during my six years in SF. The cold there is wet and bone-chilling, and it was never warm enough in the summer to feel really warm. Fog looks great, but it is so, so cold clear to the bone.

There, now do you feel better? . I am telling the truth!
You must have lived in the western part of the city. The bayside is much nicer.
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You must have lived in the western part of the city. The bayside is much nicer.
Never lived on the bayside in SF, you're right. . Lived near the eastern end of GG park and spent time near the ocean.

I did live in Berkeley, on the other side of the bay, but was cold there too. Maybe even colder. Brrrrrrrr
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Looking for retirement location ? Plenty of less populated places all up and down the coast at low prices, along with no good jobs or business op. (San Louis Obispo , Oxnard, Carpentiria, San Simmion)

If you need to keep working at present , stay put for now and move when retired. The employment market vs. home prices in the bay area and los angeles is still a bad deal, even with depressed prices . Cost of living in metro areas is high.
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Monterey has some affordable places.
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Seattle is much colder than SF.
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I grew up in the east bay. You need to look at not only the physical climate, but the social climate and cost of living. It wasn't that bad growing up in the 70's and 80's, but even with a decent salary the cost of living the past couple decades is just crazy.

Moved to AK 15 years ago and honestly haven't wanted to move back once. I haven't sat down and run the numbers but even with a very good salary, if you doulbed my income I'd likely take a hit to my std of living if I moved back to the bay area. I will admit I am looking at a tropical location to spend Nov-March when I retire, or semi-retire.
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Looking for retirement location ? Plenty of less populated places all up and down the coast at low prices, along with no good jobs or business op. (San Louis Obispo , Oxnard, Carpentiria, San Simmion)

If you need to keep working at present , stay put for now and move when retired. The employment market vs. home prices in the bay area and los angeles is still a bad deal, even with depressed prices . Cost of living in metro areas is high.
This.

But I love living near the coast in CA. (San Diego.) Except for May-Gray and June Gloom.
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How close do you want to be to the coast? and what do you see as affordable?

There's definitely pockets of less expensive housing but pretty much everybody in CA needs to compromise on something when it comes to home buying (unless you win the IPO jackpot).
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I grew up in the east bay. You need to look at not only the physical climate, but the social climate and cost of living. It wasn't that bad growing up in the 70's and 80's, but even with a decent salary the cost of living the past couple decades is just crazy.

Moved to AK 15 years ago and honestly haven't wanted to move back once. I haven't sat down and run the numbers but even with a very good salary, if you doulbed my income I'd likely take a hit to my std of living if I moved back to the bay area. I will admit I am looking at a tropical location to spend Nov-March when I retire, or semi-retire.
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I have never been as cold in my life, as I was during my six years in SF. The cold there is wet and bone-chilling, and it was never warm enough in the summer to feel really warm. Fog looks great, but it is so, so cold clear to the bone.

There, now do you feel better? . I am telling the truth!
I'd have to agree with you (and Mark Twain). As someone from SoCal it's just way too cold there in the summer. Very weird weather.

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Fog and wind makes for the nastiest bone chilling cold. I've spent a fair bit of time in the Arctic and while -42 ambient is bitter cold, and -30 with the windchill dropping it to -90 is just plain nasty, the absolute worst bonechilling cold is pre-winter, imagine 33-35F with drizzle and wind.
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Fog and wind makes for the nastiest bone chilling cold. I've spent a fair bit of time in the Arctic and while -42 ambient is bitter cold, and -30 with the windchill dropping it to -90 is just plain nasty, the absolute worst bonechilling cold is pre-winter, imagine 33-35F with drizzle and wind.
That's Seattle on quite a few winter days. To me, it's better than extreme cold.

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You must have lived in the western part of the city. The bayside is much nicer.
I lived in San Leandro for 17 years and the only way to sum it up is with a quote from Mark Twain. "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco"
The natives call it natural air conditioning but I call it freezing your rear off.
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I lived in San Leandro for 17 years and the only way to sum it up is with a quote from Mark Twain. "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco"
The natives call it natural air conditioning but I call it freezing your rear off.
After spending the last 3 months in SF, I can say that I have only felt cold a handful of times. It can get very chilly when the fog rolls in, but I live in an area where we rarely see the fog, so it has not been a problem for me so far. In fact, I am feeling quite warm right now. It's 73F inside the apartment, even with the windows wide open. Too hot for me.
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After spending the last 3 months in SF, I can say that I have only felt cold a handful of times. It can get very chilly when the fog rolls in, but I live in an area where we rarely see the fog, so it has not been a problem for me so far. In fact, I am feeling quite warm right now. It's 73F inside the apartment, even with the windows wide open. Too hot for me.
But FIREd, it is summertime. After spending any one of my six cold, cold winters there, that nice refreshing summer weather was not warm enough to warm me up, anyway.
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