Happy to Be in South O.C!

Services for Real Estate Pros with The OC Coastal Group

It did not take much to convince me to relocate to South Orange County, California.  I had enough of the cold and windy Philadelphia Winters, and even grew tired of the Northeast’s Indian Summers.  I became increasingly aware each and every day I spent in Pennsylvania that I was not going to live there my whole life. 



When my uncle packed up his things and moved to Dana Point a few years back, I never would have thought that eventually I would join him on the West coast.  But the first time I stepped off the plane for a visit, I started making my plans to come back out to enjoy the warm California sunshine

Fast forward a couple of years, and I am now a resident of South Orange County and I couldn’t be happier.  There is so much to enjoy.  The beaches wrapped around the jagged bluffs make the New Jersey coastline look like a sandbox.  And the way the sun shines off the ocean reminds you of the Southern Florida coast, without all the humidity. 



The terrain isn’t the only difference from the Northeast.  I am still adjusting to the “kick off your shoes and relax” mantra that is embedded into the lifestyle of Southern California. Coming from the fast paced, got to get somewhere, world of the Northeast Metropolis, it is definitely nice to slow down my life a little to enjoy all the good things this area offers with each new day. 

If you’ve never visited Southern California, and especially the Orange County Coast, you are definitely missing out on one of the treasures of the U.S. I have driven accross this country three times, and no other place has the draw of Southern California. So, before you come out here for a visit, have your home appraised.  Because you may be relocating sooner than you think.

Comments (8)

Christopher Maguire
President/CEO Of Vivid Funding. - Newburyport, MA
Im on my way there! cant take this new england weather anymore. crazy snow in april!
Apr 12, 2007 11:58 AM
Jared Loss
The OC Coastal Group - Laguna Beach, CA

You would not miss having to clear the snow off your car in the mornings. Let me know if you need a ride from the airport.

Apr 12, 2007 12:17 PM
Grant Howell
Alex Lowery Real Estate - Frisco, TX
Broker/Owner 214-234-6901
How is the cost of living there?
Apr 12, 2007 12:40 PM
Beth Bastian
Rosemont Financial Inc - Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley Real Estate
I grew up in North Orange County, I moved almost 10 years ago, and I am still home sick.
Apr 12, 2007 02:24 PM
Jared Loss
The OC Coastal Group - Laguna Beach, CA

Hey Grant, the housing prices have been falling consistently in O.C., so buyers are having a lot better time finding a home in their price range then they were a year or two ago.  Any coastal community is going to have a higher cost of living simply because of supply and demand.  However, with housing prices falling and rental rates increasing, many investors are becoming landlords.  If you have any specific cost of living questions, I would be happy to answer them for you.


Apr 13, 2007 03:37 AM
Kelly Kilpatrick
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Welcome to AR and to OC. I came across your post while googling something else. It never ceases to amaze me how much AR & Localism posts get out in front. Between Dana Point and Laguna there's a slew of beach cleanup and replanting going on for Earth Day. You may want to consider doing a post on that if you don't already have one in the works. Again...welcome to South County OC & AR.
Apr 13, 2007 04:54 AM
John Alesi
Century 21 Award - Mission Viejo, CA
(Orange County California Real Estate)

JARED: I've been in Southern California since the early 70's (moved from Chicago) and I feel the same way that you do about this wonderful place.  I haven't looked back and certainly don't miss the lousy weather. 

GRANT: I read a "statistic" a few weeks ago on a website about cost of living (sorry, I don't recall the site name) that rates So Cal at 186 compared to the national average of 100!  We certainly pay for rhe beautiful weather and sunsets!!!

Apr 15, 2007 10:35 AM
Shannon Ziccardi
"A Quick Note" ...in Tennessee! - Clarksville, TN
"A Quick Note" Mobile Notary ...in Tennessee!

Yes we are blessed!


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Jun 09, 2007 04:30 AM