Moving to Southern California?

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by Marco, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    My wife says it's too darn cold here in Jersey, and we're considering relocating. She also wants to be closer to her family.

    Where are the majority of jobs in the Information Technology field in Southern California? Can anyone tell me good places to live? How is the San Diego area? Any places to avoid? Bad/long commuting places? Any help/input is appreciated.

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  2. Greg B

    Greg B Well-Known Member

    With the bright sun out there I'd be concerned about skin cancer driving around in that convertible. I'd be happy to take it off your hands. For your own good of course.:grin:

    Sorry I can't help on the info tech side, but I'll check with my cousin who relocated out there a few years ago.
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    Last edited: Mar 22, 2011
  3. Electra Dave

    Electra Dave Active Member

    From what some of my friends have been telling me, the IT jobs are pretty few and far between. I live in the LA area, and basically everywhere is a tough commute. I'd say the average is 40-45 minutes each way.

    If it were me, I'd definately look to the San Diego area. The city is much cleaner, and I think the people are nicer. I can;t give you details on what cities to avoid, but if you have any in mind, shoot me an e-mail and I'll let you know what I know.

    I'm sure you already know, housing out here is crazy!!!!
  4. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member


    My wife grew up in San Diego and her mother and two sisters still live there. TOOOOOO MUCH NIGHTMARE TRAFFIC!

    I would say visit Santa Maria myself.
  5. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies.

    My present commute is about an hour (longer on Fridays :Do No: ), in Garden State Parkway traffic. With no traffic, I can make the 45 miles to work in about 40 minutes :Brow:

    I have no problem with a commute (been doing it for years), as long as I can get to work in under an hour and I have choices of direction (not just only one direction and there is constant traffic). Choices are very important, as I don't want to 'paint myself in a corner'.

    Country wide, I know that IT is basically stagnant now. Currently, there isn't much out there and some of my peers took jobs in different fields to keep working. Got to pay the bills. My wife was laid off (in IT) in the beginning of December and my present company is up for sale. Who knows what the future will hold?

    I need basic areas in southern CA where major companies are located. Then we can best guess a good place to search for a home. Housing prices are insane all over right now, but this is a minimum of a 3 year plan. Property taxes are probably as bad as in NJ, so that would be a wash.
  6. lcac_man

    lcac_man Hovercraft Technician

    The bulk of the tech companies are in the Clairmont Mesa/ Rancho Bernardo/ Scripps Ranch areas of San Diego just north of Qualcomm Stadium, this is the same area as the biotechs. Housing is there, just be ready to sell off your wife and children for the down payment. Clairmont is only about 5 miles from LaJolla and Torrey Pines, most homes in these areas start in the mid-500's. My wife works for a consulting firm but we live in Oceanside (North County SanDiego) her commute is 25miles each way and it usually takes 1 hr 20min. I'm fortunate enough to work on Camp Pendleton so my commute is only 8.5 miles, 6 of that being on base. North County housing is considerably cheaper, mid-300's will get you 1800sf on a 10000sf lot. If you want to get close to the coast you can add about 100k per mile inside the 3mile barrier.
    I've lived here since 1986 (grew up in Michigan) I'll never leave.
  7. staged67gspwr

    staged67gspwr "The Black Widow"

    I`m thinking of relocating myself ,i cant deal with this cold weather anymore either,my first thought is L.A. if not somewhere in brother is going down there tomorrow to check out the situation,hope its good,i cant stand this cold weather anymore.

  8. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member


    I was in Scottsdale last week. It was 75-78 every day but started about 48 degrees. Of course, the summers are 110 but you loose few days to rain each year.
  9. dcm422

    dcm422 Well-Known Member

    With all the talk on this site about the new emissions tests out there, it would be the last place I would go.
    Though I can sure understand wanting to get out of this cold (presently 5 and heading down to -10 tonight here).
    Some place warmer like AZ or TX would do. :)
    You could always move to NV and then you would have beach front property after the "Big One" hits in CA. :grin:
    Sorry I couldn't resist. :rolleyes:

    Good Luck with your move, Marco!

  10. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mark -

    AZ (Phoenix area) is too hot for my taste, and Flagstaff (where my parents/brother live - very nice all-around weather) has no industry. :ball:

    Can the 'CARB' do anything if the (classic) car was not originally sold in CA? This would be something to consider.

    Are you coming June 7th? Also, please e-mail me ( your phone # and a good time to call - I'd like to talk to you about registering your '69 Stage1 :Brow:
  11. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

  12. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    Thanks Len!

    This information is exactly what I am looking for.

    Would I be better off going up north towards LA (more opportunities)? Or, maybe towards Arizona or Nevada?
  13. TuBBeD

    TuBBeD Well-Known Member

    After driving over-the-road, I got the impression that California has 10x the amount of laws and regulations than the east coast. I got a weird sense everytime I went there. Its nothing close to NJ or NY. I felt more restricted to move around freely than anywhere else. Oregon is another state I don't care for. When driving through there state they wanted me to pay a tax for every mile I drove. YEAH RIGHT!! Thank god the scales were closed. LOL. Plus, its pretty bad when they have cameras on every traffic light. Maybe it's from all the liberals or me? Who knows? I just wouldn't feel comfortable in either of those states. Now, if it was Texas I would go in a heartbeat! I just love the Gulf coast. So peaceful. Well, thats my two cents.

  14. GSXMEN

    GSXMEN Got Jesus?

    Marco - Give me a call anytime between 10AM - 10PM! I'd be more than happy to either answer some of your questions or help see what's available!

    After having spent 3 months up in the LA area, I'm now down in Del Mar (north side of San Diego). I really think you'll like it down here better!! The traffic is MUCH better!

    My sister and I can help you out with the financing end of things (we're both mortgage brokers). I'd be more than happy to help locate some suitable properties too!

    Right now is the PERFECT time to purchase property out in this area. San Diego is projected to really grow - BIG TIME in the next 5-10 years!! Property values are climbing at a very attractive pace. Whether you plan on being here for the duration...or just want a really good investment - NOW is the time to do it!!:TU:

    If you (or anyone else) needs any info related to a purchase or refinance - please give us a call at 1-858-350-8711. Leave a message, if necessary, and I'll be sure to get back to you.
  15. Smartin

    Smartin Guest

    Central California is where I want to be. I'll see if I can ever make enough $$$ to cover cost of living out there.

    ho hum.
  16. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    Thanks Scott!

    I'll hopefully be calling you tomorrow.
  17. gsgns4me

    gsgns4me Well-Known Member

    This may be useful

    Marco, you might find some helpful tools for researching at
  18. Captain Mark

    Captain Mark Well-Known Member

    Austin Texas is a hotbed of high tech. And housing is ridiculously cheap in Texas.
  19. CyberBuick

    CyberBuick What she used to be....

    Head to NV... CA has way to many new laws and restrictions, oh yea, lest not forget the multi million (or billion?) dollar dept that dipshit Davis got us into.. Taxes are getting raised, medical care is getting lowered (what else is new :rolleyes: ), and LAUSD is being cut another 10% or more. As if it wasn't a poor system already.. It's a sellers market here in LA County.. Personally, I plan on moving out of CA this year... Who knows.. I might even drive out with a big sign on the rear window that says, "Kiss My @$$ CA".. :laugh:

    On the otherhand, the people are pretty cool, pleanty of housing, commuting is different depending how when and where your going to/from. And this seems to be the place for hot rod/performance parts.. It's the government that I dispise...

    Yep.. Gimme $20 extra every friday and I'll peacefully sit in a casino watching the ladies walk by playin the tables... Ahhh.. Now that's nice... :)
  20. Yardley

    Yardley Club Jackass


    just stay the heck away from LA...

    (nothing personal meant to LA people.. It's just not for me...)

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