Most of you know that I am a tried and true California girl. Born and raised here. Sunshine, wheat grass juice, and the beach…I am lovin’ it all!
But as my girl Tonya pointed out in her post about SoCal living, it is darned expensive to live here. Yes, there are parts of the state where the cost of living is less, but our state wasn’t designed for easy transportation.
You want to get anywhere here, ya gotta drive. A lot.
Unless you live in San Francisco. And if you do, I am jealous. That city is awesome. Also, home of the 49ers!
But I digress…
As I was saying, Cali is expensive. And right now, we live in a 2 bedroom apartment about 10 minutes from the beach. The weather is awesome and I love the city we live in.
But here’s the thing: we are basically priced out of our area. We need to move into a bigger place (my dad is moving in with us) and we can’t afford a bigger place in the county we live in. 2 bedroom apartments? Fine. 3 bedroom apartments? The price goes up ridiculously!
It is so expensive, and they charge more because hey, they can! Everyone wants to live by the beach, right? Everyone wants the overcast mornings brimming with salty air, that burn off to a dazzling spectacle of sunlight.
So, as much as I love my beloved ocean, at some point, I will not be living “just minutes” from it. We plan on moving to a much more inland city, where we can get more for our money and basically rent a house for what we are paying in apartment rent.
My beautiful beach will still be there waiting for me to visit. It just won’t be as often. But I am taking every chance I can get right now, to go as often as I can before we move sometime in the next few months.
Maybe I’ll pick up some shells to house in my new place 😉
Have you guys ever been priced out of your area? Was cost of living a factor in where you live now?