Owning a home in California
I think I am pretty darned lucky that I was born and raised in the great State of California. My childhood home was nested in the hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay. From our living room window, we had clear views of all three brides – The Golden Gate bridge, the Bay Bridge and the San Rafael Bridge. I kind of took it for granted, I think, as it was just what I was used to.
After we got married, my husband and I bought a home in Contra Costa County (Pleasant Hill). Pleasant Hill is a nice little town – we are about 40 minutes away from San Francisco, and have everything nearby. One thing we really enjoy is the selection of ethnic food (the best, in my opinion). We can head to Oakland (or San Francisco) for amazing Dim Sum, or to the North Beach area of SF for yummy Italian Food. We enjoy Broadway Place in Walnut Creek, which has some of my favorite stores – Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn and much more.
Last year, my husband and I bought a 2nd home (our retirement home) in a different part of California. This home is in the Central Valley and is completely different than our other area! We were lucky enough that a friend of ours, who lives in the area, suggested a realtor for us. They were actually a husband and wife team who did a fantastic job, and they turned into good friends of ours too!
Our retirement home is absolutely dreamy – it sits on a man made lake in a gated community. I love everything about this house and cannot wait to be here full-time. It is a bit of an adjustment though, as it is a much more relaxed way of life, and there are not as many things to do here. Of course, we don’t often leave our home, because it is our own private paradise. What we have found about this area is that the people are SO friendly, and when we do go out, we get a warm and fuzzy feeling. It is much less rushed that at our Pleasant Hill home. There are plenty of things to do outside of our gated community too! We can drive for a half hour and visit a gorgeous town called Three Rivers. From there, about another 30 minutes up the hills, we are in the Sequoia National forest, which is breathtaking.
Oh! One of our favorite parts of spending time at our lake home is that we have ducks that visit us! It has been so exciting to watch the babies from last year grow up and have their own babies this year. Look how cute!
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring the most happiness. There are so many reasons that I am glad we own a home in California. It is truly a beautiful state, with moderate temperatures, and so many things to do!
What do you love about the area you live in?
was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.