Originally Posted by memosteve
I lived there for many years and I consider it an armpit...You couldn't pay me enough to move back!
I still have lot's of friends/family down there and visit all the time...As soon as I get there, I want to leave. People are extremely rude and in a huge hurry to go nowhere. The ONLY thing it's got going for it is access to Tahoe.
If you have to live there, try moving into the foothills above hwy 50, although starting to get absolutely rediculous.
It's a total rat race where consumerism rules the day and everyone's trying to outdo each other. The area is setup for a huge recession and the housing market is already starting to crash.
Your potential job better be six-figures, or better, or your quality of life will be nothing considering you won't be able to afford anything.
Hope you like 117+ degree weather and $400 per month electrical bills (as mine was during the summer), smog, traffic congestion, etc. If you like to golf, forget about it...Lot's of nice golf courses, but pushing $100+ per round, lot's of people and too hot to play anyway.
well, at least that's one less person I don't have to worry about getting stuck behind on my back roads to KW
i don't live in sacto exactly, but i'm the area, about 25 miles outside of Sac in a town called Folsom. Lived here for 5.5 years after moving here from the east coast.
As far as the comments about the rat race, high consumerism, and being relegated to having a poor quality of life if you make less than 6 figures....well, I guess that depends on what is important to you. I don't worry about that stuff, and thus, don't ever notice it. I bought a house here when i made much less than that and was still able to ski every weekend, take trips, whatever. again...everyones milage will vary depending on what is important to you.
i like it here. granted, if I were more into nightlife, or coastline, or a higher percentage of upper-end restaurants, I might not as Sacto is lacking in those areas. but my focus is on outdoor opportunities...and because of that, I love it here.
i'm right at the bottom of the foothills (literally my house is basically on the first rise) so the winter fog blanket mentioned earlier that hovers over Sacto isn't nearly as much of a problem for me as many times I'm just on the bright side of the fog/sun line. There's green rolling hills, dappled with Oaks (ok, brown, er i mean golden in the summer
), I'm 5 minutes away from a large lake (Folsom Lake) with ample wakeboarding, secluded trail running on singletrack, and lots of smooth singletrack for mountainbiking. I'm on the dirt in 5 minutes, and 30 minutes away is Auburn with more mountain biking options.
If road cycling is more your thing, it's phenomenal out here. Want a nice long flat spin without battling any cars? Head to the American River Bike trail that runs from Folsom to Sacto and back....that's approx 60 miles of riding you can get in on a smooth twisty bike trail w/o worrying about cars (although it is flat and can be crowded on weekends). Want hillier road cycling workout? head in the other direction from the bike trail and start climbing....there's a route from my front door where I can crank out 3,000 vert of climbing in an hour or hour and a half ride. There's ton's of organized century rides in the area and they all have more than enough climbing to keep anyone from getting bored (one local one has 10,000 ft and another I'm thinking of has 12,000ft of climbing).
There's tons of acitivity in triathalons and duathalons out here (both mountain biking and road) with local race series and events every other week in the spring and monthly in the summer.
I play tons of soccer too and there are so many organized indoor and outdoor leagues out here, I play on as much as 4 teams in the summer when i'm not skiing.
And if you're into whitewater kayaking or rafting at all....I am 30 minutes down the road from Coloma which is world class jumping off point for whitewater especially after a strong Sierra winter.
And yes...as others have mentioned....during the winter, your very close to Tahoe. If your a passionate skier, you'll figure out how to maximize your time up there. And the mountain biking, hiking, climbing, peak bagging, etc is obviously world class up there.
so yeah...I'm definitely biased. But many people knock on Sacto saying how there is nothing to do here. Frankly, I have difficulty finding time to NOT do anything. Again, it's what your priorities and passions are that make a place.
and yeah its not all rosy...housing has been coming down a little but still steep compared to many other areas of the country, during the summer smog can be bad, it is getting more crowded if you live on the wrong side of a commute you could end up spending alot of time in your car, etc.
and the average high in July here is 88 degrees. sure we have our share of 100+ days...but it's not that bad. I find most people tend to focus on the extremes, but an average high of 88 (oftentimes with low humidity) for july isn't bad at all IMO. And I've never had a $400/month electricity bill..over $100 sure...but never close to 4 bills...but my house is only about 1800 sq ft with lots of trees around it, so maybe that's how I avoided it.
Damn that was long....well, time to head out and hit the trails around the lake. 75, bluebird, and well...perfect outside right now