Find me a place in rural California
October 14, 2020 11:49 AM Subscribe
Asking on a friend's behalf: "I currently live in a large California city and want to move to somewhere rural in California. It can be right up to state borders, but it must be within the state of California. Please help me figure out where to move to!"
It doesn't have to meet all these qualifications, just as many as possible:
I want to rent a one-bedroom house or cabin with a garden where I can grow my own vegetables and keep a few chickens.
My per-month rent limit is about $2000, with some upward wiggle room if the area is otherwise perfect.
The area should be rural, though it's fine if a city is nearby. Ideally, it would have forests/woods (first choice) or a body of water (second choice). Also ideally, I should be able to wander around the vicinity of my home and not encounter anyone.
It must have pretty/interesting nature nearby. There's lots of tiny rural towns between Bakersfield and Fresno but flat fields broken up by the occasional cow is not what I'm looking for.
It should not be currently on fire, or so close to anywhere currently on fire that it's unhealthy to go outside, or not on fire this instant but in a place that burns down every year. (I know, this plus "woods nearby" might not be possible.)
It should have a moderate climate, neither Death Valley nor constant rain. Four seasons would be ideal.
It must have reliable internet that's strong enough for me to have video meetings. This is a necessity for my work.
It can't have so much crime that it's unsafe to live or hike alone. ie, it should not have a meth lab behind every other boulder.
Hunting or fishing would be nice but not required.
Rural CA is pretty Trumpy but I would like to minimize that as much as possible. A red district is okay, but it can't be chock-full of aggressive anti-maskers, literal Nazis, etc, to the point that I can't avoid them when making a grocery run.