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by happyhiker
Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does living at the beach reduce it's appeal?
Replies: 43
Views: 9281

Re: Does living at the beach reduce it's appeal?

Not for me. In fact it has increased the appeal. A few years ago we moved from a house 30 miles from the ocean to one a block from the ocean. I am not into laying on the beach but I love walking, running and biking along ocean paths every day. I have seen whales breaching on my morning walks. More r...
by happyhiker
Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Relocating from NY to CA for a job offer
Replies: 51
Views: 6958

Re: Relocating from NY to CA for a job offer

Look in zip code 95124, specifically in the Union School District. Small homes can be had between 800K and 1M. You will suffer if you have to drive very far up the Peninsula but there are limited public transit options that may work depending on where you are going. Why don't you just tell us so we ...
by happyhiker
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which city for part time home during retirement?
Replies: 86
Views: 12748

Re: Which city for part time home during retirement?

How about Santa Rosa? A little cheaper than Santa Cruz because it's farther from the beach, but still an easy drive to SFO.
by happyhiker
Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which city for part time home during retirement?
Replies: 86
Views: 12748

Re: Which city for part time home during retirement?

Santa Cruz does have condos under 400K. There are more over that number, for example a newly renovated 770 sq ft 2/1 was just listed for 450K. If you are willing to go smaller than 900 sq ft I think you can find something in your price range. And while SFO is about 90 minutes from Santa Cruz, San Jo...
by happyhiker
Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy good bookshelves in the bay area?
Replies: 9
Views: 1186

Re: Where to buy good bookshelves in the bay area?

Room and Board. Large selection and we were very impressed with the quality.
by happyhiker
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hailing runners and tech Bogleheads re:Apple watch 2
Replies: 27
Views: 3023

Re: Hailing runners and tech Bogleheads re:Apple watch 2

I have had at least 5 Forerunners and I wouldn't be without one. The model I have now is the 25 with the chest strap HRM, about $140, HR strap extra. I just checked the website and saw they now have a Forerunner 35 with wrist based HRM for $200 which might also be a good one. It looks more like the ...
by happyhiker
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6592
Views: 1453524

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Loved it - very funny, heartwarming without being sappy. Made on a low budget in the New Zealand bush, so it's a gorgeous film as well. Saw The Lobster at the same theater a few weeks earlier. Weird movie. It was interesting in a bizarre sort of way, but I wouldn't recomme...
by happyhiker
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: major remodel: regrets or things you'd do again
Replies: 68
Views: 11765

Re: major remodel: regrets or things you'd do again

We just finished a whole house remodel and a second story addition of about 700 sq. ft. Like you we had given a budget to the designer, but once we got bids from contractors we realized it was going to cost us more than double that original budget. I then looked at every "move-in ready" pr...
by happyhiker
Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HOA Swimming Pool Trespassing Issue
Replies: 100
Views: 15161

Re: HOA Swimming Pool Trespassing Issue

Our HOA hired uniformed, off duty cops to provide security during the summer only, evening to early morning hours. That was what worked best after many failures and repeated trespassing and vandalism incidents. Our pool was exactly like yours with a too short fence and the roof of the pool house acc...
by happyhiker
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CEA Earthquake Policy ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1360

Re: CEA Earthquake Policy ...

We just got an earthquake policy from USAA. It has a high deductible and so-so coverage, but we want to be able to rebuild if the house is destroyed without decimating the retirement accounts. In a small or moderate quake it will probably pay nothing, so it's really just catastrophic coverage. "...
by happyhiker
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inexpensive, reasonably comfortable/durable sunglasses
Replies: 14
Views: 3082

Re: Inexpensive, reasonably comfortable/durable sunglasses

DH has Zeal Optics sunglasses which he likes very much. They are high quality and have a range of prices starting at about $80.
by happyhiker
Sat May 14, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free afternoon and evening in San Jose, CA
Replies: 36
Views: 2724

Re: Free afternoon and evening in San Jose, CA

I think that San Jose and Los Gatos, or possibly Santa Cruz, are your best bets. The hills you see from the hotel can be great hikes. Sierra Azul Open Space is both remote and steep. Not as remote but in the same general area is Quicksilver County Park. There are some great hikes there and May is wi...
by happyhiker
Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: San Francisco in August - hotel options?
Replies: 42
Views: 3766

Re: San Francisco in August - hotel options?

I just saw your follow up that you are not going to Monterey! You could still do Santa Cruz as a day trip as it is only 90 minutes each way. I would seriously consider Santa Cruz over Half Moon Bay, both because you are likely to get much better weather and Santa Cruz is a lot more fun for the kids.
by happyhiker
Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: San Francisco in August - hotel options?
Replies: 42
Views: 3766

Re: San Francisco in August - hotel options?

I live on the Central Coast and have a few ideas for your Monterey side trip. First off I agree with others that you should stay over at least one night, probably two, and that you should drive down as far as Big Sur. While there, stop at Nepenthe, a restaurant on the ocean side of Hwy 1. It is tour...
by happyhiker
Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Five Best National Parks to Visit?
Replies: 99
Views: 12318

Re: Five Best National Parks to Visit?

Just about the most fun I have ever had was hiking the Narrows in Zion NP. Rent the gear in town (Springdale, UT) start early, and check weather reports to make sure there is no danger of a flash flood. Most of the hike takes place in the river so it is completely unlike a hike on land, also the she...