Bakersfield, California 2020-10-17 23:00:00 –
Before moving to Bakersfield, Quincy Jones’ only memorable experience talking to his neighbors was when someone was shot and killed across from his home in a gangster-filled area in southern Los Angeles.
Imagine his surprise about a month ago when he and his wife and two children just moved to a large house with a pool in a quiet dead end of Rosedale. It was his new neighbor.
They appeared one after another, introduced themselves and welcomed Jones. A woman and three sons brought a batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
He still sounds shocked. “It’s just the fact that people are actually doing it, like on television,” Jones said.
Due to the relatively low cost of housing in Bakersfield compared to the rest of California, more and more people can hardly afford to buy a nice home to live in. Or they find that they can sell their old homes and get more for their money at Bakersfield.
Of course, it’s not just about switching living spaces, it’s about moving. In some cases, moving to Bakersfield will bring about a pleasant cultural change.
New arrivals say they were impressed with the simple change in pace, and more than that, their personal sense of warmth. They report reduced traffic, increased patience, and most often encountered kind people.
“It still feels a little small and comfortable,” said another new arrival who sold his Bay Area home with his wife in July and moved to a $ 540,000 Southern Oaks home with his daughter. Matt Bateman said. Over $ 1 million in their old neighborhood.
Even in California, migration within the state is nothing new. But, as local real estate officials have observed, it’s happening more and more often these days as long-time residents of Bakersfield are willing to find buyers among those priced from the coastal market. I will.
Also, as the Californians reported, accelerating this trend is the escape of local conservatives who are fed up with the state’s overall liberal politics. It may be premature to say how migration affects Bakersfield’s politics, but many new arrivals seem to come from big cities and understand the difference.
Bakersfield appraiser Gary Clubtree recently sold a small 40-year-old house in Pasadena for $ 800,000, after which he sold a 2,400-square-foot three-bedroom home in the northeastern part of Bakersfield’s Solera district. He said he talked to a couple who bought a house for $ 315,000. (The homeowner refused to interview about this story.)
According to Crabtree, they don’t care too much about the heat and value the refreshing afternoon breeze in the area.
“They like Bakersfield because it’s two hours away from everything,” he said, noting that it’s close to Los Angeles, the beaches, and the mountains.
Feet of each county
Jones’ original plan was to take his 78-year-old father on a move to Bakersfield and rent a four-unit complex that lived in southern Los Angeles.
The search took several years, during which Jones (41 years old) had two children (a total of three), got married, lost his job at a motorcycle dealership, and graduated from college.
What’s more, the father eventually decided not to move. That is, Jones and his wife, Jacqueline Osborne Jones, drive to LA County at least twice a week to bring prepared meals and clean their old homes.
Jones is still unemployed and is considering returning to a hardware store job, but the new home is his father’s name and his retirement income is for both real estate mortgages and all invoices. He said it was enough to pay.
The new Deedy Court home, which costs $ 465,000, is a dream compared to the cramped two-bedroom location they left behind. It measures 3,120 sq ft and has over 0.5 acres of 4 bedrooms and 2¾ bathrooms. Jones said his dog loves a large backyard, not to mention how his kids feel about the place.
“Children are always in the pool,” he said.
Neighbor Lori Garcia, who brought the cookie, said her gesture was intended as a welcome message.
“We welcomed them by taking over (cookies) … and let them know that we are tight and attentive to each other here,” Dee Dee Court told Dee Dee Court for over a decade. Garcia, who lives, said.
But she and her husband are about to move. She said he was talking about moving to Idaho four years after he retired.
“He’s beyond California,” Garcia said of her husband. “Bakersfield is cheaper than Los Angeles, but California is expensive to live in. Taxes are … crazy.”
More rooms to live in
Bateman, public security and regulatory supervisor at Pacific Gas and Electric, wants his and his wife’s decision to move to Bakersfield to be as close as possible to her family, primarily in Southern California, to allow her stay. At PG & E, who said he was inspired by the desire.
Their new home on Fitzgerald Drive is slightly smaller than the two-story home in Brentwood, about 50 miles east of San Francisco, but on a much larger site, about 0.5 acres and two dogs. Great for dogs. If they need it, they have enough room to park the pool and RV. In addition, it’s $ 166,000 cheaper than the previous home for sale.
The air quality isn’t too bad and the heat waves last longer, but otherwise it’s not much different from the high temperatures that the family sometimes experienced in Brentwood.
In addition, he said life is now less stressful. No more endless commute, long lines in stores, or tense drivers.
“In general, everyone you meet seems kind, and if you do, it seems friendly, and it was quite different to the Bay Area for us,” he said. ..
He remembered the day his family moved. His little dog ran away. Some neighbors helped him and his wife look for it, spent hours driving around the neighborhood, calling for the dog to return.
When the dog was finally found and went home, one of the neighbors knew how hard it was and dropped the pizza for the family to relax and enjoy.
“It’s the caliber of the people we met here,” he said.
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