When you think about California, images of pristine beaches, beautiful movie stars and glamorous lifestyles of the rich and famous come to mind. Although there are miles of beaches and it is home to Hollywood and Silicon Valley, there’s much more to the Golden State. If you want to buy a house in California, here are five things you need to know before you move. Not only will they make the transition easier, but they’ll also help to clear up any misconceptions you have about the state and the people who live there.
Despite the fact that California is home to movie stars and countless celebrities, the odds are very slim that you’ll have one as a neighbor. You may, on occasion, run into someone famous on the street, in a restaurant, or out shopping, but don’t count on it. The truth is, most of the 38 million folks that live in California are normal, every day people just like you. You’ll find a wealth of diversity, no matter what part of the state you decide to call home.
Traffic Is Intense
California’s freeways can be incredibly difficult to traverse during certain parts of the day. The gridlock can hold you hostage in your car. One thing that helps keep traffic moving are the carpool lanes designated for vehicles with more than one passenger. For the most part, the heaviest traffic times are between 6 and 9 in the morning, and again between 3 and 7 in the afternoon. If at all possible, you should plan your excursions for the low traffic hours.
Ask just about anybody what state has the most earthquakes every year and they will more than likely say California. The truth is, Alaska and Oklahoma both experience more earth shaking events than California. That said, California does have quakes. However, the vast majority of them are small tremors that do little damage or are not even felt. The state has the dubious distinction, though, of having some of the most destructive earthquakes, due in part to the large population and extensive infrastructure.
Drought Is A Real Issue
California is in its fourth year of a major drought. Cities across the state recently were ordered to reduce their water usage by 25 percent to help ease the burden. That means you’ll see fewer green lawns, since watering them is restricted. If you’re moving from a place that doesn’t experience drought, it’ll take some getting used to.
If you are thinking about buying a home in California, contact us at Trumark Homes. We have beautiful, spacious homes available in some of the most desirable, friendly areas in the state including Milpitas, Newark and Silver Lake. We would love to tell you all about them.