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What it's Like to Retire in California City

California City, incorporated in 1965, is located in the Northern Antelope Valley of Kern County. It's a master planned community with two parks, a community center, a senior center, tennis courts, a sports center, and a pool.The community is also home to the National Desert Tortoise Reserve. Cerro Coso College is located here, as well as a PGA golf course. An interesting fact is that it is the 3rd largest city in land-area in the state. It was all planned in the late 60's. The hope was that the US was to build the SST and an intercontinental airport was to be built in Palmdale around 1970. This never happened of course so the "boom" never occurred. Hyundai built a $60 million testing facility in the area a few years ago. It is in the desert near the town of Mojave. Photos courtesy of Craig Thompson.

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Where to Retire in California City and Home Prices

There's at least one active adult community in California City.
Median selling price was about $70,000 in late 2014, according to City-Data.com.  Zillow puts it higher at $87,5000 in late 2015.

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What is special about California City

The climate in CalCity is fantastic. Although a couple months in summers are hot, they are not as hot as the lower deserts of Calif. or Ariz.  It is not a "senior community" per se and has a new high school and middle school. But it is a great little town with just a short drive from everything you could need. In May of 2011 Green West Real Estate Development, LLC purchased 20,000 acres with plans to rebuild the city in the near future.

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What is not special about California City

The planned city vibe is not for everyone.  Only a clinic for health care. But we feel the benefits out-weigh the negatives. Like many Calif. communities it was hit hard with the economic woes of Calif in general and there are some repo homes and also some older house that are boarded up and need to be removed. But the City is working on these problems.

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Who will like retirement in California City

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Local economy is driven by

the Edwards Air Force Base
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Climate and Physical Environment

Winters are cold to cool; summers can get upwards of 100 degrees.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fortunately California City has some attractions, because it is a long way across the desert or mountains to any other city.
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Crime

Crime in California City is just under the national average.
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Medical facilities

There is no hospital in the town,  the town of Tehachapi which has a hospital is about 30 miles away. 

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Transportation

There's a municipal airport in town.
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Valuable Links

Californiacity.com
Cal CIty Senior Newsletter
City-Data page
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What people are saying about California City

California City
Housing in California City is dirt cheap as far as California goes.
Posted by bubbajog on December 15, 2011
We hope to move to California CIty
Note: This is input from a Topretirements member, we think you will find it helpful. If you know California City, please share your input: we have considered Cal City for retirement. We love the climate. With the mess California is in, have to weigh those issues of course, but having visited California City, we really like it. Just a small bedroom community but has lots of plusses too. near lots of things such as shopping in Lancaster, Palmdale and Bakersfield. All about 45 minutes to an hour from Cal City. Very nice city park and golf course with small lake. New Best Western Inn being built. Homes are very affordable and although California has serious financial problems and infamous high taxes, property taxes are primarily based on the selling price of a house, so getting a good price on a house means that property taxes may be very affordable. For a retired people that may be more important that lower income taxes for example.
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Facts about CALIFORNIA CITY
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Desert,New Urban/Master Planned,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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