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Pensacola, FL

looking to buy

Kinda depends on the area... Can you zero us in a little closer than 32505? What neighborhoods, or what are the homes you're looking at near?  (Mar 23, 2013 | post #2)

Pensacola, FL

Which areas to avoid?

You are very welcome... :-) And good luck with your move!  (Mar 23, 2013 | post #9)

Tehachapi, CA

What is it like in Tehachapi, CA?

Neighbors here are very friendly... this is the kind of place where you wave at your neighbors whether you "know" them or not. Of course, this is somewhat dependent upon what area or neighborhood you live in, but the places that are not-so-friendly are most assuredly the exception to that rule. I can only think of a couple neighborhoods where this might be the case. Regarding the weather, if you're from Illinois the winters here will not bother you one bit, haha! We truly get four seasons here, unlike anywhere else I have lived. Tehachapi has a *very* nice climate, and to me the winters are mild, but I've lived in places that had "real" winters, and others here seem to disagree with me on that point. However, there are many nice areas to live that are very protected from foul weather and wind if that is of concern to you. With respect to job commutes to Bakersfield, the Palmdale/Lancaster area and Edwards AFB, it's not bad at all with the exception of the rare occasion when Hwy 58 gets shut down due to a particularly bad winter storm. They are very good about plowing the roads here, unlike a couple other places I've lived. There is quite literally no traffic to speak of at all. I would say that Tehachapi is more conservative than liberal, but has become more liberal in recent years with the influx of people from the city. The schools here are good, particularly for a small town, and some (with reference to the elementary schools) are better than others. I think Cummings Valley is probably the best elementary school in our area. There are a lot of great academic and extracurricular programs. And (I mention this only because someone else recently asked) there are now several private schools here as well. Carden (1st) and Heritage Oak (2nd) are the only two that I could recommend, as I honestly don't know anyone who has been to or sent their kids to any of the others. Here is the link to the Tehachapi Unified School District (TUSD) website: http://www.teh.k12 .ca.us/ I hope this helps you all out and good luck with your move, wherever you end up!  (Mar 23, 2013 | post #3)

Tehachapi, CA

Review: Tehachapi Automotive

I've heard the same around town... Couldn't pay me good money to let one of those greasemonkeys touch my pickup. I generally do my own work, but when there's something I can't troubleshoot and/or fix on my own I've been going to Dave's Automotive out on South Street for about 20 years. I always get treated right, I've never been ripped-off (which is always difficult for a woman to find in an auto shop), and Dave employs great mechanics. Sorry to hear you had such a crappy experience. :/  (Mar 21, 2013 | post #2)

Tehachapi, CA

Tehachapi is a Horrible place to live

Yeah, there sure is! Dye Natatorium Pool is in the same area as the old high school, which is now the junior high, near Snyder and D Street. http://www.tvrpd.o rg/calendar/pool-p rograms.html There are now several private schools here (just Google "Tehachapi private schools"), but I can only speak to two of them. Carden School has been around for years and is excellent. One of my best friends went to school there and over the years I've known a lot of parents who've sent their kids there... An excellent school. I understand that Heritage Oaks is also an excellent school. I know several people, one in city management, who send their children there and they are all extremely happy there.  (Mar 21, 2013 | post #64)

Tehachapi, CA

Tehachapi is a Horrible place to live

Linsey, please don't let the Negative Nancys here color your opinion of our beautiful town and surrounding areas. Tehachapi was a fantastic place to grow up, still is a wonderful place to raise a family, and *many* people move here to retire. As OWRer pointed out, it is not perfect, but NO PLACE is. I was born and raised here and for several years had to leave for school and work during which time I lived all over the country, in big cities and small towns alike. I missed home every single minute that I was away, and while I was away for work I did everything in my power to try to get myself back home. It took a while but I finally made it, and I am grateful to be back home every single day. Several folks here have commented about the weather. On that subject, Tehachapi is called The Land of Four Seasons. We can get all four seasons in one day or sometimes, a warm balmy day in the dead of Winter or likewise a snow storm late in the Spring. About 8-years ago it snowed the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. :). However I love the weather here having lived in places where the weather was utterly miserable on both ends of the spectrum. With respect to the wind, yes, of course it is windy here, but there are areas that are protected from the wind and from foul weather in general. My folks live in one of those areas and they jokingly refer to it as "The Banana Belt." Despite what some of the Negative Nancys here claimed, Tehachapi residents are in fact very friendly. You're likely to see a neighbor -- even one whom you've never even met -- wave as you pass on the road and likewise if you wave at -- again, even a neighbor who you only know by sight -- they are more than likely to wave and smile "hello" back. Only exceptions to that rule that I have found are relative newcomers, most of whom have come up from the city (aka LA) and have just never experienced such small town friendliness. Oh gosh... There is SO much more I could -- and would like to -- tell you. But in closing, I will say that there is some great discussion on the City Data Forum. If you send me a private message here I can direct you to a couple of particularly informative threads. :)  (Mar 16, 2013 | post #62)

Pensacola, FL

Which areas to avoid?

I've since moved back to my hometown, but I agree with all the feedback you've received here so far. Most of the time I was in the area I lived in the Woodbury Forest subdivision South of Milton (North of the I-10 off Garcon Point Road) and it was a very nice, quiet and friendly place to live with a mixture of families, youngish couples and a few older folks. I worked in Pensacola, so did most of all of my business there and didn't really spend too much time in Milton or Pace at all. Then I moved to a nice, well-kept, quiet, more established neighborhood (I believe most of the homes had been built in the mid '70s maybe) that was near 10 Mile Road and Guidy Lane. Again, I had a great experience living there. It was quiet, I had very friendly neighbors that were a mixture of families and some retirees. I don't recall what that neighborhood is called though, sorry. From there I moved to East Hill right before I left town, and loved it there as well... pretty much the same experience that I had at my previous two homes in the area. The homes there are beautiful and have amazing character. My only caution to you if you should choose East Hill -- which would be a *great* choice, don't get me wrong -- would be to be careful about what sorts of upgrades the home has had because of potential maintenance issues unless you're real handy. Just something to keep in mind. I am a single gal and always felt safe in all three of my homes and neighborhoods, which I figured I'd mention since you're a single mama. And with above comment regarding your family's safety in mind, one thing that Fact of the Matter said are worth repeating WITH EMPHASIS: "STAY AWAY FROM BROWNSVILLE!" Good luck finding your new, happy home and with your move, Kimmy!  (Mar 16, 2013 | post #7)

Pensacola, FL

What area of Pensacola has newer homes and is a good safe...

East Hill is always a good bet. I loved it there. As an added bonus for Doggy, it is home to Bayview Park on Bayou Texar (pronounced "TEY-har "), where there is a dog park! http://www.outdoor gulfcoast.com/bayv iew-park-pensacola / If you're not so keen about living in the city, most of the time I lived in the area I lived in a great little subdivision, Woodbury Forest, which is across Escambia Bay bridge, South of Milton, just North of the I-10, West of Garcon Point Road. Nice big lots, very quiet and friendly neighborhood and neighbors, nicely built homes at ("relatively, " haha) high elevation (low risk of flooding during hurricanes). The neighborhood/subdi vision sustained virtually no damage during Ivan. Fast, easy drive into the city. Good luck to you!  (Mar 16, 2013 | post #11)

Tehachapi, CA

My Shopping Experience at Walmart

Cheers to that, OWR! **SHOP LOCALLY AND KEEP WALMART OUT OF TEHACHAPI!!**  (Mar 16, 2013 | post #4)

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Tehachapi

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Outside of North Pole, Alaska

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Wounded Warrior Project, MAJOR Jason E George US Army Memorial Foundation, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Angelman Syndrome Foundation

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When I am not spending time with my cousins and my niece, I like reading, music, road-tripping, watching UFC, preferably old Royce Gracie fights...

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_The Solace of Open Spaces_ by Gretel Ehrlich

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