The Water Cooler – Living Outside of Claycord

August 6, 2014 12:00 pm · 82 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

If you could choose one city/town to move to that is outside of Claycord, where would you move, and why?

Talk about it….

Anon777 August 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Any tropical island for the sun, the sand, the ocean, the beauty, the beach bum relaxed life and to get the hell outta here!

dilligafman August 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Fallon,Nevada- Will happen within next 2 years to get out of this effen communist state!!!

Concordejet August 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM


Enfield303 August 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Grants Pass, Oregon. Lots of trees, less of a rat race, lots of water, somewhat more temperate climate.

Cowellian August 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

We chose Nashville because of family.

SKS August 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Provo, Utah (or suburb thereof).

To get out of this effin’ socialist, communistic, bleeding heart, liberal, welfare-ridden, illegal alien-riddled, taxed up my posterior state.

Concordejet August 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM


Good choice, you can get away from it all and yes get the hell out of here. I hear ya.


Oregon is such a beautiful state to live. I love the nature there.


I can see you love country music. Nashville is a good place to live if you love music.

anon August 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

An island in either Hawaii or the Caribbean for the relaxed lifestyle and awesome beaches.

Anon-E-Cat August 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Already shopping for the retirement area. Vancouver Washington or close environs. Looking for acreage and no close neighbors 😉

Won’t be able to afford to live her once we retire.

35549 August 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Germantown, TN, Franklin, TN., Pigeon Forge, TN., or Possum Run, TN.

If you don’t know, then it’s perfect!!!!

Anon-E-Cat August 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

@Enfield303: We were seriously considering Grants Pass for the longest time, LOVE to camp there, but it’s still a bit too warm in the summer.

Anon-E-Cat August 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Edit: Won’t be able to afford to live HERE once we retire. Typed it too fast 😉

Ancient Mariner August 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I already made this decision and the place I decided on was Claycord
I chose to come here from another country.
I like it here. You naysayers don’t know how good you have it!

WantToGo August 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I would choose:

Grants Pass, OR — So beautiful. Love the weather and the space, slower pace.

Nevada City, CA — Really beautiful place. Love the: Space, beauty, well maintained old town, weather, trees, hills, wildlife, relaxed pace, and people.

Mr. Pink August 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Tend to agree with Ancient Mariner in that most places will pale in comparison so far as weather, quality of life, things to do, services available, etc. That being said, a part of me would LOVE to relocate to a small town area (smaller than Clayton even) where I can afford to put a little space between me and my neighbors. A place where people are more down to earth, etc. Was always attracted to the fictional town in Northern Exposure, which was based on Roslyn, Washington. So maybe there.

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzz......... August 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Fantasy – Mykonos Greece. Most beautiful island in the world. Or……Tuscany region of Italy

Reality – Back to Yerington NV. Family and family busines is there……….in about 18 months….YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also no state income tax and sales tax is only 7.10%, car registration $33 and a truck is $38……………and insurance for vehicles is at least 25% less than CA

Marianne August 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

We already live outside of Claycord, in Pleasantville.

Earthling August 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Oh,and please take Smart,Goodlooking,Debonaire with you…..

SKS August 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

@17 ,,,,,,,Playing the race card eh? Too easy.

… I’M NOT WHITE. Who is the racist now?

Cowellian August 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

I’ve loved Pigeon Forge since I was a kid. My wife loves Franklin because of the antique stores.

The other 99% August 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Antioch, it just seems so pleasant. …..

beach lover August 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Anywhere on a beach August 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Any city close to the water in Socal. My preference is Huntington Beach where I live now, after transferring jobs. I moved away from Concord and couldnt be happier. Made me realize how mnay areas of Concord are ….less than ideal

The Mamba August 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

I’d like to move back to San Diego. I loved the slower pace of life, great food, weather and beaches. The other place I loved was Queenstown, in New Zealand – less people, great wine and lamb and unbelievable scenery.

@ Mr Pink August 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I spent most of my childhood in a town about an hour northeast of Roslyn….Beautiful country. If you really want to head that way also check out Ellensburg as well

@sks August 6, 2014 at 1:28 PM

That’s ok you will fit in just fine, enjoy.

Glen August 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

looking at Minden, NV.

Antler August 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Family is a major reason I would choose to stay in Claycord, though Walnut Creek or Alamo hills are preferable because of emphasis on cultural arts and quality of stores.

Otherwise (and what if I did not have my precious family?)……in California I like Carmel, followed by Mendocino Village, Encinatas, Nevada City….all small but with most of the qualities I cited above re Claycord. And they do not have snow, which I intensely dislike. (Well, sometimes Nevada City has snow…. but generally not too much at a time, and it melts quickly.)

In Oregon, I liked Billings.

In North Carolina, I would have a permanent residence in Ashville (though I would have to flee the snow). Then there would be a huge oceanfront cottage …. maybe at Holden Beach, NC, or at Garden City Beach, SC. The cottage has to be huge because I love to say “y’all come” to friends and family! And I would buy an extra liver and heart so I could eat fried seafood as often as I like!

Of course you have realized by now that any of the above dreams would cost a fortune, but we are only imagining here!

KJ August 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Missoula, Montana. Gorgeous mountains all around; big enough, but not too big; great university; independent bookstores (plural); fantastic farmers market; beautiful river; hiking/biking trails.

@sks August 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM


anonanonagain August 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Sydney Australia, but because of their extremely tight immigration policies, I’ll pick Healdsburg Ca……

Chris August 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Toronto Canada. I don’t drink anymore so the bottle of Vodka for $45 would not bother me now. Also my wife is from there. I spent about 6 months all together living there, and in that time, watching the news, I heard of 3 gun murders, in a city of 3.5 million plus… But it is not perfect and no place will be. But I want to spend our life there now, because my wife is here for 5 years now and is so homesick for Canada. It is an awesome city btw. It is not much different that the US, but you definitely know you are not in Kansas anymore when living there, esp in December. COLD..

Pyrrhus August 6, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Already live in San Francisco but after that it’ll be Lamorinda for my family. The only other places I would consider living is San Diego, Portland or maybe somewhere in Oahu (if I could find a job). I enjoy the lifestyle of the west coast and could never see myself in the midwest or east coast.

Antler August 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Oh, ratz…… I’m sorry, Mayor! You only asked for ONE town. (So I guess that also means has to be a year-round venue.)

Vectoring to the warm Atlantic Ocean…. still cultural arts……..

Savannah, GA

ClayDen August 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

We really like Oregon to visit and have been going there two or three times a year (twice so far this year and will be there again in October), but don’t have any desire to move there. Our family is in the Bay Area, so we are staying here. If we had to leave Clayton (not likely), it would probably be to Livermore or Pleasanton, possibly somewhere around Yountville or Calistoga. I can put up with the liberals here; they are so much fun to watch.

Frambley1 August 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

There just can’t be articles on here without the ignorant neo-cons spouting their misguided hatred of all that makes this the United States (there is more Amendments than your precious number 2).

And its just that attitude that will have us moving to Vancouver as soon as the youngest finishes High School.

SKS August 6, 2014 at 3:07 PM

The original post at 17 was censored due to a derogatory comment about southerners.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonair August 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

@Frambley1,#36: glad to see you go. Please be sure to take your libtard political views with you. Cheers, LOL!!!

Cowellian August 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

How many amendments do they have in Vancouver?

@sks August 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Oh I guess you get censored here if you say the wrong thing about the RIGHT people. But there is no problem with constant insults towards open minded “leftys” as we are callled here in this OPEN forum. I’m sorry for my harsh description of the more right-wing country type. Ill try to be more sensitive in the future. Unless I get banned from your site.

That's All Folks! August 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM


ICameISawIConcord August 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I grew up in San Francisco and moved to Concord to live in a nice neighborhood and pay less rent. I moved to Tracy to buy a house for under $100,000. Sold the house in Tracy and Moved to Modesto to buy a big house for under $200,000. I currently live in Modesto and my house payment is $850 including property taxes and insurance.

ptpauly August 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Twin Falls or Idaho Falls Idaho. Why, because it is out of liberal ass effing California. Real laws, real people. no phonies. Life would be grand

Roz August 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

As soon as our son in law retires from the Coast Guard and gets a civilian job,…where they live,..we’ll move to. But I did like Alameda while they were there and we still go visit their neighbors ( great group of young adults) and some of the Coast Guard buddies.

Kelly Anne August 6, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Big bear or grants pass. Big bear because they have an awesome Octoberfest & Grants Pass for peace & quiet.

foonman August 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Looked at Grants Pass for years but in my research I found that in winter the smog does get “trapped in that valley” and some of our relatives go to the coast (Brookings) to be able to breath. Summers can get like here. So we then looked into southern Washington which has a much better tax structure for retirees. Cant stand the rain though. The overcrowding here does make it difficult to afford to retire here buy we’ll stick for now. I hesitate to add, Grants Pass is a beckoning area, and I mention it because so many posted earlier. I’m going to investigate Bend. and Sun river, Oregon in the high desert. Small and quirky………….

Canadian Born August 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Canada would be a great place to settle into, preferably somewhere in the beautiful province of British Columbia. I was born in canada and loved it. Sure the weather is frigid cold, but not as cold as the attitudes and demeanor of people living in Claycord…

No guns crimes in Canada. not like Crapcord, or Un-Pleasant Hill or WC, or Antioch. No fat americans looking to fight over their place in line, or parking spaces or the fact that their loser kids were yelled at by a teacher at school.

The best part about living in Canada? 20 million people. that is it. less than the population of California, the illegal immigrant state. Plenty of open space, freedom and nice people too. But please don’t join me, fellow Claycordians.

Yosemite Sam August 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Austin, Tx. I am growing to despise hippy-dippy Ca laws. Only the law breakers benefit. I’ll pay all the damn taxes and permits and be a MG toting S.o.B! All joviality aside, I enjoyed living there.

ClayDen August 6, 2014 at 5:27 PM

@ foonman

Bend is a nice town; we usually drive through there a couple of times a year on our way to Sisters (19 miles west). Sisters is a neat little town in a beautiful area, but too isolated for our tastes, as is Bend. Great area to visit though. Several good golf courses and lots of sunshine.

@Yosemite Sam

Two good things about Austin: COTA (Circuit of the Americas) and music. San Antonio is nice too. BTW, Austin is about as close to Bezerkeley as it gets in Texas.

Atticus Thraxx August 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

See ya Sam! Austin is cool, lets us know how things go. Everybody I’ve known with a maschinengewehr complains about going broke trying to feed it. 😉

I could live in Texas, not in a large city though. Lubbock maybe. Northern California is pretty sweet up where Connie is too. And maybe Virginia in the Salem area.Spent some time there for work and really, really liked it.

Teacher Wannabe August 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM

San Diego! Beaches, good weather, waterskiing year round w/o a wetsuit. Did I mention the beaches?

ClayDen August 6, 2014 at 7:04 PM

@Teacher Wannabe

It’s better here than in San Diego and there is so much more within a 4 hour drive from here than from San Diego that it doesn’t even belong in the same discussion. Granted, their beaches are nice (so are ours, but our water is colder) and the labor rate for car repairs is lower there (hint: buy a reliable car), but not much else is better there.

Outta here August 6, 2014 at 7:23 PM

We moved here from Ohio in 1977, 37 years ago. I have now lived here over half my life. Loved it at first. At this point the politics are insufferable, which makes me sad. I guess “we” humans have to spoil whatever is good. I have thought about moving to the Dallas TX area just to feel like an American again, but don’t know if it will ever happen.

Cat Wrangler August 6, 2014 at 8:15 PM


Monkey August 6, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Balboa island, Malibu,or Laguna beach . In that order

Mika August 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Santa Barbara– beautiful beaches, weather,palm trees. . .

Antler August 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

ClayDen, a little while back, you said you might like to live in St. Helena. Since I haven’t been there in a while, has something changed there that has made you change your mind?

ChiAussie August 6, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Pinecrest CA!!!!!! It’s the choice for us!

Ph res August 6, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Zenia, California. Small and pretty town. I’d move back in a heartbeat.

dogbert August 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Perth, Australia — it’s like the best parts of Southern California in the 70s.

SKS August 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

@40 … the leftists confuse tolerance with acceptance. Get a clue.

Anon August 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

My boyfriend and I are moving to Salem, Oregon. We initially wanted to move to a Portland and a Portland suburb but then the real estate market took off. We already bought a place and can’t wait to move up there. Reading all the comments makes me wonder if we should have checked out Grants Pass more closely. We are keeping our place in Concord just in case we decide to move back.

Anon August 6, 2014 at 11:11 PM

My boyfriend and I are moving to Salem, Oregon. We initially wanted to move to Portland or a suburb of Portland but then the real estate market took off. We already bought a place and can’t wait to move up there. Reading all the comments here makes me wonder if we should have checked out Grants Pass more closely. We are keeping our place in Concord just in case we decide to move back.

ClayDen August 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM

@ Antler

As I noted, we like it around Yountville and Calistoga, and St. Helena is between them. However, as we get more grandchildren in Claycord and Los Altos, that would put us farther away. We also spend a lot of time on the Monterey Peninsula, so moving north would make it farther to go there. We love Clayton, have been here for 37 years, and I doubt we will leave. If we had to leave, the area noted and especially Livermore/Pleasanton would be likely choices.

Dr. Jellyfinger® August 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM


RunDogRun August 7, 2014 at 8:12 AM

The grass is always greener.

Mimi (original) August 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Anywhere on the coast from Mendocino north throughout California, Oregon or Washington!

#52 August 7, 2014 at 10:26 AM

you’ve got to be joking. we have a house here and a condo in San Diego…. try to go down as often as we can… much nicer there than here.
better weather, better scenery, less traffic, nicer people. you’re right that they don’t belong in the same discussion.

Fred August 7, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Any of you Tea Party right wing guys want to move out to Texas I got a cabin in the woods near Houston I’ll be selling when I retire in a few years. I bought a place in Sonora as it’s nice there and what I can still afford and be close to family in Concord.

ATKOH August 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

We moved from Concord to Florence, Oregon a year ago. Have a brand new house near a lake and short drive to the ocean. Weather works for us not too hot and plenty of natural air conditioning. First winter was good only snowed a couple of days and a pellet stove kept us warm.

@Fred, #69 August 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Time magazine article, Oct. 2013:

Tyler Cowen’s 10 Reasons Texas Is Our Future

Texas has no state income tax and a healthy job market. It has a relatively low cost of living. CA’s beautiful scenery comes at a hefty price.

You don’t have to be labeled “Tea Party, right-wing” to know how to help yourself survive.

Fred August 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

@Fred, #69
Yea I know, my job moved out here 20 years ago, but it’s also hot and humid, high property tax and high insurance rates from tropical storms. Not to mention having any left wing ideas will put you into a small minority in a large part of this state.

ClayDen August 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM


I worked in San Diego full time for five years and it’s nice, but I missed the seasons and the rain. Plus, there is so much more to do in and around the Bay Area and the area is much prettier. San Diego vs Contra Costa: Go west, nice beaches both places, but cold water here. Downtown San Diego vs San Francisco, no contest. Go south, Tijuana vs the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur. Go east: the desert vs Yosemite, the Sierras and Tahoe. Go north: LA vs the Napa Valley and the North Coast. But San Diego is better????????????? Whatever floats your boat.

@Fred, #72 August 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

No, TX weather is not the greatest (although I would not live near the coast anyway). Since I don’t have any left wing ideas, I would not have to be part of a (very) small minority there, as I have been in CA for many years. To be honest, I have found that if you don’t toe the party line in CA you are treated very poorly (even if you avoid political interaction). “My mind’s made up; don’t confuse me with the facts.” It’s all either black or white (no room for conversational give and take).

Fred August 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM

@Fred, #72 If you like to hunt and fish even a left winger like me does fine, but I don’t won’t talk politics unless you force me. Just don’t live near a power plant or refinery, get use to racism and maybe you should NOT move to Houston, Austin or San Antonio. ps If you don’t live near the coast then instead of hurricanes you will have tornadoes and frankly Dallas is a bore.

Atticus Thraxx August 7, 2014 at 8:43 PM

“To be honest, I have found that if you don’t toe the party line in CA you are treated very poorly”
By who? When? What are you talking about?
Jesus dude if your being held captive find some way to let us know.

Cat Wrangler August 7, 2014 at 11:18 PM

@ RunDogRun

… In Ireland.

No Way August 8, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Vancouver Washington – no state income tax, cross the border to Oregon and buy goods – no state sales tax. and the primary language is English.
California died during Jerry’s first just hasn’t been pronounced yet.

Antler August 8, 2014 at 2:41 AM

#76…… 🙂

Antler August 8, 2014 at 2:52 AM

ClayDen…thanks. I thought that previously you were being specific to the towns you named. Glad to hear St. Helena is not banned for some reason!

L.Zumbro August 8, 2014 at 3:09 AM

I would live in Livermore. Its still a small town attitutde. People treated eachother with respect.

Connie Dobbs August 8, 2014 at 7:29 AM

#74 The Bay Area is not representative of California.

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