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I live right now in Venice Beach, CA. My fiancee and I are going to begin traveling across the country and to different places around the world. We want to find the BEST PLACE to live and raise a family Raw-Vegan Yogi style and would like to hear everyone's opinion.. Dreaming of buying land with ABUNDANT FRUIT TREES, nice neighbors (if any for miles), clean water (river, creek, water fall) to play in, community, Good Vibes all around....

We KNOW that we don't want to live in L.A. forever.


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Have you heard about Storm & Jinjee's raw vegan village in Ojai? http://rawveganvillage.com/. I want to move to Santa Barbara (from Seattle) but I haven't traveled that much so maybe there's someplace better. I've heard good things about the San Luis Obispo area... I worry a bit about SoCal's water situation...
There were houses starting at around $250,000 in the beginning. We were actually thinking about doing it, but I haven't followed the project details since then. They plan to put in some rentals, too.
In terms of the US:

I lived in LA (Westwood/Santa Monica) for years, and recently moved to Pennsylvania.

Until I moved, I had no idea how amazing my organic produce choices were right where you currently live!! And how limited- especially in the winter- choices are most other places.

Most other places in the US have their produce shipped most of the year FROM California... and the trip doesn't do it any favors, lol.

Still, I understand the cons of living in LA (traffic, pollution, Hollywood and all that it entails...!)

Hawaii would probably be pretty good, and some of the other places up the coast of CA, Oregon, Washington. But again, the farther you get in the continental US from the farming communities of mid/southern CA, the more likely your produce is not local and your choices limited.
I used to live in Venice, CA and currently live in Chicago, IL. I can't wait to move back to Venice in order to live out my raw/yogi lifestyle since it is so accepted there and it seems like the "norm". Unlike here in the Midwest where it feels like I am a complete anomaly. You are lucky to have a farmers market market year round in so many spots near Venice. I dream about living near the ocean again and getting sun on my skin most days of the year. I think your best bet in a family situation would be to stay in California but just go more North and maybe East where you can find a mini farm of some sort.
ps. my husband and I are thinking about moving in the fall, do you have any advice on the best way to find an apartment in Venice? Do landlords put up for rent signs nowadays or is everything still going through the rental services like Westside Rentals?
Yeah, LA IS pretty amazing here as far as you can take a yoga class just about any time of the day and there is a farmer's market like everyday.. everything you want. I have lived in Ojai too... its amazing there with all of the Orchards. I loved it, perhaps i do want to move back there and check out Storm and Jinjee's land. YES DIANA! check out craigslist.org, and there are a TON of FOR RENT signs all over the place. Marc and I found our place on craigslist. Thank you all! Peace and Blessings
OOOOO COSTA RICA! I'm putting it on my TO DO list to visit here. THANKS MICHELE!
I understand about not wanting to live in the LA area forever! My boyfriend and I just moved back to Austin Texas in September after living in LA for 5 years. I do miss the farmers markets soooooooo much as we used to go twice a week and they are amazing, but life in LA was not that amazing. I liked it but I was also addicted to it I think. The busy pace and the the busy people and the lifestyle. Now I have alot more free time and the cost of living in Texas is alot less. Yes the winters in Austin can be a bit cold, but only can be. Sometimes they are quite balmy. The other thing was that I thought LA was too cold most of the year. There is something about the very long Texas summers where you can go out in a little sundress at night and enjoy the warm evenings. Also alot of people garden here and though it's not like California there is local produce to be had and all the better if you grow it yourself, citrus, melons and some other fruit trees grow very well here. I also have no trouble finding tons of great produce at the store. Texas has great grocery stores as far as produce goes.
Oh and it really bugged me that it never rains in LA! It rains throughout the year in Austin and I really love the rain.
I am not sure that I am advocating Texas as the place you are looking for but by no means do I think California is the ideal and there are alot of southern states that offer sun, warm weather, cheaper land, places to garden and such. Those are just my thoughts.
I am sure you will figure it out when you guys do your traveling! :)
IM COMING TO TEXAS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS! Marc says it is wonderful in AUSTIN, he went to college there. OH and thank you for your thoughts... Any suggestions on best places to get organic produce in Austin? lots of love girl!

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