Real "Farewell" Stories

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Alan & Kim sold their home in Laguna Niguel and bought a home in Reno, NV

Sensing the Orange County home market had hit its peak, we sold our home and invested our equity in Reno. Now we have a larger home with stunning Sierra Mountain views less than 20 miles from Lake Tahoe and all the recreational opportunities it offers. We have said farewell to the high taxes, the high cost of living and the crazy traffic and joined so many of our friends, who have also moved from SoCal to Reno, to enjoy a slower pace, lower cost of living and a better quality of life. We could not be happier about this decision!

Kathy and Alan left California two years ago and have been Loving the Reno Lifestyle since! 

We moved from La Verne (Los Angeles County) to Reno two years ago as the traffic, heat and taxes were getting unreasonable. We now have fantastic views of mountains and wildlife, clean air, and dozens of new friends who have escaped the rat race for a quality of life that we are thankful for daily. Best decision yet!!

After doing their homework, Gayle and Bob are leaving California for Reno

I have been a life long resident of Orange County and I never thought I would ever think I want to leave the state. But after living here for over 50 years and seeing what is becoming of this beautiful state, my husband and I knew it was time to leave. With the state income tax, property taxes, sales tax, gas tax, the traffic, etc, enough was enough. The real question was where to move to. We had simple requirements. We didn't want to go to a state that had a state income tax. This takes the states from 50 to 7. We wanted a climate that was as close to California as possible. This eliminated Texas, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wyoming, Florida and Alaska. This left only Nevada to consider which led us to consider Reno. We wanted a large airport so we can travel. Check for Reno. We wanted a good healthcare system - Check for Reno. We wanted low sales tax and property tax: Check and check. We wanted low cost housing. Check for being able to purchase a new home for half the cost of our existing home and almost over 1,000 sq ft bigger. The list goes on and on, but what my husband and I wanted was what California was 50 years ago, and we found it in Reno. Come join us you will be so happy you did.

Susan has finally found her relocation destination and it’s Reno!

As a native Angeleno coming of age in the 70s accompanied by a ragtag group of teens --- our lives revolved around Disneyland and E-ticket rides, the Sunset Strip, The Whiskey a Go-Go and the Hollywood Bowl on the weekends. We were spoiled by the spectacular beaches, skiing in the local mountains, horseback riding, and many other outdoor activities in SoCal. There was also abundant, inexpensive housing, one of the best public school systems in the nation, reasonable traffic, cheap gas and great weather. Now that was some kinda magic! The imprint of that Los Angeles is forever etched in my memory. 


But sadly, the Golden State from my girlhood has lost its luster and charm. Now if I want to go to the beach, attend the symphony or go to an event within a 10 mile radius, I must plan my route and best times to leave days in advance as the traffic has become unbearable.  Not only that, LA County has an out-of-control homeless problem with hundreds camped on our city streets daily despite California being one of the highest taxed states. Most people stay in their “hood” as it is just too stressful to drive and public transportation is limited. As a single woman and semi-retired, my quality of life has diminished significantly.  Like many others who are seeking a better quality of life, I have explored other western states and until recently, was still undecided and feeling frustrated. 

Rather serendipitously, I heard Alan Pearson on KOGO, a local radio station broadcast from San Diego talking about the exodus of many fed up folks leaving the state. He developed a website, Farewell California, a free service chock full of information. Like me, Alan and his wife Kim were searching for their ideal retirement spot and had done tons of research.  They had a checklist similar to mine: good air quality, a climate that is mild but still has four seasons, a slower pace of life, lower cost of living generally, and reasonable home prices. Plus, no state tax! We spoke on the phone and Alan was so helpful and generous with his time and suggestions. He connected me with his good friends, Alan and Kathy, who had already made the move to Reno. 

Within a month I had booked my flight to Reno in the middle of January! It snowed and I loved it! The view of the Sierra Nevada mountains is breathtaking and I could drive anywhere within 15 minutes. Alan and Kathy showed me around their retirement community with all the amenities one could want. The people were friendly and the place just had a great vibe and a feeling of vibrancy


I have finally found my relocation destination and it’s Reno!  Farewell California! Hello Reno!

Listen to a Radio Interview with Carl DeMaio 

[KOGO AM 600, (San Diego) on the DeMaio Report program] 

November 20, 2018

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