Pleasant Hill, CA (about 15 miles east of San Francisco)
I’ve lived in the Bay Area for most of my life. When I retired, I wanted to relocate to a warmer climate. I knew I would head south; it was just a matter of where my feet would hit the ground. I was out on the road and ended up stopping through Las Cruces. I love the natural beauty of the desert. Within a year I came back for a second impression and that’s when I started talking to real estate agent, Mary Holliday. She really took the time to get to know me. She showed me a bunch of properties, but I didn’t find quite what I wanted, so we started talking about new construction. I looked at one of GL Green’s courtyard homes and I liked the open floorplan with a patio in the back that is really accessible.
Conveniences of Home
I decided to build in Sonoma Ranch. It’s a little closer to Lohman and Downtown where I have access to services. We looked at a lot of different areas. There’s a lot of choices in this town and a lot of charm depending on where you go. I wanted less property to take care of and to be somewhere close to the routine, day-to-day shopping.
The Social Hobbyist
I’ve been introduced to a mixed group of people since moving here. We meet on a regular basis for cornhole and we just went to Albuquerque for a tournament. When I was looking for the lot to build, I expressed interest in a bocce ball court. I thought it would be a great way to get to know new people. I put up outdoor lights on the side of the house so we can play on summer evenings. It’s a nice diversion that doesn’t require a tennis racket or a lot of running around.
I’m also a big reader, and I like to walk and do a little bit of gardening. I’m a big baseball fan, so playoffs season is my Christmas. When I go out around town, I like St. Clair down by Mesilla or Luna Rossa for pizza.
Politically and socially, I like the diversity of the population here. It’s a swing state so there are a lot of liberals as well as conservatives. Being a college town with younger people is also a plus. In the Bay Area, we had USF, Cal Berkley, and Stanford. I found that I enjoy being around that environment. Institutions of learning always promote freer thinking. There’s not a whole lot of traffic, pollution, or crime. Cruces is less busy, less confused. People enjoy the simpler lifestyle which is what I’m looking for. There’s a lot about this town in the plus column.