I hear on the news almost weekly how expensive it is to live in Southern California, and I don’t always agree. While some things are cheaper in parts of the country (for the cost of my house, I could buy huge spreads in some parts of the country), all things are relative.
Some of My Costs
When I think of cost of living, here are some of my major expenses. I have a nice suburban house in a good neighborhood – inland (no, not all Californians live on the beach or coast) – which is 20 minutes from everything I could ever dream of. I have a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house on a half acre, with a great view. It has a two car attached garage, a nice spread of grass, and lots of mature trees.
However, all of that comes at a cost – my home cost $575,000, and it is on the lower end of homes in my neighborhood, even at a price-per-square -foot of almost $240, which is cheap for the neighborhood as well.