Florida gets all the attention for being the country’s most famous retiree destination, but California deserves some time in the spotlight, too. The abundance of recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities afforded to those who reside in the Golden State should leave you wondering, “why not California?” Woodside, a small incorporated town in San Mateo County, California, is home to many horses and is among the wealthiest communities in the United States. Here’s why Woodside and the great State of California would be a great choice for retirement or even snowbirds:
As is true of most of the California coastal areas, weather in Woodside is usually mild during most of the year. Summers are dry and can be hot; winter temperatures rarely dip much below freezing. Average January temperatures are a maximum of 60 °F (16 °C) and a minimum of 36 °F (2 °C). Average July temperatures are a maximum of 88 °F (31 °C) and a minimum of 51 °F (11 °C). Snowfall is extremely rare except in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains, where several inches falls every several years. Annual precipitation averages 30.9 inches (785.4 millimeters) and falls on an average of 61 days annually (source).
Horses are part of the local culture. Numerous residents keep horses, and the town government maintains a network of horse trails. Some resident’s homes are even considered farms. The town is also popular among local cyclists and draws them in large numbers on weekends.
A Life Aquatic
California boasts a 900-mile coastline, with hundreds of stunning beaches along the way. Research shows that living near the ocean can reduce stress and lead to increased physical activity, keeping you happier and healthier.
Close to World-Renowned Vineyards
Woodside is only about a two-hour drive from Napa Valley, which is world-famous for its vineyards. Napa Valley is home to nearly 400 vineyards and tasting rooms, 600 if you include nearby Sonoma. Can’t beat that!
For those wishing to continue working in retirement, California is a good place to be. While the cost of living in California is generally higher than the rest of the country, so is the income. The median household income in California is $8,000 per year higher than the national average.
If you’re a retiree, soon-to-be-retiree, or snowbird ready to make Woodside, California your new home, contact Helen & Brad Miller. Helen & Brad Miller are real estate agents who know the business and have been the #1 Agent Team in the Woodside area for many years. Check out their listings today!