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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by ECsponger View Post
    I rent a 4 BR 2nd floor apartment for dirt cheep in the winter only 2 blocks from the beach, and my job is at an oceanfront hotel on the boardwalk.

    BUT, like I've said before, I've sacrificed some 'modern comforts' in order to live this close to the ocean. But if you have enough drive and motivation in life you'll get to where you want to be. And right now this is where I want to be. For now, I am happy.
    what modern comforts? and i live about 30 mins from the closest break unfortuantly

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    Yeah so I live 1 block from the beach and rent.. But OB is an awesome town and prob one of the more affordable places to live in SoCal. Which beach do you normally surf at Zach?

  3. #23
    The closest you are going to get (as I've heard you mention you do restaurant management) is unfortunately about a 15 minute drive in the Delmarva area. Trust me, I've been attempting to buy a house for the last 1.5 years, just havn't found the right place to pull the trigger on. Property is outrageously overpriced if you expect to work in the area, totally out of balance with big dc metro area dollars driving prices thru the roof as second homes, to boot the 200k range "beach" property has been exceptionally resilient thru the markets downturn. It's only once you step into the 400k plus range that there has been noticable price dropping. And trust me, it's gonna be tough to even pull a 200k house with management salary with the way 90% of the restaurants around here operate.

    Not trying to be a ****, just giving you an honest perspective.

  4. #24
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    Three blocks from the beach. I own my home... bought it 15 years ago, and couldn't afford to buy it today. Prices are out of control. That being said, if you can, buy now, 'cause they're only gonna continue to go up from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfde View Post
    what modern comforts? and i live about 30 mins from the closest break unfortuantly
    Maybe I over-exaggerated a little bit. I gave up some things that most people take for granted in order to cut back costs: Cell phone, Truck (I drive very minimally), full cable, dishwasher, washers/dryers (I use the ones at work) just some of the little things that make 'modern' life more convenient. Obviously I still use internet because that, in my eyes, is the new medium for information and interaction. I've opted to attempt to live a more simple life and not worry about the bull**** some people deal with, such as high-end stressful jobs, BUYing houses and mortgages, loans and credit cards, kids and wives, traffic and worries about car problems and gas prices. All of that stuff is garbage and a waste of time in life if you ask me. Now I can surf when I want

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    Quote Originally Posted by austinj215 View Post
    Yeah so I live 1 block from the beach and rent.. But OB is an awesome town and prob one of the more affordable places to live in SoCal. Which beach do you normally surf at Zach?
    Mostly stay in OB/cliffs area. Venturing up to the la jolla reefs a lot lately. I'm a creature of habit though. mostly the pier or the jetty if its not that big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECsponger View Post
    Maybe I over-exaggerated a little bit. I gave up some things that most people take for granted in order to cut back costs: Cell phone, Truck (I drive very minimally), full cable, dishwasher, washers/dryers (I use the ones at work) just some of the little things that make 'modern' life more convenient. Obviously I still use internet because that, in my eyes, is the new medium for information and interaction. I've opted to attempt to live a more simple life and not worry about the bull**** some people deal with, such as high-end stressful jobs, BUYing houses and mortgages, loans and credit cards, kids and wives, traffic and worries about car problems and gas prices. All of that stuff is garbage and a waste of time in life if you ask me. Now I can surf when I want
    Nice man. I did that with my life many years ago. Was perfect for me at the time. Year after year, the modern parts of life will start working their way back into your life, but when you are at a point where that works for you, stick with it as long as you can. When you look back, those will most likely be the happiest times you can remember. When you just stop paying attention to what the rest of the world is doing and just focus on your own little bubble. Surfing and doing what you want. There are a lot of people on this earth who regardless of surfing or not, will never really see that side of life. good sh8* man.

  8. #28
    I agree. go with it as long as you can or as long as the ocean is calling you. I used to live in VB 24th and Atlantic. Just two blocks from shore. I could see the ocean from my balcony. Ride my bike on the boardwalk and I'd drop my daughter off at school every morning and go surf. Then pick her up when I was done. Paradise in a VB kind of way. Great during the winter season. its actually affordable duriing the school season. Everyday surf!
    Speaking of San Diego. I love surfing at Windandsea. I ws performing out there a few years ago and fell in love La Jolla. Thanks for bringing up San Diego Zack. Brings back good memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakagrom View Post
    That's what I was going to say. There are many towns that are small beachy towns rather than tacky high-rise condos with boardwalk amusements and all that shiyot.

    I live about 4.5 blocks from the beach too, a 2 minute bikeride to the beach at most. My parents bought the house in 2001 for around 300K. It's probably worth around 650K now as we have done a lot of work on it (it was built sometime in the late 1800s and there are a ton of random skewed additions that we had to mesh together to make it a livable house). Unfortunately, I am only there half the year... yes I am a weekend warrior-- I'm from benny country. I used to laugh at all the other kids in my town because they were definitions of bennies, but then I realized that I could care less about bennies and all.

    So I guess I'm a benny, though I don't think I act like one.


    yep same with my house in brick. my dad is working on it and its only going up in value... big time. but, im about 2-3 miles from the beach (mantoloking road). i live off the river and just drive over the bridge and hit rt 35. surfhunter, my buddy lives directly across from the bar called Marlin's in north bay head and we park there. its a little circle right off rt 35 as it veers west off the coast. that's our main spot we hit (other than squan)

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    i live w/ my gf about 3 blocks back from the beach in oc, nj...i've been here for about 3 years now & it's great. i get to ride my bike to surf 99% of the time (basically, unless it's really cold or i'm going to surf someplace other than the spot out front, which gets pretty darn good & is hard to drive away from, i'm on my bike.)
    we rent, but the housing prices are fairly affordable for where we are & we're saving up for a down payment on a house in this same neighborhood. hopefully the house we end up buying will have a garage to support my surfboard habit!

    i really liked san diego when i was out there...very chill vibe. i really liked surfing the cliffs & black's...prob. my 2 favorite spots that i surfed out there. drove up to trestles, but it wasn't really working, so i'll have to wait for another trip to experience the magic of that spot. it's been almost 5 years, so i think it's time for another cross-country road trip...