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The Water Cooler – If You Could Do It All Over Again, Would You Move To Where You Currently Live?


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

QUESTION: If you could do it all over again, would you move to where you currently live? (the house/apartment, not the city).


Talk about it.


v February 8, 2024 - 12:56 PM - 12:56 PM

Believe it or not, back in ’65, Clayton Rd. was two lanes, no Sun Valley mall, NO BART.
yeah, i would still wanna live here, if it hadn’t been turned into a ghetto’d- Blackhawk wannabe craphole.
Now i be tryin to get out 😏

Old Timer February 8, 2024 - 3:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Exactly when we moved here1965.It was a great place but now It’s different.If our roots weren’t so deed we would move but family is a strong tie.The house is perfect it’s all about the city.

nytemuvr February 8, 2024 - 3:47 PM - 3:47 PM

@V….When Treat Blvd. was Treat Lane, I remember well, the Diandas were our neighbors.

Lari February 9, 2024 - 10:11 PM - 10:11 PM

Yes, bought our home 15.5 years ago (after 11 years renting nearby) and we love it so much.

Exit 12A February 8, 2024 - 12:57 PM - 12:57 PM

No. I’d be in southern Utah.

Exit 12A February 8, 2024 - 12:57 PM - 12:57 PM

… on 25 acres.

Kentucky Derby February 8, 2024 - 1:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Yes. It’s a nice house, and we really like it.

Roz February 8, 2024 - 1:45 PM - 1:45 PM

That’s a good Question! Been here 45 years.
Some days I enjoy our little house on a 1/3 acre.
Some days I curs our little house on a 1/3 acre.
The kitchen and bathroom are going to get makeovers.
Everything else has been upgraded.
We do have some wonderful neighbors, which might be hard to find elsewhere.

Macwiz February 8, 2024 - 2:05 PM - 2:05 PM

Absolutely! We bought this house brand new in 1968 and they will have to be dragged drag me out of here, kicking and screaming or in a coffin. I would do it again in a minute. Great neighborhood, great neighbors and good city living in Pleasant Hill.

Lee February 8, 2024 - 4:51 PM - 4:51 PM

I wish I’d never left Pleasant Hill! Lived near Poets Corner back in the early 80’s

Warm Kitty February 8, 2024 - 2:17 PM - 2:17 PM

NOPE. Can’t take the spots off a leopard.
I would move to a red state.

domo February 8, 2024 - 2:18 PM - 2:18 PM

Probably not… way too much unplanned unfettered growth resulting in a mishmash of high rise high density housing, reduction of open space, deteriorating infrastructure due to cities “deferred maintenance” mainly investing in more revenue producing activities & expenditures, cities with the mayor pro-tem political structure that lends itself to letting them look after each other rather than its residents, etc. …. probably would have gone farther out to more rural area and endured a longer commute

Original G February 8, 2024 - 2:58 PM - 2:58 PM

If I was younger might move to Texas if Grandkids wanted to also.
But looks like we’re staying.
Bought house I grew up in from parents,
retained their Prop 13 tax bill and it’s paid off

Atticus Thraxx February 8, 2024 - 8:20 PM - 8:20 PM

I’m telling ya OG, it’s worth a look.. Skies as big as you’ve ever seen. At night in north Texas you can see the Milky Way in humbling and mind pinching detail. And no one loses their stuff over occasional and optimistic gunfire. Just don’t hit anyone. And chicken fried 🥩!

Captain Bebops February 8, 2024 - 3:17 PM - 3:17 PM

Where I currently is not where I was actually looking to move to but it was a last minute snap buy. It’s a good neighborhood though I am aging out as are some of the other neighbors. However nobody knows where to move to.

Hanne Jeppesen February 8, 2024 - 3:23 PM - 3:23 PM

I have lived in different places in the Bay Area. When I first moved here with my husband, we rented in San Francisco, after a few years we bought a house in Marinwood, then some years later when we wanted a bigger house we bought one in Foster City, it was closer to my husbands work and we had more friends there. After my divorce I stayed in Foster City until my daughter went off to college, then I downgraded to a nice condo in Benicia, up on the hill a view of Mt. Diblo the water ect. Due to some unforseen circumstances I moved to Concord in 2008, I like it here, but not as much as Benicia. I like Marin as well, but I loved being close to the water in Benicia and close to the wine country. It was centrally located to several of my friends and the things I like to do.

Itsme February 8, 2024 - 3:29 PM - 3:29 PM


Dawg February 8, 2024 - 3:55 PM - 3:55 PM

Yep, I like my home. It’s getting up there in years and needs some work, but I’ve never been sorry that I bought it.

Dr. Jellyfinger February 8, 2024 - 3:59 PM - 3:59 PM

No I’d leave this miserable state and move to real America…. find a state that hasn’t succumbed to this woke, liberal madness. I only remain in California because I have family here and I’ve already retreated as far into the rural Delta as far as I can reasonably go. The wildlife & decent fishing is all I’ve got that keeps me hanging on. I was born and raised right here in Contra Costa County and it was a great place to live in the 60’s and early 70’s until all the weirdos moved here from other states.

Dorothy February 8, 2024 - 4:54 PM - 4:54 PM

Yes! My court has great neighbors. I’ve lived here over 20 years. Added a bit here and there over the years inside and out. My home is my home and I like it just the way it is now.

Abe February 8, 2024 - 5:03 PM - 5:03 PM

I’d summer in a home built into the ground, on top of a hill, with a clear view of the horizon, in Montana.

I’d winter along the Northern Coast, on high ground, overlooking the ocean.

If I sold this house today, I could afford all that 50 years ago.

Where I live now is a delightful place, with good friends, great people, and great weather.

Atticus Thraxx February 8, 2024 - 5:41 PM - 5:41 PM

Fate took me to where I am now, and likely will continue to decide. I’m just along for the ride. But that I landed where it doesn’t snow probably isn’t a coincidence.

Ancient Mariner February 8, 2024 - 7:51 PM - 7:51 PM

I came from London in 1973. London’s humid – it makes the cold more biting and the cold creeps through all your clothes, no matter how many layers. It makes the heat feel hotter and sweatier. I’d rather be in Pleasant Hill at 110 degrees than London at 85. And I’d rather be here at 25 degrees than London at 40.
I like it here. California was beautiful when I came. It’s sad to see what it’s become, but I still love it. I have a mountain to look at every morning on the way to work. And yes, I like my little house that we raised two children in. So yes, I’d do it all over again.

Hanne Jeppesen February 9, 2024 - 12:58 PM - 12:58 PM

Being from Denmark I can identify with the humidity. When it is right around freezing or above a few degrees and humid it chills you to the bone. When it is frost and the sun is out it feels warmer, besides if there were snow on the ground we, as kids, we would play in the snow. As for humidity New Orleans was the worst for that, I moved to New Orleans from the East Coast, where summers are humid as well, but not like New Orleans.

Atticus Thraxx February 9, 2024 - 9:07 PM - 9:07 PM

Dang Ancient One, had no idea you were a Brit. But as I can’t see if you have bad teeth over the interwebs I guess that can be forgiven. I cross trained with some of Her Majesty’s Finest back in the day and they weren’t the most polished or if I’m truthin’…competent fighters but damn they were tough. And cynical. And silly.
Point being if you have to be cold, wet and miserable, do it with a group of Brits. 🇺🇸 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

your neighbor the immigrant February 8, 2024 - 11:26 PM - 11:26 PM

Yes. But I would do a 3 bedroom condo instead of 2 bedroom. In 2001 we moved to concord, bought a 1 bedroom condo, nice gated community, after a while I wished we had bought a 2 bedroom. Fast-forward to 2014 when my daughter was born we began looking for a 2 bedroom which we found in this nice community with lots of nice diverse friendly neighbors, we love it. But I wish we got the 3 bedroom then. I don’t think we want to start again with another 30 year mortgage for now. So we gonna stay put.

ClayDen February 9, 2024 - 3:16 PM - 3:16 PM

We would absolutely do it again. We’ve been in Clayton in the same house for almost 47 years, raised our family here, have 2/3 of our grandchildren in Clayton, have great neighbors and enough space with our 1/3 acre lot. The weather is the best that I can think of, as we have all 4 seasons, but they aren’t extreme. Almost everything you want to do is within an easy 4 hour drive. The only downsides that I see are the dysfunctional state government and YVR. I figure I’ve driven something over 150,000 miles on YVR since we moved here, but that’s the price for living in Clayton. If I had to move (and most of the kids and grandkids moved there), it would probably be to Livermore, the SLO area or Tuscany.

Jo Jo The Circus Clown February 9, 2024 - 4:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Loving Cambodia at the moment … magic kingdom!

Bella February 9, 2024 - 6:42 PM - 6:42 PM

Yes. Got a wonderful job with the best part of the Company with amazing people and went up from there. Chose exactly where I wanted to live and made it happen, and anything else is called life.

Blue Knight February 9, 2024 - 8:56 PM - 8:56 PM


Went from a 40 to 60 minute commute from East County to a 15 minute commute if I had the misfortune of hitting red lights at both intersections. Family to Family Proposition 13 transfer with a well below market interest rate.

One of the best financial decisions I every made, that and listening to an Senior Deputy Sheriff about investing in yourself through 401(k) and Roth IRA.

Just waiting for the Wifey to retire and then we’re going to move out of State and buy a home with land for cash and enjoy a significantly lower tax burden.

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