I actually lived in Lake County in 1978. It is still a rural backwater. Santa Rosa an hour away is the only decent place to be.
“Having lived in Lake County for two years, I think I have somewhat of an opinion by now. I have read all the threads on the website so far, and what I am reading is generally true.
For such a beautiful area, with mountains, tall trees, and such huge areas of space, it is such a shame that it is a drug infested, economically depressed locale. Even though the county is only 35 miles from Santa Rosa, and about the same to the renowed Napa Valley, it has only a winding mountain road connecting it with “civilization”. Hence, the natural hideout for unkempt, welfare and drug parolees.
It seems to be true that it seems to be “in the water” that generation after generation breed the depressing lifestyle described above. Clearlake itself looks like a bombed out remnant of a 50’s style attempt at “lake resort promotions”. Many boarded up buildings, and stores struggling to stay in business. Many strange people walk the streets- not a place you would like to have your car break down in at night.
However, the really only nice “gated” community there is in Lake County is Hidden Valley Lake, and since it IS gated, there is the attempt to keep mischief at a minimum. The crime rate at this development is low, and it is mostly occupied with families with children, who want a sense of community without having to pay the extremely high price of living in Sonoma or Napa counties. It is an interesting combination of “middle class white bread” trying to co-exist with the long standing “welfare and drug” community of Lake County. It will be interesting to see how this develops.”
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/california/84088-living-lake-county.html#ixzz5i4Eqw6R0
Do want to live in a neighborhood like this? Might as well be homeless in SF. At least you can get $40k a year in social services.
“pitch a tent?
bring a mobile home or RV?
create an off-the-grid home?
Are these legal, doable options?“
Lake County is a meth infested shithole