Live on the west coast, near SF, have lived here all my life. It's absolutely beautiful here, you have just about all that you need or want I should say,the magnificent yet towering moutains for hiking about an hour and 1/2 drive, then the Ocean Blue Beaches for sunning ,a 45 min drive to Half Moon Bay. Sand Dunes? A days drive to San Luis ObisBo. And of Course ,can't forget SNOW! almost 2 hrs away to the tiny town of Stawberry, but so worth the drive!