Mendocino is a quality-of- life enhancing place to live. The ocean, trees, forests, rivers and wild life are all around which gives the Mendocino Coast its enormous appeal. If you are looking for pure air, excellent water, an emphasis on natural foods and a relaxed life style surrounded by gorgeous nature and friendly people, this is the place to come and live. Uniquely, combined with its many other charms, Mendocino also has a vibrant community and rich cultural life, including annual Art, Film and Music festivals. And, world-class, ocean-view restaurants!
There are many homes nestled in the trees on the market from which to choose. Depending where you eventually decide to buy, the driving distance from a home in the forest to shops and art can be as little as 15-20 minutes. The hospital in Ft. Bragg is about 25 minutes from Albion and 12-15 minutes from the village of Mendocino.
For shopping, In Mendocino, there is a Harvest Market, several bakeries, health food store, gift and clothing stores and so on. Ft. Bragg, a much bigger town but less than 15 minutes away, has Safeway and Harvest Market, a McDonald's and a Starbucks, hardware and home improvement stores, etc..
In regard to your question about owning property in Mendocino, property values have steadily decreased here, as elsewhere, over the past few years. Needless to say, this is advantageous for a buyer, especially given the current very low interest rates. If you are thinking long-term, whether or not you would recoup your investment, noone can know for sure if or when. Right now, it looks as though the market is going to improve, slowly.
And, it is within 30 minutes of all the necessities in Petaluma.
If you go further north, Fort Brag, Sea Ranch, Shelter Cove, it is much more remote... but even more beautiful.
If you have the opportunity to live there... you will definitely be living a dream.
Totally amazing lifestyle. I hope you discover your dream.
Mendocino is a great place to own property. It has some beach front property and some in the hills. It is on the pricey side compared to the Bay Area. Since it is a resort area it does not experience as many up's and downs.
Fort Bragg is the closest larger community with it's own hospital.