I saw your questions and I'm in California along the Coast.. No snakes here, no mosquitos either.
You should ask a local Real Estate agent which is best for you. The trends in the Real Estate market will have an effect. Prices on the Central Coast of California are going up quickly. Homes here tend to appreciate more than Condos.
You might want to talk to a rental company about which place will rent easier and for how much. The other thing you want to take into account is maintenance, The Condo's outside maintenance should be covered by HOA fees.
Hope I'm helping you out a little.
Gold Coast Realty of Cambria