John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team)

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I was born in Burlingame, CA at Penninsula Hospital.  

Having lived in California my entire life, watching the beautiful state decay year over year, I would say that no city in the state is best or desirable. 

If there were such a city, I can see why Burlingmane would be #1. 

Aug 30, 2021 12:58 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Not sure many would agree with the Maryland choice in PG County? That close to DC? My vote would be in Mid Maryland in Frederick !


Aug 30, 2021 03:50 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Winnetka is p;retty pricey in IL. That is our top $$$ zip code. Is it the best or the most expensive? A fixer is 1M+.

@margaret goss

Aug 30, 2021 01:12 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Picking "one city" is a tough call.  I realize that they had criteria to make those choices, but there are many who would disagree with some of the picks.

Aug 30, 2021 06:04 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Best is an interesting term.  Best what?  Amenities?  Schools?  Quiet spaces?  Parks?  Shopping?  I see that AZ states Paradise Valley the best city and albeit it is a beautiful area it's not one that is 'affordable' for many.  Median home price is over 1 to 1.5M.  Gorgeous area for sure!    I appreciate where we live 'Moon Valley' as we're surrounded by 3 mountains, beautiful golf course, mountain preserve in our backyard practically and all the amenities that make life simple and easy.

Aug 30, 2021 05:49 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

"Best" is a term that is definitely arbitrary but it is also a conversation-starter.  I have been to Burlingame but I have also been to Barstow and Bakersfield --- let the competition and the rankings continue.  And it does.  Almost endlesly.   

Aug 30, 2021 03:57 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Best is a very subjective term.  I'd say that Thousand Oaks or Simi Valley would be best for usually being in the top 5 "safest cities in the country" (per the FBI), but others may prefer beach-front cities like Ventura or Malibu, while others may prefer the more remote ones like Meiners Oaks or Somis where land is still (relatively) cheap.


Ventura County in general is great for it's low crime and pro law enforcement mentality.  A solid chunk of our population is military and law enforcement.  Simi and Thousand Oaks are known as "where the LAPD and LASD go to live."  LAPD being the second largest police force in the country, behind the NYPD and LASD being the largest Sheriff's Department in the country.

Aug 30, 2021 03:09 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Interesting that this list would have Sherwood in Oregon.  Sherwood is a suburb of Portland - and I would say the gateway to the Oregon wine country in the Willamette Valley.  If it remains untouched from the craziness in Portland, then I can see why people would like it.

Aug 30, 2021 02:37 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Finding ones pocket of living area is a fascinating subject and a subjective one to be sure. Close to work, family, retired, children, medical, clean air, warm, hot etc. all have a say so...I found mine. Small city, less traffic and noise, clean air and a good neighborhood with lots of blue sky and nature.... Before that, I had to live where the money and opportunity was...Best to all on this journey and for your desired outcomes

Aug 30, 2021 01:15 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Thank you for sharing John.

Aug 31, 2021 05:32 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Well, that was interesting John, would not have thought Durango would have made the top of this list!   

Aug 30, 2021 02:37 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

While Winnetka might be a good choice for Illinois, you have to be rich to get in. Any place outside of Illinois would be a better choice. 

Aug 31, 2021 04:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Gaithersburg, Maryland is one of the many 'best' cities in Maryland. 

Aug 30, 2021 05:36 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Subjective! In my state all the 'best cities' are in Maricopa County where I would NEVER want to live. Did LA for wayyyy too long and there's no River! :D

Aug 30, 2021 03:51 PM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Well, I know that Happiest City in Florida is Orlando - home of Disney World!

Aug 30, 2021 02:09 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is such a subjective question.  WE love little old Carpinteria which has a polulation of 15,000.  We love Santa Barbara County and everything it has to offer...I have been to Burlingame and I would live there...A

Aug 31, 2021 07:58 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

In Florida all the cities are AWESOME, However, the best needs some defintion.
Some indicate the BEST is the city where those they know have already moved to.
If one is a Scientologist, the Clearwater is best.
If from NYC, Miami is best.
If from Akron, New Port Richey is best.
If one spends most of their time in Malls, Orlando is best.
If one needs to deliniate from the riff-raff Sarasota is the place.
Want to be left alone? Any place interior and south of Alligator Alley wil be best.
It is such that for me, I live on the Guf Coast but vacation on the East Coast of Florida. Where ever you are at in Florida it is what you make it.

Aug 31, 2021 05:39 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I'd take San Mateo over Burlingame , but America's Finest City is San Diego, so I left The Bay Area to live in it.

I'd also take Wailea, Maui over Honolulu, HI.

Sep 01, 2021 05:34 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I don't know that there's any one municipality that fits that bill in MA. If there was a "best" everyone would move there which would then end BEST

Aug 31, 2021 08:46 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am always happiest where I am, no point in looking over the fence to see if the grass is greener over there.

Aug 31, 2021 07:27 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I live in Santa Clarita, California.  I say that there is no better place to live unless I could hear the ocean.  Our city is clean, friendly, safe and well located.  We are 32 miles from downtown Los Angeles, 45 minutes from Malibu, 41/2 hours from Las Vegas, 40 minutes from Ventura and an hour from Santa Barbara.  We have Six Flags Magic Mountain, an annual marathon, a host city for the Amgen Tour of California, a formerly TPC Golf Course, Valencia Country Club Golf Course, Hurricane Harbor Waterpark, Ice Skating Rink affiliated with the L. A. Kings, a Westfield Mall, a man-made lake community and some of the nicest housing tracts around.  This is utopia.

Sep 01, 2021 08:19 AM