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Old 10-04-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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I am getting ready to begin a job in Santa Maria, and I'm strongly considering moving to San Luis Obispo. Having grown up in LA, the 30 mile commute does not upset my senses...unless, however, people tell me that every morning and evening the traffic on 101 is awful. Am looking for advice from those who know... Thank you!
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: State of Jefferson coast
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Are you assure you can afford a SLO home on a Santa Maria salary? I think more folks do the reverse (work in SLO and live in Santa Maria).
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:30 PM
 
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Yes, but is the commute horrible or manageable?
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:58 PM
 
Location: So California
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Its manageable as long as you know it going in, and if you did the 5 cities area it wouldnt be bad at all. As far as traffic........not bad.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: California
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I wouldn't even know if it qualifies as a commute. It's a 30 minute drive to work along one of the most scenic ocean views on the Central Coast. I use to live in LA, and beleive me, in comparison, this does not even qualify as a commute!! To me it is more like a scenic drive on the way to work.
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:29 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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IMO, 30 mile commutes are something you do because you have to.
Unless there's an overwhelmingly important reason for you to live so far from work, why not look for a place closer?
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:52 PM
 
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There is no traffic to speak of in that area (at least by big-city standards), so it's very doable. I know people who do that drive every day.

SLO is a great place to live. I'd also rec you look into shell beach/pismo/arroyo grande areas also.

My condolences on working in SM.
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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Don't live in Santa Maria. It's the hood. It's horrible. The southern most city I would live in would be Arroyo Grande. The commute to SM and SLO are 15 min each way.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Pismo are reasonable alternatives to Santa Maria, But San Luis Obispo is a great place. Just for fun here are three photos, one shows the 7 sister marching from SL0 to Morro Bay, the last shows SLO itself.







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Old 01-26-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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Beautiful and very nice pics, thanks, and also I can relate to the "motorcyclist's point-of-view"!

BTW, do you know how far or what direction you have to go to start seeing more trees on them thar' hills? Different locale & climate of course, but that seems to be something I've come to appreciate about the views in the Sierra foothills.
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