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Old 09-15-2011, 06:52 PM
 
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What are some similarities and differences between the two?
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:18 PM
 
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Santa Barbara is bigger, richer, sunnier, and much closer to L.A.

San Luis Obispo is definitely central coast, I'd say Santa Barbara is where Southern California begins.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:41 PM
 
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Santa Barbara has a Macy's
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Sanat Barbara is one of the nicest places you will ever see in your life. I've been to all continents, all 50 states and every major city in Asia and Europe.

Santa Barbara stacks up favorably to ANY place in the world.

San Luis Obispo does not.

That's basically it.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:25 PM
 
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Okay, I'm posting on thread that's a few months old, but thought if the original poster comes back, or if someone else wants to know about the difference between the two, I can offer more than a sentence or two, having lived in the area for many years.

Santa Barbara: Breathtaking beauty. There is a reason why so many celebrities own homes there; it's gorgeous. The weather is rated #1 in the nation, consistently. the beautiful original architecture, mixed with a City that kept that aesthetic, makes it visually appealing. The beaches are clean, and fun. It definitely has a European city vibe, and landscape. Lots to do there, but not on the level of a City, if you're used to cultural amenities or 3am delis. There is a homeless issue, as with most cities of that size, especially in warmer climates. Traffic can be nasty, and to me it sometimes feels a bit claustrophobic on State Street. Most everyone I've met who lives there, loves it. It's expensive to live there. I mean Expensive... but if you can make a living there, it's pretty amazing. And you're within a few hours from L.A. if you have things you'd like to do there.

San Luis Obispo and surrounding towns: Less than 2 hours away, also a coastal area. I'm including the entire Central Coast area in this, as the County tends to blend from town to town. San Luis Obispo proper, has some of the vintage architecture downtown, though much of it is being replaced with faux Spanish storefronts. The downtown is sweet, with tons of restaurants and bars, as well as some cool little shops. More national stores have moved into the downtown, making it more active for shopping. The home prices and rents are not quite as expensive as Santa Barbara or the Bay Area, but they're still above many other places. Though I've noticed that the rents everywhere across the Country are ridiculous now. In SLO County, you are paying for the weather (#2 in the nation!) and the lifestyle. It's a great mix of beach, local arts, wineries, and rural. The diversity of experiences there, is what makes it fun. The pace is slower in SLO, and there is less ostentation there. The students at Cal Poly make a huge impact on San Luis Obispo proper, which is not always a great thing.

Either area offers a great quality of life, if you like a beachy but varied experience. The weather is similar, but I do think that Santa Barbara beaches are generally warmer and sunnier. I would also consider Ventura, to the south of Santa Barbara. I've lived there, and absolutely loved it and preferred it to Santa Barbara because of the slower pace, and agriculture.

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Old 01-02-2012, 04:44 AM
 
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I think Ventura has a very interesting downtown area. I love the little shops, the alleyways w/ shops, the cafes and all the eclectic shopping. Plus you are only miles away from SB, or the beaches are right there. San Luis Obispo sounds a little better than it did in the 70's, it was always pretty laid back there, more bohemian. It was where you went when you went to the beach from the valley, Pismo Beach.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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Is there even a Nordstrom in SLO?


+1 Santa Barbara.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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Is there even a Nordstrom in SLO?


+1 Santa Barbara.
I dont know! But does Santa Barbara have a Bubble Gum Alley??
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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I dont know! But does Santa Barbara have a Bubble Gum Alley??
I'll start one.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:40 AM
 
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SLO is much more rural, and a little more conservative. Less jobs in SLO. SLO has four big box shopping centers and their downtown for shopping. There is a Costco in SLO and heard Whole Foods will be looking to open in downtown soon. Already a Trader Joes and Fresh and Easy in SLO. Cal Poly SLO is smaller than UCSB. SLO is also more White than SB. Less traffic in SLO. SLO has more hiking trails and mountains than SB.

Santa Barbara has two outdoor malls, some gangs, more jobs, a larger downtown by building height and span, and also has more tourist attractions like the zoo and the beach.
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