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Old 10-03-2007, 08:10 PM
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Default Used to be Nice

It is a nice place if you are independently wealth or single with a low standard of living - or incredibly well employed. I moved from SLO 4 years ago, after living in town for 15 years and trying to make it work. I do like the town, but there were a variety of reasons for leaving. It is expensive, jobs are extremely limited, and there are so many people moving there from the LA area (and probably the bay area too) that the town has really lost its original comfortable and friendly feel. And, much of the town has "sold out" to tourists. Most locals do not go downtown any more - or only on a limited basis. I think my last straw was that I got harassed (honked, flipped off) by a 40-something guy in a lexus SUV one morning on my way to work, with my child in the car, because, apparently, I wasn't going fast enough. He was clearly in some sort of a hurry and I wasn't speeding through town. (Town is small, and it really used to be "SLO"). If you are used to that stuff, then maybe that is OK. Anyway, I have two degrees and an excellent job where I am now - it's not as though the unemployed in SLO are truly unemployable. (And I actually had a very good job down there, but not enough to live comfortably given the high housing costs.) So, if you are looking for an easier place to live, I would look somewhere with a broader job market and a lower cost of living. That's what I finally did. I finally realized that you can get the small town feel in a lot of other towns - especially in California.
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Old 10-15-2007, 03:08 PM
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Default where to live in SLO

SLO is safe everywhere. I don't think there are any real bad areas.

Here are the only things I can think of...

1) There is wind in the afternoon in the area near Laguna Lake

2) There are a lot of College students in the area east of Santa Rosa... and North of Highway 101 near Cal Poly. This is actually a fun place to live if you are college age... but there are more loud parties in that part of town which would bother most families.

3) consider freeway noise near 101. It isn't awful... but it is a factor.

It is nice to be able to walk to town easily

Rents average... 700 -900 for a studio, 900 -1200 for a one bedroom, 1200 and up for two bedroom. 1800 up for three bedroom.
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Old 11-23-2007, 02:48 PM
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San Luis Obispo County Offers Incredible Options For Many Different Lifestyles. I Was Born In La And Once I Left I Searched The Southwest To Find The Perfect Place. As A Teacher I Had A Lot Of Options. Yes Cost Of Living Can Be Hi But THE Climate, Farmers Markets, Pacific Ocean, Lakes Near By AND A BIT OF THE OLD WEST. 2 Commuter Airports 30 Miles Apart. I Hr By Flight To La Or Sf. Rural And Downtown. Outlet malls IN Pismo And Atascadero. Lots Of Back country To Explore. Several Alternative Education Programs. Freeway Widening To 3 Lns Each Side Approaching Our Santa Barbara County Border TO THE SOUTH. Yes CongestION Has Arrived. NOTHING LIKE LA. Hurry It Will Be Developed....... Some Parts Of Our County Looks Like Irvine Ca Of The Fiftys.
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:32 PM
Location: Eureka CA
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Bring money. Lots of money.
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Old 12-10-2007, 06:03 PM
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Exclamation San Luis Obispo Armpit of the Universe

San Luis Obispo county is the most over rated area in the nation. Housing is ridiculously overpriced, there's little employment, and the people are so superficial and shallow that it's disgusting. Everyone is terrified of losing their job, so scumbag employers mistreat workers. They have convinced themselves they are special, but they are not. The place is crawling with old dying baby boomers who have hoarded every penny they ever earned to live there. It's basically a college town for snottty, rich white kids, surrounded by a few smaller towns that don't amount to crap. The government is dominated by right wing rancher idiots on one side, and environmental extremists on the other. They claim a "SLO" lifestyle, but that's just an excuse for the inordinate number of cross-eyed idiots- SLO means stupid!
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:11 PM
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Location: Hunkering down atop Shasta
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I was just looking at Bozeman rentals on Craigslist, and was surprised to find that they're trying to get California prices over there. I don't know how real estate prices compare.
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