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Old 03-11-2021, 07:11 PM
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Hello all!

I am a single 27 year old who has accepted a position located within the Vandenburg Air Force Base. I found a room rental in a nice home located in Orcutt to get me started until I can consider a long term rental or purchase.

I am relocating from Connecticut, where I have lived my entire life. I have visited the area, and was able to explore from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach, including Orcutt, Lompoc, and Santa Maria. I was pleasantly surprised by the approachability and friendliness of the people! Being my first trip to CA, and the west coast in general, the scenery and weather was breathtaking....cant imagine this gets old!

So I am just looking to gain any input or insight before I make this move in roughly a month. I would like to purchase or sign a lease within 6mo of moving, so any suggestions on areas to avoid or seek would be appreciated. Again my commute will be to the Air Force base.

Also will briefly describe myself. I will be working full time and continuing education online, occupying much of my free time. I enjoy the outdoors, recreational motorsports, and the occasional trip to a local city to try new food, explore, socialize, etc!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-12-2021, 06:40 PM
Location: Olympia, WA
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Well, I'm not sure how you found Orcutt, but it's a good thing you did. Orcutt is by far a much better place to live in than Lompoc. Orcutt has housed many people who work at VAFB for decades. The crime is lower and the schools/shopping are better in Orcutt than Lompoc. If you decide you just have to live in Lompoc, definitely stay away from the Mission Hills area. If you don't believe me, just watch the movie, "Sideways". The scene where the two stars have to go back and get the one guy's wallet....that's Mission Hills and it's my understanding that the location scout said that they did NOT dress the property at all. It was filmed in the exact condition it was found. Oh, and don't let my current address fool you (Olympia). I grew up in Santa Maria/Orcutt and lived there from 1969-2017, until I retired. I wish you every success in your new adventure. ~Stephanie Jones
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Old 03-22-2021, 11:32 PM
Location: Santa Maria
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Welcome to the Central Coast. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. There is so much to see and do outdoors all within easy reach.

Orcutt is a good place to start, since you have a short commute to Vandenberg. You'll have lot of different housing choices for you from suburban to apartments and rentals in downtown Santa Maria and even smaller towns like Los Alamos and Guadalupe (right on the Amtrak line) or even the "Five Cities" beach towns further north if you don't mind the drive. The type of neighborhood and housing you are comfortable with will determine the best choice much more than anyone else's opinion. We were advised to avoid anything north of Betteravia Road in Santa Maria because of horrible crime. I lived a few blocks northeast of downtown and it has been very good, certainly safe. I prefer the center of Santa Maria for easy walking and biking to so many things.

You mentioned recreational motorsports, anything specifically?
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Old 03-25-2021, 09:10 AM
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Orcutt is the “good area” near Santa Maria. Avoid the ‘poke, Guad or Santa Maria. Santa Maria is known for the “shooting or stabbing of the day”. On the weekends, most good, normal people go north into safe San Luis Obispo County for the day. Better restaurants, outdoor activities, weather and ambiance than northern Santa Barbara County. I grew up in the area, lived there for 50 years of my life before moving out of state because I couldn’t afford to retire.
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