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Old 04-18-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Default Smaller Southern California Towns?

My fiancee and myself are planning our move out to California. We are starting to research towns so we can make some trips out there this summer before moving this winter.

We are looking for a smaller town or suburb, somewhere in socal. We have been doing some research online but haven't been able to find much.

A friend of mine recommended San Luis Obispos, but I have read a lot of mixed things about this town, such as the high crime and immigration levels.

I would love to live in Santa Barbara, but unfortunately it's out of our price range.

Any reccomendations?
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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San Luis Obispo is a nice town - go for it! Close to the beach (Pismo Beach and Morro Bay). It doesn't have high crime that I know of. Hope you have jobs waiting for you when you get here.
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Old 04-18-2010, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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San Luis Obispo (SLO) is a great small college town. I don't know where you are hearing that about it being a high crime area but thats not true.

There are really so many options you'll need to take a trip out to CA and visit for yourself. SLO County is actually in a part of California which is my favorite know as the Central Cal Coast. There are many rolling hills, ranches, vineyards, smaller towns, etc... Its quite nice.

SoCal has a lot of options. Though you will have more ppl, traffic, etc... It really depends what else you are looking for like proximity to certain job markets, cost of housing, etc...

Derek
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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I think for most people, Southern California means the area from Santa Barbara down to the Mexican border. There are lots of nice towns to choose from all along the way. How crowded do you want it to be? It's going to be relatively expensive, especially compared to Phoenix.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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San Luis Obispo (SLO) is a great small college town. I don't know where you are hearing that about it being a high crime area but thats not true.

There are really so many options you'll need to take a trip out to CA and visit for yourself. SLO County is actually in a part of California which is my favorite know as the Central Cal Coast. There are many rolling hills, ranches, vineyards, smaller towns, etc... Its quite nice.

SoCal has a lot of options. Though you will have more ppl, traffic, etc... It really depends what else you are looking for like proximity to certain job markets, cost of housing, etc...

Derek
Sounds like what we are looking for, there doesn't seem to be many job oppurtunities currently, I just checked on my company website at the job postings, only 6 jobs in SLO!

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I think for most people, Southern California means the area from Santa Barbara down to the Mexican border. There are lots of nice towns to choose from all along the way. How crowded do you want it to be? It's going to be relatively expensive, especially compared to Phoenix.
I guess I should have rephreased my title, I didn't realize SLO was central coast.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Sounds like what we are looking for, there doesn't seem to be many job oppurtunities currently, I just checked on my company website at the job postings, only 6 jobs in SLO!

I guess I should have rephreased my title, I didn't realize SLO was central coast.
The thing you have to realize is that part of the Central Coast's charm is that there are still small towns. But these same towns have fewer jobs. So you don't get the hordes of ppl climbing over each other like you do in LA, SF, SD, and SAC. If you want a smaller town in a beautiful area you will have to find a unique opportunity there. I am not saying jobs don't exist. But there are definately fewer of them. And once a person lands a job in an nice area like that they don't tend to leave.

Depending on the size of your company and jobs available I would broaden your net to include small towns from Santa Rosa down to Lompoc. Just look at a google map view of the Central Coast to see all the towns there. Keep in mind while it will take longer to find a position in this area it will be worth the planning and wait if you can find something.

Otherwise maybe look in Ventura County or places in south Orange County like Rancho Santa Margarita or Mission Viejo. But those places aren't really what I consider small towns. With many jobs comes many people anytime California is concerned.

Derek

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Old 04-19-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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The thing you have to realize is that part of the Central Coast's charm is that there are still small towns which are like what you are looking for. But they have fewer jobs. So you don't get the hordes of ppl climbing over each other like you do in LA, SF, SD, and SAC. If you want a smaller town in a beautiful area you will have to find a unique opportunity there. I am not saying jobs don't exist. But there are definately fewer of them. And once a person lands a job in an nice area like that they don't tend to leave.

Depending on the size of your company and jobs available I would broaden your net to include small towns from Santa Rosa down to Lompoc. Just look at a google map view of the Central Coast to see all the towns there. Keep in mind while it may take longer to find a position in this area it will be worth the planning and wait if you can find something.

Otherwise maybe look in Ventura or places in south Orange County. But those places aren't really what I consider small towns. With many jobs comes many people anytime California is concerned.

Derek
I will be working in a hotel, there are hotels almost anywhere, but not always jobs.

I think I am going to worry about finding a job first, then figure out where to move.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:33 AM
 
Location: LA
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I will be working in a hotel, there are hotels almost anywhere, but not always jobs.

I think I am going to worry about finding a job first, then figure out where to move.
good idea.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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I will be working in a hotel, there are hotels almost anywhere, but not always jobs.
Here's one of the landmark hotels near San Luis Obispo:
Madonna Inn - Landmark resort hotel on California's Central Coast
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Old 04-20-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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From what I have seen online, SLO doesn't seem to have many larger hotels, which is what I am looking for.
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