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Old 05-16-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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I have lived in Boca and know it very well, but have yet to get to Santa Barbara. I have the unusual opportunity to move long term (I will be renting) in either place by the end of this summer, but only have enough money to make one trip. So I need to determine in advance which place is more in line with what I am looking for. Is there someone who knows both that could compare them? I love Boca's beaches, they are awesome. I have met many really good people in Boca through churches. And the town is beautiful. The winter weather is usually great Nov - April. The down side is it is very crowded, there are lots of people transplanted from up North that bring a tough/me-first city attitude to the town (though of course there are wonderful people from up North, too, as I am, so no slight is intended), the summers are wicked hot and humid, there are no open spaces, and no places to go for solitude except your condo bedroom. Coming from New England, I really missed the open spaces, having a natural place to be alone and meditate. I also don't like the fact the beaches and the town are totally inhospitable for owning a dog. They are not allowed anywhere, except in the street and at one "dog park" that is more like a ball field. I am conservative politically, but into natural foods and nature. I prefer towns over cities, laid back attitude over pushy and hurried and self-centered. I do not want to be isolated though, so want to be in a place where people are open to making friends. Boca has a nice feel of a town and a community. But it is not laid back. It is intensely crowded, pushy and busy. No place is perfect. Boca beats most places. But does Santa Barbara beat Boca? Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:39 PM
 
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Santa Barbara beats Boca by miles. Go. You won't look back.
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Old 05-16-2010, 11:14 PM
 
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Why Boca? Have you been to Jupiter/PBG? Sounds a little better fit for your lifestyle. Less crowded and a little more dog friendly. Juno has a dog friendly beach.
What's your budget as well? Are you trying to own a home eventually? I've helped people find homes here from Cali and they are amazed at what they can afford comparatively as far as housing goes.
I'd go a half hour/45 min North before you go all the way across country...
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:37 AM
 
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Hi I have lived in Ventura Ca which is close to SB and now in Boca. I wish I lived in CA still. To me it wins by a long shot but is also way more expensive. Do you plan on living in SB or just near? Even if you plan on renting it is going to be more and you will get less for your money as well. There are nearby areas that are less expensive but then you need to factor in traffic which is insane. Would you be making the same income in both places? In the future do you plan on buying? Sky brings up a good question about other parts of FL. To me Boca is not many of the items you are looking for in terms of feel. Good luck in your choice.
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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Angry No Way

Go to Boca. Though it is high brow, you will find more reasonable real estate and MORE friendly people than in SB.

Bailed out of there after 1 year. (My age 50). Unless you are newlywed or nearly dead (i.e. 70+) do not bother.

No shopping, unreasonably expensive housing, COLD beach water, terrible taxes and just TOO snooty - and I lived in Fort Lauderdale as well as SB. You have no idea.
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:31 PM
 
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If you have already lived in Boca and have a chance to Move to SB, why not, take a chance. Weather wise well you know how hot and humid Florida is, SB really is beautiful weather and all round. The Florida beaches for swimming can not be beat,that is for sure, up and down the state. Florida is a beautiful state but does not have near the variety that CA can offer.Sun and Snow, mountains and beautiful beaches. Really CA is better, in most counts. The pluses for Boca are big though The main one is housing price,and no state taxes. the pushy and busy about Boca, well that is a bit of an exaggeration, and SB has huge traffic.
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