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Old 11-27-2007, 05:20 AM
 
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So I recently got a job with the County of Santa Barbara's planning department and was curious about the different neighborhoods and what they had to offer. I have been looking very seriously at the La Cumbre area as well as the Mesa. I was curious if anyone had any perspective on these neighborhoods.

Also moving from what I'd describe as a socially cold state of Washington I was curious how receptive locals are to out of state folk and how easy it would be to meet people in this city who aren't just tourists, old rich people, or college students.

I visited the area in my interview but feel like I'm missing some perspective on the area.
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:01 AM
 
Location: LA area
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It's been twenty-five years since I lived in Santa Barbara, so I can't give specific advice on neighborhoods, but as far as the social side of life--S.B. had a very active Newcomers Club when I moved there. You're allowed to be a member for the first two years (I think) you live there. There were all sorts of gatherings (picnics, card nights, barbecues, sightseeing, progressive dinners, etc.) where you could meet other people new to the area--made lots of good friends that way. Look into it!
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:22 AM
 
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La Cumbre is good but Mesa is better IMHO. Mesa is kind of a bit uphill so you can see the Pacific ocean as you drive on Montecito St and from a lot of apartments/homes on the Mesa.

Enjoy you stay in SB, its one of the best towns in CA.
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Old 11-27-2007, 06:03 PM
 
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Wow the newcomers club sounds like it may be up my alley. Thanks! Any more feedback would be great too!
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:49 PM
 
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i like the mesa more than i like la cumbre, but....if you wanted something alittle more affordable, i would look into living in goleta to the north, and......if you wanted something even "more" affordable, i would look into orcutt/santa maria and lompoc (about 45min-1hour north). btw, orcutt/santa maria and lompoc are called the "bedroom community to santa barbara." why you ask? because nobody can afford living in santa barbara.

as for meeting ppl....not a problem, downtown state street has just about every kind of bar/club/music/lounge/grill/live band/enterntainment/dancing you can thing of as well as a variety of places to eat. they have places that cater to the college crowd all the way up to the "more" upscale crowd.

also...if you like to play volleyball after work, just put on some shorts and you can usually find a game or two to get into. cheers....and welcome to santa barbara
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Old 12-01-2007, 06:50 PM
 
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I lived in SB for many decades until I moved to SYV a few years ago. The mesa is nice bc it is close to the ocean (which means you get a lot of what we call june gloom- foggy overcast days) which sometimes lasts all summer. San Roque is another nice area (near La Cumbre). I wouldn't recommend a long commute bc it gets old real fast, costs money, & will keep you away from the SB social scene which it sounds like you want to be part of. I'd try & live as close to work as possible as a quality of life issue (not to mention an environmental one).

Thinking of orgs, I know people who've enjoyed the ski club, not only for its ski trips, but for many of its other social activities- they sound like a fun group of all ages. Also the adult ed classes are a great way to meet people with similar interests. Good luck!
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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That bright thing in the sky is called the sun, You'll get used to seeing it
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