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Old 04-03-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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Which town u guys prefer in the case of lifestyle???
Also,can u give descriptions bout each town??

thanx
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:53 PM
 
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I love Santa Monica, I am biased. Every time I visit Santa Barbara (I haven't lived there, so can't comment) it just seems more like a sleepy little town. Santa Monica seems more urban and hip to me.
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Old 04-03-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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Santa Barbara is cleaner and probably all around "nicer," but Santa Monica is very much a part of LA and offers a big city lifestyle that can't be had in Santa Barbara while still offering the beach lifestyle even though its not as prominant. What's weird about Santa Monica and coastal LA in general (save the south bay), is that although the beach is so close, its not really a "beach city" like Santa Barbara, the south bay, and coastal Orange County. People don't really talk about going to the beach on the weekends, surfing, or going to watch the sunsets nearly as much as the other places I mentioned. Of course, a lot of people still do these things, I guess it's just that people lives don't revolve around the beach here like they do in other places. Maybe this is because LA is such a big place and has a lot to offer in its inland neighborhoods as well. I moved here from Orange County 3 years ago and still haven't figured it out yet.
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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Santa Barbara is more of a beach town. Sleepier, if you think of the beach boys, 1960's california, the beach culture, Santa Barbara might come to mind.

Santa Monica is more entertainment driven, night life, theres much more variety. Faster paced. It's a littler quirkier.....like the fortune tellers on the promenade or the people selling bumper stickers. Much more independent...you hear about "the peoples republic of santa monica", the laws are way out there depending on your viewpoint.

Yeah, it is strange alot of beach cities arent really beach cities in LA. I think its just all the variety and options you have. People are too busy just to go surfing or going to the beach on the weekend.
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:30 AM
 
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I was born and raised in SB and have lived in SM/Venice for quite a while. If you want a stunning beautiful town of 75K people and no traffic, and a slower pace SB is the place, if you want big city life traffic and more jobs pick SM .

If I had 10 Mil to go either place I would pick SB, If I had to slog through life with a job I would pick SM, sadly I have to work so I sold my house in both places and moved to Las Vegas
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:56 PM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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Definitely agree with this opinion but must add:

If you need to work and don't have a lot of $$$ to buy and need to rent - move to SaMo

Santa B is expensive without a good job market.

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Santa Barbara is more of a beach town. Sleepier, if you think of the beach boys, 1960's california, the beach culture, Santa Barbara might come to mind.

Santa Monica is more entertainment driven, night life, theres much more variety. Faster paced. It's a littler quirkier.....like the fortune tellers on the promenade or the people selling bumper stickers. Much more independent...you hear about "the peoples republic of santa monica", the laws are way out there depending on your viewpoint.

Yeah, it is strange alot of beach cities arent really beach cities in LA. I think its just all the variety and options you have. People are too busy just to go surfing or going to the beach on the weekend.
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:39 PM
 
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Santa Monica is more entertainment driven, night life, theres much more variety. Faster paced. It's a littler quirkier.....like the fortune tellers on the promenade or the people selling bumper stickers. Much more independent...you hear about "the peoples republic of santa monica", the laws are way out there depending on your viewpoint.
SaMo is extremely liberal in their views of everything which I find amazing. I love their libreal feel.
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:39 PM
 
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Shouldn't Malibu and Santa Barbara be a better comparison?
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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Shouldn't Malibu and Santa Barbara be a better comparison?
Close but not quite, since many ppl can still commute from Malibu to SM, Century City or even Downtown for jobs. But SB is far up the coast & pretty isolated economically from the heart of SoCal entertainment/finance/tech/RE industries.

SB is great for independently wealthy ppl or retirees. I think a good comparison would be exclusive Rancho Santa Fe down in SD county.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Earth
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SaMo is extremely liberal in their views of everything which I find amazing. I love their libreal feel.
SM's not really that liberal beyond a surface level. It's not Berkeley. Just another well to do inner suburb - which admittedly has good schools, good libraries, decent public services, and a decent police department - ruled by a corrupt old boys' network. It's more Burbank than Berkeley.

The "People's Republic" appelation stems from an earlier era in Santa Monica, specifically in Ocean Park during the 1980s.
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