U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
View Poll Results: Which would you choose...Santa Barbara or Thousand Oaks?
Santa Barbara 16 55.17%
Thousand Oaks 13 44.83%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 10-02-2008, 04:16 PM
 
21 posts, read 69,571 times
Reputation: 14

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by MKW View Post
Both are really great cities. SB is a little more expensive but don't let that fool you. TO is a great place to live. My husband and I lived there on one income while we were both in school and did fine. You may not be able to buy a home right away, but then again you might with the way things are looking these days. Also, if your job is in TO you have other options as well- you could check out Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo and Newbury Park. All of those cities would probably be slightly less as far as housing goes. Maybe not NP. Good luck
Great thank you for the advice...TO is not that far from SB anyway and one could travel and visit on the weekends.

I like the layout of SB more than the sprawl of TO.

I agree, that the housing in TO is much less expensive, at least there are more options.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 10-02-2008, 04:19 PM
 
21 posts, read 69,571 times
Reputation: 14
Default Thanks ConsideringLA

Quote:
Originally Posted by ConsideringLA View Post
Think beyond this job offer: gigs in Santa Barbara are very difficult to score. TO offers more options work-wise, though is still considered a 'fringe' area to the greater LA basin, but offers access to the tech coast + Warner Center.

We have longed to live in SB, but the job opportunities are so few, we would have to have our own gig and/or do the traveling salesman bit - not ready for either line of work.

Consider Ventura as something in the middle that in between the two cost-wise, distance-wise, and family-friendly-wise.

Good luck.
I agree SB is an awesome place to live, unfortunately one would have to be a live long renter or buy a condo and commute from perhaps Ventura County.

Of course TO does offer more work opportunties than SB.

Thanks again.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2008, 04:21 PM
 
21 posts, read 69,571 times
Reputation: 14
Default Thanks cre8

Quote:
Originally Posted by cre8 View Post
I voted for Santa Barbara for you, but honestly, Thousand Oaks might win out on some levels. Santa Barbara is a beautiful area, but it has its drawbacks:

1. Housing is very expensive.
2. Opportunities are limited - lose your job, another might not come around quickly, competition for jobs is stiff, and commuting to a job outside of the SB area is a pain-and-a-half.
3. You have a young family - Santa Barbara has a gang problem, rivalries fester in the schools and prove violent and fatal in the streets; keep a close watch on your kids.
4. Compact city, easy walking in many areas, good public transpo, bike commuting is encouraged.

Thoughts on Thousand Oaks:
1. Housing is also expensive, but opportunities for something affordable are more likely than in SB.
2. You'd be closer to job opportunities in L.A. if needed.
3. Crime is low and schools are very good.
4. It's car-culture, suburbia and sprawl, lousy public transpo.

Both cities offer edu opportunities: UCSB in SB. In TO you're close to Cal Lutheran and CSUCI.
Thanks for the advice. There are pros and cons to each city. Granted SB does not offer many advancement opps and like you mentioned you lose your job, problems will arise in finding another one, yet since TO and LA are so close that shouldn't be a problem.

TO is close to SB if one wanted frequent the city, I am leaning toward TO everyday.

Thanks again.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2008, 04:25 PM
 
21 posts, read 69,571 times
Reputation: 14
Default Thanks Sorcerer68...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sorcerer68 View Post
I'm an L.A. guy but S.B. is sure a lot nicer than T.O. on many levels. Culturally they are polar opposites. If you have the chance, go to both places and feel them out and decide which is for you.

The two things T.O. has going for it...cheaper housing and closer to the valley and L.A. and has honest hot summers if you like them.

Santa Barbara is a gorgeous town with cool, coastal weather, a beautiful walkable downtown and a nice culture.

Thanks for the advice.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2008, 06:59 PM
 
Location: in a house
5,835 posts, read 4,746,433 times
Reputation: 4890
As another suggestion....Newbury Park is even more affordable than T.O. and it's neighbor.Any culture at all would be a long haul from S.B. to Los Angeles and horrible traffic. Can't recall seeing any homeless in T.O. as opposed to S.B.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2008, 09:04 PM
 
21 posts, read 69,571 times
Reputation: 14
Default Puffle...

Quote:
Originally Posted by puffle View Post
As another suggestion....Newbury Park is even more affordable than T.O. and it's neighbor.Any culture at all would be a long haul from S.B. to Los Angeles and horrible traffic. Can't recall seeing any homeless in T.O. as opposed to S.B.
Dear Puffle:

Hello thanks for the advice. Are you living in Newbury Park?

Culture wise it seems SB is more culturally diverse correct?

As for homeless I have heard SB has a large problem, I wouldn't blame anyone since the weather there is so pleasant.

Thanks in advance.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2008, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
419 posts, read 1,390,216 times
Reputation: 180
Quote:
Originally Posted by trablus View Post
As for homeless I have heard SB has a large problem, I wouldn't blame anyone since the weather there is so pleasant.
We take our little family to a beach house every year - we run into so many vans parked at the end of ocean-facing cul-de-sacs. They get the same view all year -- for free -- that we enjoy, at a nice steep cost, for one lousy week. Not a bad gig...
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2008, 09:27 PM
 
Location: los angeles
5,031 posts, read 12,125,205 times
Reputation: 1499
Santa Barbara has a lot of character & beauty\ hip city\ great beaches with a mild climate. Thousand Oaks is more suburban\ family-oriented\ safe with a warmer summer than Santa Barbara.

Wish I had to chose!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2008, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Shallow alcove hidden from the telescreen
2,912 posts, read 10,678,294 times
Reputation: 1741
Quote:
Originally Posted by trablus View Post
...Newbury Park?

Culture wise it seems SB is more culturally diverse correct?

As for homeless I have heard SB has a large problem, I wouldn't blame anyone since the weather there is so pleasant.

Thanks in advance.
NP is almost 100% Caucasian. SB is about 45/45 Caucasian/Latino with smaller populations of Asians (maybe 4%), African American (2%), and other minority groups. SB is also pretty well desegregated. People mix and don't think much of it.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2008, 10:35 PM
 
21 posts, read 69,571 times
Reputation: 14
Default Happ...

Quote:
Originally Posted by happ View Post
Santa Barbara has a lot of character & beauty\ hip city\ great beaches with a mild climate. Thousand Oaks is more suburban\ family-oriented\ safe with a warmer summer than Santa Barbara.

Wish I had to chose!

Dear Happ:

Thanks for the post. Where do you live now?

If you had to choose...which would you select?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:02 AM.

© 2005-2022, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top