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My husband and I are considering relocating to the central
coast because it meets our criteria of great weather, no
allergies and natural beauty coupled with a slower pace of life
and lower cost of living. I'd love to hear from people who have
lived there as adult professionals (I know lots of Cal Poly
graduates who loved it!). Was it too boring? Enough culture?
Good place to raise kids? Thank you so much!
ready for some sanity
I grew up in the SLO area -- so my impressions are from 20 plus
years ago. I don't really know how much has changed since
I have fond memories of growing up in the area. As you
mentioned, the natural beauty is overwhelming -- and my parents
felt safe allowing my brother and I to canoe, hike, build forts,
etc... out in the wilds on our own. However, while not exactly
culturally void, it is rather isolated -- four hours from any
major city. It seems that my parents made a HUGE effort to have
the family travel as much as possible -- weekend trips to Santa
Barbara, LA and SF, plus vacations abroad and throughout the
US. I don't remember attending too many cultural events in the
city itself, but many on our weekends away.
I grew up in San Luis Obispo, and have a lot of family there,
and it's a great place to bring up kids. As far as cultural
stuff goes, well, it's not a big urban center, but it is a
college town, and that helps. As for no allergies, however, you
are sadly misinformed. If you are talking about pollen, you
should know that the situation is MUCH WORSE in SLO than it is
around here (by which I also include at least western Contra
Costa county). It is, after all, a fairly rural area with a
significant amount of agriculture going on. My hay fever is
much much more severe there than it is in Oakland, Berkeley, SF,
or Walnut Creek.
I grew up in San Luis Obispo. It is a great place for the
weather, the beauty, the safety and it it certainly slow! (SLO
town being the motto) The issues I have with it are number one
the real lack of diversity. Espeically if you in in the town of
San Luis Obispo and not in town around it. There is the new PAC
theater at Cal Poly that brings big name entertainment if that
is something you like, other than that there isn't a lot going
It is a college town and there will be a lot of college
parties. That needs to be a really serious consideration when
you think about what neighborhood to live in. It is pretty
middle/upper middle class which has it's ups and downs. It's
primarily conservative although there is a small but strong
contingent of open-minded liberal thinkers, it's very
Lately it has gotten itself into hot water with education.
There has been a serious slash of funds that wasn't planned for
and I have heard they are going to increase class size to 35
kids in K-8. That is a serious consideration for me. The town
continues to loose it's young student population because the
cost of living is so high and there aren't many jobs to support
it. The housing cost is the last issue. My best friend just
sold her 1000 square foot house with NO YARD for $425,000.
Housing is not cheaper there. What you don't have to deal with
is bad neighborhoods relative to here.
I think daily about moving closer to may parents who live there
but I'm not ready. Other considerations could be Arroyo Grande
and Atascadero. Both are cheaper, better school districts and
slow as well.
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