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The Central Coast is a great place to live. The pace of life is slower. There are so many different areas from which to choose, including the following:
San Luis Obispo (city) - This is the hub of San Luis Obispo County. Cal Poly is here so students are a good portion of the population of SLO during the school year. Most students go away during the summer and then the tourists arrive. The farther from Cal Poly you get, the fewer students you'll find living in the neighborhoods. Weather in San Luis Obispo is almost perfect. It's far enough inland that it doesn't get the coastal fog.
North Coast (Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Los Osos) - The North Coast communities offer close proximity to the ocean. Highway One is the main route up the coast, but it's not heavily traveled so traffic isn't a problem. If you want to be close to the ocean in a smaller community, the North Coast is a great choice. Cambria is unique, where pine trees meet the coast. Weather on the North Coast is pleasant. It has a few more foggy days than does the South Coast.
North County (Paso Robles, Templeton, Santa Margarita, Atascadero) - When you enter or leave San Luis Obispo on Highway 101, you'll encounter a big hill, the Cuesta Grade. North County is on the north side of the hill. It's where you'll find more rural areas and larger parcels. Weather in the North County is different than anywhere else on the Central Coast. It is hotter in summer and colder on winter nights.
South County (Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Oceano,Nipomo) - South County has both seaside communities and rural areas. When it's foggy at the coast, most days you can escape just by heading to the east side of 101 in Arroyo Grande. If you want to be further out in the country, Arroyo Grande and Nipomo offer many choices. Weather is wonderful in the South County. You can have beach weather or weather similar to that in San Luis Obispo without having to travel far.
Avila Beach - I separated Avila Beach as I think there is no place like it! When it's foggy on the North and South Coasts, Avila Beach may be sunny! Because few properties are available, you must pay a premium to live in Avila Beach.
North Santa Barbara County (Santa Maria, Orcutt, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Buellton) - Santa Maria has now passed Santa Barbara as the most populated city in the county. Santa Maria offers more affordable real estate, but it is still a short drive to the beach. Weather in Santa Maria is similar to San Luis Obispo. Further south of Santa Maria is the Santa Ynez Valley made famous in the movie "Sideways" and where Michael Jackon's Neverland is located.
When considering a move to the Central Coast, be sure to look at all our communities to find the one you prefer. The Keith Byrd Team covers real estate in all areas of the Central Coast. Our Realtors work together to find the right home for each client.
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