San Luis Obispo : California

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What San Luis Obispo is like for active adults

San Luis Obispo, California has much to like as an active adult retirement community. From the spicy Pinot Noir wines made here to the magnificent brown hills and long, long beaches, this town of 46,000 on the central California coast is the educational, cultural, and commercial center of the region. There are 255,000 people in the greater metro area.

San Luis Obispo was founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1772. Its carefully restored historic district is centered around the 18th century Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (Mission Plaza). The mission is one of the best preserved examples of Spanish Mission architecture as well as being one of the oldest buildings in California. Many interesting shops and boutiques make the downtown a popular destination. Retirees will like living here because it has history, a vital and prosperous downtown, and an economic base anchored by California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). San Luis Obispo is located in San Luis Obispo County. The city of Santa Barbara is 105 miles away. Find out more about what it is like to retire in California. Photo of San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center courtesy of Wikipedia and Gregg Erickson.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

You can choose to live in a house downtown, or you can choose an apartment or free-standing house farther out in a development. There are a number of active adult communties in the area (see link at right).
Average home prices are on the high side, reflecting its coastal California environment. The market has held its values better than most of southern California, although it is down from a few years ago. In mid 2013 the median home price was about $550,000 according to CIty-Data.com.

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What is special about this retirement community
• Plenty of employment possibilities • Edna Valley vineyards • Historic and lively historic downtown District • Proximity to beaches and mountains • Cal Poly and a vital student population • Mission Plaza • Thursday Night Farmer’s Market • Bike-friendly
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What is not special about this retirement community

Cal Poly student activities, such as Mardi Gras, can be extremely rowdy. Living here can be expensive

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What kinds of people like retiring here
San Luis Obispo attracts a community of who would like to live in a university town that also has history, the California coast, and great natural beauty.
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Local economy is driven by
Education and tourism. San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
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Climate and Physical Environment
San Luis Obispo is located on the Pacific in central California, about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Rolling hills give way to the Sierra Madres mountains to the east. Some of the longest beaches in the country are here. On average it rains about 29 days a year(mostly in the winter and spring); the climate is Mediterranean.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cal Poly provides considerable cultural possibilities, as does the area around Mission Plaza; The Fremont Theatre is a grand building in the Art Deco design;  A rare commercial building by Frank Lloyd Wright is downtown; The former Carnegie Library is home to the San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum; San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center.

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Crime
Crime here is about the national average.
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Medical facilities
There are 3 hospitals in San Luis Obispo
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Transportation

San Luis County Regional Airport is 4 miles away; Paso Robles Muni is 28 miles; Amtrak has service from San Luis Obispo; The City has been declared bike-friendly by the League of American Bicyclists; Every 1st Thursday, in the evening after farmer's market, bicyclists of all ages get together for the SLO night ride; San Luis Obispo is a walkable community.

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Valuable Links
San Luis Obispo on Wikipedia
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Facts about SAN LUIS OBISPO
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Suburban,College Town,Coastal,Small-mid Sized City,Outdoor Oriented,RV Community,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: john

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