Friday, August 12, 2005

More moving lists

I lamented last month about lists, and the prominent position they take in my life. See my other struggles with managing my own lists here and here.

Well, this morning I was confronted with, you guessed it, yet another list. But this one is very different. It will require no action on my part. Nothing that is but basking in the knowledge of our good fortune.

According to Bert Sperling and Peter Sander who examine such things for a living, the Santa Barbara-Lompoc-Santa Maria area of the Central Coast is the 4th best place to live in the country, right behind it's Central Coast cousin, SLO-Atascadero-Paso Robles:

A few miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has long been a #1 relocation choice for those who can afford it. This area is famous for lavish estates that carry a price tag in the millions of dollars. Indeed, the median home price for the county is $590,000, while the median in the city itself is over $1.2 million.

No matter how appealing, the Santa Barbara area's cost of living and home prices will prove prohibitive for many Americans. In addition, recent job growth has dipped lately, so it might not be the best place to look for a new job. Nevertheless, for those that are retired or financially secure, the Santa Barbara area remains one of unmatched beauty and comfort.

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