Many national magazines and organizations have ranked San Luis Obispo in their “Top of” list in a range of categories. One of the most recent designates San Luis Obispo real estate as “the happiest place in America“, based on Gallup findings explored in a National Geographic book called Thrive. In fact, most residents would agree with Goldilocks that everything here is just right. The weather is not too hot or cold. The commutes are short. Activities are plentiful. The city is not too big or too small, too snobbish or too rural. It is an intelligent town with a sense of fun and humor.
The downtown area provides a focal point at the Mission Plaza. The open park area is anchored by the mission church with daily mass. The sound and sparkle of San Luis Creek running through adds a little magic to the shaded green area. There is a pedestrian only block with sidewalk cafes, shops and distinctive restaurants.
Thursday nights finds this area covered with the sights, sounds and tastes of the SLO Farmers Market. Local agriculture producers display their fresh produce, flowers and specialty items like local honey and olive oil. Prepared foods are cooking to tempt hungry shoppers. Artwork and crafts are shown and sold. There is live music and a chance to catch up with your neighbors and friends. It is a practical and social event everyone looks forward to.
The city emphasizes pedestrian and bicycle travel throughout the downtown area and 6500 acres of protected open space, making it easy and pleasant to exercise. The Downtown Trolley runs a long weekend schedule for 50 cents a ride. The Amtrak Station offers daily north and southbound trains stopping here.
The San Luis Coastal Unified School District serves the city and there are a number of private and parochial schools as well. San Luis Obispo High School consistently ranks among the top schools in California. The California Polytechnic State University campus, aka Cal Poly, provides activities and classes for everyone and adds a vigorous atmosphere in town. The university’s Performing Arts Center offers a broad calendar of cultural events.
San Luis Obispo real estate offers a diverse range of property sizes, values and home styles. You can find contemporary, new construction and lovingly preserved or carefully restored homes built in the early 1900’s. The condominium life style is popular. There are homes around the golf course with spectacular views. In fact, many of the homes of every type and price point view the beauty of their surroundings out of every window.
If life in a lively and comfortable town seems like paradise, you should consider a San Luis Obispo home. I can provide all the local expertise and information you need to make the best decision for purchasing a new home. Call me at 805-709-3297 or send an email below so we can begin to explore the options.