Moving to Santa Barbara

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April 2008

Re: Best town in California to live?
I read your question and thought of Santa Barbara, where I lived for 6+ years. It may be bigger than you have in mind, but I thought it is worth mentioning. In case you don't know the town is nestled between the ocean and 3000 ft mountains. That may not sound so high for mountains, but consider they are starting at 0 ft. So you have views of those mountains from everywhere. Tons of hiking trails. All kinds of beach experiences. Wonderful cultural opportunities. Sigh. Many places where lots of walking is possible, particularly near downtown, also in an area called the Mesa.

Politically/cultural it is interesting. There are various contingencies. There is certainly a progressive/liberal one, which I was part of. There were certain places that these people shopped, hiked, went to the beach, celebrated. So I found that I ran into people I knew constantly. I liked that small town feel.

Good wishes with your decision. Karin

Relocating to Santa Barbara, finding housing & childcare

Aug 2006

My family and I are relocating to Santa Barbara in about a month. I have a job offer there and we are moving to be closer to family. My biggest concerns are finding appropriate housing and child care. I am assuming that there is nothing like BPN down there. Does anyone have advice on my best approach for finding a house to rent and either a nanny or a home-based child care situation for an eleven-month old? (We have a nanny share now and would love to continue with something like that if possible). Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you Nina

Hi! I grew up there, and I think Santa Barbara is a wonderful place. The weather is fantastic and it doesn't have that big-city feel. It can definitely be challenging financially and socially though. For housing and child care, if you're starting from scratch, you'll probably have to do what you'd do anywhere else, which would be to check the newspaper classifieds.

There is also a Santa Barbara craigslist that's not very active- -that can be a good thing if you're looking to be selective, because craigslist tends to catch on first with a certain crowd.

And then there's an active Santa Barbara community on LiveJournal, complete with rentals and things to do. This might be your best bet--check it out:

Hope this is helpful. Have fun in one of the most beautiful, livable climates on earth! Lisa