San Luis Obispo, California


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Young Professionals/Students

Downtown holds most of the nightlife of SLO. Lounges, bars and music venues line Higuera Street so finding an apartment here means you’ll be walking to go out at night as well as during the day when you take advantage of the SLO creek that runs through downtown. Theaters and the city museums are also here for those looking to get some culture.

The Railroad District is another good choice. Considered the “hippest” neighborhood in SLO it has an urban-ish vibe, with plenty of places to eat and drink for young professionals and college kids. It also has more converted buildings for apartments/condos for the younger folk who like the proximity to downtown but want cheaper living.

  • Downtown
  • Railroad District
  • Highland (students)
  • Monterey St/California Blvd (students)

Prefumo Canyon Road


If you’re looking for great views and big estates then check out Prefumo Canyon Road neighborhood. Much of the area has secluded rural estates with plenty of land and amazing views of the canyon. The homes are very pricey but they are huge and feature lots of fancy amenities if that’s your thing.

If you prefer being close to downtown, for work or social reasons, check out the Mill Street Historic District. It’s the oldest neighborhood in SLO and the tree-lined blocks feature beautiful old Tudors, Craftsman and Mission Revival homes. You’re within walking distance of an excellent restaurant and shopping scene along Monterey Street.

  • Prefumo Canyon Road
  • Mill Street Historic District
  • Laguna Lake
  • The Arbors
  • San Luis Obispo Country Club



SLO doesn’t have the planned communities you find in Arizona or Florida. Retirees either live independently near downtown or they live in one of the many retirement homes. A new retirement community called Villaggio,, is coming in 2024. This will be a retirement neighborhood with all the amenities of a “city” all contained within. Home choices like Villas, or apartment homes, independent living or assisted and memory care. Onsite movie theater, salon and spa, health club, restaurants and of course Pickleball!!

  • Villagio