What is it like to live in San Luis Obispo, CA?
I really miss this town. It may seem boring to some because it's a far drive from the big cities like SJ, SF, SB, and LA. However, I love SLO for all that it has to offer.
Everybody is outdoorsy. If you're not outdoorsy, you'll become outdoorsy. Whether it's rock climbing, bouldering, mountain climbing, mountain biking, biking, surfing, skating, running, walking, or just strolling. Oh wait, like some other Quorans mentioned, there's golfing, archery, shooting, kayaking, and hiking. There's something there for you. And well, the beach is only 10 minutes away for the sunbathers. Everybody is fit here! I seldom saw overweight people. The obesity epidemic definitely does not apply to this town.
Farmers Market on Thursday nights kind of gets old. However, there are tons of good eats around town. I made it a goal to try as many of the eateries as possible, and my, there are so many! The cuisine I didn't find to my liking is Chinese. They have lots of Thai and Japanese, Mexican, Fusion, pizzerias, bars, delis, and coffee shops. And of course, the tri-tip!
Daily life is on the slow side, and it's definitely a town to relax in. There's no need to need to rush everywhere. Everyone says hello and is friendly. If they're mad at you, they're college kids not from the area or they're just not from the area.
Every first Friday of the month, places open up and showcase art. Art galleries open up and other small shops showcase art along with a nice serving of wine and snacks!
Job opportunities in terms of tech is low, though they're trying to change that. Lots of medical offices and service jobs.
Wineries are everywhere! Paso Robles is the main area and there are spots scattered all throughout SLO County.
Housing can be a love. There are some amazing neighborhoods. Most people think SLO is expensive to live in, so they live in surrounding towns and commute into SLO for work. Also, watch out for apartments and places that are close to campus. That's where the rowdiness usually is. Which leads me to a side note about the college scene. There are lots of young people here, lending itself to the bar scene and abundance of coffee shops that serve both as hipster stop and study spot.
Weather is very mild. Usually a little colder than LA, but nothing terrible. Practically sunny year-round.
I've since moved away, and there are so many benefits to living in SLO that I miss. Mostly because it's a small town and everything is within a 10 minute drive. I used to think 10 minutes was a long drive, now I commute 20-30 minutes just to get anywhere.