Saturday, February 23, 2008

Santa Barbara California Retirement

Santa Barbara:
California's Central Coast region is home to some of the most desired - and most expensive - real estate in the USA. A mild climate, high standards of living, beautiful scenery and relaxed way of life make Santa Barbara a popular place to live.

Santa Barbara Retirement Communities:
Samarkand Retirement Community
Senior Living Consultants
Casa Dorinda Retirement
Valle Verde Retirement Community
Vista Del Monte Retirement (805) 687-0793
Valle Verde Retirement Community (805) 687-1566
Mason Marge Montecito Senior
Rancho Franciscan Apartments
Mission Villa (805) 898-2709

Population: 86,000 residents

Climate: Moderate, ocean proximity gives Santa Barbara a very mild climate year-round.

Cost of Living: High

Housing Costs: The median home price in Santa Barbara is a whopping $1,450,000 making this one of the world's most expensive cities in terms of real estate. Zillow has more detail. about home prices in Santa Barbara if you dare to look.

Taxes: California taxes are generally high compared to other states.California Tax details are here:

Colleges and Universities:
UC Santa Barbara:
Antioch University Santa Barbara (805) 962-8179
Westmont College (805) 565-6000
Santa Barbara Community College
Fielding Graduate University (805) 687-1099
Brooks Institute of Photography (888) 381-4999
UC Administrative Office - (805) 893-2951
Brooks Institute of Photography: Jefferson Campus (805) 966-3888


Health care:
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (805) 682-7111
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital (805) 967-3411
Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara (805) 687-7444
St Francis Medical Center (805) 962-7661
Mission Terrace Convalescent Hospital (805) 682-7443
Sanctuary Psychiatric Center (805) 569-2785
St Francis Hospital (805) 962-7661

Travel and Tourism: is the official site of the Santa Barbara Conference and Tourism Bureau. They describe the area as "The American Riviera" and suggest:
From State Street and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the Channel Islands and the wine country, Santa Barbara basks in sunshine, natural bounty, creativity, cultural sophistication and an appreciation for taking life at your own pace.

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