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.

Bakersfield California Retirement

Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield lies in California's Central Valley Region, a vast expanse of ranches and farmland that is mostly sparsely populated, though Bakersfield itself is a moderate-sized, thriving city.

Bakersfield Retirement Communities:

Columbus Estates Retirement (661) 872-5855
Rosewood Retirement Community (661) 834-0620
Westchester Gardens (661) 324-3091
St John Manor (661) 325-3551
Castlewood Retirement Apartments (661) 834-4222
Gables Residential Care LLC (661) 631-2036
Carriage House Estate Rtrmnt (661) 663-8393
Pleasant Care Convalescent (661) 327-7687
Bakersfield Care (661) 398-8802
Redwood Village Inc (661) 398-8802

Population: 308,000

Climate: Hot summers and cool winters with low rainfall. Bakersfield offers the dry and hot climate characteristic of much of central California.

Cost of Living: Moderate

Housing Costs:

Median home value is $279,000. Zillow has more Bakersfield details.

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

Colleges and Universities:
National University (661) 864-2360
University-California Merced (661) 861-7941
California State University Bakersfield (661) 654-2782
County of Kern: Extension (661) 868-6200
Santa Barbara Business College
Fresno Pacific University Bakersfield Center (661) 864-1515
Bakersfield College (661) 725-8020
Point Loma Nazarene University (661) 321-3480

Bakersfield is served by the "GET" Bus service which stands for Golden Empire Transportion:

Health care: Bakersfield memorial hospital

Travel and Tourism: is the home of the Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau