Sunday, February 24, 2008

San Luis Obispo Retirement in California

San Luis Obispo, with a population of 43,000, is located in California's Central Coast Region.

San Luis Obispo offers the retiree a moderate California Coastal climate but the challenges of very high real estate prices. The median home price here is $827,000 making the cost of living quite high under most circumstances. Of course if you find a reasonably priced place to live your other expenses such as gas and groceries won't differ much from other areas.

San Luis Obispo Retirement:

Village At Sydney Creek (805) 543-2350
Las Brisas Retirement Res. (805) 543-0144
Judson Terrace Homes (805) 544-1600
Senior Living Consultants (805) 545-5901
Village At the Oaks (805) 543-2342
Garden Creek (805) 543-2311
Las Brisas Retirement Residence (805) 543-0187
Manse On Marsh (805) 541-4222
Judson Terrace Lodge (805) 541-4567
Village At the Palms (805) 543-2300

Health Care includes these hospitals:
Sierra Vista Regional Med Center
French Hospital Medical Center

Travel and Tourism:


Santa Maria California Retirement

Santa Maria, California City Website is the official website of the Chamber of Commerce, where they say:

The City of Santa Maria is located in California's Central Coast Wine Country between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Those fortunate enough to relocate to this peaceful valley will find friendly neighbors, a growing business sector, world-famous Santa Maria Style barbecue, and fabulous California wines.

Santa Maria is in Santa Barbara County and on California's Central Coast.

Santa Maria Retirement Communities:
830 E. CHAPEL, SANTA MARIA CA 93454 805-922-6657

1530 E. CYPRESS WAY, SANTA MARIA, CA 93454 805-925-7747

425 E. BARCELLUS AVE., SANTA MARIA CA 93454 805-922-3558

820 W. COOK ST., SANTA MARIA CA 93458 805-925-8877

Population: 85,ooo

Climate: Santa Maria enjoys the moderate coastal climate typical of California's coastal communities. Moderate temps during the day, cool nights, and mild but often wet winters.

Cost of Living: Moderate for California, high nationally.

Housing Costs: $365,000 median home price. Zillow has a lot more about Santa Maria Real Estate.

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

Transportation: Santa Maria has SMAT as Bus Service:

Health care:
Chamber of Commerce / Economic Development

The Santa Maria Valley has a general hospital, 3 urgent care centers and 6 convalescent hospitals. Within an hour's drive of the Santa Maria Valley are three more hospitals: San Luis Obispo’s French Hospital, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

Marian Medical Center 1400 E. Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 739-3000

Founded in 1940 by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, to serve the growing population of Santa Maria, Marian Medical Center, today, is a member of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), a leading not-for-profit health care system guided by Catholic values. One of the largest medical centers on California's Central Coast, Marian is a 167-bed hospital with two hospital campuses, Marian Medical Center and Marian West. Marian's 95-bed Extended Care Center also provides sub-acute health care for short-term, intermediate or long term care needs.Marian's specialty services include a comprehensive heart center, a cancer program, fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons, two community clinics, a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation center, and a health and wellness center, and an outpatient care center.With over 1300 employees, Marian is one of the largest employers in the Santa Maria Valley.

Central Coast Urgent Care

340 E. Betteravia Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454(805) 922-0561Locally owned and operated for over 20 years. Urgent Care provides a variety of effective medical care treatment. Currently there are 2 orthopedic surgeons and 3 doctors at this facility.

Industrial Medical Group

3070 Skyway Drive #106, Santa Maria, CA 93455(805) 922-8282
The Industrial Medical Group is an association of physicians organized to provide high quality, cost effective health care in partnership with the industrial community.

Marian Urgent Care Center
Plaza Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454(805) 739-3211
Marian Urgent Care Center is a department of the emergency facility of Marian Medical Center which provides a variety of medical services 7 days a week.

Travel and tourism: is a great visitor resource from the Chamber. Check out this page of attractions:

Check out the progress of the libary and new City Hall on this Santa Maria live cam: