Ventura-Another Jewel in the Central Coast Crown
With great weather, spectacular ocean views, and mountain panoramas, it is no surprise that for 2016 Livibility.com ranked Ventura in its top 50 best small to mid-sized cities to live in the U.S. Only 65 miles-but a world away-from Los Angeles, Ventura retains a small town feel and community vibe. With a high ranking school system, lively arts scene and laid-back lifestyle, Ventura is a wonderful option to consider when looking for a coastal home. To add to the appeal, the cost of living is much lower than northern neighbor Santa Barbara. The median home price of $485,000 compares very favorably with the $920,000 median home price one can expect to pay in Santa Barbara and $589,000 in Los Angeles.
So, if you are looking for the ambience of romantic Santa Barbara, without the price tag, and the urban bustle of nearby Los Angeles without the urban, give Ventura a look.
Excerpted from Livibility.com Best 100 Places to Live