Northern Santa Barbara County, just north of the city of Santa Barbara, is a region of incredible beauty and diversity lake and hills to the east, ocean to the west. The Santa Ynez Valley (did you see the movie Sideways? - (Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang, Buellton, Los Alamos) and its newer wine neighbors the Santa Maria Valley(Lompoc Valley) produce internationally acclaimed wines. The Danish Village of Solvang and the Guadalupe Dunes (site of the Ten Commandments) attract thousands of visitors each year, Vandenberg Air Force Base is one of only two U.S. space launch sites and Santa Maria’s agricultural base supports not only robust vegetable production, but also California’s premier strawberries. From Santa Maria, a city of over 100,000 residents, to the unique communities to its south, northern Santa Barbara County offers its residents a wealth of property choices, occupations, climates and character.
Southern San Luis Obispo County
A Toast to the Coast!
Southern San Luis Obispo County lies just along California’s beautiful Central Coast , between Santa Barbara County to the south and the City of San Luis Obispo to the north. Comprised of the diverse communities of Avila Beach, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Oceano and Nipomo, southern San Luis Obispo County offers the best of both coast and country, with the unique beach communities above adjacent to the beautiful Edna Valley countryside, the Village of Arroyo Grande and the rural community of Nipomo. Invite your friends for surfing, boogie boarding or beach BBQs. Shop for “fresh-from-the-field” vegetables from the local farmer’s market. Go restaurant hopping, enjoy monthly special events and seaside festivals, or just watch the sunset from the pier or your own private deck. Wine growing, produce production and tourism keep southern San Luis Obispo County connected yet apart from big-city influence, allowing it to maintain its laid-back coastal country flavor and small town friendliness.