California living certainly isn't cheap, but it's well worth the investment when measured against what you're receiving in return: a sun-drenched Pacific climate with low humidity and winter temperatures that dip to a mere 50 or 60 degrees. Santa Barbara takes full advantage of this environment as well, with plenty of options for its residents. The city has four miles of beaches, including Leadbetter, East Beach, Shoreline Park, West Beach and other sections. Rental companies provide gear for snorkeling, biking, in-line skating, surfing, jet skiing, scuba diving and other activities. The Harbor offers Stearns Wharf, world-class dining, wine tasting and bars with outdoor seating, all among scenic views. The city also has 57 parks, further enhancing the town's overall natural beauty, which is literally world-renowned.

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What better way to wake up in the morning than to the sound of waves rolling in from the Pacific and crashing along the beautiful California coastline. This feature is one of many that Santa Barbara has to offer, as this picture-perfect beach town possesses all the stunning natural elements associated with the southern California coast without the hustle and bustle of its nearby neighbor, Los Angeles. And with a diverse mixture of single-levels, townhomes, condominiums, Spanish-style homes and more, there are plenty of inviting options to accommodate buyers looking in the area.

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