No. 5: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Median Home Price: $900,000
Why it’s on our list: The American Riviera, as it’s also known, needs to be on any list of the best places to call home. Santa Barbara’s proximity to the Pacific provides a Mediterranean-like climate, while the Santa Ynez Mountains just east of the city offer some of the best climbs in Southern California. The University of California, Santa Barbara also offers excellent facilities for swimming and weight training.
Live here if: You’re excited by the prospect of eating at a different restaurant every night for almost two years. With almost 700 restaurants in the greater Santa Barbara area, something will always sound good.
Don’t live here if: You hate having your runs disturbed by wayward drivers asking directions. Santa Barbara has a billion-dollar tourism industry, which means the city is always teeming with visitors.
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