The homes and mansions built on the mountain ridge that rings the backdrop of Santa Barbra face south, not west, and have sunrise and sunset views over the ocean and out to the Channel Islands.
Nick named the “American Riviera”, it’s an extraordinary place that is extraordinarily expensive. But it may just be worth the price. The climate is almost perfect year ranging from 65 to 78 degree averages highs with plenty of sunshine.
The cultural climate is healthy too. On the afternoon that I walked through Santa Barbara I met more open minded, intelligent and accomplished thoughtful people then I could find in bimbo lands of South Florida in a month.
Just as I was talking to Pam about the difference between South Florida and California, we bumped into a man who had defected from Miami to Santa Barbara a month previously. He confirmed my worst suspicions about South Florida by describing its vacuous sun stroked mentality. He was deliriously happy to have made the move to Santa Barbara. I hope to make the leap myself some day.
Next Stop – Venice Beach Freak Show