Moving to Santa Barbara

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    Aug 15, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    Does anyone have any suggestions regarding places to live, how social life works out there, what gym to sign up at, etc? I'm moving there for a new job, and am trying to make sure I set myself up for a successful transition.
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    Aug 15, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    its boring as fuck there thats all i know
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    Aug 15, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    eightball saidits boring as fuck there thats all i know


    I can say I found some great restaurants, and it's absolutely beautiful. On the weekends you can visit LA, but not actually have to suffer LA during the workweek. Can't be that bad, right?
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    Aug 15, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    I love Santa Barbara. Check out Mesa Lane Beach. All the night life is along State Street. I think there's one or two gay bars there but don't know their names.
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    Aug 15, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    Montecito is the best part (IMO) of Santa Barbara. I love it there. Yes - it is on the quiet side, and the night life is nil (somewhat like Scottsdale, where I lived for 11 years). But you make your friends, and you socialize with them. A lot of socializing goes on in houses or around pools in back yards.

    You'll probably head to WeHo and West LA when you're tired of the quieter local SB scene.
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    Aug 15, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidMontecito is the best part (IMO) of Santa Barbara. I love it there. Yes - it is on the quiet side, and the night life is nil (somewhat like Scottsdale, where I lived for 11 years). But you make your friends, and you socialize with them. A lot of socializing goes on in houses or around pools in back yards.

    You'll probably head to WeHo and West LA when you're tired of the quieter local SB scene.

    That pretty much sums it up. Really is one of the nicest areas, but on the quiet side.
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    Aug 15, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    I've spent a year in SB.
    there is one gay club called "wild cat"
    its not just for gays though.

    State street is the ONLY place to hang out...lol
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    Aug 15, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    A good friend went to UCSB (years ago) it was a pretty cool place. Beautiful. There was a gay bar downtown (again years ago) that was pretty fun for a visitor.

    I'm jealous - would love to live on an ocean again.
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    Aug 15, 2012 11:44 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidMontecito is the best part (IMO) of Santa Barbara. I love it there. Yes - it is on the quiet side, and the night life is nil (somewhat like Scottsdale, where I lived for 11 years). But you make your friends, and you socialize with them. A lot of socializing goes on in houses or around pools in back yards.

    You'll probably head to WeHo and West LA when you're tired of the quieter local SB scene.


    That sounds like it's my speed. Believe it or not, but I'm not a huge partier. icon_lol.gif

    I like the idea of being able to visit friends in LA, and I have some family members there that are absolutely awesome.

    To have a pool and get to use it for more than three months would be its own reward, IMHO.
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    Aug 15, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    TotalTopJock saidI love Santa Barbara. Check out Mesa Lane Beach. All the night life is along State Street. I think there's one or two gay bars there but don't know their names.


    State Street seemed amazing when I was there. Best. Farmer's. Market. Ever.

    I didn't really check out any bars, but I like mellow, local places at times. House parties are a lot better, and if that's the culture then I'm a fan.

    Well, as long as I can make friends. icon_question.gif
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    Aug 16, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
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    TotalTopJock saidI love Santa Barbara. Check out Mesa Lane Beach. All the night life is along State Street. I think there's one or two gay bars there but don't know their names.


    State Street seemed amazing when I was there. Best. Farmer's. Market. Ever.

    I didn't really check out any bars, but I like mellow, local places at times. House parties are a lot better, and if that's the culture then I'm a fan.

    Well, as long as I can make friends. icon_question.gif


    House Parties are much more the norm here in SB, especially in Isla Vista. And if you're a fan of quiet clean mellow places then this is the city for you.
    State Street is the Hot spot here. Never been to WildCat, but I'd rather go to LA for nightclubbing.
    There's many gyms here, I think three in State st. But my only issue is parking, you have to pay!
    And then of course, you got the cool beaches and the hills if you like to hike and/or Rockclimb, or bike ride.
    Welcome to Fabulous SB! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 16, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
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    principal0 said
    TotalTopJock saidI love Santa Barbara. Check out Mesa Lane Beach. All the night life is along State Street. I think there's one or two gay bars there but don't know their names.


    State Street seemed amazing when I was there. Best. Farmer's. Market. Ever.

    I didn't really check out any bars, but I like mellow, local places at times. House parties are a lot better, and if that's the culture then I'm a fan.

    Well, as long as I can make friends. icon_question.gif


    House Parties are much more the norm here in SB, especially in Isla Vista. And if you're a fan of quiet clean mellow places then this is the city for you.
    State Street is the Hot spot here. Never been to WildCat, but I'd rather go to LA for nightclubbing.
    There's many gyms here, I think three in State st. But my only issue is parking, you have to pay!
    And then of course, you got the cool beaches and the hills if you like to hike and/or Rockclimb, or bike ride.
    Welcome to Fabulous SB! icon_biggrin.gif


    Thanks very much! I love hiking. I do not, however, like paying for parking. I'll have to figure out a different gym, or get a parking pass to a lot. That's a pet peeve here in Berkeley now - I commute to Walnut Creek just because the temperature and ease of access to the gym are much better.

    It goes without saying then that I love driving.

    Sounds like the environment is perfect for most of what I want. LA can fill in the gaps if I'm feeling rambunctious.
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    Aug 16, 2012 12:19 AM GMT
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    Jockbod48 saidMontecito is the best part (IMO) of Santa Barbara. I love it there. Yes - it is on the quiet side, and the night life is nil (somewhat like Scottsdale, where I lived for 11 years). But you make your friends, and you socialize with them. A lot of socializing goes on in houses or around pools in back yards.

    You'll probably head to WeHo and West LA when you're tired of the quieter local SB scene.


    That sounds like it's my speed. Believe it or not, but I'm not a huge partier. icon_lol.gif

    I like the idea of being able to visit friends in LA, and I have some family members there that are absolutely awesome.

    To have a pool and get to use it for more than three months would be its own reward, IMHO.



    Santa Barbara / Montecito's gain will be Berkeley's loss! You'll make friends and you can turn them all onto Aerial Yoga. Great photo, btw. Have fun down there in SoCal!
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    Aug 16, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    Santa Barbara is beautiful. Though I am curious what job you were able to find there. SB doesn't appear to have any real industry other than tourism and unless you work in that or hospitality or are a doctor in private practice you need to be independently wealthy to live there. Congrats on finding a job there though!
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    Aug 16, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    principal0 said
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    TotalTopJock saidI love Santa Barbara. Check out Mesa Lane Beach. All the night life is along State Street. I think there's one or two gay bars there but don't know their names.


    State Street seemed amazing when I was there. Best. Farmer's. Market. Ever.

    I didn't really check out any bars, but I like mellow, local places at times. House parties are a lot better, and if that's the culture then I'm a fan.

    Well, as long as I can make friends. icon_question.gif


    House Parties are much more the norm here in SB, especially in Isla Vista. And if you're a fan of quiet clean mellow places then this is the city for you.
    State Street is the Hot spot here. Never been to WildCat, but I'd rather go to LA for nightclubbing.
    There's many gyms here, I think three in State st. But my only issue is parking, you have to pay!
    And then of course, you got the cool beaches and the hills if you like to hike and/or Rockclimb, or bike ride.
    Welcome to Fabulous SB! icon_biggrin.gif


    Thanks very much! I love hiking. I do not, however, like paying for parking. I'll have to figure out a different gym, or get a parking pass to a lot. That's a pet peeve here in Berkeley now - I commute to Walnut Creek just because the temperature and ease of access to the gym are much better.

    It goes without saying then that I love driving.

    Sounds like the environment is perfect for most of what I want. LA can fill in the gaps if I'm feeling rambunctious.


    You're welcome.
    The gym parking issue is probably part of the reason why many residents here participate in outdoor activities. Everybody here jogs, lol! The parks are always full of shirtless hot guys playing volleyball, running, whatever. Same at the beaches, of course.
    You'll like it here. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 16, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    dcblue saidSanta Barbara is beautiful. Though I am curious what job you were able to find there. SB doesn't appear to have any real industry other than tourism and unless you work in that or hospitality or are a doctor in private practice you need to be independently wealthy to live there. Congrats on finding a job there though!


    The job is quite niche, but it's a Director of Quality Systems role for a services firm locally that will transition rapidly to a VP role. I wasn't looking specifically in Santa Barbara, but I sure as hell won't object to it either!
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    Aug 16, 2012 6:58 AM GMT
    Pretty much what Jockbod48 said...there are some great breweries around downtown as well as some other local one's...so check them out as well as some great restaurants...I spent several weekends in Santa Barbara a couple years ago, a buddy of mine cousin passed away so I was helping him clean the house and do small reapairs to get the house ready for sell.

    Also, it can get pretty cold in an instant so always have a jacket or a sweater on hand.
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    Aug 16, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    My mommy told me that Santa isn't real. icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 16, 2012 7:01 AM GMT
    uombroca saidPretty much what Jockbod48 said...there are some great breweries around downtown as well as some other local one's...so check them out as well as some great restaurants...I spent several weekends in Santa Barbara a couple years ago, a buddy of mine cousin passed away so I was helping him clean the house and do small reapairs to get the house ready for sell.

    Also, it can get pretty cold in an instant so always have a jacket or a sweater on hand.


    Oh I'm a wine afficionado (read: lush), and I'm excited to be living in the heart of a new growing region. I didn't know about the breweries, though my gluten intolerance would cut down on the fun there.

    I know I love Bouchon already - I can see me having frequent dinners there. Any other recommendations?