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Paradise Living
updated: Nov 07, 2012, 9:09 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

A subscriber just loves living in a Santa Barbara paradise.

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 COMMENT 340071 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:15 AM

Whenever I hear someone claim that rich people will pack up and move to Nevada if we increase taxes by 0.001%, I think of views such as these and laugh my head off. We're well-rid of anyone who would choose to leave this paradise and move to a desert wasteland just to save a few cents in taxes! :)


 COMMENT 340078 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:21 AM

Well said, 071.


 COMMENT 340088P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:29 AM

Nice sunsets? Check.

Nice weather? Check.

Pretty tile roofs? Check.

Paradise? I hardly think so.


 COMMENT 340115 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:56 AM

Must be new to the smoke and mirrors town that we call Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 340132 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:11 AM

Yup, Paradise!!!


 COMMENT 340206 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:33 AM

Paradise if you have some money or a secure job.

Good restaurants? Check.

Farmers markets? Check.

Cultural events and theatre? Check.

Solstice Parade? Priceless.


 COMMENT 340229 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 12:07 PM

@071 - if only it were .001% and a few cents!


 COMMENT 340290 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 02:57 PM

shhhhhh...... don't tell anyone else. It's already too crowded here.


 COMMENT 340297 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 03:25 PM

Back to the pics!
Great ones-especially the crooked palms silhouetted by the sunset.


 COMMENT 340369 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 06:20 PM

Love the Palm trees at Hope Ranch Beach, what an incredible paradise we have here in Santa Barbara....


 COMMENT 340393P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 07:52 PM

Paradise lost is more like it. Go downtown and try to walk along State St. without being accosted by the down on their luck folks who somehow believe we owe them. Fly into Paradise and emerge from the bright and shiny new terminal and see the ragged group of taxis to take you where you need to go, but ignore the ratty industrial area that you are driving thru, a place, by the way, you wouldn't want to ever walk thru, and get on the highway, which is always overgrown and shabby looking. Hopefully where you are staying is on or near the beach, but there are still problem areas there too. An innocent walk off the Fess Parker property, even just around one corner and the transients have set up encampments in conditions that people don't expect to see because "Santa Barbara" has been so hyper up to be "Paradise." Great place to visit though.


 COMMENT 340446 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 06:48 AM

Try taking some pictures of the sidewalks on State Street, they're disgusting, as well as the storefronts! The homeless fit right in...
Santa Barbara is actually kinda dirty and unkept!
Even the parks are in sad shape! Sure the beach is Paradise, as long as you look towards the ocean! I'm embarrassed!


 COMMENT 340455 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 07:20 AM

Gee, I've lived here for 50 years, seen it changed (a lot!), and I'm still happy to live here. Perhaps paradise is not the correct term, but I'd rather live here than, say, Bakersfield!


 COMMENT 340546 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 09:49 AM

It IS too crowded here, and if you're a woman over 40 & single... forget trying to find a man! Also, forget trying to buy a home if you're not a gazillionaire.


 COMMENT 340578P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 10:49 AM

I'll take Santa Barbara anytime...but we do have to do something about the aggressive transients...we are being overrun. HELP!


 COMMENT 340684 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 02:30 PM

The only time I go downtown is to go to the Granada or the Arlington, or to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning. Hardly see the transients at all.


 COMMENT 340826P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 10:18 PM

446, 546 & 578 P, Well said and very spot on for so many of us who are made to feel like we are but gum on the shoe of the rich and powerful. 445, I totally agree with you about Bakersfield.


 COMMENT 341184P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 10:28 PM

Compared to most anywhere else in the continental U.S. the answer is a resounding YES!!! Santa Barbara IS the closest thing to paradise we're likely to find.

Now, if you prefer climatic extremes, scorching desert heat, and frigid Arctic cold, or weeks of torrential rains, or years of parched drought, then perhaps the central coast isn't your cup of tea. But for the rest of us, it doesn't get much better than this, anywhere else in the world.


 COMMENT 341239 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-10 08:36 AM

Paradise is where ever you're happiest. That could be Duluth in the dead of winter or Hanalei Bay in the fall or Paris in the spring... to many, its a flip flop lifestyle, lots of sun, water and no crime...

I hate to break it to you but were a long way from that easygoing idyllic paradise...We're very expensive, corporately driven *(most of the stores on State St), and filled with a lot of entitled folks... Paradise? hardly, fantastic and wonderful? Yes, without a doubt.

But until we have no crime, health care and food for all and a lot less entitled people, we're just another facacde built by Pottery Barn


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