Located 10 miles southeast of Salinas River, Salinas City is an agricultural heavyweight and is home to approximately 151,000 people. With Santa Lucia and Gabilan mountain ranges bordering the valley to the west and east, respectively; and with the Pacific Ocean a mere 10 miles away, the city has a climate that makes it conducive for farming. In fact, it is widely known as the "Salad Bowl of the World", with more than 30% of the worlds lettuce supply grown in Salinas Valley. Looking for a rental apartment, rent to own house or a home to purchase? Look no further than Salinas City.
As of July 2013, the median home sale price in Salinas City is around $300,000, which is lower than Californias $375,000. In 2013 alone, there have been 984 home sale transactions in this city. Out of approximately 42,651 housing units in the city, 42.67% are owner-occupied, 52.02% are rented, and a mere 5.31% is vacant. Looking at these figures, the percentage of renters in this city are higher compared to that of the states 40.51% rented houses. Out of 2,264 vacant houses in this city, about half is up for rent; while a mere 475 real estate properties are for sale or available as rentals.
With seven school districts serving the city of Salinas as well as other adjacent areas, residents say they are happy with the education provided in this city. For primary education, Salinas City Elementary District has 7,594 enrollees in 13 different schools. Examples of some school sites within this district are: Borondo Meadows School, El Gabilan School, Laurel Wood School, and Lincoln Elementary School.
Salinas Union High School District, one of the largest districts, boasts of 13,578 enrollees in 10 different campuses. This district is composed of four high schools, four middle schools, an adult school, a continuation program, as well as a Regional Occupational Program. Examples of schools within this district are: Harden Middle School, El Sausal Middle School, Everett Alvarez High School, and Salinas High School. There are other school districts serving different neighborhoods, such as, Alisal Union School District, Washington Union School District, Santa Rita Union Elementary School District, Lagunita School District, and Graves Elementary School District. Opportunities for higher learning is also present with the colleges within the city like Heald College and Hartnell Community College.
For people who rave about the night scene, this city has a lot to offer. For selections of bars and lounges, Main St. is where most of the action is. This is where youll find popular night hang-outs like Zephs, XL Public House, and Lalla Lounge. Dining options include Mountain Mikes Pizza, AA Buffett, Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, and Big Joes BBQ. Neighboring streets like Alisal St. and Monterey St. boasts of several pubs, bars, and restaurants for people who are bursting with energy during the night. Some examples of popular places in these areas are: The Pub, Alisal Center Fish and Chips, Old Town Bar and Grill, Lago Asul Billar Bar, Los Tres Reyes, the Growers Pub and the Kings Den. Salinas St, and N. Davis Rd are two other areas in this city that come alive during the night as well.
The character and lifestyle of a particular neighborhood will affect the quality of life. Thus, beyond choosing the right apartment building, home buyers or renters should choose an area which suits their lifestyle well. Heres an overview of the popular neighborhood in Salinas, where you can find a purchasable or rentable.
East Salinas:This neighborhood, after a string of gang-related violence, wouldnt exactly make it to anyones list of best places to live in. Two of the popular landmarks in this neighborhood are Highland Park and Detroit Cultural Center Historic District.
Boronda:What used to be grassland in the lower parts of the Salinas Valley is now a thriving community whose residents still make much of their living through farming. Historical buildings abound in this area; the most notable of which are: Lagunita School house, which Nobel Prize winner John Steinback mentioned in the Red Pony.
Spreckels:Located 3 miles south of downtown Salinas; this neighborhood boasts of being a well-preserved company town in the country. Home of the Spreckels Sugar Company, the town was built on a community of people who worked for the sugar beet factory. Majority of residents here speaks Spanish. Other notable landmark in this area is the Fremont Peak State Park.
Bolsa Knolls:Located 4 miles north of downtown Salinas, majority of real estate properties in this neighborhood are medium to large-sized single family homes. One of the prominent schools in this area is Bolsa Knolls Middle School, touted as the "Home of the Bobcats".
Downtown/Old Town:The center of commercial activity of this city, downtown neighborhood has many rental homes. It is typically cheaper to rent a house here; but the area is considered not suitable for families due to some unsafe areas of this neighborhood. Aside from shopping centers and restaurants, tourist flock downtown area to visit the Steinback museum and the Oldtown where historic buildings and many antique shops are located.
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