If you plan to move to this beautiful city, be prepared to pay California home prices. The average cost of a home for sale in Santa Clarita is $370,000. The average listing is close to $650,000. There are approximately 62,000 homes and 71% of those are owned by residents; 29% of the homes are rented. If you are interested in a rent to own home, it will cost you close to $1,500 per month, and this is for a one- or two-bedroom. Many people see these high prices and wonder why anyone would want to move to California and pay these exuberant prices. But California, in particular Southern California, has much to offer warm weather year-around, a beautiful ocean, spectacular mountains, nice homes, and many attractions and activities. So if Santa Clarita has caught your heart, go for it.
Living in Southern California affords residents plenty of outdoor activities to fill the many sunny days. A trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain is one fun activity which can last all day. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to take in. If you love the mountains, you can go hiking or walking along the foothills. If you want to take a swim in the ocean, its a short drive to the beach. Since the city is located in the mountains you can even do some skiing in the winter time when the snow accumulates. You can do some hiking or kayaking at Castaic Lake.
If you are a nature lover, enjoy exploring and hiking in the Placertia Nature Center. Or you can take your chance playing with some wolves at the Shadowland Foundation. Dont forget to climb the spectacular Vasquez Rocks for some amazing views. There are a number of wonderful exhibits of wild animals and nature in the city. There are also places to play golf. The city is host to many musical events throughout various parks, a cycling tor, and an art exhibit. You can also have some fun with the monkeys and other exotic animals at the Gibbons Conservative Center.
Believe it or not, there actually is nightlife in quiet Santa Clarita. Spend the evening at one of the city's many bars and nightclubs, or enjoy some live music or a comedy show. Meet up with some friends for a night of karaoke fun or for a relaxing dinner at one of the local restaurants. Not enough excitement? Just head to downtown Los Angeles which is about 30 minutes away.
Some of the best bars and nightclubs in town include Vu Ultra Bar, The Rendezvous, and Bliss on Tap. All are good for a nice social outing with good fun and music.
Here are some neighborhoods in Santa Clarita you should know about:
Canyon Country: This is a beautiful neighborhood located in the valley close to the mountain range. Near the Sierra Pelona Mountains, the area is a mix of wealthy, upper and middle-class residents. Two nearby highways make it easy to get in and out of the city.
Newhall: The oldest community in the city, this area has a mixture of upper and middle class residents.
Valencia:The most popular neighborhood in Santa Clarita, approximately 150,000 residents live in this area. Listed as one of the best places to live, Valencia sees its share of tourists as well since Six Flags Magic Mountain is located here. California Institute of the Arts is located in this community, too. The family-oriented community is well-kept, with quality schools and neighborhood watch programs. Paved pathways called paseos wind through the neighborhood allowing residents to travel over the entire community by bicycle or foot.
Stephenson Ranch: This area is demonstrating that Santa Clarita is still growing. This new community of upper-class and middle-class residents is located on hills with amazing views looking down on the city. Most of the homes are built in the California contemporary Mediterranean style.
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