The 5 Best Places To Live In Southern California - Stateside Movers

Where to live in California? We found 5 great places to live in California. Read all about Irvine, San Diego, Santa Monica, Malibu and Manhattan Beach.

Would you like to live in an area that has fantastic year-round weather and you are close to the beach? Then look no further than our Best Places to Live in Southern California list. This is rated in no particular order, so feel free to read on and see which city would be best for you.

#1. Moving to Irvine

Located in famous Orange County, Irvine is a great spot for extracurricular opportunities, business, and entertainment. With a population of a little under 300,000, there is no shortage of things to do in Irvine. It has many events, festivals, and parks for folks to enjoy and sightsee. It is the business center of Orange County and has many opportunities for business development and is only a 20-minute drive to the Pacific Ocean. Costa Mesa, just outside of Irvine, is also a great area as well if you prefer a smaller populated area. With lows of just 44 degrees F in the winter and a warm 84 degrees F in the summer, Irvine has great year-round weather. It is also home to the University of California Irvine, a prestigious research university. The median home value in Irvine is around $900,000. Orange County itself also tends to lean politically conservative compared to other parts of California.

#2. Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is located in southwestern Los Angeles County on the Pacific coast. With a population of just under 40,000, Manhattan Beach is a quaint town that is full of activities. Considered an upscale community, it has no shortage of gourmet restaurants, brunch cafes, and scenic golf courses. It has the Roundhouse Aquarium, a nice small downtown, and several parks. Winter lows are about 48 degrees F and summer highs are about 78 degrees F. The median home value is around 2.6 million.

#3. San Diego

If you would like a beach city with no shortage of sightseeing and activities to enjoy, San Diego is the city for you. Located on the southern California coast with a population of about 1.4 million, the city is famous for its laid back atmosphere. It has zoos and aquariums, parks, entertainment venues, beaches, and museums. It has plenty of golf, hiking, rock climbing, and guided tours. For water, folks can enjoy sailing, fishing, boating, whale watching, kayaking, and more. Interestingly, Mission Beach even has jetpacking opportunities where folks can fly over 30 feet above the water. Winter lows are just 50 degrees F and summer highs are about 80 degrees F. The median home value is around $700,000.

#4. Santa Monica

Located in west Los Angeles on the Pacific coast, Santa Monica is an area associated with great food, entertainment, and shopping. It has the Aero Theatre, Bergamot Station Arts Center, Angels Attic Museum, and the Daniel Rolnik Gallery. It has a famous chess tournament, dancing, and plenty of restaurants and cuisine to choose from. It has plenty of opportunities for recreation rather on water or on land. It also has plenty of shopping, such as Santa Monica Place and Main Street. For those who prefer cooler weather, the winter lows are around 50 degrees F and summer highs in the low 70s. The median home value is 1.7 million.

#5. Malibu

Malibu is known for its safe, tight-knit community and opportunities to be around nature. Located in Los Angeles County just slightly north of Santa Monica, this beach town has scenic ocean views along with plenty of nature in Highlands Park. With a population of 13,000, it has the Malibu Film Festival, and the Zuma and Westward Beach, as well as the Malibu Lagoon. It has plenty of fine dining and is home to quite a few Hollywood celebrities due to its cliff-hugging ocean views. There are also opportunities for hiking and nature walking in the Santa Monica mountains. Winter lows are around 50 degrees F, and summers can get quite warm, with highs of around 90 degrees F. The median home value is around 3.1 million.

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