Average rent: $1,225
Lifestyle perk: Road trips up and down PCH
Total days of sunshine: 262
Average yearly temperature: 70°
Right off the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Cruz is prime real estate for New Yorkers ready to give up a hectic life in exchange for one that is filled with endless opportunities for adventure along the central coast of California.
There are waves to be caught here, wine to be tasted, and plenty of more fun to be had under the sun, and under the boardwalk. There are prominent wineries nearby in the Santa Lucia Highlands, along with some notable microbreweries up and down the central coast. Santa Cruz is also known for a serious Boardwalk consistently rated as the best seaside park in the world, that would put Coney Island to shame.
Nearby, eclectic towns like Monterrey, San Luis Obispo, and Pismo await for those who seek adrenaline-packed lives and have a thirst for the cool ocean breeze. Santa Cruz and surrounding areas have some of the best surf on the west coast, along with coastal hiking trails, and spiraling sand dunes that will help you rekindle your love for nature.
Settle down here and you'll forget all about the concrete jungle that is New York City, we promise.