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Living in Ventura, California:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Ventura, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked five people living in Ventura what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


5 comments on “Ventura”

Too many people and so much traffic. More and more apartments/townhomes/condos are being built and the roads are crumbling and the city looks dumpy. The crime is increasing, including assaults on innocent people. It’s become a very expensive smelly armpit… Rent is sky high even for bad neighborhoods. I can’t wait to move out of this place.

Kristin, says: 2023

A great little beach town with awesome waves and lovely people.

Ventura is a town of about 100,000 people about an hour north of Los Angeles on the California Coast, 30 minutes further on Hwy 101 takes you to Santa Barbara. Ventura has a lovely pier (which was once the longest pier in California), a lovely downtown area, lots of good restaurants, and a boardwalk along the oceanfront that allows you to watch the surfers who come from all over the world to surf the Rincon area.

Ventura is a coastal city in Southern California with a decent sized population, but small-town vibes. In the West End, you will find quaint bungalows and old Victorian gems. In the East End, there are parks and new construction nestled among farmland. A vast variety of outdoor activities include: surfing at Rincon, hiking up to Two Trees, or bike riding along the promenade. Culturally you will find everything for the modern hippie to call paradise.

Vanessa, says: 2020

Homes in Ventura typically do not have central air installed because it is a beach city. This is not an issue in most cases, however there are are a few weeks yearly when the heat can be unbearable without a/c. This is why it is wise to purchase a portable a/c unit to keep stored.

Miriam, says: 2020

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