7.5 out of 10

Falcon Crest Dr, California

35.1011759605625 -120.572017150998
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Luxury Rural Living"

Arroyo Grande is part of a grouping of small towns known locally as the 5 cities - Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach and Avila Beach. Along with our County seat, San Luis Obispo, they constitute the heart of the Central Coast of California.

Arroyo Grande lies half way between the metropolitan areas of San Francisco and Los Angles - about a 2 1/2 hour drive either way.

Our neighborhood, Falcon Ridge is comprised of 42 luxury estates. Each home is situated on 3 or more acres of land. 291 Falcon Crest Drive is the top of the hill providing two spectacular vistas. The westerly ocean view spans from the famous Pismo Dunes to the Point Avila Light Houseoffering nightly sunsets over the water. The eastern view exposes sunrise over Picachu Morro, Laetitia Vineyard and the Santa Maria Valley.

Falcon Ridge is a private gated community governed by a homeowners association. A volunteer group of five homeowners are elected to manage the business of the association, including gate maintenance, road maintenance, and architecture review.

Once known as "Pill Hill" for the number of doctors living in the neighborhood, Falcon Ridge is home to professionals, business owners, retired executives and many families with children. The gated access keeps road traffic to a minimum and promotes the overall tranquil nature of the area. Many homeowners use their acreage for home vineyards and orchards.

Like many coastal areas of California, homeownership is costly. 2004 saw the last home sale in the neighborhood under $1 Million. Most homes are in the $1.5 Million range and the high end transaction for the neighborhood was $2.5 Million for a 6200 sq. ft. home. Comparatively, Santa Barbara to the south and Carmel to the North are experiencing home values that more than double those found in Arroyo Grande. Those cities enjoy closer proximity to the major cities but have lost the classic charm of the typical California beach community.

The public schools throughout California are all lousy - ranking nationally as the third worse in the nation. Fortunately, there are a significant number of private schools available for all ages.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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