The Manse on Marsh Senior Living community is located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, and that’s no accident. Within walking distance from our senior independent and assisted living campus, you’ll find shopping, restaurants, bookstores, coffee houses, ice cream parlors, art dealers and churches. But there’s so much more about living in San Luis Obispo that you’ll love, we thought we’d take a moment to explore why our hometown is named again and again as one of the top places to retire in North America.
Simply called "SLO" or "San Luis" by locals, San Luis Obispo is the cultural, commercial and entertainment hub of California’s beloved Central Coast. At its heart is one of California's historic missions, and one of the most well-preserved examples of 18th century Spanish architecture: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. San Francisco and Los Angeles are just a tank of gas away from San Luis Obispo, but worlds away when it comes to traffic and congestion.
Instead, you’ll find rolling hillsides, breathtaking ocean views and spectacular beaches. Endless acres of picturesque vineyards are just minutes from The Manse’s downtown location. The area’s fertile soil and temperate climate produce seasonal harvests that result in world-class wines and innovative, locally-grown cuisine.
The academic climate in San Luis Obispo is just as productive as the area’s nutrient rich soil. Home to California Polytechnic State University, known locally as Cal Poly, and Cuesta College, the city enjoys a youthful vigor and laid back style that makes it easy for seniors to never stop learning.
SLO's weekly Farmers' Market is among the area's most popular events, and is how the locals kick off the weekend. Sample unforgettable flavors, shop extended hours at the local boutiques, and enjoy live entertainment as the sun goes down.
And if all that weren’t enough to convince you to retire in San Luis Obispo, we’ll leave you with this fun fact. In 2011, National Geographic author Dan Buettner named San Luis Obispo the “Happiest City in America” in his book Thrive: Finding Happiness The Blue Zones Way. Soon after, Oprah Winfrey showcased San Luis Obispo and the city’s new moniker on an episode of her talk show, and it wasn’t long before San Luis Obispo was synonymous with “Happy Town.”
A vacation stay is a great way to get to know The Manse on Marsh Senior Living community and San Luis Obispo better. Stay with us and enjoy our on-campus activities as well as our premier culinary offerings. We’ll be happy to show you around and introduce you to our residents. Contact us today for more information!