I live on one of the islands off the coast of western washington. I love the small, culturally rich town I live in, but the winters are a little too long for me. I am looking to move to California, hopefully to a university town of smallish size, close enough to the ocean that I can get there quickly. San Luis Obispo catches my eye but seems VERY expensive. Are there places within or close to San Luis Obispo where one can live in a community of reasonable housing costs? How is it living in this part of California?