Sketch of San Luis Obispo County ...
scenic county is located approximately 220 miles north
of Los Angeles and 240 miles south of San Francisco.
It is bordered by Monterey County to the north, Kern
County on the east, Santa Barbara County to the south,
and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The
incorporated cities of San Luis Obispo County include:
San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Morro
Bay, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach and Arroyo Grande.
Obispo County enjoys a broad and diverse economic base
with a relatively stable employment factor. The industries
of greatest economic importance: Government Agencies,
Retail Trade and Tourism, Public and Visitor Services,
Agriculture and Education.
the pines meet the sea on California's Central Coast
is perhaps the most scenic locale mixed with a Mediterranean
type of climate for year round comfortable living. Located
approximately 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo and
6 miles south of Hearst Castle, Cambria is conveniently
located on the ocean between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Our full time population is approximately 6,500
including outlying ranches and farms.
three banks, a high school,
an intermediate and
a grammar school,
plus a private Montessori
school. A well stocked supermarket, gourmet grocery
store, weekly open-air Farmers Market and several convenience
stores serve our daily needs. Cambria has many fine
elegant restaurants as well as family restaurants for
dining out. Numerous auto services and two well-stocked
hardware stores are available for keeping things running.
Many crafts/artists galleries,
theater groups, bookstores and a local weekly newspaper
are here to stimulate the senses of Cambrians. For the
physically active we have garden clubs, native and exotic
plant nurseries, tennis courts, kayaking, surfing, beach-combing
and enjoyment of nature.
over 70 years ago, over
the years Cambria was developed into small, average
quality vacation homes. Recent trends have been toward
higher quality, custom full time homes. The terrain
varies from flat/moderate sites to steep/difficult sites.
Views range from ocean to forest to mountain and
valley. Some neighborhoods are nearing full development.
At present the residential community, in total, is approximately
40 percent developed.
San Luis Obispo
County and the California Coastal Commission regulate and
oversee building development within the community. Building
size and height are regulated as well as adapted to
environmentally sensitive areas in the community. The
local water district, Cambria Community Services
District (CCSD) issues water and sewer permits.
Due to the countywide Growth Management Ordinance
the wait for building can be as long as 20 years,
unless one purchases a vacant lot already on the
CCSD water/sewer wait list. Cambria is located in
the County of San Luis Obispo, Supervisorial District
Known over the years as
Santa Rosa, Rosaville, San Simeon and Slabtown, Cambria
still entertains a mild controversy over the origin
and pronunciation of its current name. The town became
Cambria (the Latin word for Wales according to
Funk & Wagnalls) in 1869, on the recommendation
of a local committee. One story has it that a committee
member had recently been to Cambria County, Pennsylvania,
and that woodsy mining area reminded him of home. The
story on Cambria's pronunciation is equally unclear:
One faction calls it "Came-bria", another
"Cam-bria", and a vociferous minority
as a fishing and quicksilver mining town,
then later became important for its dairy and lumber
exports. Today, the pine covered hills and rugged shoreline
attracts artists and tourists. A number of interesting
buildings remain from Cambria's early days, including
the Santa Rosa Church, the Squibb-Darke house, the 100
year old Brambles (now a restaurant), Santa Rosa School,
the Hoosegow, the Gordon Howard home, as well as the
Lull house which is now a part of the Bluebird Motel.