Top 10 Reasons San Clemente is One of The Best Places to Live

Here at the Ulnick Group, we feel fortunate to live and work in San Clemente. San Clemente has been voted one of the top cities to live in California time and time again, and for good reason. Living in San Clemente feels like a permanent vacation. Located along the Southern California Coast in Orange County, San Clemente is referred to as the Spanish Village by the Sea. Known for it’s white sandy beaches, perfect weather, coastal views, vibrant downtown, rich history, and the stunning Spanish style architecture.

Whether you’re thinking of moving to San Clemente, or lucky enough to be a local, this article is for you. We are highlighting everything that makes San Clemente an amazing place for you and your family to live.


1. Beauty

Want to love where you live? In San Clemente you will do just that. Filled with beautiful beaches, coastal views, and lush green parks, there isn’t a 15 square mile area that isn’t within 5-10 minutes of a beach or ocean view. Palm trees line the sky above blue water and abundant greenery. The quintessential Spanish style architecture gives the San Clemente community a breathtaking Mediterranean feel. The beautiful sights in every direction make San Clemente a stunning place to call home.


2. Location

San Clemente is the definition of coastal. The beautiful coast road into San Clemente offers a great escape and an even better place to call home. Being on the southern end of Orange County, San Clemente sits midpoint between Los Angeles and San Diego. If you want to have easy access to these two major cities, San Clemente is the perfect location. San Clemente is an hour away from both of these busy cities, offering a more relaxed Southern California experience, while being close enough to commute for work, or to visit these fun cities. In addition, San Clemente is just a few short miles away from Dana Point and Laguna Beach, two beautiful cities in Orange County.

San Clemente is quiet and relaxing relative to other Orange County cities. San Clemente provides easy access to highways, yet sits tucked along the coast providing a serene beach setting. With such beauty to offer, and just the right amount of tourist attractions and entertainment, San Clemente attracts tourists while still maintaining small-town charm.


3. Community

San Clemente is considered one of the safest cities in California. The community cares about keeping San Clemente safe and provides resources to assure it stays that way.

There is a strong sense of community among residents. From small local businessesorganizationsfundraisersnonprofitsenriching programs, to community events, San Clemente provides a community you can be happy to be a part of.

A stand out nonprofit organization is the 90 year old Casa Romantica, a Cultural Center and Garden. This is perhaps the best example of San Clemente’s increasing appreciation for the city’s history. Originally the building was the bluff top home of Ole Hanson, the City’s founder. The Casa Romantica was built in 1928 and passed through various owners over the years. As a historic landmark that should be preserved, a group of local activists worked to make Casa Romantica a community center that would be preserved. Directing it away from commercial use, Casa Romantica is now that of a Cultural Center and Gardens that provides cultural programs and benefits the community.

San Clemente is known for it’s surf culture. That’s why The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center was created. A community-based organization that celebrates the sport of surfing. The center is dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting the heritage of surfing for the appreciation and education of future generations.

Each community effort contributes to the wonderful quality of life in San Clemente.


4. Weather

No need to book a vacation for vacation weather. The average temperature year round is 70°F. That’s right, sunny skies all year round. Summer gets into the 80s, perfect for a beach day. The winter lows are in the mid 60’s, if you want to bring out some of those light winter clothes. The climate is so mild and comfortable you may forget what season it is!


5. Recreational Activities

San Clemente provides endless recreational activities. With 324 acres of recreational space San Clemente has 21 parks, 13.8 miles of hiking trails, 2 miles of beaches, as well as a 133 acre award-winning golf course. Whether you’re looking to hike, swim, surf, kayak, bike, golf, or go for a run on one of our coastal trails, San Clemente has it all.

San Clemente is also a worldwide surfing destination. Home to Trestles, which is the most widely known beach in San Clemente as the World Surfing League holds a surfing contest there annually. Additionally, there are numerous secluded beaches throughout San Clemente that offer fun waves for the beginner or experienced surfer.

7. Economic Stability

San Clemente has a great economy. The unemployment rate is lower than the national average and job growth has continued to rise. In addition, the community supports numerous thriving local businesses. This is a great place to invest or start a business. With a healthy thriving economy, you can feel comfortable working and raising your family in San Clemente.


8. Dining

Looking for great restaurant? San Clemente offers a great selection of local and international cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a local market or fine dining experience, San Clemente offers numerous must-try restaurants for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

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9. Entertainment

San Clemente offers arts, culture, and entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a day of activities or nightlife fun, you will never tire of the multitude of entertainment in San Clemente.

Visit the wineries and breweries, go on a boat tour, take the kids to the zoo, visit art galleries, go shopping at the outlets or Avenida Del Mar, have a cocktail at one of the many San Clemente bars,  or relax at one of the San Clemente spas.

Spend the days outdoors on the iconic San Clemente pier, one of the best places to spend a sunny afternoon or a warm summer evening. The pier offers beautiful views of the coastline and the city. Dine, shop, enjoy the beach, or watch the sunset.

During the summer take the convenient San Clemente trolley service. The Trolley goes from the the pier to the San Clemente Outlets with several stops near top attractions.


No matter what you are looking for, there’s always entertainment and local happenings in San Clemente.


10. Gorgeous Real Estate

The amazing weather, the history, a vibrant downtown, and a thriving business community make San Clemente one of the best places to live, work, and vacation.

Fallen in love with San Clemente? A flourishing market makes San Clemente a great place to invest or establish a long-term home. Raising a family in San Clemente will give them a community to thrive in and remember. If you’re looking to buy a home San Clemente, there are many stunning homes for sale in a number of wonderful communities.

Working with a qualified and skilled real estate professional can make the process of buying a home smooth and enjoyable. The Ulnick Group’s local market knowledge of San Clemente ensures we will find you the home of your dreams for a price you deserve. 


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