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Cambria, California is a small seaside town in San Luis Obispo County between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The town and surrounding area are known for its extensive collection of rare Monterey Pines. The community has been known by many names like Slabtown, San Simeon, Rosaville and even Santa Rosa. The community is the 484th largest community in the state and spans 8.508 square miles of land area consisting of two neighborhoods. Many notable residents have called Cambria home including, but not limited to actor Shia LeBouf, saxophonist Red Holloway, author Catherine Ryan Hyde and photographer Arthur Tress. Local beaches are perfect for everything from sandcastle building to swimming and boogie boarding.

The town name “Cambria” is derived from the Latin word/name for the Country of Wales. The earliest known inhabitants of the area were people of the native Chumash tribes. Recorded history of the area began with the arrival of Spanish missionaries and explorers. The first Europeans to arrive were members of the Portola Expedition in 1769. When Mexico gained it’s freedom from Spain the land that would one day become Cambria, was part of the Rancho Santa Rosa Mexican land grant. Fertile lands, abundant lumber and fresh water soon attracted settlers. The discovery of cinnabar for quicksilver production made the budding community boom from 1867-1870. Though mining faded after only a few years the town endured. Today, tourism is the main industry in Cambria.

The local workforce is decidedly white collar in nature and 12.41% of the workforce works from home. In 2010 the population was 6,032 and the population density was 710 people per square mile. The estimated median household income in 2013 was $60,025 and the estimated per capita income was $41,317. In the same year the estimated median house or condo value in the town was $660,643, the mean price on all housing units was $496,820 and the median gross rent was $1,304.

The town is part of the Coast Unified School District and local schools one elementary, one middle school and Coast Union High School. Cambria is home to the historic East Village, Moonstone Beach and Boardwalk, the Cambria Historical Museum and Nitt Witt Ridge, a California State Historical Landmark and more. Hearst Castle, a historic mansion, park and museum is a mere six miles away from the community. Homes for sale range from small homes to estate like properties but are predominantly middle class or higher in nature.  Call Robert Sousa at 805-460-3000 for assistance in finding a place to call home in beautiful Cambria, California.

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