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Moving to Nipomo: 10 Things to Know Before You Do

Admin | April 27, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Moving to Nipomo is something a number of people do each year. We did some research for you and compiled some facts here to save you time.

How big is Nipomo?

Nipomo is a small town in central California near the coast with about 16,000 people. It is located in San Luis Obispo County about 7 miles north of Santa Maria. If you are thinking of moving to Nipomo, you might also want to get to know the small towns in the surrounding area like Arroyo Grande, Guadalupe, Oceano and Pismo Beach. They are all close enough by that you can easily drive to them and they have many things to offer.

How much is housing?

The median home price is about $520,000 and the average rent is approximately $1,000. If that home price is too high, you might be able to find a condo in Nipomo or the area for $280,000-$400,000.

If that is still too much, and you want to live in Nipomo or the area, you might look into a mobile home, which could be had for less than $200,000.

If you do have money, Nipomo and the surrounding area has open lots where new homes can be built. Some folks want open land for aesthetic reasons or for gardens, so they might enjoy this area which has very small hills and some low mountains, which is also near the ocean. The weather is temperate with summers that aren’t too hot and mild winters. Fall and spring have moderate weather as well. Moving to Nipomo might appeal to people who can’t afford a home in the largest cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, or San Francisco.

Are there jobs?

Nipomo has quite a few of the jobs you would expect to see in a small town such as at restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, dentist offices, and so forth. There are some larger employers as well like: Nipomo Community Medical Center and Lucia Mar Unified School District which is in Arroyo Grande, but Nipomo public schools are in this district.

Nipomo also has some much smaller businesses that you might typically expect to see in a small town like:

Miner’s Ace Hardware

The Luffa Farm

Holloway’s Christmas Tree Farm

Santa Maria

Santa Maria is much bigger than Nipomo and has many more employers:

Allan Hancock College
DB Specialty Farms
Marian Regional Medical Center
Santa Maria Bonita School District
Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria Joint High School District
City of Santa Maria

In the general area:

Chumash Casino
Betteravia Farms
Vanderberg Air Force Base.

How are the schools?

Nipomo public schools are rated about average by Great Schools. For adults, Cuesta College is a two-year institution located in San Luis Obispo, which is about 25 miles away. Caly Poly is in San Luis Obispo and another 4-year school, Allan Hancock College, is in Santa Maria.

How is the food?

For a small town, Nipomo has a range of restaurants you might not expect. Here are some of the top-rated ones there and in nearby towns:

Ranch Nipomo Deli & BBQ

California Grill Nipomo

Jocko’s Steak House

Thai Villa

The Burton House and Grill

The Central Grill

Rancho Viejo

The Mayors Place

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Willow Nipomo

Las Cazuelas

Little Jocko’s

Pams’s Place

Santa Maria Brewing Co.

Adelina’s Bistro

Butterfly Grille


Papa Jay’s Southern Quezine

El Tapatio

La Simpatia

King Falafel

Arroyo Grande

Alphy’s Broiler


Jaffa Cafe

Villa Cantina

Frutiland La Casa Del Sabor

La Costa Grill

Gina’s Italian

Grocery stores


La Placita Market

Pismo Beach

California Fresh Market

JJ’s Market


Central Market


Masatani’s Market

Arroyo Grande

Trader Joe’s

Is there access to nature?

A person who was moving to Nipomo would be gaining access to many places that one would probably enjoy if you like the outdoors. Pismo Beach is attractive to many, and if you like the California coast, Avila Beach is a less trafficked but still close.

Los Padres National Forest is a vast protected area extending down to southern California from San Luis Obispo.

Guadalupe Dunes is less than 20 minutes by car, and the Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve is close too. Montana De Oro State Park and Morro Bay are both less than one hour by car.

You can drive from Nipomo to Solvang in about 44 minutes, and Solvang is a little, unusual Danish-themed town. Then you are in the Santa Ynez Valley, with various ranches — some with horses.

If you drive through the valley, you will come to 154 where you can drive south to reach Cachuma Lake. If you like beaches, Santa Barbara is only about 69 miles away, and a fairly easy drive.

Big Sur and Monterey are about 3 hours by car, and those places are beautiful: Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Notley’s Landing are great small places to relax. The land around Nipomo is fairly open and spacious, just being there is likely to be relaxing so you may not have much need to go elsewhere if you want to unwind. Moving to Nipomo might be a good choice for people who want much less traffic, a some quiet time.

Are there centers of worship?

Nipomo is a small community and it doesn’t have that many churches, so we included a few from neighboring towns:

Faith Life Community Church

The City Church

First Baptist of Nipomo

Nipomo Christian Church

Mercy Church
Santa Maria

Element Christian Church
Santa Maria

Five Cities Vineyard Church
Arroyo Grande

Places to Visit

The Luffa Farm

Monarch Dunes

Blacklake Golf Resort

Sandalwood Spa

Healing Touch

Laetitia Vineyard & Winery (Arroyo Grande)

Phantom Rivers Winery (Arroyo Grande)

Talley vineyards (Arroyo Grande)

Can you play golf there?

There are two major golf courses in Nipomo:

Blacklake Golf Resort
Monarch Dunes Golf Club.

Is there storage in Nipomo?

Yes, we operate a facility there and can answer any questions you have.
Just navigate from this article to our main site.

What is near Nipomo?

Nipomo — 7 miles
Pismo Beach — 12 miles
San Luis Obispo — 24 miles
Solvang — 42 miles
Santa Barbara — 70 miles
Nipomo — 178 miles

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