Median home price: $759,000
Average temperature: 60° F
Did you know? Hearst Castle, William Randolph Hearst’s majestic estate that took nearly 28 years to build, is just six miles north of Cambria.
As the food-and-wine scene in San Luis Obispo County gets ever hotter, this artsy little town tucked among towering Monterey pines halfway between San Francisco and L.A. is still a bit of a best-kept secret. But combine Cambria’s culinary chops with a rugged coastline (including spectacular Moonstone Beach) that’s largely preserved and life under the radar looks pretty ideal.