Half between San Francisco and Los Angeles and 95 miles from Bakersfield is Templeton, CA. The unincorporated community rests on almost eight square miles in San Luis Obispo County, upon which live almost 8,000 people. When residents aren't working in the vineyards, they work in nearby Santa Maria in construction and production, retail and health care. Their kids learn in two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Available colleges include California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College. Baseball great Sandy Koufax and actor Josh Brolin are from Templeton. Templeton's story is one of growth. Cattle, fruits, lumber and charcoal vied with the growth of the railroad for supremacy. The town was established in 1886 by the West Coast Land Company and named Crocker for its vice-president. He did not want a town named after him and named it for his infant son, Templeton, instead. The town grew as the railroad did, with coach lines carrying rail passengers southward. There were churches, schools, hotels, a meat market, grocery stores, a shoe store, blacksmiths, drugstore, billiards hall and saloons amidst other businesses. The first home in Templeton, built by Chauncey Phillips, is a bed and breakfast today. The first store, once a two-story building, was removed. One story still stands today near Sixth and Crocker Streets and the other story is McPhee's Grill today. Read more Templeton history at their website.
New homeowners in Templeton CA will enjoy proximity to a park, one sports complex, a recreation center and a community center. The park contains ball fields and basketball courts, picnic tables, restrooms and open spaces in which to run off some energy. Evers Sports Park offers lighted soccer and softball fields, restrooms and grassy spaces. Templeton Recreation Center features restrooms and tables. See more about Templeton parks at their website. New home buyers will find area events happening throughout the month of December all over San Luis Obispo County. Learn how Hearst Castle in San Simeon was decorated during its heyday in the 1920-1930s. Very Merry Lighthouse Tours at Avila Beach offers tours of holiday-decked walls, carolers and food. You simply must not miss the Toys for Tots Wine Tour in Paso Robles. The Farmer's Market every Saturday is one attraction new homeowners will love about Templeton. This is wine country. Newcomers must tour the vineyards to see and taste how their favorite wines are made. Happy Acres Farm is reportedly a "petting zoo on steroids". Let the kids pet the llamas as you check out the goat cheese. Learn your new area on wheels as you participate in Paso Bike Tours. Learn more at their website.