Another is higher on the hillsides, eastern side of town, generally thought of as the Flora St. corridor. This is probably the "banana belt" you are wondering about. In this neighborhood, summers are a bit cooler, there is a light breeze (not an annoying wind), and winters are more frost-free. You can grow bananas here (and they will fruit); also fuchsias, which don't do well in hotter parts of town. It's a very desirable area, and of course more expensive, by and large, than other neighborhoods.
I hope this helps!
There are an abundance of "Banana Belt" micro-climates throughout the World. But just on the West Coast along from Vista, California in San Diego County that boasts over 300 days a year of sunshine, an average annual rainfall of less than 14 inches, no snow and an average annual temperature of 72 degrees.
Then there's all the way North to the Olympic Penninsula of Washington and Sequim aka "The Blue Hole" nicknamed by pilots who fly from Seattle to Vancouver BC and marvel at how the sky opens up whence flying over Sequim.
In Sequim there is an average of less than 16 inches of rainfall per year, less than two inches of snow and an average daily temperature in the high 60's. Add to that that Sequim happens to be almost smack dab in the middle of two of the wettest places in the Country if not the World; Seattle and Vancouver.
Finally there are "Banana Belts" in the Black Hills, Montana and even in upstate New York. I have no idea how many other "Banana Belts" there are scattered throughout the globe but I'm sure there's plenty.
As far as weather conditions, the central coast, even in windy areas, has the best climate in the country. Obviously, the closer the home is to the ocean, the cooler the weather is. Some areas near the water, such has Cayucos and Avila Beach are in protected areas and tend to be warmer with little to no fog. I believe the best overall weather conditions that are inland from the water is in Arroyo Grande, but I have been told that Nipomo has the best weather in the Country or even the world.
If you would like more information about the words used to sell real estate, you can to go the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_estate or specifically for Banana Belt http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_belt
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