Ventura Gay Neighborhoods
It can be a little bit confusing if you’re thinking about moving to Ventura. The city is actually officially called San Buenaventura, but it’s more often known by the shorter name. Its name originally came from the Mission San Buenaventura that was founded in the late 1700s near the Ventura River. Today, this area is the downtown center of the city and is home to many shops, cultural festivals, and more. Ventura is also conveniently located between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and you can take Route 101 to either in very little time.
Today, despite having more than 106,000 people living in it, Ventura is considered to be a part of the LA metro area. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have its own distinct look and feel to it. The city does host a number of events at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The Ventura Film Festival is widely known for the many celebrities it brings to town. The Majestic Ventura Theater has hosted a number of concerns and productions over the years.
Since it’s part of the LA area, most gay and lesbian people looking for a gay ghetto choose West Hollywood or Silver Lake. Ventura itself is quite welcoming, although it doesn’t have a specific gay district. Single-family homes in Ventura do tend to be more affordable than some of the surrounding areas. Prices start at around $300,000 and range up to $3.9 million. Condos are priced about the same and range from $275,000 to $2 million depending on the area.