Atascadero is located approximately 10 miles south of Paso Robles and approximately 15 miles north of San Luis Obispo. The cities of Atascadero and Paso Robles have approximately the same population. Atascadero is farther inland than most other cities in the county and as a result usually experience warmer, drier summers and cooler winters than other nearby cities such as San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. The main freeway through town is US Hwy 101. The nearby State Routes 41 and 46 provide access to the Pacific Coast and the California Central Valley.
Atascadero is a Spanish word loosely translated as bog from the verb “atascar” which means to become stuck or hindered. Also in the Chumash language, Atascadero translates into a place of much water.
Downtown Atascadero is home to art galleries, restaurants, micro-breweries, wine bars and entertainment. There are 7 parks in Atascadero including Atascadero Lake Park of which the highlight is Atascadero Lake and the Sunken Gardens. The Charles Paddock Zoo is open to the public and is located near Atascadero Lake Park. The Atascadero City Hall, also known as the Rotunda, is an icon of the city. Constructed in 1918, this was the founder E.G. Lewis’s vision for the Utopian community of Atascadero. The building suffered damage in a 2003 earthquake and sat vacant for many years. The building went through extensive renovation and retrofitting and in 2013 was reopened and currently remains in service.
Oak covered hills to the west and more open land to the east Atascadero offers a full array of property types from condos, single family homes, manufactured home parks, ranchettes, large ranches and vineyards… something for everyone
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