If I could live anywhere else on the Central Coast, it would probably be on La Nostra Costa. In the area between Santa Cruz and San Francisco. OR, maybe Il Grande Sud, around here known as Big Sur (I’m just writing in Italian because of the book, La Nostra Costa–check the link).
However, strangely enough, the North Coast has better weather than the area south of Santa Cruz near Monterey, which tends to be damp and misty due to its location near the slough. In fact, at this very moment it’s grey, damp, misty, and cold. And up north you can be in sunny wild beach and rolling hill country, and still be fairly close to urban communities.
I like the contrast: La Nostra Costa tends to be wilder, more open, feeling more isolated (although perhaps not, in reality); while the nearby urban areas are the real thing: a lot of arts, businesses, ethnic and older communities, high tech, traffic, and hubris, all packed together into close-knit neighborhoods.