"He felt deeply that California was the only place he could live. It’s the slanting evening light on the hills, the palette, the fundamental beauty. In his very soul, Steve was a Californian. He required the liberty it afforded, the clean slate. He worked under the influence, and the inspiration, of the sublimity of the place. He needed to be refreshed by the primal rhythms of the natural world— the land, the hills, the oaks, the orchards. California’s spirit of newness invigorated him, and ratified his own spirit. Its scale is contagious: such natural grandeur is the perfect setting for thinking big." Laurene powell at Steve job's memorial - Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader (p. 409).
God willing, I have different plans for my future location - affected by roots, nostalgia. But starting from the short visit during grad school to moving here few months right after in spite of another compelling offer to today - 10+ years later ( my longest or close to longest ) - I have loved this place.
In yet another book on steve jobs that I couldnt resist buying, I found the perfect capture of the why.