Mediterranean coastal community with amazing weather.
Santa Barbara is situated along the central California Pacific coast and enjoys some of the best weather in the world. Beautiful ocean views and the Santa Ynez Mountains are why Santa Barbara is often called the “American Riviera.” Its Spanish Colonial heritage is reflected in the architecture of the stucco and red-tiled buildings downtown. Santa Barbara was named after the patron saint of mariners–Saint Barbara. Santa Barbara has ample sandy beaches where all ocean activities can be enjoyed year-round in great weather. If you hop on U. S. Highway 101, Los Angeles is 100 miles southeast, and San Francisco is 325 miles northwest.
Santa Barbara is an affluent community with a diverse and vibrant economy. Upscale shopping and dining are abundant, and you’ll enjoy walking through the tree-lined neighborhoods.
Santa Barbara is considered a tight-knit community, offering its residents a wide range of living options. Homes in well-established neighborhoods built in the Spanish style are close to downtown as well as contemporary ranches and bungalows in newer areas of town. If you want breathtaking views of the ocean, Santa Ynez Mountains, or downtown Santa Barbara, there are hillside or blufftop homes available.
If you’re looking for a more upbeat neighborhood and busier pace of life, Isla Vista is the place to go. It’s located near The University of California, Santa Barbara, and is geared towards a college crowd with plentiful coffee shops and a busier pace of life.
Located in the Monticello Foothills, on the historic San Ysidro Ranch, is the highly acclaimed Stonehouse Restaurant. Whether dining indoors or outside, this venue is spectacular. It features contemporary cuisine in a rustic setting with wood-burning fireplaces and ocean views on the terrace.
If you are looking for a great steak, Lucky's Steakhouse is the place to go. It features the best steaks, pork chops, and seafood in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. The owners believe in hard work and luck and hope those dining at Lucky’s will have a great meal while enjoying their own good luck as well.
Downtown Santa Barbara is the place for shopping and strolling along historic State Street. You will find everything from national brands, like the Coach Store, to local indie boutiques, galleries, and maker’s markets. Whether shopping or just enjoying the open-air atmosphere, State Street is a pedestrian-friendly destination.
An exclusive hotel with superb dining is Rosewood Miramar Beach, where they offer estate-style accommodations and premier amenities. Caruso’s, in the hotel, serves a taste of Southern Italy with distinctive California cuisine and oceanfront views.
Only 10 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara is a local favorite, Butterfly Beach. This is a pristine beach where visitors can enjoy all the ocean activities, such as paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, or relaxing on the beach. Its east-to-west location makes it a great spot for viewing sunrises and sunsets.
Wine tours are plentiful in Santa Barbara. You can discover the best winemakers in the area and visit their vineyards. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has a wide array of gardens, trails, meadows, arroyos, and backwoods. Find out what’s blooming and attend one of their many classes and events to learn more about water conservation, local flora and fauna, bird watching, and much more.
For a bit of history, tour the Old Mission Santa Barbara, where you can learn about the Franciscan mission started in 1786 by Spanish Franciscans. It is on a 15-acre site complete with a museum, gift shop, cemetery, and historic gardens.
Providing top education choices is valued in Santa Barbara and is evident in their student-centered public and private schools and four post-secondary colleges and universities.
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