Biography: Sometimes known as America’s Riviera, Santa Barbara occupies an enviable swath of golden California coastline. Tucked in to a south-facing coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains, Santa Barbara is a popular vacation destination and a stopping point for cruise ships. Located a couple hours north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is also known for culture, arts, and education.
Real Estate: Santa Barbara’s long history has led to an exciting variety of architectural styles. The area features late Victorian homes, many created by Peter J. Barber, architect and mayor of the city who built many local homes and buildings during the late 1800s. Santa Barbara is famed for its red-tiled roofs crowning Mediterranean estates. The area offers a wide variety of real estate for sale from larger properties with significant acreage to more modest homes in charming neighborhoods. Santa Barbara also has townhomes and condominiums as well as homes and apartments for rent.
Community Life: Santa Barbara offers a wide variety of things to do. From tours of local wineries to surfing, golfing, and high-end shopping, Santa Barbara is a paradise for the finer things in life. Farmers markets take great advantage of the local produce available and the area is home to many well-regarded restaurants. Are you the outdoor type? The County of Santa Barbara has 24 day use parks, two camping parks, 45 open spaces and 12 beach areas for over 8,500 acres of recreational space. The city is also home to many seasonal events including the Downtown Holiday Parade, the Downtown Art & Wine Tour, First Thursday and more.
Education: Education is an important part of Santa Barbara life. UC Santa Barbara, part of the University of California system, draws students from around the globe and the campus offers a wide variety of concerts and lectures open to the public. Other local institutions include Westmont College and the Brooks Institute of Photography. The Santa Barbara Unified School District consists of 22 traditional, continuation, charter, and alternative schools on 21 campuses. Local private schools incude Anacapa School, Crane County Day School, Garden Street Academy, Marymount of Santa Barbara, and Providence Hall.
Transportation: Santa Barbara is easily reached by the 101 Freeway. Santa Barbara’s extensive public transportation system includes many bus routes crossing the city as well as downtown and waterfront shuttles.
Local Attractions: Santa Barbara is known for its many museums including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The beautiful grounds of the Santa Barbara Mission are a popular tourist destination. Stearns Wharf is the oldest wood working wharf in California and is home to restaurants, shops, and a marine museum.