Just about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is oceanfront resort community that enjoys the unique advantage of facing south on the ocean, one of only a handful of oceanfront communities in all the world. This south facing orientation gives Santa Barbara its fabulous climate. Santa Barbara enjoys temperatures in the 70 degree range all year long.
Santa Barbara, also trademarked as the American Riviera, boasts one of the most pleasant year-round climates in the world with over 300 days of sunshine per year.
Santa Barbara is famous around the world for its breathtaking setting and is one of the most ideal places to live. Natural beauty beams from the dramatic mix of mountains, valleys, beaches, islands, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Inspired perhaps by this ravishing scenery, Santa Barbara’s cultural arts scene is one of Santa Barbara’s star attractions. You can enjoy world-class performances of music, opera, dance, and theater all year long. Santa Barbara is also a hotbed for the visual arts with a reputation as one of the top five art colonies in the West.
Blessed with this bounty of natural treasures and rich cultural diversity, no wonder that Santa Barbara is known for its world-class dining. Few cities in the world boast as many restaurants per capita as Santa Barbara. Creative mouth-watering cuisine is prepared with fresh local fish, meats & produce and paired with superb vintages from the Santa Barbara Wine Country. Taste the fruits of our sunny valleys and sip your way through more than 60 premium wineries.
To all these pleasures, add a vigorous lineup of outdoor activities and adventures: first-rate golf, tennis, polo, horseback riding, cycling, hiking, and an impressive array of water sports. Top it off with some exceptional shopping in our specialty stores and chic boutiques. Enjoy a relaxing massage in one of our luxurious spas. Pamper your mind, your body, and your soul.
Santa Barbara encompasses enormously varied terrain: nearly one-third of its total acreage is set aside in the Los Padres National Forest, which includes the rugged San Rafael Wilderness Area. Santa Barbara’s topographical diversity creates a huge variety of outdoor recreational opportunities in a relatively compact area.
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Santa Barbara Oceanfront Real Estate
A Santa Barbara oceanfront home is truly one of the best places in the world to live. Santa Barbara enjoys sunshine almost every day of the year. Santa Barbara is blessed with some of the world’s most beautiful, clean and uncrowded beaches. Most of the beaches in Santa Barbara face south as opposed to west, as most of the Pacific Coast does. This south facing orientation allows for Santa Barbara to enjoy great weather all year long. The average temperature in Santa Barbara is in the 70 degree range year round. The beaches are pristine with long stretches of sand as far as the eye can see along the coastline. As you look out into the ocean you will find the Channel Islands located a few miles out to sea which shelters Santa Barbara with natural beauty. There are a very limited number of oceanfront homes available for sale at any given time, which has had a strong impact on the prices of oceanfront homes in Santa Barbara. Oceanfront homes start around $4 million.
Santa Barbara Riviera Real Estate
The Riviera area of Santa Barbara was named because of its resemblance to slopes along the Mediterranean coast of France and Italy. The Santa Barbara Riviera bridges the two mile span that separates Montecito from Santa Barbara’s Old Mission. The Riviera has been trademarked as the American Riviera and provides its lucky homeowners with spectacular views of the City of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Pier, the crystal blue Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands in the distance. The charm of the Riviera is its winding narrow streets that take the journey up the hillside. Santa Barbara real estate on the Riviera is all about the view. Real estate on the Santa Barbara Riviera ranges from small cottages starting around $1.2 million to larger, newer, view homes starting around $3 million.
Santa Barbara Upper East Real Estate
Santa Barbara real estate on the Upper East is dotted with some of the most historic real estate in Santa Barbara. From small cottages starting around $1.5 million to larger homes starting around $3 million. Homeowners in Santa Barbara’s Upper East enjoy walking to the Santa Barbara Mission and its magnificent rose gardens. Santa Barbara’s Upper East is also within a short walk to many beautiful Santa Barbara parks and is also close to downtown Santa Barbara. It is generally believed that Montecito, Hope Ranch and the Upper East are Santa Barbara’s most prestigious neighborhoods.
Santa Barbara Mission Canyon Real Estate
Mission Canyon is located just above Santa Barbara’s Foothill Road. Mission Canyon, which with the Old Mission complex and the area bounded on the south by Mission Street, makes up Santa Barbara’s “Mission District”. Due to its location on a hillside the lure is its views. Mission Canyon real estate ranges from small cottages at the base of the hillside without views with prices ranging around $1,000,000. range to larger, newer, view homes further up the hillside with price ranges beginning at $1.5 million.
Santa Barbara’s San Roque & Samarkand Real Estate
San Roque is admired for its sweeping curved streets, luxuriant landscaping, and its harmonious blend of many architectural themes. San Roque features older, custom homes with charm including Spanish Colonial, English Tudor, French Normandy, California Redwood, Italian and American Colonial, mostly built since 1925. Samarkland is a hilly, elevated neighborhood that got it’s name from the land of heart’s desire in the archaic Persian tongue. Typically real estate in San Roque and Samarkand range around 1,500 to 3,000 square feet generally on lot sizes less than an acre. Santa Barbara real estate in San Roque and Samarkand begin around $1.2 million.