From the Classical Spanish, Victorian, Craftsman and English Tudor architectural styles, the Upper East is rich in tradition. Settled in the late 1800s by wealthy Californians, the Upper East’s age and charm are evidenced by the many sandstone walls and mature and lush landscaping that harmoniously blend the stately homes with modest residences. Located close to downtown and walking distance to many fine restaurants’, theaters and shops, in addition to the “Old Mission” and Rose Garden. The Upper East is one of Santa Barbara’s finest and most historic neighborhoods.
“The Riviera” is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Santa Barbara and is known for its resemblance to the Mediterranean coastal towns of France and Italy. This neighborhood has many winding streets with intricate stonework built by early 20th century Italian immigrants. The Riviera is replete with red tile roofs and classic architecture, as well as outstanding views of the city, harbor and the Pacific Ocean.
The area known as Mission Canyon is steeped in the history of Old Spanish Days and the fabulous Santa Barbara Mission, known as the “Queen of the Missions”. No other Santa Barbara neighborhood has a richer historical background or is quite as unique.
Mission Canyon has many rolling hills and is home to several parks and trails that lead into the Santa Ynez Mountains. Homes in this area enjoy mountain and/or ocean views.
Perched above a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean is the Santa Barbara neighborhood known as The Mesa. Homes in this area can be modest or grand, and many have views of the ocean and Channel Islands.
Residents of “The Mesa” typically know their neighbors and many host annual block parties. Santa Barbara City College, beautiful Shoreline Park, and Ledbetter and Arroyo Burro Beaches are here and the area bustles with activity year-round. It is also home to a small community shopping area with many restaurants, stores and is just minutes to downtown.
Known as a traditional neighborhood with stately homes and storybook cottages embracing mountain views, this area is said to be a constant five degrees warmer than the coast just five minutes away. It is also known for being very family-friendly with its own public and private schools. In addition, the neighborhood is walker-friendly with parks, shops, restaurants and businesses all in close proximity.
Samarkand comes from an Old Persian word meaning “the land of heart’s desire” and is a centrally located neighborhood with approximately 630 homes on 184 acres with a population of about 2000. Homes in this area of sloping hills are full of charm, and many have mountain views, some with a peak of the ocean.