+ SANTA BARBARA
Known as the “playground for the rich and famous,” Santa Barbara charms residents and visitors alike. Tucked between the mountains and the ocean, this “American Riviera” is known for its Mediterranean look and climate. This vibrant town is lined with lush beaches lining the Pacific and boasts many highly rated wineries and restaurants along with a variety of local shops and boutiques. Located less than 100 miles from Los Angeles and a population just under 100,000 people, you can enjoy all the cultural and social amenities that come with a larger city without all the hustle and bustle.
LIFE IN SANTA BARBARA
The amazing climate encourages a healthy and active outdoor lifestyle; while here, you will live outside! The area is full of state parks and beaches that provide unbeatable hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, sailing and swimming. The Coast, protected from the surf by the Channel Islands, has calm waters that allows for kayaking, sailing and scuba diving.
When not exploring the landscape, enjoy the fantastic shopping, dining, and art opportunities; discover boutiques and restaurants in Montecito or along State Street; stop by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art or the Santa Barbara Mission. Take a trip to the zoo or grab a map and check out the scores of other tourist attractions.
In Santa Barbara, you will never be bored- just don’t forget the sunscreen!
SANTA BARBARA HOUSES AND COMMUNITY
Celebrated for its California Mission style architecture, local homeowners are extremely proud of their city’s traditions and roots. Santa Barbara hosts widely popular festivals that celebrate its diverse history. There are many Spanish style homes here, and with no new developments being built, existing houses are highly sought after. If a new development is planned, a long-standing local ordinance ensures that all commercial construction follows the Mission theme; this results in a plethora of red-tiled roofs and faux adobe supermarkets. Even with this high demand for homes, the neighborhoods are not crowded. It is not uncommon for properties to include five acres of land with room to ride one’s horses on the beach.
The area’s schools are excellent, and Santa Barbara is conveniently five minutes from Montecito, Summerland, and Hope Ranch and ten minutes from Carpinteria.