Santa Barbara Neighborhoods

Welcome to Santa Barbara, the “American Riviera”, a seaside paradise. A gem like nowhere else in California, where the mountains cascade into the ocean, the white washed buildings are dotted with terracotta tiled roofs in true Spanish flair, and the coast is defined by sweeping views of the Channel Islands just offshore.

Interested in what the greater Santa Barbara area has to offer? Keep reading for a brief overview of Santa Barbara’s neighborhoods.

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Famous for being home to the “world’s safest beach”, Carpinteria or Carp as locals call it, is an awesome beach town. While it is smaller than its neighbors Santa Barbara and Ventura, you are sure to find everything you need here: restaurants, local breweries, health food grocers, farmers markets, surf shops, cafes, volleyball courts, you name it, Carp has it! The foothills are dotted with trail access, the locals are friendly, the beaches are beautiful, and the surf is up!


Looking for the cutest, coziest beachside nook in the greater Santa Barbara area? Summerland is for you! This community spans just two exits along the 101 freeway, but provides access to beautiful beaches, homes on the hillside, and a small downtown strip. Summerland is nestled between Montecito and Carpinteria and might just be the best of both worlds.


Montecito is a highly renowned neighborhood touted for its laid back yet luxury chic vibe. This area is best known for its prestigious estates, high caliber schools, beautiful beaches, and access to some of Santa Barbara's best hiking trails. Coast Village Road is dotted with cafes, restaurants, and boutiques, and is a favorite spot for locals to grab a bite and take a stroll. One drive through Montecito and you will see what all the fuss is about!


Hello walkability! Downtown is filled with bustling restaurants, shopping, and even an urban wine trail! With everything from quaint cottages, luxury condos and apartments, to single family homes, there is something for everyone. Did I mention that our downtown is located walking distance to the beach?







The Westside neighborhood is sandwiched between the Mesa and downtown, and is one of Santa Barbara’s oldest neighborhoods. As a result, this suburb is relatively walkable, and provides quick access to both the beach and downtown as well as amenities such as grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and more.

Mission Canyon

This area gets its name from its neighborhood gem, the Santa Barbara Mission. The Mission is situated alongside a beautiful rose garden, and is a favorite local spot for picnics. Mission Canyon is home to some of the best hiking trails Santa Baraba has to offer, and dreamy hillside properties with ocean views are not uncommon here. Here you will find mostly single family homes varying in architectural styles, but the area is dominated by Spanish Colonial style homes.


Affectionately termed “the goodland” by its locals, the city of Goleta sits just North of Santa Barbara. Goleta is a laid back town with a beachy vibe, and is home to the esteemed University of California, Santa Barbara. This city has several major shopping centers making it easy to stay put right in your neighborhood, and is well known for its schools and parks. You can find just about any type of housing you are looking for here: single family homes, multi-family housing, condos, apartments and more.


If you want to be close to the ocean and downtown, the East Beach or West Beach waterfront area is perfect. Living here gives you access to a beautiful running/biking trail that parallels the waterfront, volleyball courts, beachfront parks, and quick access to Stearns Wharf and downtown as well. In this area, you will find mostly condominiums, townhomes, and apartments with a few single family homes sprinkled throughout.



Hope Ranch

Hope Ranch is a very private and upscale community that has its roots in an equestrian lifestyle. Here residents have access to riding trails, walking/biking trails, and can obtain membership to the stunning La Cumbre Golf and Country Club. Many properties in Hope Ranch feature mountain and ocean views, and a rustic luxury vibe.

San Roque

Named after San Roque Creek by early Spanish settlers, this neighborhood sits northwest of downtown. Living here offers quick access to downtown while being out of the hustle and bustle. Amenities include parks, several hiking trails, proximity to both restaurants and shops, and a real community feel. San Roque boasts a wide variety of home styles, so no matter what your taste, you are likely to find something you love.

Santa Ynez Valley

Are you imagining rural living amongst the beautiful rolling hills and native Oak trees? Look no further than the Santa Ynez Valley. The valley includes 6 communities: Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. Additionally, the valley is home to the famous Santa Barbara wine region, cheers!


The Mesa is one of Santa Barbara’s most coveted neighborhoods, sprawling along the seaside bluffs, and boasting quick access to some of the most popular beaches and parks. Additionally, you will find top rated schools, easy shopping amenities, and convenient access to Santa Barbara Community College, which is consistently ranked in the top 5 community colleges in the country. Whether you are looking for a bluff side mansion, a spacious townhome, or a beachside condo, the Mesa has it all.

The Riviera 

Searching for hillside home with a breathtaking view? The Riviera may just be for you! This area earned Santa Barbara its nickname “the American Riviera”, coined for its resemblance to the beautiful European Riviera. Therefore, this is a highly sought after neighborhood. The Riveria is easily accessible by its main thoroughfare, Alameda Padre Serra (dubbed APS by locals).


Samarkand translates to "land of the heart's desire", and it is easy to see why! Samarkand is a charming neighborhood with a convenient location near almost anything you could need. Revel in easy and walkable access to upper State Street and Las Positas Street. Sidewalks through most of the neighborhood make it convenient for residents to take advantage of all the amenities in the area. Here you will find a mix of homes built mostly in the 1940's and 1950's. 

Why work with me?

You need an agent who knows the neighborhoods, the market and the process. Who can advise you when to think on it, sleep on it or go all in on it. Because this is about much more than bricks and sticks. This is about your future home. And you don't want to live with it. You want to love it.

Still unsure what neighborhood is for you?

Let me show you around! The greater Santa Barbara area has so much to offer. I can take you on a customized tour of town to see properties in each neighborhood until you find your perfect fit! Village Properties is a locally owned company, and you can't beat local knowledge!


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