The beauty of this exclusive Santa Barbara suburb is obvious from the wrought-iron entrance on palm-lined Las Palmas Drive, which passes the lush La Cumbre Country Club with its shimmering lake, Laguna Blanca, and continues through the coastal bluffs. The Home Owners Association preserves the area’s quality of life and open, bucolic atmosphere, and oversees fire protection, private security patrols, and road maintenance. Among the many benefits of home ownership are the private Hope Ranch Beach Park, with its cabanas and picnic areas, and over 22 miles of bridle paths, evidence of Hope Ranch’s long equestrian tradition.
Initially developed in the 1920s, the 1863 acres of land (with approximately 773 parcels) was laid out with regard to the character of the land, maximizing the potential for scenic views of the ocean, islands, and mountains. Homes here range from beautiful mansions with formal gardens, to ranch-style equestrian estates, all with charming individuality.
Price range: $1,500,000-30,000,000
Total acreage: 1,863
Zip Code: 93110
Lot sizes: 1 acre minimum, up to 50 acres
22 miles of equestrian and hiking trails
Hope Ranch Beach Park (private beach for residents)
Full-time Management, private security patrol
Association fee: $1,200 per year
Ocean and island views
Upper East - Mission District
Just off of State Street, between Valerio, the Riviera, and the Mission, is the Upper Eastside. One of Santa Barbara’s oldest, stateliest neighborhoods, the Upper Eastside has much of the convenience of downtown addresses, but in a quieter, more peaceful setting. This area is often considered--along with Montecito, Hope Ranch, and the Riviera--to be among Santa Barbara’s most prestigious.
Tucked behind neat hedgerows are unique and elegant mansions and cottages. Many are historic homes, dating from the early 1900s, which have been lovingly maintained or restored and surrounded by mature landscaping. The architectural variety includes prime examples of Edwardian, Mediterranean, Tudor, and Craftsman styles.
Price range: $900,000-6,000,000
Zip Code: 93101, 93105
Parks, including the Mission Rose Garden
Foothill and ocean views
Dining and shopping
Santa Barbara Mesa
Bordered by beaches, numerous parks and open spaces, Downtown, and the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Mesa is the perfect neighborhood for those who enjoy an active yet laid-back California lifestyle.
Originally developed in the 1940s and ’50s, many of the California Ranch houses remain amid more modern Mediterranean and Contemporary style homes. Most properties enjoy lavish views of the ocean and Channel Islands.
Price range: $750,000-3,000,000
Total acreage: ???
Zip Code: 93109
Parks, including the Douglas Preserve, Shoreline Park, Elings Park
Mesa Lane Beach, 1000 Steps Beach, Hendry’s Beach
Santa Barbara City College
Bike and Pedestrian Trails
Shopping and dining
Ocean and island views
Carpinteria is famously home to the “world’s safest beach”, but its charms don’t end at the sand. Antiques stores, cafes, candy shops, and fine-dining restaurants line Linden Avenue, its small-town style main street, and residents enjoy many outdoor recreational activities. The area is home to renowned surf break Rincon Point, as well as the world-class Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, which hosts weekly matches throughout the summer months.
Though Carpinteria has some of the most exclusive oceanfront addresses in all of California, well-appointed condominium complexes and Craftsman-style single-family homes are also plentiful. Downtown cottages are located a short walk from the beach, and large ranches are spread across the foothills.
Price range: $500,000-20,000,000
Number of Houses: 4,700+/-
Total acreage: 1650 acres
Zip Code: 93013
Carpinteria, Padaro, Sandyland, Loon, and Rincon beaches
Parks and open spaces, Toro Canyon Park, Carpinteria Bluffs
Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
Amtrak Train Station
Shopping and dining
Ocean, island, and mountain views
Established by some of America’s most illustrious families—McCormick, Rockefeller, DuPont—seeking the restorative powers of Montecito’s natural mineral hot springs, this area remains a retreat for the famous and privileged but draws many families for the exceptional public schools and ruaral yet convenient lifestyle. Small “villages” amongst the expansive estates are home to gourmet dining, fashionable shopping, and luxurious spas. Montecito’s active homeowners association is passionate about preserving the area’s rural feel.
This area is perhaps home to Santa Barbara’s most diverse architecture, as people came from across the world to build their dream homes in the natural beauty of Montecito. The area boasts prime examples of Mediterranean, Tudor, Cape Cod, Normandy, Roman, Persian, and, of course, Spanish Colonial Revival style homes designed by such seminal architects as George Washington Smith, Frank Lloyd Wright, Bertram Goodhue, and Reginald Johnson.
Price range: $600,000-130,000,000
Number of Houses: 3010+
Number of People: 9,000
Total acreage: 5,925
Zip Code: 93108
Lot sizes: 1/2 acre or larger; average is 1.5 acres
Santa Barbara Riviera
Santa Barbara earns its nickname, “The American Riviera”, from this neighborhood spanning the ridge that stretches from Montecito to Mission Canyon. Reminiscent of the French and Italian coastline, the Riviera is home to unimpeded views of downtown’s red-tile roofs, the Santa Barbara harbor, the foothills of Montecito and Goleta, and, of course, the ocean and Channel Islands. One of the area’s older, most stable neighborhoods, many of the Riviera’s winding, narrow streets are lined with hand-cut sandstone walls and hitching posts dating from the early 1900s. Residents enjoy its proximity to downtown, and the Mission and Rose Gardens.
Real estate in this area is often divided into two categories: the Upper Riviera (above Alameda Padre Serra, “APS”) and the Lower Riviera (between APS and the Eastside). In the Upper Riviera one finds grand Spanish Colonial Revival houses from the 1920s, stunning contemporary homes, and Mediterranean style villas. The Lower Riviera is more densely populated, primarily with charming Craftsman and California-style cottages.
Price range: $700,000-5,000,000
Number of Houses: 1800
Zip Code: 93103
Parks, including Franceschi Park and Parma Park
Ocean, island, and city views