Santa Barbara is at the center of Santa Barbara County. Situated on an east-west trending section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply-rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara’s climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the city is widely known as the “American Riviera.” The “Santa Barbara area” which includes the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria, along with the unincorporated regions of Isla Vista, Montecito, Mission Canyon, Hope Ranch and Summerland.
In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government. Education in particular is well-represented, with 4 institutions of higher learning on the south coast (the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College and Antioch University) The Santa Barbara Airport serves the city, as does Amtrak. U.S. Highway 101 connects the Santa Barbara area with Los Angeles to the south and San Francisco to the north. Behind the city, in and beyond the Santa Ynez Mountains, is the Los Padres National Forest, which contains several remote wilderness areas.
The area of Santa Barbara offers outdoor enthusiast an array of options to take in the beauty surrounding them. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or an intense surfing session on extensive coastline, gather with friends and embark on a hike on one of the numerous hiking trails that wrap the surrounding hillsides. If you prefer in door activities, take in the new exhibits offered at the Santa Barbara Art Museum or watch an amazing play or concert at the historic Arlington Theater. Whether you seek adventure in the outdoors or prefer to immerse yourself in the arts, Santa Barbara is your paradise!
You can call the Santa Barbara area home in a quaint cottage downtown, an opulent estate in Hope Ranch, Montecito or a family friendly neighborhood on the Mesa or in San Roque.
Contact Alison if you would like to learn more about the Santa Barbara area, or are interested in scheduling a viewing of properties on the market.