This area of the city is highly walkable and offers a hip, young vibe.

Welcome to Mesa

A hip, outdoorsy neighborhood in the Santa Barbara area.
Stretching from Arroyo Burro Beach to the harbor and nestled along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, Mesa is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the Santa Barbara. This area of the city is highly walkable and offers a hip, young vibe. There are several beaches and public greenspaces to while away an afternoon and take in the fresh air. Homes range from original beach cottages to custom-built homes.

What to Love

  • Beach community and neighborhood
  • Hip vibe
  • Walkable to the Funk Zone, Harbor and beyond
  • Bike to the harbor or Montecito in minutes
  • Many homes come with breathtaking ocean views

Local Lifestyle

Those who buy a home in the Mesa neighborhood of Santa Barbara live a healthy lifestyle with a lot of time spent outdoors. Numerous beaches and green spaces make it easy to play outside and take in the sunshine. The area is also close enough to walk to the Funk Zone for a sumptuous meal or ride your bike into the downtown area for outstanding shopping opportunities. Some lucky homeowners get amazing views of the ocean. 

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Mesa is a great neighborhood for those who enjoy dining out and spending their free time shopping. The Funk Zone is within easy walking and biking distance. This area is a haven for great food and eclectic shops with everything imaginable for sale. 
For brunch on the beach and captivating views, visit the Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach. They also serve upscale seafood in the evenings. When the weather is nice, outdoor seating is always the most popular table. Another hotspot is Shoreline Beach Cafe, where diners can choose a table on the sand to enjoy their Mexican and seafood fusion.
Lazy Acres Market is the place to go for fresh vegetables and fruits in the Mesa neighborhood. This neighborhood is also close to the downtown shopping areas in Santa Barbara, offering world-class name brands. 

Things to Do

With its location along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Mesa is a popular spot for people who enjoy going to the beach and spending time outdoors. Most locals find they can walk or bike to one of the beaches in a few minutes. 
The most popular beaches closest to Mesa include Leadbetter Beach, Hendrys Beach, and Mesa Lane Beach. Each of these beaches has its own quirks, and most locals have their favorite. 
When sun and sand aren't the activity of choice, many locals hit one of the parks or nature preserves in the area. These include Shoreline Park, Elings Park, and Douglas Family Preserve. These outdoor spaces are great for spending time with family and exploring nature. 


Public schools on the Mesa neighborhood are served by the Santa Barbara Unified School District, including:
  • Washington Elementary School, K-5 grades, a top-rated school in the Santa Barbara area
  • Monroe Elementary School, K-5 grades, a popular school in the neighborhood

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