Welcome to Santa Barbara
A vivacious, thriving city on the California coast.
Located along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is a humming city with a thriving, fun art and culture scene. The area has a significant Spanish influence, with the architecture dotting the town.
Residents spend their days enjoying a wealth of outdoorsy activities and dining in the locally-owned and farm-to-table restaurants run by up-and-coming chefs. This town offers a variety of upscale homes with the upgrades that homebuyers want. It's a highly sought-after neighborhood with many celebrities keeping homes in the area.
What to Love
- Spanish Revival architecture throughout the city
- Historic location with Spanish influence
- Outdoorsy with fun activities year-round
- Intriguing arts and cultural presence with annual events and festivals
- The beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains & Channel Islands as backdrops
Locals enjoy an outdoorsy and healthy lifestyle living in Santa Barbara, from a day at the beach to an afternoon spent exploring the luxury shops on State Street or chic boutiques in the Funk Zone. As a bustling city, it seems like there's always a new store opening or festival coming up on the weekend. At home, locals enjoy spacious residences, built in a wide variety of architectural styles and come with the most sought-after upgrades.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
The dining, shopping, and entertainment scene in Santa Barbara thrive with options from upscale and world-class to locally owned and exclusive to the area. Residents never get tired of trying the latest restaurant or shop because there's always something new to experience.
Located along the waterfront, the Funk Zone is a hip area that bursts with new restaurants and a constantly changing landscape of events and festivals. There are wine tours with wine tastings at some of the best wineries in the area, Michelin-rated restaurants, as well as access to the beach.
Enjoy authentic Spanish tapas and delicious craft cocktails while lounging in the cozy environment of Loquita. On nice nights, a seat on the patio is the hottest ticket in town. For locals in the mood for fresh seafood and Bloody Marys, Brophy Brothers located in the harbor area is a must-visit.
Things to Do
When the weather is warm — and it often is —, there is almost always a festival or local event in town, including Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Summer Solstice Parade, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and concerts and shows at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Locals flock to these outdoor events for great food and even better entertainment.
The Santa Barbara Unified School District and the Hope School District are in charge of the well-known public schools, and the area is known for its excellence in education with schools such as:
- Monte Vista Elementary School, Grades K-6
- Peabody Elementary School, Grades K-6
- Santa Barbara Middle School, Grades 6-8
- Santa Barbara High School, Grades 9-12
- Crane County Day School, Grades K-12, sought-after private school
- Santa Barbara City College, two-year and four-year degrees