Santa Barbara, California


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Isla Vista

College Students

If you’re a UCSB student then Isla Vista (IV) is a likely spot to consider for off-campus living. It’s right next to campus and is a walk to school so the commute is easy. There is also a bus that runs to SCCC if you are taking classes at both schools. The area can be loud, due to the students and many bars and restaurants in the area but even better you’re also close to the beach. The Mesa is a good option if you’re going to SBCC. The area is active with students although not as nutty as IV, but with plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and entertainment for students to stay busy. Being near the beach doesn’t hurt either.

  • Isla Vista
  • The Mesa


Young Professionals

Young Professionals who want to live in a fun commercial district but also be close to work in Santa Barbara will often follow their collegiate peers and choose to live in Mesa. You’re really close to the beach but you’re also up the hill so you get great views of the ocean. You’re also in the midst of an active social scene with pubs, cafes, music venues and theaters to keep things interesting while you enjoy the views. San Roque and Goleta are also good options with both offering apartments and condo options. Smaller commercial districts than Mesa but still things to do when you feel like staying the hood at night or on weekends. Downtown, which is also a popular option, runs more expensive than some of the other neighborhoods is a wonderful option if you have the bucks.

  • Downtown
  • Mesa
  • San Roque
  • Goleta

Mission Canyon


Mission Canyon is a wonderful option for families. Located between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific, you’re in the middle of two amazing worlds. You have a choice of living in the canyon or the valley here, with both offering stunning homes and neighborhoods for raising your children. The area is pretty secluded so you have to sacrifice direct access to a commercial district but for many the surrounding views and lifestyle are worth it. Riviera is another popular option. The area looks Mediterranean with beautiful Spanish-style homes and a chill vibe that keeps families, and retirees happy year round. The homes have amazing views of either the Santa Ynez Mountains or Downtown Santa Barbara and these views are generally above the fog bank.

  • Mission Canyon
  • Riviera



Retirees have an amazing number of choices in Santa Barbara. Neighborhoods like Riviera have plenty of retirees who simply want beautiful homes in the most picturesque settings possible. Managed communities, like Villa Santa Barbara, are close to downtown and offer independent and assisted living, but in a setting that integrates your lifestyle with downtown living. Vista del Monte is another retirement community with incredible views of the Pacific and mountains, amazing food and apartments/accomodations and close proximity to the Santa Barbara city center.

  • Riviera
  • Villa Santa Barbara
  • Vista del Monte