Visitors often say that Santa Barbara is the most beautiful city they have ever experienced. It truly has an urban flair yet with the natural beauty one would expect to find in a seaside resort or quaint European village. Santa Barbara real estate features a diversity of residential areas from the Upper East Side’s older, elegant estates, to the Riviera, named after its European namesake, with its winding narrow streets and luxury homes that feature city views. And of course the city prizes its charming beach bungalows and luxury estates with unparalleled ocean vistas. While the city of Santa Barbara and its surrounding areas are breathtaking, its beauty is more than skin deep.


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It has become a hot-spot for active, community-minded residents who pride themselves on a quality lifestyle, the environment and successful businesses. The diversity of its residents is inspiring, as is the multifaceted nature of all that the city offers. It is as easy to find quality shopping for everything from high-end fashion to camping equipment, as it is to stumble upon one of the city’s four hundred fine restaurants and enjoy a terrific meal. Santa Barbara also boasts one of the state’s top educational institutions, the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), and the local airport and easy rail transportation are essential for those whose busy lifestyles keep them on the move.

 

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Insider Tips

Coffee | breakfast

Renaud's Bakery: Perfect for coffee and fresh baked croissants.

C'est Cheese: You have to have the breakfast grilled cheese!

Handlebar Coffee: Sit on the patio with a coffee and scone. Dogs welcome!

Fitness

Shoreline Drive/Cabrillo Road: Run along the beach on Cabrillo and up to shoreline park for a mandatory pit stop at the swings.

Hendry's Beach: Walk along the beach where your dogs can run off leash!

Power of Your Om: Yoga studio

Lunch

Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant: A gourmet food shop with sandwiches that are to die for.

Lilly's Tacos: Simple and authentic tacos perfect for a quick lunch.

Los Agaves: Amazing Mexican food, and they have three locations!

Natural Cafe: Fresh, healthy, and natural ingredients - try the Old Town salad!

activities

Santa Barbara Mission Rose Gardens: A beautiful place to picnic with an amazing view of the Mission. Dogs welcome!

Santa Barbara Zoo: Home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at the zoo!

Sandpiper Golf Club: Watch the sun set over the pacific as you finish up the 18th hole!

Santa Barbara Bowl: An incredible outdoor amphitheater that hosts concerts under the stars and overlooking the city.

dinner

The Lark: A shared dining experience featuring artisanal and seasonal ingredients. Try to sit at the "communal table"!

Olio Pizzeria: Casual concept pizza bar/wine bar/full bar.

Loquita: Start with the Carpaccio, follow it with the Tortilla Española, and end with the delicious Verdera Paella.

drinks

Les Marchandes: Great for a pre-dinner glass of wine in the Funk Zone

Good Lion: Modern cocktail bar in Santa Barbara - follow your dinner with a nightcap here!