Montecito Modern Pool Home According to, western states continue to dominate the housing recovery in the third quarter of 2012. The site released its rankings of the top 10 turnaround towns, based on housing data from median list price increases, inventory levels and even employment rates. Santa Barbara was ranked 7th on's most recent list, while the metro area also made the Top 10 turnaround town list for the 2nd quarter of 2012. Western states especially have seen inventories continue to fall and median list prices increase year-over-year.