The stories of many real Santa Barbara lives play out in this densely populated area of town. Bordered by main road Carrillo Street, Highway 101, Montecito Street, and Loma Alta Drive/the base of the Mesa, this bustling neighborhood contains modest single-family homes, duplexes, and apartments from the 1960s forward, along with some vacant lots. It may be one of the last places in the area to find a home for well under a million dollars, and one of the first places you’d look for an investment property with rental-income potential. Think barbeques in the yard… many commuters by car, bike, and foot… working people making life work.
Shop mom-and-pop markets and storefronts, walk under the freeway to retail, eating, and working downtown, and get to know your neighbors. A little more than 20 percent of the Lower Westside’s residents are owners. All of them are true, at-the-heart-of-it-all Sana Barbarans.