Students attending the neighboring University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), as well as Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), along with a very small number of families, live right by the surf and sand in this densely populated community.
Known all over the world for massive public parties on the beach-adjacent, bluff-top Del Playa Drive, I.V., as it’s called almost exclusively by locals, has high potential for rental income for investors savvy to the realities of the market. Houses, apartment buildings, and cars fill this small pocket of youthful living. A recently remodeled downtown area includes many and ever-changing restaurants, all quick casual dining.
A few liquor stores and small grocery stores, including the I.V. Food Co-op, are present in the main loop, as well as Freebirds, famous for huge burritos ordered down the line of one small counter, serving many a very-late-night patron. Surfing, freedom, and being young — and riding your bike to class… There’s no place quite like I.V.