It seems almost magical, a private, peaceful place where you can feel the history. Tucked away above the Santa Barbara Mission in a shaded canyon, unique custom homes display interesting architecture amid ancient trees and abundant native plants. You might be at the end of a long driveway with none of the traditional sidewalks and cars parked along the road, but you’ll know your neighbors from walking and hiking close by or farther up into the Santa Ynez Mountains.
The lower portion of the neighborhood contains the cherished Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the big, shady Rocky Nook Park, and down Mission Canyon Road is the S.B. Botanic Garden, 78 acres containing more than 1,000 species of rare and native plants. There’s so much to explore in this serene enclave, a distinctly special place that is just up the road from the heart of downtown.