The cultural and civic center of Santa Barbara County, known all over the world for it’s beauty, history, beaches, and shopping, is downtown Santa Barbara. The Upper Eastside offers exclusive, historic allure neighboring the Mission; the Funk Zone offers art, wine, beer, and everything hipster; and in this small but vibrant city, you can also find just about everything in between.
East of famous main drag State Street (home to shopping, nightlife, theater, and music ranging from highbrow to punk shows) and above Valerio Street (and also bordered by East
Constance Avenue, North Milpas, and the 101) is the Upper East, a prestigious place, indeed, with each street that slopes up gently toward the mission lined with manicured gardens, mature trees, and all varieties of beautiful homes, from the cutest cottages to the grandest historic mansions. It’s hard to imagine life could be finer when strolling these old yet well-kept streets, on your way to enjoy one of the many attractions downtown offers: world-class exhibits and collections at the S.B. Museum of Art, both touring and local artists and groups at the Lobero Theatre, the S.B. Historical Museum, the S.B. Courthouse and Sunken Gardens, and of course shopping, cafés, and restaurants like classic American Joe’s Café, upscale Bouchon, and many, many more.
From Roosevelt Elementary to Santa Barbara Junior High and High schools, kids will delight in walking with their friends to school, and parents will delight in their children attending these historic and celebrated public learning institutions. Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens offer serenity and shade by the pond, while Kid’s World across the street in Alameda Park is bustling with birthdays and little ones exploring what is likely the grandest castle of a wooden play structure their eyes have ever seen.
Downtown West, bordered by State Street, the 101, and Victoria Street, is full of many types of people, many types of homes, and many trademark red-tiled roofs, and it’s easy to see why the romance and ease of living here draw so many residents and visitors. Old homes with plenty of character, duplexes, apartment buildings, and more make this heart of Santa
Barbara attractive to just about anyone. If you have the privilege of buying here, you will have within walking distance all that there is to enjoy: shopping, dining, and entertainment for any budget, nightlife for everyone from the college crowd on Thursdays to those seeking the romantic date night of a lifetime, movies, film festivals, yoga, barre, and Pilates classes, strolling the beautiful outdoor mall Paseo Nuevo… The list goes on … and it just keeps getting better. Did we mention that at the bottom of State Street is the beautiful, palm-tree-lined beach?
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