With Santa Barbara’s trademark closeness to nature and the beach and the convenience of big-box stores and local establishments just a minute away, the northern neighborhood of the relatively new City of Goleta is the perfect place for families and young professionals to settle down.
You’re a few minutes’ drive up Highway 101 from downtown S.B., but you’re living comfortably in a single-family home or condo, available for some of the most affordable prices in the area. The nearby University of California, Santa Barbara, and growing number of tech companies in neighboring Old Town Goleta give this uniquely beautiful
spot a young and exciting feel, but all with the understated beachy cool that makes S.B. one of the most desirable markets in the world.
Parks are abundant, so a place for the kids to play or a round of disc golf at Evergreen Open Space — or traditional golf at Glen Annie Golf Club — are never far away. Lake Los Carneros’ walking paths offer a quiet place to unwind, while the historic Stow House and South Coast Railroad museum are great for a few hours of family fun. Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores and pharmacies are just a few minutes from your door in the Calle Real and Fairview shopping centers, where you can also dine on rolls and more at Sushi Teri, Mexican food at Paloma Restaurant & Tequila Bar, burgers ordered from the counter at Kyle’s Kitchen, a quick smoothie from Blenders in the Grass, and more. Grab coffee at Starbucks or frozen yogurt for the kids while getting errands done at Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels craft store, and Orchard Supply Hardware. On weekends, cycle past family farms and orchards on Cathedral Oaks Road, or head over the 101 for a run at Ellwood preserve, with monarch butterflies overhead and a bluff-top view of the ocean and quiet beaches. Catch a movie at Fairview Theatre, or bowl at Zodo’s while enjoying from a selection of 40 draught beers. Plus, your out-of-town guests have a trendy place to stay or grab a drink in the Goodland hotel, a stylish new spot by Kimpton (owner of the fabulous Canary Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara).
It’s classic California family living — only better.
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