A 1920s Persian-style hotel is the namesake of this hilly neighborhood within the Upper State Street area of Santa Barbara. It’s on the ocean side of famous thoroughfare State Street adjoining the Santa Barbara Golf Club and Earl Warren Showgrounds, where the local fair and many other events take place. Elevated up slightly above the commercial center of Upper State, this charming place provides the convenience of living nearby the Five Points Shopping Center, Loreto Plaza, and San Roque Plaza and the shopping, groceries, dining, and conveniences they offer — as well as lovely views of the mountains and sometimes even the ocean on the other side, too.

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Popular picnicking and party spot Oak Park borders it on the other side, and there is convenient access to Highway 101, to boot. Residents enjoy great nearby schools and the peacefulness of this eclectic neighborhood made up of single-family homes, condos, and cottages, historic and new alike, often around the million-dollar price point. From the charm of the 1920s to modern Santa Barbara living, Samarkand has remained special and sought-after.

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