Goleta North

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.Find a Home

Goleta South

Goleta, the Good Land: It’s a place of families in housing developments from the ’60s to the current, students attending the prestigious (and beachside) University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), professionals flourishing at growing tech companies in Old Town, and more. It’s known for historicallyFind a Home


The unincorporated region between Goleta and Santa Barbara is known as Noleta (as in no, it’s not officially Goleta). There’s a little bit of everything in this eclectic neighborhood that refuses to be labeled, from apartments to ranches to mansions. Bordered by Hope Ranch andFind a Home

Isla Vista

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 massiveFind a Home


The densely populated area on the ocean side of main artery State Street is the Westside. This urban neighborhood (bordered by the Mesa to the north) attracts all types, from families getting by to college kids to those of means seeking ocean-side living. You’ll seeFind a Home


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;Find a Home


The Milpas corridor of Santa Barbara is a relatively affordable, diverse neighborhood, home to great food, local businesses, and many families. Officially known as the Eastside, it’s below the elevated Riviera and Montecito and right next to downtown. With prices ranging from around $600,000 toFind a Home

Las Positas

A desirable area on the ocean side of the 101 by Upper State Street, Las Positas encompasses a hilly area with a range of housing, mostly on the upper end of the market. Samarkand (“the land of heart’s desire” in archaic Persian) got its nameFind a Home

Upper State

Great schools and beautiful family neighborhoods are found at Upper State, the area at the top on the “mountain” (as opposed to “ocean”) side of Santa Barbara’s historic main drag, State Street. This section of town is known for its very nice houses, displaying aFind a Home

Cielito/Sycamore Cyn

Behind the Riviera and between Mission Canyon and Montecito lies this neighborhood known for spacious lots and the utmost privacy. Drier, warmer weather gives this area what some describe as a Palm Springs feel, and those looking for a more secluded, remote dwelling with aFind a Home


If you like the idea of a quiet beach getaway, just 15 minutes down the 101 from the action of downtown Santa Barbara, let the unique charm of Carpinteria draw you in. Vacationers and locals alike escape to the “World’s Safest Beach,” located at theFind a Home


One of the most exclusive, wealthy, gorgeous neighborhoods to be found, well, anywhere, Montecito has a rich history and large private estates that attract those who could choose to live many places, but they choose to live here. Celebrities and others in the business haveFind a Home


Named for its resemblance to the Mediterranean coast of France and Italy, the Riviera spans two miles from the Santa Barbara Mission to Montecito. It’s a beautiful place just to drive slowly or walk through, during the day to appreciate the attractive Spanish Revival andFind a Home

Gaviota Coast

With very little development, the Gaviota Coast is a treasure of the area for its natural beauty. It’s an unincorporated town of only thirty-something people, 15 miles south of Buellton and 30 miles west of Santa Barbara (residents can easily seek supplies, entertainment, and recreationFind a Home


The little coastal hillside community of Summerland, nestled between Carpinteria and Montecito, is a relaxed area with an artistic lean. Only about 1,500 reside here, enjoying the calm beach and overlooking park, many antique shops, and of course the ability to walk to just aboutFind a Home

Hope Ranch

A place of privacy, privilege, and grandeur, Hope Ranch is one of the most envied places to own a home in the world, an unincorporated suburb of Santa Barbara. The Hope Ranch Park Homes Association (established in 1924) keeps watch over this most elite collectionFind a Home

Mission Canyon

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 ofFind a Home


The elevated land overlooking the ocean along Santa Barbara’s southwestern border is the Mesa, home to beautiful parks, preserves, and convenient beach access. Bordered by Shoreline Drive, Loma Alta Drive, Carrillo Street, and Meigs Road, the enviable area is known for Santa Barbara City CollegeFind a Home