Santa Barbara is world renowned as the “American Riveria” and Central California’s “South Coast.” With its temperate climate and southern facing beaches, it is the gold standard of California living. Approximately ninety minutes northwest of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has become a favorite getaway paradise for crowd-weary residents of Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, as well as travelers and part-time residents from all over the world.
The 250 days of sunshine a year, and cool nights combine with outstanding geographical attributes to enhance this glorious location. The Santa Ynez Mountains soar skyward behind the city, with the dramatic sandstone colors forming a picturesque background. The glistening Pacific Ocean and dramatic Channel Islands are Santa Barbara’s front yard.
Culturally rich, Santa Barbara hosts its own symphony orchestra, ballet and theater troupes, historical and art museums, and both public and private universities and colleges. Golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, swimming, sailing and surfing are just a few of the activities this recreational paradise has to offer, in addition to a nearly endless selection of shopping, art galleries and restaurants.
Santa Barbara’s annual, week-long “Old Spanish Days” Fiesta, as well as its Summer Solstice Celebration and International Film and I Madonnari Festivals celebrate the vivid, internationally-influenced lifestyle for which this dynamic community has gained worldwide acclaim.
The area is also renowned for its educational institutions – from award-winning public schools, to its exclusive private schools offering learning from kindergarten through high school. Santa Barbara is also home to a campus of the University of California; Westmont, a private, 4-year Christian college; the 2-year Santa Barbara City College; the internationally acclaimed Brooks Institute of Photography; the Fielding and Pacifica Graduate Institutes and other respected learning institutions.
Whether you are looking for a condominium, modest family home or world-class estate, and whether your architectural taste leans toward Mediterranean, Modernist, Cape Cod or Classical, Santa Barbara offers a wide variety of possibilities in real estate – from historical to new.
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