The view from this ridge rivals that of Europe’s Riviera and offers a magnificent vista over the rooftops of Santa Barbara, and onward to the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Many of the residences -– from modest homes, to impressive estates — also provide magnificent views of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
The ridge was largely ignored as too steep to be of much use until a streetcar system was constructed in 1911, followed by roads. Soon thereafter, California established a Normal School there. Three decades later, it became the first campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara (now located in Goleta). The former campus is now the Riviera Center, an enclave of select businesses.
Today, and as it has been doing for approximately 80 years, the Riviera Association monitors building and amenities regulations that were instigated as far back as 1913. They include mandates for underground utilities, and building restrictions prohibiting blocking any resident’s unsurpassed views. The neighborhood maintains its status as one of the wealthiest in Santa Barbara, and boasts one of the best-educated populations.
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