Homes: $850,000-$5Million • Condos: $500,000-$2Million
With the Santa Ynez Mountains as a dramatic backdrop, and with dazzling Pacific Ocean beaches at its doorstep, world-renowned Santa Barbara offers unsurpassed natural beauty, climate, culture, recreation, architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere unequalled in North America. Reminiscent of the Mediterranean coastline, Santa Barbara is often referred to as “The American Riviera.” Its temperate weather, Spanish influence, fine dining, nearby wine country and the diversity and sophistication of its locals and visitors alike combine to bless this enchanted town with a distinctly Mediterranean ambiance.
A mere 90 miles north of Los Angeles and less than a day’s drive to San Francisco, Santa Barbara offers many of the attributes of a large metropolitan area. The economic base is robust and includes agriculture and its products, technology, service businesses, education and manufacturing, in addition to the thriving tourism industry. At the same time, there is a vibrant arts community offering theatre performances, a symphony, dance companies, an international film festival and music festivals as well as wonderful museums and galleries.
Santa Barbara’s annual, week-long “Old Spanish Days” Fiesta, its Summer Solstice Celebration, International Film Festival and I Madonnari Festival celebrate the vivid, internationally-influenced lifestyle for which this dynamic community has gained worldwide acclaim.
Within Santa Barbara, distinct neighborhoods offer unique historical, cultural and architectural charms reflected in the lifestyle of their residents. For example, magical homes and estates are found in areas such as Hope Ranchand Montecito, overlooking the blue Pacific and Channel Islands, and in gated communities offering the utmost in privacy and security. The area is unquestionably an inspiring visual paradise blessed with magnificent natural beauty and an enviable climate encouraging lush landscaping and formal gardens.
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