The jewel of California’s Central Coast, Santa Barbara stands out as one of the most picturesque and cosmopolitan oceanfront towns in the entire United States. Its approximately 90,000 permanent residents are envied by visitors who come from all over the world to enjoy its internationally-renowned combination of climate, culture and recreational activities. “The American Riviera,” as Santa Barbara is affectionately known, rests against a backdrop of the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains, nuzzles the dazzling Pacific Ocean and some of North America’s most beautiful beaches, and emanates a distinctly Mediterranean ambiance created by its temperate climate, Spanish-influenced architecture, seemingly endless array of fine restaurants and world-class shopping, nearby wine country, and diversity and sophistication of its residents and visitors.
The town’s cultural richness is demonstrated via its symphony orchestra, ballet and theater troupes, museums, galleries and both public and private universities and colleges. A recreational paradise, Santa Barbara offers golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, swimming, sailing and surfing among many other activities. The annual, week-long “Old Spanish Days” Fiesta, as well as the 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.
Considering the community’s beauty, global appeal and dynamic and thriving economy, it is no wonder Santa Barbara, CA homes tend to maintain their value and appreciate at a rate well above the statewide and national average.