Top 5 Reasons to Live in Santa Barbara

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Top 5 Reasons to Live in Santa Barbara

Weather – Ahhh the Warm California Sun! Santa Barbara locals and guests enjoy warm California sun most of the year. The parks and beaches allow for year round BBQ’s and picnics, and the trails in the Santa Barbara foothills are maintained for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use 365 days a year. Families and guests enjoy beach walks, kayaking, surfing, SUP and other water sports. While delicious wine and beer tasting is enjoyed in the hip Fink Zone, there is an abundance of shops and restaurants lining the city’s main hub, State Street.

Color & Culture – The Old Mission Santa Barbara is one of 21 missions that comprise California’s Historic Mission Trail which roughly traces El Camino Real -The Royal Road- named to honor the Spanish monarchy which financed the expeditions into California in the quest for empire. The history of California’s ranches, Missions and Native American culture remain a strong focus in Santa Barbara marked by many festivals and parades honoring both local heroes and traditions. While keeping with its vintage charm, the community has also made many historic renovations and added some wonderful beatification projects over the years including the recently opened Santa Barbara Public Market.

Architecture – The re-building of Santa Barbara after an Earthquake in 1925, builders established a Spanish style influence using white walls and red tiled roofs for most of downtown’s structures exemplified at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Homes throughout town have been built with unique custom intentions styles from craftsman bungalows to large modern contemporary and scattered throughout town are Spanish haciendas and even some Chumash Adobe relics.

Neighborhoods – Whether you are a family with kids, professionals, singles, or retirees there are many options all over Santa Barbara. When looking for a home it’s so important you select the right neighborhood for your family. Whether your focus is on schools, walkability, demographics, safety, or location, Santa Barbara neighborhoods are very unique offering great homes in special locations throughout.

Geography – Whether you consider yourself the ocean type or mountain type or somewhere in between, Santa Barbara has it all. Located about 90 miles Northwest of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is nestled between the foothills of the Santy Ynez Mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara began with the establishment of a Spanish presidio (military post) in 1782 and the mission four years later. The city was incorporated in 1850. In 1980, Channel Islands National Park was established, including San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the waters six nautical miles off of those islands which make for stunning marine wildlife touring.

Once you get a taste of Santa Barbara, you will never want to leave!

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