Downtown Santa Barbara
THE DYNAMIC HEART AND SOUL OF A POSTCARD-PRETTY CITY WITH A FASCINATING PAST.
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Endless opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment, with the stunning coastline just a short distance away.
State Street is the main artery of the downtown area, easy to explore on foot or aboard the electric shuttle that runs its length. On Tuesday afternoons, the famous byway shuts down traffic to make way for a flourishing farmer’s market, filled with the ample bounty of California produce, locally-grown flowers, and folk music. And on any given night, crowds flock to events at historic downtown theaters such as La Granada and the Arlington. State Street eventually flows down to busy Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara harbor.
Young professionals, families, long-time residents, retirees, and more, all drawn to downtown’s bustle and beauty. A flourishing area to live and work, to reside downtown is to be at the center of the action in the city. Business development has been actively encouraged in this area, making it Santa Barbara’s most metropolitan domain.
What to Expect
Tons of tourists mixed with locals, side-by-side historic and contemporary buildings, plus scads of culture and charm. Both a centralized area for employers like Sonos and dozens of startups, and many a visitor’s first stop in the city, downtown has a local attraction, eatery, watering hole, or gallery to satisfy everyone from history buffs to foodies, shopaholics, and art aficionados. The atmosphere is California-casual, the people friendly and welcoming.
A thriving culinary scene with ample access to regional wineries. Santa Barbara’s downtown area is known for its variety of celebrated eateries, from Arnoldi’s, the oldest Italian restaurant in the city, to the modest La Super Rica Taqueria—touted by none other than the late legendary resident Julia Child—to the original outpost of famous McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream. The popular Urban Wine Trail also picks up here, with a booming collection of tasting rooms from area wineries concentrated around East De La Guerra Street and Anacapa Street.
New apartments, duplexes, townhouses, and condos mingle with older cottages, ranch homes, and bungalows. Multi-family buildings have arisen throughout the coveted downtown area, but move just a few blocks from central State Street and a mish-mash of quaint single family homes stand at attention. Most residences start at $1 million.
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