Welcome to Santa Barbara Uptown
Situated minutes away from downtown Santa Barbara but with a charm and character entirely on its own, Santa Barbara’s Uptown personifies California cool. A myriad of unique residential neighborhoods, each with its own beauty and allure, are centered around Upper State Street. Distinct areas include Hope Ranch, Campanil Hill, Bel Air Knolls, Samarkand, San Roque, Mission Canyon, and the Santa Barbara Foothills.
Uptown is a palm-lined, lively avenue globally renowned for its epic collection of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and galleries. Santa Barbara's glorious weather naturally promotes a healthy, active lifestyle for its residents, who savor time outdoors, whether playing Frisbee on one of the region’s stunning beaches or hiking in the glorious Santa Ynez mountains.
All the while, Uptown celebrates the array of attributes that has made Santa Barbara famous, from its Spanish-tiled buildings and estates to its soaring views of the Channel Islands. At once hip, sophisticated, ruggedly fun, and unquestionably urbane, Uptown is a slice of pure California paradise.
What to Love
- Brimming with jaw-dropping historic estates and luxe condominiums
- An embodiment of laid-back elegance
- Abounding with stellar outdoor recreational activities
- Outstanding dining and shopping options
- Proximity to Los Angeles, Montecito, and Ventura’s surf spots
Picture SoCal and chances are the residents of Santa Barbara’s Uptown exemplify it. This enclave bustles with energy and activity, from surfers booking it to the beach for incredible sunrises and thrilling waves to affluent professionals commuting in convertibles. This particular region holds special appeal for families with children, retirees who want to be near exquisite amenities, and professionals who work remotely or commute to downtown Santa Barbara or nearby cities.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
California is widely revered for its tremendous agriculture scene and the fabulous fare it produces. Uptown underscores this concept with an impressive assortment of casual eateries and destination restaurants.
The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach falls into the latter category. The buzzy venue’s irresistible vistas of the Pacific set the whole tone for the leisurely experience it offers. Kick off your evening with a black Manhattan, swan-dive into a bowl of mussels steamed in a spicy cioppino broth, split a tender Harris Ranch filet with red wine shallot reduction, and indulge in a slice of macadamia nut mud pie, all while soaking up the scenic atmosphere.
Chuck’s of Hawaii perpetuates Uptown’s beachy vibe, where you can relish charbroiled ahi with ginger butter to score a taste of the islands. Los Agaves Restaurant is where Santa Barbara residents get their enchilada fix, while Rusty’s Pizza Parlor plates out unforgettable pies in a modest setting.
Things to Do
Santa Barbara offers a wealth of fabulous activities for its residents and visitors. The city’s perennially lovely weather is the ideal backdrop for the country club lifestyle, which you can savor at La Cumbre Country Club, an immaculate, upscale gem in Hope Ranch. Santa Barbara Golf Club is just as delightful. The pristine and picturesque fairways here are certain to take your breath away.
Santa Barbara, as a whole, features more than 1,800 acres of public parks and open space. When the urge for a hike in nature or a picnic under the sun strikes, you’ll need to look no further than Elings Park and the Douglas Family Preserve, which showcases heart-stirring views of the ocean. Meanwhile, Mission Revival architecture sets the stage at La Cumbre Plaza, an outdoor shopping center flourishing with boutiques, brand-name department stores, restaurants, salons, and services.
What would Santa Barbara be without its beaches? One of the most gorgeous in the region is Hendrys Beach, a dog-friendly pocket of idyll shoreline shielded by towering, majestic cliffs.