Best neighborhoods in Santa Barbara

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Ranked 1st best neighborhood in Santa Barbara

"A park and a beach."

- trolleydodger
East Cota runs right next to Ortega Park, where my dog Pismo and I would go jogging, and is just a few minutes from the beach. The local residents are friendly and respectful. I never had a problem...
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Ranked 2nd best neighborhood in Santa Barbara

"This neighborhood is the best of all worlds."

- Mitestarossa
Wyola Road in Santa Barbara, California has the best of everything a family could possibly want. The best schools, the best restaurants and the best coastal community. This neighborhood is wonderful...
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West Beach

Ranked 3rd best neighborhood in Santa Barbara

"Perfect For Beach Loving College Students"

- ValleyGirlTori
West Beach in Santa Barbara is home to Santa Barbara City College—the local community colleg--and to the moderately well-known West Beach Music Festival. Santa Barbara City College, to begin, is more...
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West Mesa

Ranked 4th best neighborhood in Santa Barbara

"The quintessential Santa Barbara beach road"

- ewolfson
Mesa Lane leads down from Cliff Drive straight to the top of the Thousand Steps, which in turn lead down to a gorgeous, world-class beach. Cliff Drive itself is the quintessential Santa Barbara beach...
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Ranked 5th best neighborhood in Santa Barbara

"A touch of Persian culture, home of the county hospital and..."

- TakiJaki
There is a strong Persian influence around the Bath street area that stretches into the Samarkand neighborhood. Vendor markets are a hot spot amongst locals and shoppers alike selling little Persian t...
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Ranked 6th best neighborhood in Santa Barbara

"Wonderful quiet neighborhood"

- asmith6815
Ninos Drive in Santa Barbara, California is another beautiful neighborhood in this area. One end of Ninos Drive will take you directly to East Beach. This road has gated communities for houses and ap...
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Unranked Neighborhoods

Alta Mesa


"One corner with an overrated bad repuation..."

- cuiji02
West Micheltorena after San Andres St is a family neighborhood. The corner of it where it hits San Andres St. Has a bad reputation but it is not that bad. That part of the street is home to the first...
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"Right near the beach and a great place to raise a family"

- ewolfson
Alan Road is a quintessential place to raise a family; quiet, safe, affordable, and pretty. It's a windy road, making it quiet, and all the houses are well kept and have well manicured lawns and topia...
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"Beautiful city, great neighborhood."

- Permutated
I lived in Santa Barbara for two full years, and I loved every minute of it. The beaches are warm and the people are very nice. The parks are clean (and abundant). Shopping on State street is subl...
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East Mesa


"Busy street that acts as the commercial hub for Mesa Lane"

- ewolfson
Cliff Drive is the main street on the Mesa, leading all the way from Arroyo Burro Beach on one end (where Hope Ranch begins) to Castillo Street and downtown Santa Barbara on the other. Along the way,...
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"Culture meets Santa Barbara"

- albaniagirl
Alley 100 Block Calle Alamo is lined with Spanish styled houses. A lot of these houses are older that predate the earthquake that hit in the 1920's. This street has a large Mexican population. The Spa...
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"Nice Picket Fence Neighborhood"

- asmith6815
Old Coast Highway in Santa Barbara, California is a nice road that used to be a highway and is very wide. The houses on this road have white picket fences and it runs beside the new highway 101. It i...
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"Great road to quench your appetite"

- TakiJaki
Enjoy your favorite burger or other entree on North Ontare Road. This is a great road to drive along when you are hungry because just about all major restaurant brands are located here amongst shoppin...
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"Commuter street, practically a highway"

- ewolfson
There isn't much to do on Las Positas except to use it to get somewhere else. It's part of California Route 225, and for most of the road, the speed limit is 55 MPH - although most drivers take it at...
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"Nice and relaxing road"

- TakiJaki
North Hope Avenue is somewhat sparsely populated considered to some other streets in Santa Barbara. This is a great road to unwind and take your time if you are looking to get away from the chaotic tr...
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Lower East


"Its Half and Half"

- cuiji02
Montecito St towards the Mountains is a family neighborhood place. From Milpas towards Cesar Chavez st. Is a mix of businesses, homes, the side of a church and at the end a non-profit called La Casa d...
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"Feels like heaven..."

- cuiji02
When I was at SBCC my friend and I would always take a drive through that street when we wanted relax. It is a mountain road but it has these amazing homes and views of the ocean and Santa Barbara. T...
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"A pretty sketchy street"

- inthewreckage
Haley in close proximity to State Street and westward is not too bad. On the corner of Olive, there is Muddy Waters Coffeehouse, where plenty of SB DIY bands play shows. It has plenty of ambiance and...
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"Totally Underrated street"

- cuiji02
Milpas is the main street ont the Eastside of Santa Barbara. Many people think of it as the "ghetto" of Santa Barbara but it is home to some of the best things in town starting at its very North end w...
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"Green views all year round"

- TakiJaki
Green and flat rolling golf courses are what you will find along McCaw Avenue. Men in caddies and khaki shorts make up the many people that dot the courses as you are driving along. In the morning rig...
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