The beaches along Santa Barbara's coast are the backdrop to some of the most beautiful homes in California. The protected waters of the Pacific house some of the best diving in the country and the plethora of life below the water's surface is equaled by the versatile lives of those that inhabit the Santa Barbara homes along the shore. Away from the white sands and sapphire waters of the coast, the valleys and foothills at the base of the Santa Ynez mountains unfold lush greenery with views that frame Santa Barbara region in all of its splendor. Residents know that exploring the full variety of Santa Barbara's natural wonders could take a lifetime.
Not only an ecological marvel, Santa Barbara real estate is a hodge podge of Mexican-era homes in Spanish Colonial and adobe styles. Santa Barbara began preserving its architectural history long before most of the cities in California and because of this, Santa Barbara's neighborhoods express their own personalities in their homes - from Craftsman style homes to the more elegant Victorian, Italianate, and Queen Anne architecture. Housing costs here are some of the highest in the nation, but the beauty of the region is unparalleled.
Those that are lucky enough to live in the Santa Barbara region already know the pleasures of spending the evening exploring the Tuesday night farmer's markets on State street while enjoying a McConnell's ice cream cone. Or window shopping through open-door galleries and tasting the local wines that are some of the best in the nation. Or having a quiet moment reading a book or dining al fresco under the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. The lifestyle makes the luxury of Santa Barbara real estate not only affordable, but desirable. Few cities can match the grace, allure and natural beauty of Santa Barbara.