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Downtown Santa Barbara Neighborhood Guide Santa Barbara, CA


Downtown Santa Barbara, California is the heart of the beautiful coastal city, where Spanish architecture meets upscale dining and shopping. It's nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and is centered around State Street, a vibrant thoroughfare lined with boutiques, galleries, theaters, and museums. The neighborhood is also home to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara. The iconic Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Highway 1, is easily accessible from Downtown Santa Barbara.

What You Will Love About Downtown Santa, Santa Barbara, California

  • You'll love the beautifully preserved historic buildings, such as the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.
  • The plethora of dining and shopping options along State Street will keep you entertained.
  • Exploring the cultural treasures found in the many galleries and museums.
  • The easy access to the Pacific Coast Highway, perfect for scenic coastal drives.

What’s Nearby

Just a stone's throw away from Downtown Santa Barbara are the stunning beaches of the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a 78-acre living museum designed entirely with California-native plants, is a short drive away. Also, the eclectic neighborhood of Funk Zone, known for its wineries, art galleries, and surf shops, is adjacent to Downtown Santa Barbara.


The lifestyle in Downtown Santa Barbara is one of casual elegance. It's a place where outdoor activities, from beach-going to hiking, mesh seamlessly with a love for fine dining and the arts. Above all, it's a community that values nature, history, and cultural vibrancy.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 317 restaurants, 50 grocery stores, and 54 parks within a mile of the Downtown Santa Barbara neighborhood.

    Santa Barbara Public Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    38 W Victoria St

    La Bamba Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    235 W Micheltorena St

    The Historic La Arcada Courtyard

    Arts and Entertainment, Museum, Landmarks and Outdoors, Monument, Retail, Shopping Plaza

    0.4 miles

    1114 State St


    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.5 miles

    100 W Carrillo St

    Hollywood Vaults

    Business and Professional Services, Storage Facility, Warehouse, Retail, Warehouse or Wholesale Store

    0.6 miles

    1780 Prospect Ave

    The Point Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.6 miles

    101 W Carrillo St

Downtown Santa Barbara Apartments and Rentals

79 Rental properties in Downtown Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.

  • 115 West Valerio Street property


    115 West Valerio Street

    2 Beds • 1 Bath

    1118 Sqft

  • 201 Cedar Ln property


    201 Cedar Ln

    4 Beds • 5 Baths

    3280 Sqft

  • 1012 Alameda Padre Serra property


    1012 Alameda Padre Serra

    2 Beds • 2 Baths

    1933 Sqft

  • 819 Garden St #A property


    819 Garden St #A

    2 Beds • 2 Baths

  • 513 Coronel Pl #4 property


    513 Coronel Pl #4

    3 Beds

    1728 Sqft

  • 821 Weldon Rd property


    821 Weldon Rd

    3 Beds • 2 Baths

    1807 Sqft

Cost of Living

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Downtown Santa Barbara Demographics

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Downtown Santa Barbara Reviews

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Downtown Santa Barbara Transportation

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Very Walkable

Walk Score®
The Walk Score© measures walkability on a scale of 0-100 based on walking routes to destinations such as dining and drinking, groceries, and shopping.

Very Bikeable

Bike Score®

MTD Transit Center


1020 Chapala St

Downtown Waterfront Electric Shuttle


1020 Chapala St


Downtown Santa Barbara Schools

Neighborhoods Around Downtown Santa Barbara

NeighborhoodStudioAvg RentAnnual Change
MesaNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,150--
Oak ParkNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Santa Barbara DowntownNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
WaterfrontNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,195--
LagunaNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Upper StateNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$1,695--
Lower WestNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Upper EastNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$1,500--
WestsideNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
East MesaNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Alta MesaNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
EastsideNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,000--
West BeachNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,195--
Lower RivieraNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,095--
HopeNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
East BeachNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
RivieraNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Park CabrilloNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Freemont ParkNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Marine TerraceNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Bel AirNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Coast VillageNeighborhood in Montecito, California----
Channel ViewNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,150--
FoothillNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Cabrillo ParkNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----