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Downtown Santa Barbara Neighborhood Guide Santa Barbara, CA

About

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.

Lifestyle

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.

  • GROCERY
    Santa Barbara Public Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    38 W Victoria St

  • GROCERY
    La Bamba Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    235 W Micheltorena St

  • SHOPPING
    The Historic La Arcada Courtyard

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

    0.4 miles

    1114 State St

  • GROCERY
    Ralphs

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.5 miles

    100 W Carrillo St

  • SHOPPING
    Hollywood Vaults

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

    0.6 miles

    1780 Prospect Ave

  • GROCERY
    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

    $4,950

    115 West Valerio Street

    2 Beds • 1 Bath

    1118 Sqft

  • 201 Cedar Ln property

    $23,000

    201 Cedar Ln

    4 Beds • 5 Baths

    3280 Sqft

  • 1012 Alameda Padre Serra property

    $9,500

    1012 Alameda Padre Serra

    2 Beds • 2 Baths

    1933 Sqft

  • 819 Garden St #A property

    $15,000

    819 Garden St #A

    2 Beds • 2 Baths

  • 513 Coronel Pl #4 property

    $5,750

    513 Coronel Pl #4

    3 Beds

    1728 Sqft

  • 821 Weldon Rd property

    $9,900

    821 Weldon Rd

    3 Beds • 2 Baths

    1807 Sqft

Cost of Living

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CategoryCompare to State Avg.Compare to National Avg.
housing
43.6%
20.2%
utilities
11.1%
39.5%
food
9.3%
3.5%
transportation
6%
20.2%
healthcare
14.9%
4%

Downtown Santa Barbara Demographics

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Downtown Santa Barbara Reviews

people smiling
  • Noise Late At Night

    No

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Area Has Litter

    No

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Near Grocery Stores

    Yes

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Near Highways

    Yes

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Nearby Parks

    Yes

    Say 2 of 2 renters

  • Good Place To Raise A Family

    Yes

    Say 2 of 2 renters

Downtown Santa Barbara Transportation

walk bike and transit

Very Walkable

81/100
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

83/100
Bike Score®

MTD Transit Center

Other

1020 Chapala St

Downtown Waterfront Electric Shuttle

Other

1020 Chapala St

Source: foursquare.com

Downtown Santa Barbara Schools

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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----