Lower Riviera, Santa Barbara, CA

Lower Riviera Neighborhood Guide Santa Barbara, CA


The Lower Riviera neighborhood in Santa Barbara, California, flaunts a scenic landscape with steep streets, beautiful architecture, and stunning Pacific Ocean and city views. It is just east of downtown, within easy reach of State Street with its restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and theaters. The neighborhood is named for its similarity in climate and hilly terrain to France's Mediterranean coastline. Key thoroughfares include Alameda Padre Serra and Mission Ridge Road.

What You Will Love About Lower Riviera, Santa Barbara, California

  • The mesmerizing ocean and city views will capture your heart immediately.
  • The hilly terrain of the neighborhood, with its unique and beautiful homes, offers a unique living experience.
  • Proximity to downtown amenities, yet a sense of being away from the hustle and bustle, makes it a desirable location.
  • The neighborhood has a rich sense of history and culture, with Santa Barbara Mission and Santa Barbara County Bowl nearby.

What’s Nearby

Lower Riviera is close to a number of popular destinations. Santa Barbara Mission - an iconic 18th-century mission - is just a short drive away. Residents can enjoy concerts at the Santa Barbara County Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater. The neighborhood is also nearby Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.


The lifestyle in Lower Riviera is laid back and serene, with the beauty of the California coast serving as a backdrop. Residents enjoy walks through the picturesque neighborhood and the rich culture and history it offers. The abundance of nearby amenities and entertainment options makes for an active, yet relaxed, lifestyle.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 220 restaurants, 27 grocery stores, and 29 parks within a mile of the Lower Riviera neighborhood.

    Hollywood Vaults

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

    0.4 miles

    1780 Prospect Ave

    The Historic La Arcada Courtyard

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

    0.9 miles

    1114 State St

    Santa Barbara Essential Foods

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.0 mile

    407 N Nopal St

    Carniceria La Bodeguita

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Butcher, Grocery Store / Supermarket, Meat and Seafood Store

    1.0 mile

    512 E Haley St

    Western Pacific Produce

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.1 miles

    727 De La Guerra Plz

    The Point Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.1 miles

    101 W Carrillo St

Lower Riviera Apartments and Rentals

78 Rental properties in Lower Riviera, Santa Barbara, CA.

  • 174 Coronada Cir property


    174 Coronada Cir

    2 Beds • 2 Baths

    2180 Sqft

    Available Now

  • 47 Ocean View Ave #15 property


    47 Ocean View Ave #15

    1 Bed • 1 Bath

    Available Now

  • 60 Crestview Ln #A property


    60 Crestview Ln #A

    2 Beds • 1 Bath

    Available Now

  • 201 Cedar Ln property


    201 Cedar Ln

    4 Beds • 5 Baths

    3280 Sqft

    Available Now

  • 1252 De La Guerra Rd property


    1252 De La Guerra Rd

    2 Beds • 2 Baths

    Available Now

  • 1012 Alameda Padre Serra property


    1012 Alameda Padre Serra

    2 Beds • 2 Baths

    1933 Sqft

    Available Now

Cost of Living

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Lower Riviera Demographics

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Lower Riviera Reviews

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  • Mostly Older Buildings


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Lower Riviera Transportation

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Somewhat Walkable

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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.

Somewhat Bikeable

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Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District


550 Olive St

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Lower Riviera Schools

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