Waterfront, Santa Barbara, CA

Waterfront Neighborhood Guide Santa Barbara, CA


The Waterfront neighborhood in Santa Barbara, California, is a picturesque coastal region known for its stunning beaches, bustling harbor, and fantastic restaurants. It's located right off of Highway 101, offering easy access for travelers. The neighborhood is bustling with tourists and locals alike, who frequent local attractions including Santa Barbara Harbor, Stearns Wharf, and the Maritime Museum.

What You Will Love About Waterfront, Santa Barbara, California

  • Enjoy breathtaking ocean views and scenic walks along the sandy beaches and harbor.
  • Dive into the bustling local scene with a variety of waterfront restaurants and shops.
  • Easy access from Highway 101 makes it convenient for visitors.
  • Ideal for boating and water sports enthusiasts with Santa Barbara Harbor and various rental services nearby.

What’s Nearby

Waterfront is situated close to downtown Santa Barbara, offering a plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The neighborhood is also near the famous Santa Barbara Zoo and the beautiful Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. Additionally, the University of California, Santa Barbara is a short drive away.


The lifestyle in Waterfront, Santa Barbara, can be described as relaxed, yet vibrant. Residents and visitors enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as boating, surfing, and beach volleyball. The neighborhood has a strong dining and nightlife scene, with many restaurants and bars located along the harbor and Stearns Wharf.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 276 restaurants, 44 grocery stores, and 46 parks within a mile of the Waterfront neighborhood.

    Berry Man

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Fruit and Vegetable Store, Grocery Store

    0.1 miles

    205 W Montecito St

    Santa Cruz Markets

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    324 W Montecito St

    Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Assoc

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Farmers Market, Fruit and Vegetable Store, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    232 Anacapa St

    Brownie's Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    435 De La Vina St

    Smart & Final

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.5 miles

    217 E Gutierrez St

    Little Corner Store

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.5 miles

    701 Bath St

Waterfront Apartments and Rentals

125 Rental properties in Waterfront, Santa Barbara, CA.

  • The Marc property


    The Marc

    1–3 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    646–1026 Sqft

    Available 7/20

  • Hot Springs Lane property


    Hot Springs Lane

    4 Beds • 3 Baths

    1825 Sqft

    1 Unit Available

  • 245 Santa Rosa Ln property


    245 Santa Rosa Ln

    4 Beds

    Available Now

  • 145 La Vereda Rd property


    145 La Vereda Rd

    3 Beds

    Available Now

  • 97 Seaview Dr property


    97 Seaview Dr

    2 Beds • 2 Baths

    1823 Sqft

    Available Now

  • 1359 Plaza Pacifica property


    1359 Plaza Pacifica

    1 Bed

    Available Now

Cost of Living

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Waterfront Demographics

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Waterfront Transportation

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Somewhat 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®

Santa Barbara Amtrak Station

Train Stop

209 State St


Train Stop

209 State St

Greyhound Bus Lines


224 Chapala St

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Waterfront Schools

Neighborhoods Around Waterfront

NeighborhoodStudioAvg RentAnnual Change
Downtown Santa BarbaraNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$1,500
Lower WestNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
MesaNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,150--
West BeachNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,595--
LagunaNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Santa Barbara DowntownNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Oak ParkNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Alta MesaNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Upper StateNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$1,695--
East BeachNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
EastsideNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$1,895
East MesaNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Park CabrilloNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Freemont ParkNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Upper EastNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$1,500--
WestsideNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Lower RivieraNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,095--
HopeNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Marine TerraceNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Bel AirNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Channel ViewNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California$2,150--
RivieraNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----
Coast VillageNeighborhood in Montecito, California----
FoothillNeighborhood in Santa-barbara, California----