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Santa Barbara Downtown
The center of culture and activity for the area! The ocean is actually on the South side of Santa Barbara, which is why this area is sometimes called the "South Coast". A number of homes in the city are within walking distance to Santa Barbara Harbor. The Southwest area of town is a raised plateau called the Santa Barbara Mesa. The hills to the Northeast of the city offer fantastic ocean and harbor views, and this area is referred to as the Riviera.

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Montecito and Summerland
Montecito is the unincorporated area directly to the East of Santa Barbara. Almost as renowned as Beverly Hills, Montecito is known for its many celebrities and world-class estates. Properties here often enjoy good views of the ocean. A significant number of homes here are on the beach, or within a short walk to the sand. Summerland is to the Southeast of Montecito, and most of the houses there have direct and impressive views of the water. Some of the estates in Summerland are also beach front.

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Carpinteria, Rincon Point
Further to the Southeast of Summerland are the communities of Carpinteria and Rincon Point. Some of the most highly-sought beach properties in the United States are in gated communities between Summerland and Carpinteria. Carpinteria and Rincon Point both have wonderful ocean front homes, as well as a larger number of home that are within a short walk to the beach. The foothills to the North of Carpinteria are dotted with ranches and houses that have impressive ocean views.

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Ventura Coast (not featured on the main map)
If you continue from Carpinteria on Highway 101 to the Southeast, it's about a 20 minute drive before you get to the city of Ventura. Along the way, there are a number of small beach enclaves where houses can be purchased at bargain prices. If you don't mind driving a few extra minutes to get to Santa Barbara, the Ventura Coast is an excellent place to find your home by the ocean.

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Hope Ranch
Directly to the West of Santa Barbara is the exclusive community of Hope Ranch. Most of the homes in this area have several acres of land, and all of them belong to an association which provides 24/7 security, gated beach access, tennis courts, horse corals, and miles of riding and hiking trails. Hope Ranch is also known for having one of the best school districts in the area. Many of the homes in Hope Ranch are just as highly valued as the famous estates of Montecito.

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Goleta
To the West of Santa Barbara and Hope Ranch is the city of Goleta. Goleta is home to the main campus of UCSB and the Santa Barbara regional airport. Isla Vista is the neighborhood in Goleta where most of the college students live. This is also where you will find a number of bluff front properties overlooking the sea. Ranches and estates with impressive ocean views are occasionally available in the Goleta foothills on the North side of Highway 101.

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Gaviota Coast (not featured on the main map)
If you continue on Highway 101 past Goleta to the West, you will enter a long stretch of coast known as the Gaviota Coast. This continues until Point Conception, where Highway 101 turns sharply to the North. The Gaviota Coast is a beautiful and largely undeveloped area. Several sprawling ocean front and ocean view ranches in this area are considered to be some of the most valuable properties in California. This is also the location of the famous Reagan Ranch.

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Santa Barbara North Side
The North side of Santa Barbara includes many fine neighborhoods, such as San Roque, Samarkand, and Mission Canyon. Ocean view homes are scattered throughout these neighborhoods. The two most exclusive neighborhoods on the North side are the Riviera and the Upper East. The Upper East encompasses many fine estate homes near the Santa Barbara Mission and other historic buildings. The hills of the Riviera typically have the best city views, overlooking the town, the harbor, and the ocean.


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Santa Ynez Valley (not featured on the main map)
If you are looking for affordable acreage, one place to consider is the Santa Ynez Valley. This area is directly North of Santa Barbara on Highway 154, just over the mountains. Since this area is away from the ocean, the weather is warmer in the Summer and a little colder in the Winter. The towns that make up this community include Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang, Ballard, and Buelton. The Santa Ynez Valley is wine country and is also known for its horse ranches and expanses of beautiful, wild land.