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Santa Barbara Harbor
Santa Barbara Harbor is certainly the regional focal point for recreation and culture. Along the water front you will find multiple parks, restaurants, two museums, Stearns Warf, the ship harbor itself, and ample sandy beaches to enjoy. On Sundays, the East Beach section of the water front becomes a massive art gallery as local artisans put thier works on display. Whale watching ships, guided tours of the city, and sailboat races are all features of life at the habor.

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Santa Barbara Mesa
Directly to the West of the Harbor, the Santa Barbara Mesa rises above much of downtown Santa Barbara. Largely undeveloped until the 1920s and 30s, the Mesa now functions almost like a city within the city. Although walking the paths down to the ocean and back takes some endurance, residents commonly enjoy the many bluff front parks overlooking the water. A good number of homes on the Santa Barbara Mesa have ocean views, and some are bluff front; a few of those even have private paths down to the beach.

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Montecito
Montecito is one of the most prestigous neighborhoods on the West Coast. A significant section of Montecito is within a short walk to the ocean. Residents there enjoy walking to Butterfly Beach, Miramar Beach, and Ty Warner's renowned Biltmore Hotel. Some homes are also a short walk to Montecito's famed Lower Village shopping center. Many of the ocean walk homes in this area are located near Channel Drive or in the gated communities of Bonnymede and Montecito Shores.

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Goleta, Northwest Areas
This broad category includes a vast stretch of land from West of the Santa Barbara Mesa all the way to Point Conception on the Gaviota Coast. Most of the ocean walk homes in this category are located near UCSB and Isla Vista in Goleta. Also included in this category are a number of grand estates and ranches along the Gaviota Coast. These often have private beach access through ranch associations, even if the parcel is not technically ocean front.

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Summerland
Summerland was founded in the late 1880's as a spiritual enclave due to its tranquility and stunning ocean views. The small community soon became an oil town, famous for giving birth to offshore oil drilling. Today the closest oil rigs are far off shore and the town is once again a peaceful ocean side community. One of the best kept local "secrets" is Summerland Beach. Largely unknown to visitors, Summerland Beach stretches for over a mile and seldom has more than a handful of people walking its shore.

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Carpinteria, Rincon Point
In many ways Carpinteria is one of the last unspoiled beach towns on the California coast. Many of its homes are within a few blocks of the sand. The downtown area retains a whimsy from decades past and residents enjoy a number of nature parks and preserves located along the shore. To the South of Carpinteria is Rincon Point, which is world famous among surfboard enthusiasts. All the homes of Rincon Point are either beach front or within a short walk to the sand.