Santa Barbara, California 

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Santa Barbara and environs - 2/10/2011
A little bit of paradise lies nestled between the blue Pacific and the gorgeous Santa Ynez Mountain Range. Known as the American Riviera, the greater Santa Barbara area (from Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito to the South; Goleta to the north) stretches 26 miles along the coastline approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles on Highway 101. Santa Barbara's south facing orientation keeps her blessed with a temperate climate and stunning visual beauty. It has been said that this is why the approximately 120,000 (greater Santa Barbara area)captive residents are so friendly and hospitable.

Housing costs are quite high mainly due to a very long time "no-growth" political environment; and thus many people make sacrifices to call Santa Barbara home. However, if you are one of the blessed few who can choose your place to call home; I can't think of a better community to raise a family, get a higher education at one of our many higher educational institutes, enjoy a plethora Read More

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Expensive Lifestyle - 7/15/2010
I have visited Santa Barbara and found that it is indeed one of the most beautiful cities in the United States and the weather is almost perfect. Too bad that the only ones who seem to be able to live here are either the very rich or the homeless! You get the feeling that the city fathers like to have you come to visit but would rather not have anybody else come here to Read More

If you're not wealthy, you can't afford to live he - 6/21/2010
No seriously, you really can't. Santa Barbara home values have even outpaced the wealthiest sections of Los Read More

Santa Barbara - 4/23/2010
The climate is wonderful, restaurants are great and the people are Read More

One reason I love it here. - 4/18/2009
Beautifl and nearly perfect Read More

Great place, wonderful people, year round vacation - 2/24/2009
13 Years here and loving it! High cost of living, but well worth Read More

santa barbara marina - 9/26/2008
Of all marina's on the US west coast, the one in Santa Barbara ranks as one of the most pretty. Beautifull back drop of palm trees, cliffs, mountains, ocean and sometimes (depends on ocean fog) islands views. Downtown state street, beaches, musea, wharf, and great bike path's within walking distance. Harbor relatively small (1104 vessels), yet interesting mix of vessels and occasional super yachts. One meets people from literally all walks of life within a few acres and many foreigners and sailors from around the world. Excellent sailing weather with predictable winds in the afternoons. Harbor restaurants extremely popular. The funny thing is that quite a few yacht club members have no boats but enjoy the scene so much they joined anyhow. On the down side is the scarce availability of boat slips and if you have a multi hulled vessel, forget it. Micro climate better than the city itself due to the ocean breeze. A stunning place. "Wet Wednesday" during the Summer months provide Read More

What You See is Not What You get - 9/22/2008
Although Santa Barbara is still a very beautiful coastal gem, it went missing on the caliber of people who visit especially on State St. I been is SoCal for over 50 years and am not comparing the way it used to be kind of thinking. I am not a snob but I have never seen such a freak show as I have on the last few time visiting. There are more homeless and scrungy people who would probably be there no matter what the state of the economy is. The locals and store owners/staff never acknowledge you or even have a simple greeting. I walked downtown and the pier for hours and not one person said hello. I got to view numerous tatoos, cheesey outfits and outfits that came from a real lack of class or style. The prices for products and food is so far out of range you wonder why you went here in the first place. After many years of visiting the Santa Barbara area, I will probably not have a desire to go back, I would drive further up the coast and hopefully not find another area that has not Read More

Looking for the best climate?? - 7/20/2008
I am glad that my mom left Ohio early in her teaching career to live in California. I am fortunate to have lived in Santa Barbara, Ca. my entire life. Is the housing a lot more? Yes. However, we don't have bugs, humidity, and I can golf year-round with average temps. around 72. Many visitors from all over the World venture to this city each year and marvel at its beauty. There is plenty to do all year long. We have a great diversity of culture, so if you prefer a "one size fits all" type town, this might not be your place. SB is very accepting and it is one of the things that my wife and I love about our Read More

Beautiful Santa Barbara! - 6/5/2008
I have lived in Santa Barbara my whole life. is expensive, but if you can find a way to manage the cost, you are living in one of the best cities in the world.
It is a little on the small side, so if you like big cities you may think SB is too small.
Lots of things to do for a city its size there is the beach and the mountains, and nice people.

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