Santa Barbara Riviera
Santa Barbara Riviera, also known as the American Riviera is an upscale residential neighborhood in Santa Barbara, California. It is not gated and located east of the Old Mission and is divided into and Upper Riviera and Lower Riviera. Lower Riviera stretches from about Milpas Street to Alameda Padre Sierra (APS). The Upper Riviera encompasses homes above Alameda Padre Sierra up to Route 192.
It is one of the most enchanting and beloved communities in Santa Barbara, CA. It is known for its panoramic views that stretch from the Santa Ynez Mountains, all the way to the ocean. The residents of the American Riviera enjoy seclusion and tranquility.
Homes in this architecturally diverse community range from Mediterranean to Spanish Colonial Revival to super modern and contemporary designs. From red roofs, wrought ion details, to lush gardens, you will find some of the most exquisite homes and mansions in the Santa Barbara Riviera.
One of the most favorite places for the residents to enjoy in the Upper Riviera is the Franceschi Park which features botanical gardens, walking trails, gorgeous views and lush green spaces. In the Lower Riviera you can find the iconic Santa Barbara Bowl and the Mission Rose Garden.
Santa Barbara Riviera HOMES FOR SALE
Upper Riviera Home Values: $1.5M-$8.5M
Lower Riviera Home Values: $800K – $3.6M
Home Size (sq.ft): 1000-5,600+
Established in 1876
What to love about the Santa Barbara Riviera
There are many amazing things to love about the Santa Barbara Riviera, here are just a few.
- The American Riviera features breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains, city and the Pacific Ocean
- Spanish Revival architecture
- Quiet streets lined with lush landscaping, green spaces, the Franceschi Park, Sylvan Park, Mission Steps, Rocky Nook Park, Stair up to Mission Ridge and Orpet Park.
- Great community spirit, local events and neighborhood gatherings
- Close proximity to shopping and dining, The Santa Barbara Tennis Club the Santa Barbara Courthouse, The Old Mission Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Bowl
- Very little traffic
What not to love about the Santa Barbara Riviera
Although this neighborhood is loved by many, there are certain characteristics of the Santa Barbara Riviera homes that may not appeal to all.
- In the Upper Riviera, the cost of living is about 27% higher than in other parts of Santa Barbara
- Windy and narrow roads
- difficult to find street parking and lack of sidewalks
- Not ideal for families with small children
- Riviera Market
- Victoria Market
- Trader Joes
- The Shop Brunch
- Petites Douceurs
- Taqueria El Buen Gusto
- Roosevelt Elementary School, K-6
- The Riviera Ridge School, PK-8
- Santa Barbara Middle School, 6-9