Eastside Santa Barbara
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A mostly flat section of densely populated single-family homes, condos, and apartments, Santa Barbara’s Eastside extends from downtown up toward the Riviera, including the campuses of Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. Life revolves around the bustling commercial core of Milpas Street, home to world-class taco shops, gourmet grocery stores, and everything else needed for modern life. The beach is close by, and downtown is just a few minutes away, as well.
Families of all sizes, income levels, and ethnicities, as well as many renters, students, and professionals.
Rather affordable by Santa Barbara standards, the Eastside features lots of variety, from turnkey pads with views on the hills to major fixer-uppers near Milpas to multi-unit income properties throughout the area.
This is one of Santa Barbara’s working-class neighborhoods, so life sticks to the 9-to-5 grind, with plenty of beach time, taco chomping, and concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl for fun.
Beating the lunch rush at La Super Rica, sipping fine wine while seeing it made at Jaffurs Cellars, rocking out at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and hitting the volleyball courts at East Beach.
Anyone wanting to break into the Santa Barbara real estate game.
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When the Spanish arrived in the 1700s to set up the Presidio and Mission Santa Barbara, much of today’s Eastside was covered in a large, shallow lagoon. The nearby soils proved a decent place to grow vegetables and raise cornfields, the latter of which gave rise to the name of Milpas Street. Today, Milpas is Santa Barbara’s second main drag, most popular for world-renowned Mexican food — La Super Rica was esteemed chef Julia Child’s favorite, but there are many others where lines aren’t so intimidating — and also home to service shops, multiple grocery stores, and even urban wineries like Jaffurs Cellars and Silver Wines.
Santa Barbarans slowly filled in the lakebed with various farms, parks, and pavilions, and housing became the crop of choice by the late 1800s. With flat land, many types of homes started popping up, and the Eastside became Santa Barbara’s melting pot for many ethnicities and social classes. It remains that way today, one of the few neighborhoods that is affordable compared to the rest of town, both for renters and for those seeking to break into the Santa Barbara housing market. There is a broad array of housing types, from modernized, stylish homes with a view located slightly up the hills, to fixer-uppers and income properties on the flatlands.
As most everywhere in the geographically constrained grid of Santa Barbara, the seashore is nearby — namely East Beach, where you can sip a pitcher of beer and eat fries while watching volleyballers battle it out — as is downtown Santa Barbara, with State Street just a five-minute drive away. What makes the Eastside uniquely desirable, though, is the Santa Barbara Bowl, a premiere concert venue located at the top of Milpas Street. From April to November, it attracts thousands to concerts almost every week and is one of Santa Barbara’s best places to people watch and enjoy life.