Westside Santa Barbara

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Area Description

Located on the flatlands between downtown Santa Barbara and the Mesa is the Westside, a bustling neighborhood of single-family homes, duplexes, and apartment complexes and its own commercial strip along San Andres Street. This is a great place to break into a tough market by buying one of the fixer uppers closer to the 101 freeway, or you can pay a bit more to find an already remodeled property higher up on the hills. The beach and State Street are within walking distance, and the area is very family-focused.

Area Highlights

Neighbors

Families of all shapes and size, including multiple families under one roof. Many students, as well. Some retirees on the hills.

Market

Lots of single-family home fixer-uppers, some already remodeled properties, and plenty of income-generating rental potential.

Lifestyle

Lots of walkability to both downtown and the beach/harbor, lots of backyard barbecues, and getting to know your neighbors.

You'll Love

Endless taco options on San Andres Street, great views of the mountains, more parking than downtown, and great holiday spirit during Halloween and Christmas.

Perfect For

Young families, those seeking to enter the Santa Barbara market, or investors looking for multi-unit rental properties.

Around the Area

The Westside, which extends from the 101 freeway up toward the lower hills of the Mesa, was one of Santa Barbara’s first suburbs. Most of the homes were built on the site of former farms and grazing lands before the 1940s, and denser apartment and condo developments came in later years, now home to many working-class families and Santa Barbara City College students. The available properties are a mix of single-family homes (some already remodeled, many needing refurbishments), duplex and triplex properties, and investor-minded apartment complexes. It is a great neighborhood to break into the Santa Barbara market if you can trade elbow grease for a lower price.

Though mostly residential, the Westside features a bustling commercial corridor along San Andres Street, particularly at the intersection of Micheltorena Street, where taco shops, bakeries, a hardware store, and a grocery store serve the neighborhood. There are a number of pocket parks, as well as nearby hiking opportunities through the Honda Valley Park area. West Beach and the Santa Barbara Harbor are also within walking distance, as is Santa Barbara City College’s La Playa Stadium, where people can run the track or charge the stands for free.

Though there is an increasing amount of students, the community is dominated by families. Some own their homes, but many are renters, both in the many single-family homes as well as the larger apartment complexes located closer to the freeway and SBCC. Overall, there is a very laid-back and homey vibe to the Westside, and the community spirit is on brightest display during Halloween and the Christmas season, when many homes are vividly decorated in twinkling lights.

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