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Area Description

Named after a resort-turned-senior-living-home that sits at the peak of this hilltop neighborhood, the Samarkand is like a mini-suburbia of mostly single-family homes bordered by Oak Park, Mackenzie Park, the Santa Barbara Golf Course, and Earl Warren Showgrounds. It’s quiet and quaint yet right in the middle of the action, with multiple stores and restaurants located just a few minutes away.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Families of all shapes and sizes, retired couple, young professionals, and renters.


Single-family homes, often with second units, some duplexes and triplexes, and condos on the fringes.


Gardening in your front yard, barbecues in the back, and attending the various festivals at Earl Warren, Oak Park, and MacKenzie Park.

You'll Love

Being home base for your friends when the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta comes to MacKenzie Park and the ethnic fests come to Oak Park and being able to walk to late-night sushi, gourmet Mexican, or French bistro casual.

Perfect For

Young families, retired couples, and professionals who want suburban peace amid the city.

Around the Area

The quaint Samarkand neighborhood, which rises above Mission Creek and Oak Park and extends to the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course, is named for a white-walled, carefully manicured property that was originally home to The Samarkand Persian Hotel, which opened in 1920 but had to close by 1937.

Today, the sprawling complex is a home for senior citizens, and the community around it is known as a great place to live away from the hassles of the city and yet within blocks of everything one needs. Most of the properties are single-family homes, but there’s a smattering of condo units, apartment complexes, and duplexes, as well, not to mention a number of rental properties divided up into multiple units with separate entries. Just down the hill is the stretch of De la Vina that locals call The Wishbone for where it connects with State Street, and this commercial corridor is home to a surprising array of restaurants, stores, coffee shops, bars, and other offerings.

The Samarkand is bound on most sides by parks, from Oak Park (where ethnic festivals, barbecues, birthday parties, and horseshoes happen all year long) to MacKenzie Park (where Old Spanish Days Fiesta comes in August and lawn bowling can be enjoyed whenever it’s sunny) to the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course (which is also home to a driving range and great café called Mulligan’s) to Earl Warren Showgrounds (home to concerts, rodeos, and fairs of all sorts).

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