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The Riviera in the Riviera of the Rivieras

May 31st, 2013 · No Comments · American Riviera, Hope Ranch Real Estate, Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Montecito Real Estate, Santa Barbara Real Estate

         Santa Barbara is often referred to as the American Riviera because of it’s unique gental climate on the California coast. Riviera is an Italian term dating back to the Middle Ages for the coast of Liquria.  The two divisions of the original Riviera, both which border the Ligurian Sea are the French Riviera of the Southern Coast of France, and the Italian Riviera as part of the coast of Italy.

So what does the Riviera in the Riviera of the Rivieras confusing headline mean or imply? From the European Riviera to the American Riviera in Santa Barbara to a very unique community within Santa Barbara’s American Riviera that is simply referred to as the Riviera.

The Santa Barbara Riviera can be found above Alameda Padre Serra Drive, below Mountain Drive and Mission Ridge Road, west of Sycamore Canyon, and east of Mission Drive. Many of the homes here, because of their higher elevations, offer incredible views overlooking the City of Santa Barbara to the Pacific Ocean.

The Santa Barbara Riviera bridges a two mile span which separates the Mission and Sycamore Canyons and for the past 65 years has been known to the Santa Barbara locals as the Riviera due to its resemblance to slopes along the mediterranean coasts of France and Italy. Santa Barbara Riviera residents enjoy spectacular views of the City, mountains, the Pacific Oceans, and the Channel Islands. The Santa Barbara Riviera is an array of curving streets, beautiful landscaping, and gorgeous properties.  This topography is relatively steep, and not easily accessible by biking or walking.

The Riviera community home values average around $900,00 to $2,250,000.  Those homes with spectacular city, island, and ocean views start around $1,400,000 but can go much higher.


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