Long considered one of Santa Barbara’s most prominent as well as historic areas, the Upper East is a much sought-after neighborhood by locals and people moving to Santa Barbara for the first time alike. It’s close to downtown and generally defined as being east of State Street, north of Valerio Street and west of the lower Riviera and parts of Mission Canyon.
The Upper East has a rich history as one of the first places settled in Santa Barbara. Known as one of the great walking neighborhoods, residents are often seen strolling the neighborhood admiring the charm and beauty of its historic homes, the Old Mission, or its often sunny days. Since the topography is flat to gently sloping, walking downtown is more than feasible, and residents appreciate the accessibility of being minutes from the city stores, museums, theaters and everything else downtown Santa Barbara has to offer.
The Old Mission and the A.C. Postel Rose Garden are frequent hangout spots for picnicking, Frisbee games, walking the dog or simple, lazy SB days. My son and I love to go to Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden and Kid’s World in the southern portion of the Upper East. Nothing makes a kid happier than playing on a titanic-size jungle gym, then walking across the street to watch the ducks, turtles and Koi in the pond – right before a nap.
Here are a few homes currently available in the Upper East. Go take a look!