This neighborhood, also known as “Upper State,” rests between State Street and Foothill Road, and extends from Alamar Avenue to Ontare Road. It is perhaps Santa Barbara’s most family-friendly district and is rich with schools, churches, shopping, services, parks and active homeowners’ associations. Its homes were constructed mainly between the mid-1920’s and mid-1960’s in a broad range of architectural styles. Ranch, Bungalow, Spanish and English Tudor residences share friendly, tree-lined streets and are all within just a few blocks of the shopping corridor.
It is difficult to believe that what is now called San Roque -- once vast ranchland -- was the decade-long hangout of one of California’s most notorious gang of hoodlums. From 1850 to 1860, Jack Powers and his men routinely terrorized the stage route between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo before being driven out by the threat of Army troops.
A post-World War II building boom finalized the area’s transition from farm and ranch land to dynamic neighborhood complemented by substantial shopping centers such as La Cumbre and Loreto Plazas and Five Points. The neighborhood and those shopping destinations remain popular and thriving mainstays of the Santa Barbara community.
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